SCHOOL REDESIGN MERCURY 7GEMINI IGEMINI IIAPOLLONEWS VIDEOS APPLICATION ☰
Forty-one schools representing 19 districts across Kansas will take part in Apollo, the fourth phase of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education announced Tuesday, April 16. MORE ...
This spring semester at Kennedy Elementary School in Wellington Unified School District 353 looks a lot different than the fall semester, said principal Gillian Macias.
“We don’t hear, ‘It’s impossible,’ anymore,” she said. “Instead, we hear, ‘Show me how’ or ‘Let’s work together.’" MORE ...
There was a point a few months ago when sixth-grade math teacher Andrea Bowne wasn’t sure about the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.
The school where Bowne teaches – Santa Fe Trail Middle School in Olathe – was in its first quarter of implementing school redesign. Staff members had spent countless hours in the 2017-2018 school year researching what they wanted their school redesign to look like, visiting with community members and parents, and discussing with other educators how to implement it. Bowne had been in on the process. It took a lot of work. There were tears, disagreements and so many varying opinions. Some of the school’s teachers left. MORE ...
The plans of three districts involved in the Gemini I Kansans Can School Redesign Project were approved by the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Beloit Unified School District 273, Skyline USD 438 and Ashland USD 220 presented their plans, which all shared common themes of personalized and project-based learning and social-emotional growth, with State Board of Education members during the second day of the board’s August meeting in Topeka.
“Today, Aug. 15, I know we are a better school district because we submitted that application,” said Diane House, principal of Skyline Elementary School and assistant principal of Skyline Middle and High schools. MORE ...
TOPEKA —School districts selected in August 2017 to participate in the Mercury 7 Kansans Can School Redesign Project knew that the process was going to be a challenge but well worth it because it would positively impact Kansas students. What teachers didn’t know, however, was how much this process would reignite their passion for the profession.
“I’m more nurturing and more caring,” said Andrea Dix, a fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher for Stockton Unified School District 271. MORE ...
Nineteen Kansas districts join Kansans Can School Redesign Project, bringing total to 47 districts and 103 schools
Nineteen school districts from across the state will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the next round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced Tuesday, April 17, 2018. MORE ...
Posted: Jan 29, 2018
Redesign Webinar Announcement on YouTube.
As the seven Mercury districts continue to pilot programs they may use in their school redesign, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) staff members have been busy answering questions from those interested in learning about the next phase of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. MORE ...
When seven Kansas school districts became Mercury 7 schools in August 2017, there was no manual in place to guide them on their journey.
Now, thanks to experiences from the Mercury 7 and Gemini I districts, as well as input from service centers and other educational organizations, guidance will be available as other districts join in redesigning education in Kansas. MORE ...
The outside of EPiC Elementary School may look similar to other schools across the country. It is what's inside that draws people to this small school in Liberty, Missouri.
"When you work is a building where everyone is a rock star, you want to be a rock star, too," said Glenda Monachino, a kindergarten teacher at EPiC, which stands for Every Person Inspired to Create. MORE ...
Kennedy Elementary School in Wellington Unified School District USD 353 was ready for a change, so when principal Stephanie Smith learned about the Mercury 7 school redesign project, she leapt at the opportunity.
"Our students needed something different," Smith said. "We were ready to meet our students' needs instead of our students catering to how teachers taught. We were already planning to take the stages and steps necessary to change how instruction looked and how teaching looked. When this came along, we thought it was a perfect opportunity." MORE ...
Flexible schedules, more one-on-one time, breakfast clubs, increasing teacher collaboration time and personalized learning are a few steps Mercury redesign districts are considering to help reshape the face of education in Kansas.
“They have set their why — they’re shared vision,” said Jay Scott, Kansas State Department of Education’s secondary redesign specialist. “The redesign teams are starting to share their plans — what they’ve completed so far — with the rest of the staff. They are asking them (staff members) to help with the how.” MORE ...
The fourth Mercury 7 Redesign support cycle began Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Coffeyville, and the seven districts are busy establishing their vision statements and setting goals, said Kansas State Department of Education’s redesign specialists Jay Scott and Tammy Mitchell. MORE ...
Kansas State Department of Education’s redesign specialists Jay Scott and Tammy Mitchell began the third Mercury 7 Redesign support cycle on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with a visit to Coffeyville Unified School District 445, followed by Wellington USD 353 on Sept. 27. They traveled to McPherson USD 418 on Sept. 28, followed by trips to Olathe USD 233 on Sept. 29, Twin Valley USD 240 on Oct. 3, Stockton USD 271 on Oct. 4 and Liberal USD 480 on Oct. 5. MORE ...
Two Kansas State Department of Education redesign specialists, as well as other KSDE staff members, received a first-hand look at how other states are changing the face of education. MORE ...
The first round of visits to the seven school districts taking part in the Kansans Can School Redesign Project was a success, and districts are excited about the upcoming year, redesign specialists Jay Scott and Tammy Mitchell said. MORE ...
TOPEKA — Twenty-one Kansas school districts will take part in the Gemini Project, which is another facet of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. MORE ...
Lawrence Journal World
Posted: Aug. 10, 2017
Author: J-W editorial staff
The Kansas State Department of Education is embarking on a long overdue effort to remake the state’s public schools.
The Kansans Can School Redesign Program, announced Tuesday, holds tremendous promise for reinvigorating public education. MORE ...
Topeka Capitol Journal
Posted: Aug. 9, 2017
By The Capital-Journal Editorial Board
Kansans CAN is an ambitious and promising education plan, but we’re awaiting the data ... MORE ...
Posted: Aug 8, 2017
Categories: KSDE, Kansas State Board of Education
Author: Ann Bush
TOPEKA — The seven Kansas school districts taking part in the Kansans Can School Redesign project were announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting. MORE ...
Kansas City Star
Posted: Aug. 8, 2017
Author: The Kansas City Star editorial board
By 2020, nearly three-quarters of all jobs in Kansas will require training or classwork beyond a high school diploma.
So why are we still measuring school success rates by how well students perform on standardized tests? Or by whether they simply graduate from high school? MORE ...
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