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KSDE announces school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

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 ...

Redesign Webinar Announcement

Posted: Jan 29, 2018

Redesign Webinar Announcement on YouTube.

KSDE staff busy gearing up for next phase of redesign

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 ...

Group gathers to design Redesign Flight Manual

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 ...

Mercury elementary schools get look inside Missouri's EPiC school

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 redesign team visits KSDE

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 ...

Redesign specialists update groups on Mercury progress

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 ...

Mercury districts establish vision statements, set goals

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 ...

Redesign specialists, Mercury 7 districts continue visits to schools, research

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 ...

KSDE school redesign specialists visit Idaho, Wyoming to gather information, ideas

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 ...

KSDE staff members begin visiting Mercury 7 districts

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 ...

KSDE announces school districts taking part in Gemini Project

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 ...

Editorial: Education plan is promising

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 ...

Editorial: Catching up with our economy

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 ...

Seven districts named to take part in Kansans Can School Redesign project

Posted: Aug 8, 2017
Categories: KSDEKansas 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 ...

Editorial: Will redesigning Kansas schools prepare students for life?

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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Redesign Specialist

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