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Posted: Jul 11, 2024
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For me, “cell phone” is a misnomer. It’s rarely used to call people. 

In my generation, when we hear the word “phone,” we think of talking on a device. For more than 100 years, that’s what we used it for. But these devices aren’t being used to call your friend or call home but rather to access a variety of information, videos and social media. They’re actually a smart computer device and it’s in the hands of every kid. 

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Posted: Jul 11, 2024
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The Kansas State Board of Education has directed the creation of a blue-ribbon task force charged with making recommendations for student cell phone use in the classroom. 

During their July meeting this week, board members asked Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson to form the group, which is expected to be comprised of two board members, students, teachers, principals and other education representatives.  

They will be asked to provide recommendations for a policy or guidance for the non-academic use of cell phones during instructional time. 

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Posted: Jul 11, 2024
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Using a support model of cohorts to maximize resources, coaching and training, Kansas districts and private schools are set to implement the second iteration of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation, known as KESA 2.0, this fall.  

“We want to focus on fewer priorities and do those well,” said Dr. Ben Proctor, Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) deputy commissioner for learning services. “We want our students to know more and be able to do more which will give them more options and opportunities as they go through school and ultimately graduate and go on in life."  

Members of the Kansas State Board of Education approved the school improvement model for KESA 2.0 during their July meeting in Topeka. 

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Posted: Jul 11, 2024
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Engaging with families to build strong relationships during children’s transition into kindergarten is a key strategy to prepare children, families, and schools for a successful start to the kindergarten year. All Kansas elementary schools are required to partner with families to complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2). This Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot is an accreditation requirement and an impactful strategy as part of an overall system of school improvement.   

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Posted: Jul 11, 2024
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It is time for early childhood special education administrators to review and finalize their Early Childhood Outcomes data for the 2023-24 school year. A new monitoring report (Missing Entry and Exit Report) makes it easier for districts to determine missing child entry and exit data reported in the Outcomes Web System (OWS) Part B authenticated application. As of July 3, 2021, school districts have missing entries or exits.  

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