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Next phase of Kansans Can School Redesign Project open for applications

Posted: Feb 4, 2019
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

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.

Apollo is the fourth phase of the Kansans Can School Redesign, which was announced in 2017 in support of Kansas’ vision for education. The vision is Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

The application window will close April 5.

The first phase was Mercury 7. All Kansas school districts were invited take part in the inaugural phase – only seven spots were available. To be considered for the project, districts had to designate one elementary school and one secondary school to be redesigned around five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future.

Each district also had to have support of their faculty, school board and the local Kansas National Education Association or other professional organization.

KSDE received 29 applications for the first phase. The seven districts, which included 14 schools, were announced in August 2017. Each district represented one of the Mercury 7 astronauts.

Gemini I and Gemini II were the next two phases of the project.

KSDE gave the remaining Mercury 7 applicants an opportunity to take part in Gemini I. Twenty-one districts accepted the challenge.

Mercury 7 districts and a few Gemini I districts launched their redesign plans in the fall of the 2018-2019 school year. The remaining Gemini I participants will launch no later than the spring of 2020.

In February 2018, KSDE announced the third phase – Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins. Nineteen school districts were announced as participants for Gemini II in April 2018. With that announcement, Kansas has 47 districts and 110 schools taking part in school redesign.

The next phase, Apollo, invites districts to designate one or more elementary and/or secondary school to be designed around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future.

All schools selected will serve as demonstration sites for other Kansas districts. The Apollo districts must be able to launch a new school design in the 2020-2021 school year.

The selected districts will be announced at the April State Board of Education meeting, which will take place April 16-17 at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 102, in Topeka.

It is the goal of the State Board of Education and KSDE, to have all 286 Kansas school districts redesigned by 2026.

For more information about the Apollo project, visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/School-Redesign/Application.

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