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Upcoming Events, Trainings and Recognition

Posted: Dec 1, 2022
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The Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) met Nov. 7. 

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Posted: Dec 1, 2022
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Friday, Dec. 2, is National Special Education Day, which commemorates the nation's first federal special education law.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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If you missed the fall 2022 Jump Start Your Success in School Nutrition Programs, mark your calendar now to join the Kansas State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team for the spring kickoff event Jan. 12 in Salina.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The fiscal year 2023 United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Request for Applications (RFA) is now available here

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The Healthy Kansas Plate poster, based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, was developed to assist Kansas schools and sponsors in identifying the reimbursable meal and to assist in providing nutrition education to its participants.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team at the Kansas State Department of Education continues to develop new interactive online training classes and tutorials for food service professionals that can be accessed free of charge via the KSDE Training Portal.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The Kansas Legislature requires the Kansas State Department of Education to survey all districts regarding Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway courses and credentials.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The second Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) Monthly Update will take place Dec. 13.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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During the spring 2022 semester, the Kansas State Department of Education’s Accreditation and Design (AD) team held focus groups to gather input and insight from the field regarding Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA).

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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The deadline to submit all Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III plans is Friday, Dec. 16.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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Completion of the third annual reporting survey for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds is mandatory to ensure districts continue to receive federal funds without interruption.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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Janis Olds, an education program consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Special Education and Title Services (SETS) team, is creating a list of primary English Learner contacts in each district.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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Two new Educator Data Collection System (EDCS) district training resources are now available.

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Safe and Secure Schools Conference will take place Jan. 30-31 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd, in Manhattan. This year’s event will feature former Kansas State University Coach Bill Snyder as the closing keynote speaker. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Division of Aviation is currently accepting artwork for the 2023 National Association of State Aviation Officials art contest. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) teaching. This is a great opportunity to nominate your district’s exceptional STEM teachers. Secondary STEM teachers can also apply this year. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Star Assessments spring virtual learning events, which are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), will take place throughout January, February, March and April via Zoom. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Mark your calendar and plan to join the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for annual summer development through the Summer Academy for Teachers. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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A meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, to offer school counselors critical information pertaining to newly updated financial literacy standards. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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A text-dependent professional development course will be offered via Zoom from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 11-Feb. 8. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The path to leading the world in the success of each student starts in early childhood, long before a 5-year-old child walks through a kindergarten classroom door. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit will have a Transportation Basics Workshop for transportation directors/supervisors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 28, 2022, with a break for lunch, which is on your own, in Great Bend. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The deadline to submit all Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III plans is Friday, Dec. 16. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Qualtrics district link for the third annual Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) reporting survey has been updated. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Excess Costs Reports are open. The full application will close on Jan. 14, 2023.* 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Author: Ann Bush

At the Nov. 10, 2022, meeting, the Kansas State Board of Education moved to allow for an extension of the temporary modification to the Emergency Substitute License. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Join one of Amy Jo Jamison’s Zoom sessions during World Nursery Rhyme Week, and you’re likely to leave singing the featured song throughout the rest of the day. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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School districts across Kansas and the nation are celebrating American Education Week, Nov. 13-19, in a variety of ways. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Future requirements maintain minimum graduation requirement of 21 units, give districts option to use mastery and competency to award credits

After more than a year of discussing graduation requirements for Kansas students, the Kansas State Board of Education last week voted to approve the Graduation Requirements Task Force recommendations.

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday, Nov. 10, accepted the Kansas Advisory Council for Indigenous Education Working Group’s mascot reform statement and recommendations. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) invites you to celebrate American Education Week (AEW) with us Nov. 13-19. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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As part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign to spread awareness about substance use prevention, a new screening tool Screen4Success helps parents and caregivers understand the well-being of their children. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Kansas State Department of Education’s Accreditation and Design team had their monthly update. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The 2022-2023 Kansas Education Directory, which contains the contact and enrollment information for every public and private accredited school and district in the state, is now available online. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The deadline to submit all Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III plans is Friday, Dec. 16. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) staff members will be hosting two in-person trainings for the annual ESSER report survey. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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Completion of the third annual reporting survey for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds is mandatory to ensure districts continue to receive federal funds without interruption. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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Early childhood experiences lay the foundation for a child’s future success. The Kindergarten Readiness Kansans Can Star Recognition Rubric can help a district identify priorities in this area.  

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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Thanks to $5.83 million in clean school bus rebates awarded to six Kansas school districts, a total of 17 new clean and zero-emissions buses will be on the state’s roads. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Tuesday, Nov. 8, is National Parents as Teachers Day

Jasmine Matt hadn’t heard about Parents as Teachers (PAT) when she and her military husband, William, moved to Kansas and the McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Did you know that participating in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is one of the most important investments you can make in your teaching staff?  

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) and Kansas Infinitec Coalition (KIC) are hosting the 16th annual TASN KIC Technology Conference and Outstanding Technology Student Awards Luncheon from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Natalie Johnson-Berry, a member of the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team and a restorative justice facilitator at Wyandotte High School, is one of five recipients of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team will host a Tuesday Townhall meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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School social workers, social work students and retired social workers from across Kansas gathered Friday, Oct. 28, at the Double Tree Hotel in Lawrence for the Kansas School Social Workers Association's Fall Conference, said Shanna Hailey, coordinator of school mental health on the Special Education and Title Services (SETS) team. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) and Discipline Data Collection are both open in the Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS) so administrators can enter incidents as they occur. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) financial literacy webpage has been updated with new resources for K-12 educators and parents after the Kansas State Board of Education adopted National Standards for Personal Finance Education in July 2022. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The 2021-2022 National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey report is now available. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education is seeking reviewers to serve on review teams for higher education preparation programs for each license and endorsement area. Reviews are held in fall and spring semesters, on a seven-year cycle for each college and university. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The third annual reporting survey for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds is now open. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) employees took part in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off on Monday, Oct. 31.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson on Thursday, Nov. 3, hosted 10 Kansas principals at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson in Topeka, for the Commissioner’s Principal Advisory Council.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas State Board of Education will meet next week in Topeka. However, please note the time and date changes. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Nearly 150 Kansas educators will be in Dodge City on Nov. 18-19 to attend the Kansas LEADs (Linking Educators Across Districts) Conference. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Registration is now open for the Kansas Annual CTE Conference, which will take place Feb. 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Brian Skinner, the 2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year, is available this year through the Hubbard Foundation Kansas Teacher of the Year Ambassadorship to conduct workshops for school personnel, visit with team members of teachers or serve as a keynote speaker for your school district. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Time is running out for school districts to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year program. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Congratulations to Dr. Mike Argabright, who was named the 2023 Kansas Superintendent of the Year earlier this month by the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA). 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Susan Severin, a former school psychologist at Emporia USD 253 and a specialized learning services support consultant for Greenbush Education Service Center, was recently named the 2022 Kansas School Psychologist of the Year. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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A new Culinary Quick Bite video from KSDE’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team is available for viewing on the KSDE Livemedia YouTube channel. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education would like to remind all systems in their fifth year of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) cycle that they must email accreditation@ksde.org with the date of their annual on-site visit as soon as possible. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Kindergarten through fifth grade educators in western Kansas are invited to participate in a full day of professional development on Nov. 14 that will help strengthen their literacy instruction block. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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All Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III plans need to be submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education no later than Friday, Dec. 16. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) would like to remind districts that the Dropout Graduation Summary Report (DGSR) will close Monday, Oct. 31. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) currently has a school bus award opportunity open to districts that own and operate their own fleet. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Do you know what sextortion is and how children are targeted online?

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Households with low or no income across the country can still get federal money with the Child Tax Credit – even if they have never filed taxes before (and haven’t filed taxes this year). 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson spoke with members of the Commissioner’s Superintendent Advisory Council on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Topeka. 

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Posted: Oct 25, 2022
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Kansas’ 2022 NAEP results follow national trend

Kansas state assessment results for math have rebounded to near prepandemic performance levels while English language arts have not, Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson shared with the Kansas State Board of Education earlier this month.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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Lilee Bartelson's artwork featured in Great Ideas in Education Conference materials

Art contest winners of the Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching were announced this week during the Wichita conference. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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More than 300 educators made their way to Wichita this week for the Kansas State Department of Education's Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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Dr. Jane Groff, executive director of the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), the KPIRC organization, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas Technical Assistance Systems Network (TASN) have put together a document that can help guide families on the Social, Emotional and Character Development (SECD) standards. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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October

21: ESSER quarterly reporting closes. 

25: 9 a.m.-noon, fall professional development for administrators, “Using Star Assessments to Strengthen Data Culture,” Beloit Junior-Senior High School, 1711 N. Walnut St. in Beloit. To reserve a seat, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfimnqrRcgaFFhMg_4PdOlMYKQ24GWF8flMopVtsVSP3fvJ-Q/viewform

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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Congratulations to Julie Scott, principal of R.L. Wright Elementary School, Sedgwick USD 439. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Scott was announced as one of nine recipients of the Terrell H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership for 2022.  

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education Technical Assistance Network (TASN) Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports team recently announced a professional development opportunity that can help staff members who are new to providing services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex learning needs. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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Intrapersonal curricula, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), is available for free to Kansas elementary schools. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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All Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III plans need to be submitted to KSDE no later than Friday, Dec. 16. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) would like to remind districts that the Dropout Graduation Summary Report (DGSR) will close Monday, Oct. 31. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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On Oct. 11, 2022, the Kansas State Board of Education voted to approve the Kansas Purple Star School recognition program. 

The program is designed to help schools respond to the educational challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and to keep them on track to be college, workforce and life-ready. 

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October

14: Deadline for completed Horizon application.

18: 9-10 a.m., Star Assessments Virtual Fall Training for Administrators and Teachers, “October Star Burst: Understanding the Screening Data.” To register, Meeting Registration - Zoom.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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Smith Center Unified School District 237 administrators and students received a special visit from Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson presented his annual report to the Kansas State Board of Education on Oct. 11 during the State Board’s monthly meeting in Topeka.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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America’s Safe Schools Week, which is observed Oct. 17-21, is the perfect opportunity for Kansas schools to review and/or enhance their crisis plans.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is offering a free virtual opportunity that can enhance teacher practice related to structured literacy and the explicit teaching of phonics.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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School districts still have time to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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From promoting fresh vegetables at Garden City USD 457 to lunch and a movie at Wichita USD 259, districts across Kansas celebrated National School Lunch Week from Oct. 10-14.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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De Soto Unified School District 232 staff members took part in fourth annual Mountain Plains Crunch Off earlier this month.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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Anyone who is interested in being a member of an Outside Visitation Team member or OVT chair but couldn’t attend training in September can still become a trained member or chair by taking the following steps:

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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The ninth episode of HirePaths’ “Cool Careers” features welding as a career choice.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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Quarterly reporting for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds closed Friday, Oct. 21.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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School districts and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to electronically file their CPA audit report and Single Audit (A-133) report with the Department of Administration, Municipal Services.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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All data, including questionnaires administered via paper, pending Family Access screenings and child profiles noting the reason for not participating, is due in the ASQ Online system by Monday, Oct. 10.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Accreditation and Design team is still waiting for about 100 systems to report when they will host their Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) year five on-site visit.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Accreditation and Design team will kick off monthly Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Did you know that Kansas is second only to Iowa in the nation for the portion of energy created by wind?

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Quarterly reporting for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds closes Friday, Oct. 21.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Don’t miss the opportunity to attend two and a half days of high-quality professional learning at the Great Ideas in Education Conference – The ART of Teaching Conference, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Sponsors using the Online Kanas Free and Reduce-Price Meal Application must print the applications or store them electronically within 30 days of receiving them.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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National School Lunch Week, created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, is celebrated Oct. 10-14.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Schools can still request an opportunity for students to experience the Virtual Body Venture Exhibit.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness team offers a monthly "Culinary Quick Bites" video.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October
7: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Kansas MTSS and TASN 2022-2023 Preschool Webinar Series: Leadership webinar, “Addressing Challenging Behavior in young Children: The Leadership Role.” Barbara Kaiser. Free book for the first 75 registered. Register here.
10: “Structured Literacy: The 90-Minute Block Party,” Keystone Learning Center, Ozawkie. Register here: http://www.keystonelearning.org.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Science regional professional learning communities are scheduled across the state in November.

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Posted: Sep 29, 2022
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The deadline for submitting requests for reimbursement for Mentor Educators was Monday, Sept. 26.

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Posted: Sep 29, 2022
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52.8% of KCTC survey respondents say they've seen someone being bullied at school

Schools across the state next week are observing Kansas Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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KanCare wants to make sure it has updated contact information for KanCare beneficiaries.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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The fourth annual Mountain Plains Crunch Off will take place Oct. 12.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Career, Standards and Assessment Services (CSAS) team is collecting names of interested teachers, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches and administrators who would like to participate in the 2024 review/revision of English language arts standards.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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Tuesday, Sept. 20, marked the close of the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot window. This is a good time for district teams to reflect on the start of the kindergarten year. What went well as you partnered with families during this important transition? What might you change for next year?

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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Systems going through Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) that need additional Outside Visitation Team (OVT) members are in luck.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Teacher Licensure team would like to thank Kansas schools for participating in the recent educator vacancy data collection.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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Quarterly reporting for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds opens Monday, Oct. 3 and closes Friday, Oct. 21. 

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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The Dropout Graduation Summary Report (DGSR) opens Oct. 1.

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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September  

23-24: Kansas Teacher of the Leadership Conference, Wichita.. 

24: Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet, Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship.  

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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A grant will allow school districts with paid affiliated FCCLA chapters to attend a workshop for free to learn about integrating FCCLA into the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classroom. It also will provide funding to purchase two national program curriculums, said Pam Lamb, the state FCCLA adviser.  

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood (KDEC) conference is scheduled for Feb 23-24, 2023, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Two and a half wonderful days of professional learning are available during the Great Ideas in Education Conference – The ART of Teaching conference, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) is offering a four-part preschool webinar series this school year with Barbara Kaiser. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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With nearly 180 systems going before the Accreditation Review Council (ARC) this school year, reviews of year five systems for Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) need to begin in November. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, the template for professional development plans will be on the Professional Development webpage. It will include guidance on how to update the plan and the template layout to write the plan. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is inviting district Individual Plan of Study (IPS) implementation facilitators and/or IPS team members to participate in an IPS Professional Learning Network (PLN) that will be convened for the 2022-2023 school year. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The deadline for submitting Mentor Stipend Requests is Monday, Sept. 26. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The deadline for submitting the Fall Vacancy Report in the Education Data Collection System (EDCS) is Monday, Sept. 26. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The 2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year will be announced Saturday, Sept. 24, during the Dale Dennis Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet in Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Quarterly reporting for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds will open on Oct. 3 and close on Oct. 21. 

 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Three Kansas schools have been designated 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced.  

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Posted: Sep 15, 2022
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Board also hears benefits of Sunflower Summer Program

The Kansas State Board of Education during its September meeting approved an amendment from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) that would change the classification of senior high schools.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Ready to Learn ECHO Series will take place from noon to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of every month beginning Oct. 6.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 

16: 9 a.m.-noon, fall professional development for administrators, “Using Star Assessments to Strengthen Data Culture,” South Hutchinson Elementary School, 405 S. Poplar St. in Hutchinson. To reserve a seat, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfimnqrRcgaFFhMg_4PdOlMYKQ24GWF8flMopVtsVSP3fvJ-Q/viewform.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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In-person district and building test coordinator regional trainings have been scheduled throughout September and October. Whether you are a new or veteran test coordinator, make plans to attend one of these trainings.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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Six science professional learning communities are scheduled throughout the month of September.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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Breakout sessions for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Great Ideas in Education Conference, which takes place Oct. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, have been announced.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Kansas State Interagency Coordinating Council invites families, professionals and community partners who support children ages birth to 5 to join the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Retreat.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services – more commonly referred to as the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) – will meet from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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Tuesday, Sept. 20, marks the close of the window to administer both ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 to all incoming kindergarten students.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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If you are a school district/system entering year five of Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA), let the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Accreditation and Design team know when you are having your year five on-site visit.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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There are two vacancies on the Professional Practices Commission (PPC). The Kansas State Department of Education is requesting nominations to fill these two positions:

  • Open position 1: Public school classroom teacher (any level) .
  • Open position 2: Public school classroom teacher (any level)
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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Dropout Graduation Summary Report (DGSR) will be opening Oct. 1. To prepare for this, it is suggested that districts review their data between now and then to check for inaccuracies that will complicate reporting for the DGSR.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The deadline for entering the Fall Vacancy Report in the Education Data Collection System (EDCS) and Mentors for Stipend (in Mentor Programs) is Monday, Sept. 26.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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A full-day workshop focused on structured literacy will be offered at four locations throughout Kansas.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The date for the next Kansas Linking Educators Across Districts (LEADS) conference has been announced. The next event will take place Nov.18-19 in Dodge City. Kansas educators can register for this event at www.kansasleads.mystrikingly.com.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The Kansas Alternate Early Literacy Screener K-3rd grade is now available. A webinar to explain the new Kansas Alternate Early Literacy Screener is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference, “The Art of Teaching” will take place October 19-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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KSDE submitted its annual budget request on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The Accreditation and Design team kicked off OVT new member training this past week.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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To raise awareness and educate Kansans on suicide prevention, Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed September “Suicide Prevention Month” in the State of Kansas as part of the larger National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) campaign, “Together for Mental Health.”

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The Kansas State Board of Education will receive proposed recommendations from the Kansas Graduation Requirements Task Force, act on the proposed amendment from KSHSAA to K.S.A 2014 Supp. 72-7114 and honor the 2021 Milken Educator Award Recipients.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The deadline for students to enter the art contest for the Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching conference is Friday, Sept. 9.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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With more than 60 superintendent changes across the state, three top leaders from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) want to make sure new superintendents and those who are new to a district know they are supported.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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June 30 was the deadline to enter Early Childhood Outcomes data into the Outcomes Web System (OWS). However, if there are additions or changes that need to be made, this is the time to do so.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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September

2: 1-4:30 p.m., Counting Kids Workshop, Hiawatha High School. (Registration ended Aug. 26). 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Training for new Outside Visitation Team (OVT) members will be from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 6 and from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8.  

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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A full-day workshop focused on structured literacy will be offered at four locations throughout Kansas. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Six-week fall and winter online courses, designed for middle and high school teachers, counselors, social workers and related service providers for students in grades seventh through 12th, are being offered on behalf of the Kansas State Department of Education.   

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, of Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, have been announced as keynote speakers for the first keynote address of KSDE’s Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors high school seniors who have demonstrated high achievement academically or in the arts; some having to overcome special challenges or hurdles to do so.   

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Engineering Career Cluster will be reviewed during the fall of the 2022-2023 school year. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education is excited to announce the creation of a new Exploration of Career Pathways course for middle school students. 

Twenty-five multidiscipline modules were created to allow students to demonstrate mastery of their content in a variety of ways driven by their personalized learning interests and goals. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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There is a new training video available to assist districts with entering data in the Educator Data Collection System (EDCS). 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Teacher Licensure recently made a change to what people will see on their license the next time they renew.  

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Fiscal Auditing Office is collecting each school district’s one-page 2022-2023 school calendar.   

Having this document helps the auditors when scheduling the annual KSDE audit in each district.   

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) maintains that every system needs to have at least three Outside Visitation Team (OVT) members, which includes the chair. KSDE also understands that OVT spots can be difficult to fill, but anticipates that the reducation in required reporting this school year will increase individuals’ willingness to serve in these roles.

 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will provide a training workshop for reviewing higher education teacher preparation programs from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 in person at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson in Topeka.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Thank you to all of the system leaders who participated in the first-ever Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) beginning-of-the-year kickoff in August. 

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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Six-week fall and winter online courses, designed for elementary teachers, counselors, social workers and related service providers for students in grades kindergarten through sixth, are being offered on behalf of the Kansas State Department of Education.  

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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Telehealth ROCKS, in partnership with Kansas Suicide Prevention Headquarters, will present an introductory webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 via Zoom.   

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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The Kansas Partners in Empowering Youth for Suicide Prevention is hosting a Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest to provide opportunities for youths to let their voices be heard. 

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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The 2022-2023 Events Calendar for Early Childhood Programs is now posted to the KSDE Early Childhood webpage.  

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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The Kansas Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly in the spring passed HB 2466, the PACK Act, which provides a grant to professional development providers offering PD to Kansas educators in the area of computer science. 

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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As some of you may be aware, Ford is no longer producing the 10-passenger Ford Transit Van. KSDE has been receiving numerous requests for alternative options.  

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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The Component Baseline Analysis (CBA) is a perception survey that was created by the KSDE Accreditation and Design team in partnership with Kansas MTSS and educational service centers.  

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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Systems/school districts entering year five of the Kansas Education Systems (KESA) process should report the date their year five on-site visit is scheduled.  

 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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Join us each month for a Culinary Quick Bite short video full of information & culinary tips.

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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August 

23: 9 a.m.-noon. Register here for the Introduction to ASQ-3 training via Zoom. 

23: 3:30 p.m., Register here for 1-800-CHILDREN training and demo via Zoom.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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Applications for the 2023 U.S. Senate Youth Program are available now.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors high school seniors who have demonstrated high achievement academically or in the arts; some having to overcome special challenges or hurdles to do so.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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There’s still time to register for this year’s Counting Kids Workshops. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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All sponsors contracting with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) are strongly encouraged to participate in the FSMC Fall Update and Monitoring Training at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Kansas State Interagency Coordinating Council invites families, professionals, and community partners who support children ages birth to 5 to join the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Retreat.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit will be hosting Transportation Meetings/Forums for the 2022-2023 school year at 17 locations across the state during the month of September. We understand you are all busy but please consider attending one of these meetings. This may be the only occasion during the year where some of you have an opportunity to attend a meeting at a close, convenient location to your district.  All meetings are from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year nomination packet is available. Every school district is encouraged to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for this prestigious award. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The 2022 KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching includes new networking opportunities. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The application to apply to participate in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) for 2022-2023 is available at www.kn-eat.org, School Nutrition Programs, What’s New. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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KSDE’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team honored three school districts for outstanding innovative practices at the Kansas State Board of Education’s A

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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Building relationships with families lays the foundation for a strong start to the kindergarten year and for later student success. The Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot gives schools another opportunity to partner with families and better understand each kindergarten student’s development. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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There are now Educator Data Collection System (EDCS) training videos available on the Teacher Licensure website under Licensed Personnel (ksde.org) EDCS District Training Resources.

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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Training for Outside Visitation Team (OVT) members will be offered from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 6 and from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8. New OVT members can choose to attend the training that works best for them. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Accreditation and Design team at KSDE wants to highlight your back-to-school photographs during the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) beginning of the year kick-off events on Aug. 23 and Aug. 25. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) continues to update district test coordinators for WorkKeys. 

 

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Posted: Aug 10, 2022
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Kansas State Board of Education members during their August meeting conducted a public hearing to consider proposed changes to the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s (KSHSAA) classification of senior high schools.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Educators Rising Kansas will be hosting its Northeast Regional Conference on Nov. 2, 2022, at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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All school systems are invited to attend the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) kick-off event Aug. 23 and Aug. 25.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Are you interested in reviewing teacher preparation programs at higher education institutions across Kansas? If so, we have the opportunity for you!

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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In order to encourage students to use their creativity, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is once again hosting a student art contest for the KSDE annual conference. This year’s theme is Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Nominations are currently being accepted for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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The KSDE Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching Conference will take place Oct. 19-21 in Wichita at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Join educators for the 13th annual Kansas MTSS Symposium Sept. 7-8 in Wichita at the downtown Hyatt.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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The Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) is hosting an in-person event to help people increase student engagement, motivation and academic achievement.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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There are 346,000 eligible Kansans who have not claimed their Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) benefit.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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At this time, districts will be able to enter and submit information for the Fall Vacancy Report (FVR).  The deadline for submission of the Fall Vacancy Report is Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. 

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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So far, 14 Kansas school districts have applied for a total of 43 electric buses, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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With the school year starting, it’s a good time to remind drivers to be vigilant when school buses are in the vicinity and to obey the law, which requires all motorists to stop when approaching or overtaking a stopped school bus displaying its flashing red stop arm.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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School systems entering their fifth year of Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) need to email accreditation@ksde.org as soon as possible to let the Accreditation and Design team know the date of their OVT visit for this school year.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Throughout the summer, the Accreditation and Design team at the Kansas State Department of Education invited a random sample of 50, year five Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) systems for one-on-one meetings to review their KESA goals and to support systems in feeling ready to complete their final year of the KESA cycle. 

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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Quarterly science professional development will take place in six different regions of the state.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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Join instructional leaders who support educators in their implementation of K-8 science for a book study.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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The Kansas Horizon Award program offers Kansas school districts an excellent opportunity to honor exemplary first-year teachers.

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Posted: Aug 3, 2022
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Episode 11 of the Kansas State Department of Education’s “Insight Podcast” is now available.

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Posted: Aug 3, 2022
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Welcome to the new KSDEweekly newsletter, your weekly one-stop source for KSDE news and information. Our goal for this newsletter is to foster community within our profession and to reduce the number of messages you receive from KSDE on a daily basis, by bundling this information into one weekly resource.

Each Thursday, you can expect to receive the latest information organized around reporting and operations, assessments and accountability, standards and instruction, student health and nutrition, and upcoming events, trainings and recognition opportunities.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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In order to support systems in years one through five of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) during the 2022-2023 school year, KSDE's Accreditation and Design (AD) team are hosting system kick-off events.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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The fourth annual Mountain Plains Crunch Off will take place Oct. 12.

This year’s registrants are able to crunch on not only apples, but any local crunchable produce! Kansas is participating in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off with seven other regional states. The Kansas goal is 50,000 crunches statewide. The regional goal is 202,200 crunches.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Kansas has received an allocation of $218,453 to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), including those operating the Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Working groups creating resources for school board members, administrators, parents and community members have helped inform KSDE’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team in the development of resources to help communicate the transition back to standard Child Nutrition Program operations for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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The application to apply to participate in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) for PY 2022-23 is available at www.kn-eat.org, School Nutrition Programs, What’s New. 

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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All sponsors are required to use the Direct Certification system to assure that all foster students and students eligible for Food Assistance (FA) or Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF) are approved to receive free school meals.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Reimbursement rates for the 2022-2023 school year are now available at www.kn-eat.org.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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A $100,000 federal grant will help the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) connect child nutrition programs in the state with locally produced flour.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Consider using this new evidence-based “panel card” created by the KSDE-sponsored Kansas Parent Information and Resource Center (KPIRC).

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Beginning Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, all content and new information for the Mentoring and Professional Development programs will be put on each program’s respective web pages, according to Ed Kalas, an education program specialist for KSDE.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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The Teacher Licensure team at KSDE has developed three surveys to assist educators with their license.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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The new “Cool Careers” video, shot at Beeson Elementary School, Dodge City 443, focuses on becoming an elementary school teacher.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Here is a reminder on the age of eligibility for students to attend school:

Per K.S.A. 72-3118: The child will attain the age of 5 years on or before Aug. 31 of the school year. Guidelines for compliance with the law are shown below.

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Posted: Aug 1, 2022
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1-800-CHILDREN is a statewide 24/7 judgment-free parent helpline powered by Kansas Children’s Service League. At 1-800-CHILDREN, families can easily connect with the information, local resources and support they need 24/7, even if what they need is a listening ear.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2022
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Registration is open for the annual Counting Kids Workshops led by Laurel Murdie, KSDE’s Fiscal Auditing director.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2022
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August-September events. Click read more for the full list.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2022
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Engaging families as children transition into kindergarten supports kindergarten readiness and later student success. All children are ready to enter kindergarten when they meet the age requirement – 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 of their kindergarten year.

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