Chris Johnston has an extensive background in agriculture. He grew up in Oklahoma where his family ran a cow-calf operation. He even did a stint as a steer wrestler and team roper in professional rodeo.
But he never really saw himself entering the agriscience teaching field until he was convinced to join an intro to agriculture education class at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma.
Challenge encourages employer-supported volunteering
Kansas employers are invited to register for the inaugural Give Back Kansas Challenge and encourage employees to participate in community volunteering. The eight-week challenge will run from April 1 through May 31, 2019, with registration closing March 22 at bit.ly/givebackks.
Olathe USD 233 has two schools taking part in Kansans Can School Redesign
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.
The Kansas State Board of Education during its February meeting approved recommendations from the School Mental Health Advisory Council and instructed the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to take necessary action to put each recommendation into place.
The application window for the next phase of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project is now open, Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson announced.
CTE classes play important role in reaching vision for education in Kansas
Students who are involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) are more engaged and graduate at higher rates, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). So it’s important to recognize the importance of CTE programs across Kansas and the nation.
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 4-8, focuses attention on the unique contribution professional school counselors provide to school districts across the state and country.
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