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Monday, October 28
 

7:00am

Registration/Breakfast
BREAKFAST OF THE DAY
Diced Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Bananas and Red Apples
Buttery Croissants
Cinnamon Breakfast Bread
Tropical Fruit Muffins
Individual Overnight Oats with Berries & Honey
Vegetable Frittata
Lemon-Rosemary Infused Water
Chilled Juices
Coffee
Tea

Monday October 28, 2019 7:00am - 8:30am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom Foyer

8:30am

Welcome! Opening Session
What does it take to redesign your system? Courage, persistence and a shift in school culture are some key elements. Jay Scott and Tammy Mitchell, KSDE Redesign Specialists, will begin the session. Four teacher leaders from Mercury, Gemini I and Gemini II (Andrea Graham, Brandi Wegner, Jennifer Farr, and TJ Warsnak will each give a “TED-like” talk about what redesign means for teacher leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Graham

Andrea Graham

K-3 Title I, USD 271
I am a Kindergarten-3rd grade Title I teacher and part time Instructional Coach in Stockton, Kansas. We are a Mercury 7 Redesign school. Through our Redesign, we have implemented school community groups, personalized learning, project based learning, and are working to be a trauma... Read More →
avatar for TJ Warsnak

TJ Warsnak

Teacher, Halstead High School
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Brandi Wegner

Coffeyville USD 445
avatar for Tammy Mitchell

Tammy Mitchell

KSDE
Come talk to me if you want to know about elementary redesign! This is the most exciting time to be an elementary teacher in Kansas!!!!
avatar for Jay Scott

Jay Scott

Secondary School Redesign Specialist, KSDE


Monday October 28, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom
  • Host Organization KSDE

9:00am

General Session
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Graham

Andrea Graham

K-3 Title I, USD 271
I am a Kindergarten-3rd grade Title I teacher and part time Instructional Coach in Stockton, Kansas. We are a Mercury 7 Redesign school. Through our Redesign, we have implemented school community groups, personalized learning, project based learning, and are working to be a trauma... Read More →
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Brandi Wegner

Coffeyville USD 445
avatar for TJ Warsnak

TJ Warsnak

Teacher, Halstead High School


Monday October 28, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom
  • Host Organization KSDE

10:00am

Break
BREAK
Coffee
Tea
Soda
Bottled Water
Water Station

Monday October 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom Foyer

10:15am

A Trauma-Informed Game Plan for Secondary Schools
Are you a secondary school looking to embrace trauma-informed practices but having trouble finding strategies for middle and high school students? Coffeyville Public Schools ran into these same issues. When chosen as a Mercury 7 Redesign District, Coffeyville Public Schools set out to transform their schools by incorporating trauma-informed practices and social emotional learning. During this session, Coffeyville Public Schools will provide a step-by-step game plan and timeline for implementing trauma-informed practices school wide and district wide, with specific strategies for implementation at the secondary level. This session will include an in-depth look at student of concern meetings, regulation interventions, training of staff/students and effective utilization of community resources. We'll also delve into the data collection and data-driven practices used, as well as the initial and ongoing building professional development initiatives taken.


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cypress B

10:15am

Developing Student Success Skills as a Foundation for Personalized Learning
Participants will explore the Kansans Can Competency Framework through focusing on one of three competencies (i.e., self-regulation, assertiveness and self-efficacy) for self-assessment, building knowledge and brainstorming instruction. Aligned with the CASEL indicators and SECD Standards, these competencies can be explicitly taught, practiced and reinforced in every classroom, Pre-K through 12 to promote social emotional growth. Participants will complete a set of small group activities where they reflect on current practice, review SEL curriculum parts, learn foundational concepts, and view examples of instructional practices in various classroom settings. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how readily available supports and ongoing face-to-face and online professional development and coaching opportunities can be utilized for embedding SEL in daily instruction.


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cypress A
  • Host Organization TASN

10:15am

How the Jaguar Found Its Spots: Becoming Yourself Without Abandoning the Pack
Redesigning a school is tough! Redesigning in a district with multiple secondary schools is an even bigger challenge. Come find out how the Jaguar Found Its Spots. Learn about our trials, tribulations and successes as we prepared to launch as a Gemini II school in the fall of 2019 and how you can build for a successful redesign and launch in your district!


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Redbud A

10:15am

Real World Application – Project Based Learning at Minneapolis Grade School
Minneapolis Grade School has embraced Project-Based Learning in every grade. Come and learn how this small, central Kansas elementary school has grown PBL and how it has impacted their students, families and community.

Speakers
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Jennifer Freeman

Minneapolis Grade School
avatar for Tarin Hauck

Tarin Hauck

Minneapolis Grade School


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Trail Rooms

10:15am

Shifting Mindsets: Laying the Foundation for Personalized Learning
As we seek to meet the needs of all students, the changes we have made through the Redesign process often seem like a product or program. Rather, it is taking a deep look at what we believe as educators, students and parents. USD 271 staff will share their K-12 Personalized Learning journey and the shift in mindsets that are taking learning to a new level.

Speakers

Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Birch

10:15am

Understanding the Art and Science of Lea​dership to Lead Change and Impact Student Success
We have all experienced change within our educational careers. As educational leaders, we have endured some “less than successful” changes. Many of the changes were based on choices we made, others by choices forced upon us. Most people feel they understand the change process based on common sense, after all, everything seems to be constantly changing in our everyday lives. It is important to remember that leading change moves far beyond just “common sense.” This is a misguided thought. Leading change successfully requires a deep understanding of the art and science of the change process.


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Redbud C
  • Host Organization KASB

10:15am

We Can Win. Healing a Brain Thing with A Love Thing
“What’s the one thing that if we don’t fix, nothing else matters?” Every single community in Kansas is dealing with trauma in one form or another. We know that creating real success when we work with at-risk families and students experiencing generations of struggle often feels elusive and overwhelming. Increasingly, kids are bringing bigger challenges to our schools. Often educators feel unprepared and unequipped to meet these challenges to increase both academic and social emotional learning for each child. In our work with schools in Kansas and across the country, we have found that staff is experiencing a sense of powerlessness and overwhelm around truly serving each child in a way that has a lasting and meaningful impact. How do we do this in a way that protects and heals our staff to be successful with this new reality in public education? In this session, we’ll briefly unpack the vetted, longitudinal research around how poverty and/or trauma is a brain issue. How we heal both of these issues is through the same resilience-building framework. Participants will leave with a co-regulation plan that they can implement tomorrow in their classroom to help that struggling student or group of students. Participants will also leave with a long-view approach of how to truly design and equip a trauma- and resilience-responsive school that heals, disciplines, and teaches ALL students.


Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Redbud B

10:15am

Collaboration Space
Did you sit through a session and not have time to talk to the presenter?
Did you hear a great idea you want to talk through with your colleagues?
Do you have some questions for KSDE staff?
Did you see a peer from an innovative school and now you want to pick their brain?
Go, sit down, and learn together in the collaboration space!

This open session is intended to give attendees an opportunity and space to collaborate with a peer throughout the day. Also, this space is intended to help facilitate extended learning and thinking; this is not meant to be a social space but is an extension of our conference. Please use it to help you connect with colleagues and engage in deeper learning.

Monday October 28, 2019 10:15am - 4:00pm
Maple

11:20am

Kansans Can: Engage All Families
Just like a space launch needs engineers, mathematicians, and physicists to work together to send astronauts into space, families, schools and communities need to work together for children’s learning to take off. In this workshop attendees will participate in activities to learn what it means to establish a school culture that engages every family. Attendees will also be encouraged to plan redesign goals that include families in the process. Teacher-Family communication ideas such as Home Visits, Academic Parent Teacher Teams, ParentCamps will be shared. Resources will be distributed to participants that will support their family engagement redesign work in their schools.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Gilchrist

Laura Gilchrist

PD: Blended Learning & Family School Community Engagement Design, Kid Champions Consulting CEO & ParentCamp VP
Award-winning, connected & enthusiastic educator in Kansas City. Parent and naturalist. Ecosystems & Energy. I help schools design learning & engagement experiences so you build max capacity for partnerships which opens the door to opportunity flow and collective efficacy—and happy... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Cypress A

11:20am

Mercury/Gemini School Redesign Lessons Learned/Best Practices: David Brewer Elementary and Stockton Grade School
Stacey Green has served as the principal of Stockton Grade School (Stockton USD 271) for the last six years. The school serves students Pre-K through 7th, and was named as one of the Kansans Can Mercury 7 Redesign Districts. During the KSDE school redesign process, she has reframed her role with increased focus on teacher empowerment, addressing the needs of the whole child, and community involvement.
Craig Idacavage was named as the principal of David Brewer Elementary School (Leavenworth USD 453) in July 2015, becoming the 4th principal in the previous 4 years. The school was identified as a Title I Focus school with low staff morale, and lacking in school culture and student outcomes. Since selected as a Gemini I redesign school in August 2017, students have realized positive outcomes, with improved community buy-in from families and staff, and has been recognized as a National School of Character.
The Kansans Can School Redesign Project was launched by the Kansas State Department of Education, with districts invited to apply for selection around five outcomes established by the State Board of Education, five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future. In this session, the two principals will walk attendees through the transformation process from the perspective of the building's instructional leader, and share current school redesign highlights and best practices, in addition to next steps for ongoing school improvement. They will also facilitate discussions onhow to gain staff and community support necessary to implement redesign efforts that result in positive student outcomes.


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Birch

11:20am

Moving Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: The Benefits of The Flexible-Modular Schedule
The traditional schedules used within America’s secondary schools have not changed a great deal over the last several decades. The one-size-fits-all approach of the 7-8 period day & the block schedule does not allow for flexibility or to meet the individual needs of the teacher, the content, or the students. We at Pulaski High School have implemented a schedule we feel better serves our school community through increased flexibility for teachers & the opportunity for individualization for students. Our session will focus on providing details of the Flexible Modular Schedule, also known as the “Flex-Mod” Schedule, a schedule that addresses the growing needs of today’s secondary schools without sacrifice. Through this keynote we will provide information regarding reasons to move to the Flex-Mod, preparation for a year-one roll out, steps in the overall scheduling process, details on Flex-Mod systems, technology in the Flex-Mod, advantages, challenges, etc.


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Redbud C

11:20am

Our Journey Into Personalized Learning and the Lessons Learned
In this presentation, we will share a brief overview of our journey as a small school entering the Mercury Project and diving into personalized learning including How We Got Here, Lessons Learned, Successes/Failures, and finally, What the Data Is Telling Us So Far.


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Cypress B

11:20am

Project Based Learning (PK-4th) / Personalized Learning (5-8)
Discover how to implement personalized learning strategies with grade levels Preschool-8th Grade. Attendants will receive a lesson template and ideas on how to incorporate hands on learning in the classroom. Strategies will include; PBL, Badges, MakerSpace, and PLTW.


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Redbud A

11:20am

Real-world Application and Engagement through Exploration Days and Flexible Scheduling
Come to learn how Santa Fe Trail Middle School (Olathe) has incorporated Exploration Days and flexible scheduling to increase student and staff engagement. This session will also discuss which systems can be implemented to manage these initiatives.


Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Trail Rooms

11:20am

Why Is Change So Hard? Implication for KESA and Redesign
Continuous improvement requires a gap-analysis of current performance and aspirational performance. Inherent in this improvement process is the likelihood that change will be required. But, because leading change is difficult and controversial, many leaders shy away. The end result is the status quo.

Speakers

Monday October 28, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Redbud B
  • Host Organization KELI

12:30pm

Lunch
BUFFET LUNCH OF THE DAY
Minestrone Soup
New Potato and Egg Salad
Tri-Colored Pasta Salad
Smoked Ham, Turkey, Hard Genoa Salami, Shaved Roast Beef and Hickory Honey Smoked Chicken
Swiss and Cheddar
Appropriate Condiments
Miss Vickie's Assorted Chips
Chef's Choice of Assorted Breads
Blondie Bars, Brownies, Lemon Bars and Pecan Bars

Monday October 28, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Convention Hall

1:45pm

10 Possible Business Partnerships Your District Could Launch in 2020
Kansas schools have been challenged to build stronger relationships with their business and community partners. But on top of everything else in a busy educator's day, how do we go about enticing business to give their time, talent and treasure to local schools? What should be the goal of such partnerships? Who should take the lead and how do such affiliations get started? This breakout will share real-world examples of how the business community is getting involved in both elementary and secondary schools in districts across the state, and how you could start similar initiatives in your communities. Speakers will provide many real examples of programs happening today in Kansas, and resources to help your community get started building new collaborations.


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Cypress A
  • Host Organization KSDE

1:45pm

Blended Learning/Individualized Learning at David Brewer Elementary
Four years ago David Breaer was identified as a Title I Focus school with low staff morale, and lacking in school culture and student outcomes. The school had previously went through four principals in four years. The school's recent targeted school improvement efforts and KSDE Gemini School Redesign initiative (August 2017 – Present) have resulted in positive student outcomes, improved staff and family buy-in, and recognition as Promising Practice in Character Education. Teacher representatives (Allison Day and April Lutz) from the school's Building Leadership and School Improvement Team will walk attendees through the transformation process, with a focus on using technology as an instructional tool to implement individualized learning (e.g. Reflex, ScootPad, etc.). The session will provide a teacher's perspective on how to structure lessons for positive outcomes, incorporating goal setting and how to hold students accountable for their learning.


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Cypress B

1:45pm

Building a School Family Through Integrated Social and Emotional Learning
In this presentation, teachers from Lincoln Elementary USD 475 will share how we transformed our school culture by integrating social and emotional learning into every aspect of our school day. You will learn about our school families; character education in physical education; family style dining; and how we utilized our parents and community to launch our LION Kings program. Come learn how you can make Social Emotional Learning an authentic and ever present part of your school day!


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Birch

1:45pm

Kansans Can: Personalize Learning
In this session, attendees will review the new Kansas definition of Personalized Learning. Attendees will also get a first look at our Personalized Learning InfoGraphic! Come and learn about this essential Redesign Principle and what it means in Kansas.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Scott

Jay Scott

Secondary School Redesign Specialist, KSDE
avatar for Tammy Mitchell

Tammy Mitchell

KSDE
Come talk to me if you want to know about elementary redesign! This is the most exciting time to be an elementary teacher in Kansas!!!!
avatar for Sarah Perryman

Sarah Perryman

School Redesign Coordinator, KSDE


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Redbud B
  • Host Organization KSDE

1:45pm

Kansas Redesign Inspired the Teacher Leader in Me
As Kansas districts are reimaging what schools could be in our communities, shifts in teacher voice and leadership are on the rise. In this session, participants will hear from Gemini II pilots who will share their personal teacher leadership stories and explore ideas to promote teacher leadership in their own districts. Come and lead with us.


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Redbud C

1:45pm

Revolutionizing the High School Schedule
Remington HS is implementing their version of the flex mod schedule. The goal of flex mod is to allow students greater flexibility in their schedules to take courses that mean something to them while at the same time teaching them to regulate their time. We will discuss how we ramped up to implementing the flex mod schedule while identifying the pitfalls and success we have encountered so far.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Bumgarner

Tim Bumgarner

Principal, Remington HS


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Redbud A

1:45pm

Student Practical Training
In this session, we will demonstrate four of the different programs Field Kindley High School uses to prepare students for their career path after high school. This would include the Summit Learning platform, our Project-Based Learning facility, CTE Pathways and our collaboration with the community, and our collaboration with Coffeyville Community College tech campus.


Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Trail Rooms

2:45pm

Break
BREAK
Individual Packaged Chips and Candy
Tea
Soda
Bottled Water
Water Station

Monday October 28, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Promenade

3:00pm

Chart Your Course. Destination: Success!
Join us on our voyage of individualized learning as you chart your course for your learners. Let us help you find your way!

Speakers
avatar for Tamie Linenberger

Tamie Linenberger

5/6 Classroom Teacher, USD 482
I am an “old” teacher with 30+ years experience. I have been creating and implementing PBL’s since before PBL’s were a thing. I refer to myself as one of the crazies...Honestly, I am probably THE crazy. Nothing is out of my reach....I will work to make just about anything... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cypress B

3:00pm

Developing Student Success Skills as a Foundation for Personalized Learning
Participants will explore the Kansans Can Competency Framework through focusing on one of three competencies (i.e., self-regulation, assertiveness and self-efficacy) for self-assessment, building knowledge and brainstorming instruction. Aligned with the CASEL indicators and SECD Standards, these competencies can be explicitly taught, practiced and reinforced in every classroom, Pre-K through 12 to promote social emotional growth. Participants will complete a set of small group activities where they reflect on current practice, review SEL curriculum parts, learn foundational concepts, and view examples of instructional practices in various classroom settings. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how readily available supports and ongoing face-to-face and online professional development and coaching opportunities can be utilized for embedding SEL in daily instruction.


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cypress A
  • Host Organization TASN

3:00pm

Innovation Academy
The Innovation Academy at Basehor-Linwood High School pairs the Design Thinking Method with Project Based Learning to allow students to meet curricular standards through real-world learning opportunities and community partnerships. This presentation is intended for anyone going through the redesign process or wanting to know more about how they can use the Design Thinking Method and PBL to create a learning environment that builds employability skills and turns students into problem solvers in their community. It will include steps taken to create the Innovation Academy and details about how it is being implemented at BLHS. Materials and resources used to support the Innovation Academy at BLHS will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Jarred Fuhrman

Jarred Fuhrman

High School Principal, Basehor Linwood High School


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Redbud B

3:00pm

Real World Applications - The Meadowlark Way
At Meadowlark Elementary we do things a little differently! We invite you to come and listen to the real world opportunities our scholars experience every day! Scholars at Meadowlark are provided with choices as soon as they walk in the door in the morning, from what they will do before breakfast in the classroom, to where and how they will learn during the day. Our specially designed Mondays are another opportunity for scholars to choose what classes they will attend, based on their interests. Scholars also have the opportunity to apply for jobs in our building.


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Trail Rooms

3:00pm

Redesigning our Curriculum Areas
Fredonia Junior Senior High School will share information about their redesigned curriculum that aligns Kansas standards with thematic courses that focus on relevancy for learners. The team will share information about the integration of college courses, sixteen CTE pathways, and job-based learning.


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Redbud A

3:00pm

The Flex-Mod Schedule: An Open Discussion
The Flex-Mod Schedule provides a great deal of opportunity and benefit for students, schools, teachers, and administrators. However, as with any schedule, there are many different features of the schedule that must work together in order to create a smooth and functional system. This session is for those looking to gain further insight into the Flex-Mod Schedule and to have their questions answered. Items up for discussion in relation to the Flex-Mod include special education, technology, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), Response to Intervention (RtI), philosophy, in-depth scheduling, first-year take-aways, and leadership steps for roll-out & implementation.


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Birch

3:00pm

Why Change - Redesign is Inevitable
Participants in this session will experience why the change process is so difficult and how leaders can more effectively lead a successful change process. This session will include presentation of some new information but will mostly involve participants in discussion, scenarios and real life activities tied directly to KESA and Redesign.


Monday October 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Redbud C
  • Host Organization K-USA
 
Tuesday, October 29
 

7:00am

Registration/Breakfast
BREAKFAST OF THE DAY
Seasonal Berries, Apple Wedges, Bananas and Clementines
Buttery Croissants
Banana Nut Bread
Blueberry Muffin
Cream of Wheat with Berries & Honey
Sausage & Croissant Casserole
Chilled Juices
Coffee
Tea

Tuesday October 29, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

1st General Session: Igniting the Vision that Kansas will lead the WORLD in the Success of Each Student
Flag Ceremony, Art Contest Awards, Announcements, Commissioner Watson's Address on “Igniting the Vision that Kansas will lead the WORLD in the Success of Each Student."

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Randy Watson

Dr. Randy Watson

Commissioner, KSDE
Kansas Commissioner of Education


Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom

9:30am

Break/Visit Exhibitors and Success Showcases
BREAK
Assorted Granola Bars
Rice Krispie Treats
Coffee
Tea
Soda
Bottled Water
Water Station 

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Expo Hall

10:00am

ACT Test Data for Improved Learning
ACT test data is both simple and involved. This session will focus on your ACT data with a focus to improve student learning, identify areas of strengths and opportunities, and help you move forward as a staff in the school and classroom-level work you do to help your students be successful on the ACT. Workshop activities make this a learning and collaborative work session and attendees should be prepared to work with others and share their best practices, as well as focus on what your data is saying.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Birch

10:00am

"Comets Care"-Community Service Opportunities at the Elementary Level
Starside Elementary, located in De Soto, Kansas has earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the last 14 years. Throughout the school year we host a number of opportunities for students and families to get involved with community outreach. In this session, we will share a variety of service activities, including school-wide community service days, Comet’s Care community service club, and family avenues for outreach. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with Starside’s Counselor, as well as two model students who have actively participated in numerous outreach programs.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Oak

10:00am

Beyond the Bake Sale: One School's Family Engagement Journey
Explore how Sunflower Elementary School in the Gardner Edgerton School District is using their Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) family engagement plan as a catalyst to examine and refine their current family engagement practices. Learn about their family engagement journey to becoming a true "partnership" school.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Redbud B

10:00am

Engaging in the Right Work: Effective & Efficacious Leadership Teams
Whether a classroom, building, district, or state level leader; the need to engage in high functioning leadership teams to sustain the work and build the efficacy of the organization is relevant for all stakeholders. Many times, the teams easily meet a checklist of structures (list of team members, roles, responsibilities, the right people at the table, regularly scheduled meetings, etc.). However, ensuring that teams are engaged in the right work, while intentionally building the efficacy of the team is challenging. This session will provide professionals the tools to dig deeper into the “how” of intentionally building the efficacy of the team, ensuring teams are engaging in the right work and explaining how the team can be used to monitor the implementation of the work.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Walnut

10:00am

Micro-credentialing: Redesigning Professional Learning and Educator Re-licensure
In this session, we will walk you through the personalized professional learning journey that a pilot group of educators embarked on the last year where micro-credentialing equated to an efficacious learning experience and licensure renewal. Kansans CAN become the pioneers in the innovative areas of personalized learning for educators and redesigning licensure. Join us in learning what the next steps are for us as a tribe of professionally hungry eduheroes!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson

Principal, Buhler Schools, Buhler Schools
Paul is the proud principal of Union Valley Elementary in Buhler Schools! Chris is the proud counselor at Union Valley Elementary! We are both very passionate about personalized learning for educators! We feel it is THE mode to satisfy the professional hunger that our best educators... Read More →
avatar for Deb Mercer

Deb Mercer

Chair, Professional Standards Board, Kansas State University
Debbie K. Mercer serves as dean of Kansas State University's College of Education, the state's largest teacher education program. She joined the university in 2010 and was named to the leadership position in June 2012.Mercer's leadership and guidance have had a statewide impact on... Read More →
avatar for Mischel Miller

Mischel Miller

Director, Teacher Licensure and Accreditation, KSDE
Mischel Miller graduated from Dodge City Senior High School and attended college at St. Mary of the Plains College, as well as Fort Hays State, Emporia State, and Walden Universities. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Educational... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Cypress B

10:00am

“We are ALL early childhood stakeholders” - Strengthening Early Childhood in Kansas in 2019
In 2019 Kansas has the opportunity and new federal grant funding to engage in a collaborative effort to shape our state’s future direction for early childhood. A one-year planning grant authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act will support the development of a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic plan for early childhood. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas State Department of Education, and many other early childhood partners are carrying out this work together.

Come join the conversation about how Kansans’ feedback shaped our state’s future direction for early childhood and how you can get engaged to make it a reality. Learn more and stay up-to-date at kschildrenscabinet.org/early-childhood/

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Petersen

Amanda Petersen

Director of Early Childhood, KSDE


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Redbud A

10:00am

But Kids HAVE to Learn to Read...
We all understand the importance of learning to read in the early grades! We also know a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for A LOT of kids. Join teachers and an innovation coach from McPherson’s Eisenhower Elementary School to learn how staff is personalizing literacy instruction for ALL students. This will be a practical, hands-on learning opportunity. You’ll leave with several ideas you can incorporate tomorrow!

Speakers
AM

Angie McDonald

Director, Instruction, McPherson USD 418


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Maple

10:00am

Personalized Learning in the Fowler Model
You will learn how Fowler has created personalized learning opportunities for their students through project based learning, internships, and civic engagement. The Fowler Model incorporates the 5 R's to a personal level of instruction tailored to each student's needs with an outlook towards their future success.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Osage

10:00am

FIRST Robotics - Preparing Young People for Life
Come learn about FIRST robotics (all four programs) - engaging all students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation and foster well-rounded capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

Speakers

Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Redbud C

10:00am

Moving Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: The Benefits of The Flexible-Modular Schedule
The traditional schedules used within America’s secondary schools have not changed a great deal over the last several decades. The one-size-fits-all approach of the 7-8 period day & the block schedule does not allow for flexibility or to meet the individual needs of the teacher, the content, or the students. We at Pulaski High School have implemented a schedule we feel better serves our school community through increased flexibility for teachers & the opportunity for individualization for students. Our session will focus on providing details of the Flexible Modular Schedule, also known as the “Flex-Mod” Schedule, a schedule that addresses the growing needs of today’s secondary schools without sacrifice. Through this keynote we will provide information regarding reasons to move to the Flex-Mod, preparation for a year-one roll out, steps in the overall scheduling process, details on Flex-Mod systems, technology in the Flex-Mod, advantages, challenges, etc.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Cedar

10:00am

Kansas Suicide Prevention, Response, and Postvention Toolkit
Youth suicide in Kansas is increasing at an alarming rate. Schools need tools to effectively prevent and respond to suicidal concerns. The Suicide Prevention, Response & Postvention Toolkit was designed by the TASN School Mental Health Initiative to provide guidance to schools in meeting requirements of the Jason Flatt Act. The toolkit provides a step-by-step process to ensure educators are equipped to address these concerns proactively and systemically. Please join us to learn more about this valuable resource that is available to all Kansas schools.

Speakers
avatar for Myron Melton

Myron Melton

Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education
Myron Melton currently serves as an Educational Program Consultant for School Mental Health with the Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services Team at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Myron’s work focuses on school mental health and social-emotional learning... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Trail Rooms

10:00am

Making Kansas Schools Physically Active
Looking to improve student behavior and increase student learning? Physical activity may be the key. This presentation will provide the rationale for and research to support including physical activity throughout the school day. Strategies include incorporating brain boosts in classrooms, promoting active hallways, using sensory pathways, and implementing before and after school activity programs in addition to recess and physical education classes. Participants will be actively engaged in the session and discover the ease with which classrooms and school environments can benefit from increased physical activity.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Holt

Rhonda Holt

Active Schools! Let's Move Kansas
avatar for Meggin DeMoss

Meggin DeMoss

Active Schools trainer
Retired elementary physical education teacher.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Cypress A

11:20am

Lunch/Visit Exhibitors and Success Showcases
LUNCH BUFFET
Tortilla Soup with Charred Corn and Tomatoes
and Fried Tortilla Strips
Black Bean Salad with Corn and Queso Fresco
Refried Beans
Stacked Chicken, Green Chili Enchiladas
Pork Carnitas
Spanish Rice with Chorizo
Flour Tortillas
Charred Tomato Salsa
Cream Cheese Churros

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Expo Hall

12:30pm

2nd General Session: Keynote - Live Your Excellence Starting Today!
As educators, we must regularly ask ourselves: Have we grown complacent? Have we settled for the status quo? It’s our job not to let average become the standard. When a classroom or school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its teachers and leader’s ability to gain support. If you’re the type of educator who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your classroom and school’s halls, this presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations for all students and staff, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence!

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas

Owner & CEO, J Casas and Associates
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report. Jimmy was named the... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom

2:00pm

ACT WorkKeys in the K12 Setting – Data to Improve Learning
Designed with the K12 educator in mind, this workshop session blends the review and analysis of your ACT WorkKeys data by individual student, instructor, and school level. When ACT WorkKeys assessments are completed and scores are returned to students and schools, many will not readily grasp the value of the data they have. Understanding what data is available and what the data is telling us is critical to using the data to make informed decisions. Workshop participant participation will make this session of value to all who attend.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Birch

2:00pm

Civic Engagement in Rural Kansas
Civic engagement is a crucial part of student's education and preparation for life after high school, regardless of the path the student takes, either in employment, Technical/Junior College, College/University or service in the Military. These are skills all adults need to become a well-rounded and civically engaged Kansan. We will share various examples of what our school accomplishes in a Rural Western Kansas town to help students learn to be civically engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Naeve

Sandra Naeve

10-12 Art Teacher, Student Council Advisor, USD 457
I am a non-traditional teacher, with a BA in International Studies, BFA , T2T and M. Ed. I am currently working on NBC. I have taught pre-K-12th grade, currently teaching 10-12 Art and Student Leadership. I am a sponsor for Art Club, Folklorico, Project Graduation and Student Council... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Cypress B

2:00pm

Exploring the LiNK: Finding a feasible model for instructional coaching that will improve student achievement
The Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK) supports job-embedded instructional coaching focused on Birth-Grade 12 literacy in 32 districts across the state. In this session, presenters will share information about different models of instructional coaching currently being used in LiNK-supported school districts (which include small rural districts) and share basic how-to’s to help session participants think about which model they could feasibly implement in their districts.


Speakers
avatar for Amber Rowland

Amber Rowland

University of Kansas


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Trail Rooms

2:00pm

Resources for Implementation of the 2017 Mathematics Standards
Participants will be shown new resources that have been created to aid in the implementation of the 2017 Math Standards as well as future resources being developed. This session will focus on how to effectively use these resources to implement the standards with fidelity in your district. Professional development opportunities will also be shared.

Speakers

Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Cypress A

2:00pm

Ed Camp Networking Session: Individual Plans of Study
Do you have questions to ask or ideas to share with your colleagues about implementing Individual Plans of Study? Then this collaborative community is for you.  Join other conference participants as they gather to discuss and provide input on this important topic.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Redbud C

2:00pm

Empowering Student Success Through Collaboration
Co-teaching provides a vehicle for teachers and students to move from feelings of isolation and alienation, to feelings of community and collaboration. In this session, you will consider the Kansas Co-Teaching Professional Learning System. You will also identify multiple ways the practice of co-teaching connects with the KESA model and redesign principles. You’ll hear from district level leaders who will share their experiences, accomplishments, and challenges along their implementation journey. LINK: http://bit.ly/KESACOT

Speakers
avatar for Shonda Anderson

Shonda Anderson

Training and Coaching Coordinator, TASN Co-Teaching
We are currently in our 7th year of the TASN Co-Teaching Project. I would love to talk to you about how co-teaching and collaboration positively impacts instruction and student success.
avatar for Holly Francis

Holly Francis

Asst Supt, Augusta USD 402


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Redbud A

2:00pm

Ed Camp Networking Session Kindergarten Readiness
Do you have questions to ask or ideas to share with your colleagues about implementing Kindergarten Readiness? Then this collaborative community is for you. Join other conference participants as they gather to discuss and provide input on this important topic.


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Petersen

Amanda Petersen

Director of Early Childhood, KSDE


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Maple

2:00pm

Personalizing Learning
Participants will learn about Fredonia's curriculum that blends thematic courses, an array of college courses and multiple CTE pathways to prepare students for post-secondary success. Course curriculum have been redesigned to relate to themes while still emphasizing Kansas standards.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Osage

2:00pm

Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate: Influences and Predictors of Change
The Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate, in, and of itself, is a signal. What the signal means can be interpreted as a matter of fate, folly, or forethought.
In order to impact or change the signal we need a basic understanding of how the signal is generated.
More importantly, we need a deeper understanding of effective approaches and strategies that can alter the signal in a positive way.
Short-term and long-term, research-based initiatives supporting career and college success will be presented. Additionally, practical and proven suggestions focusing on removing obstacles to a successful transition from high school to the workplace and higher education will be shared.
Changing the Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate signal requires planning and informed preparation. Forethought, not fate or folly, is essential to enhancing student success.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Walnut

2:00pm

Rethinking Crisis Drills
In this session, participants will learn how empowering staff members and students to make decisions in stressful situations can improve the climate of the school. Participants will also review the importance of conducting a variety of drills and a new way to approach crisis drills. Finally, participants will receive an overview of Senate Bill 128 and the implications it has for schools.

Speakers
avatar for John Calvert

John Calvert

School Safety Specialist, Kansas Department of Education
John Calvert graduated Washburn University in 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Recently, John was the School Resource Officer for Holton, Jackson Heights, and Royal Valley school districts. After a 12 year career in Law Enforcement, John accepted a position with KSDE as the... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Oak

2:00pm

Using a Multi-Tiered System of Support to Improve Reading, Math, and Social Emotional Growth Data and to Impact Graduation Rates and Post-Secondary Success
This is a case study of a high school that used the KESA framework coupled with a multi-tiered system of supports to improve school-wide reading, math, and social emotional growth data as well as to sustain high graduation rates and improve the post-secondary success of graduating students. Through full staff participation in a collaborative team mindset and the leadership of a diverse building leadership team, this high school set on a course three years ago for developing two school-wide reading strategies used with all students, focused collaborative teaching of algebraic content and standard math practices in math core classes, intervention times that still allowed for students to take electives aligned with their IPS, and embedding of college and career competencies across all school settings to increase the overall achievement of all high school students in the building. This building also established whole child-centered practices to connect adults with every child in the building to build sustainable relationships that impacted the well-being of each student as well. Data and practices will be shared to demonstrate growth that has been achieved.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Redbud B

2:00pm

New Literacies: Reading, Writing and Learning for Tomorrow
In our session, we will explore and apply strategies, techniques and practices that support the growth and development of new literacies. We will consider reading, writing and learning as both a product and a process and will develop activities that will engage students in purposeful content creation.
We will explore practical digital tools that allow educators to help students become reflective and responsive learners. Through individual and collaborative work, we will reflect on our experiences and consider the power of student voice and choice in effective instruction.

Speakers

Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Cedar

3:15pm

Break/Visit Exhibitors and Success Showcases
BREAK
Cookies
Tea
Soda
Bottled Water
Water Station

Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Expo Hall

3:45pm

The PreACT – Data to Inform and Prepare
Using PreACT results from school or district level testing, discover and gain insight into the value of the data. This workshop will provide a quick view into the district, school, and content area data produced by your participation in the PreACT. Identify areas of strengths and opportunities and move forward in the work that you do to address your students’ needs related to their success on the ACT. Activities in this session will focus on immediate use of the data and the direct connection of the PreACT to the ACT, including the process of writing SMART goals for the ACT that are truly “measurable.”


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Birch

3:45pm

From Spark to Flame: Using Young Adult Literature (YAL) to Ignite Activism & Civic Engagement
One of the best ways to expose students to people and worlds outside their own is through literature. This session will explore ways to use young adult literature as a means to promote activism and civic engagement among students. Attendees will learn about the exciting and emerging genre of activist literature and ways to integrate it into their classroom, as well as leading authors and popular titles.

Speakers
avatar for Randi Stones

Randi Stones

7th Grade ELA, Washburn Rural Middle School
I have been teaching ELA for 14 years and I LOVE young adult literature! last year, I completed my thesis project paper work on the topics of Young Adult Literature and Civic Engagement. I hope to help teachers promote activism and civic engagement through literature by connecting... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Osage

3:45pm

Ed Camp Networking Session - Family, Business, Community Partnerships
Do you have questions to ask or ideas to share with your colleagues about implementing Family, Business, or Community Partnerships? Then this collaborative community is for you.  Join other conference participants as they gather to discuss and provide input on this important topic

Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redbud C

3:45pm

English Learners Excellence in Kansas
Based on current research provided at MIDTESOL19 and the practical experience of KSDE staff and ESOL educators in Kansas, this training will demonstrate standards based, user-friendly techniques that can aid educators in closing the achievement gaps of their English Learners while capitalizing on the gifts of their diverse classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Primm

Nicole Primm

EL Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Maple

3:45pm

KESA and Redesign: Working to create Change
The Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) is not only the Kansas state’s accreditation system, but its process was developed to create sustainable change over time. Although KESA is a system level approach, within its process it requires that school buildings also undergo an improvement process. Here is where the Kansans Can School Redesign Project comes in; this process is a building system level improvement approach that provides for more student-focus. As the school works on its redesign process to improve student learning, the system focuses on the supports needed by its schools, and together they work to improve the State Board goals and achieve accreditation. During this session participants will get to hear from four different Systems who are working to ensure that they achieve accreditation by working on redesign concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Nobo

Jeannette Nobo

Assistant Director - Accreditation, KSDE
At KSDE for 32 years working in areas of accreditation, school improvement, equity and diversity, curriculum and assessment.
avatar for David Barnes

David Barnes

KESA - Education Program Consultant, KSDE
I returned to KSDE as a consultant for KESA last year after five years in the classroom, teaching math and science at the high school level. Previously, I worked with standards and assessments at KSDE for six years, in both math and science.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Trail Rooms

3:45pm

The Winners - Our Kids
This panel of School District and Head Start Leaders will discuss the work they do to create effective partnerships between Head Start and the School District. The goals and benefits, difficulties and solutions and why it is work worth doing in the community.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kelly

Peggy Kelly

Executive Director, KS Head Start Association
I am a Social Worker. I worked with SRS for 26 years in the AFDC and TANF employment preparation programs before retiring in 2011. I have been with KHSA since 2012 and the Executive Director since 2016. I am passionate about engaging parents as the first and best advocate for their... Read More →
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Natalie McClane

Education Consultant, Kansas Department of Education
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Shelby Hubert

HS/EHS Director, NKESC- Head Start


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Walnut

3:45pm

Learning Oriented (Standards Based Grading) Instructional and Grading Practices
How do your grades represent learning? Through self-reflection and exploration of historical perspectives on current grading practices, we will compare and contrast traditional and learning-oriented (e.g. standards based grading) grading practices. In this session, we will identify the components of learning-oriented grading policies and practices that promote a growth mindset and student success. Participants will understand effective instructional and reporting practices, with special emphasis on why learning-oriented policies promote student success, how to transition grading and instructional practices, and what it means for teachers and students. We will explore learning-oriented practices as well as action steps to transition from traditional grading and instructional practices to learning-oriented grading and instructional practices.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Cypress A

3:45pm

3 Steps for Moving Your Classroom from Projects to Project Based Learning
Creating high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL) does not have to reinvent the wheel. In this hands-on session, you will walk through the three key steps to shift a traditional class project into a project-based learning experience. Using this process you will be able to identify the critical differences between projects that showcase learning, and projects that ARE the learning. This session is designed to meet the needs of K-12 teachers and instructional coaches supporting PBL.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Perez

Katie Perez

ESSDACK


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redbud A

3:45pm

Vaping/E-Cigarettes: What Kansas Schools Should Know
Vaping/E-Cigarette use has exploded among Kansas schools over the past three years. The impact this is having on Kansas schools is significant. This presentation will provide an overview of the work of the Vaping/E-Cigarette Task Force that has been formed by the Kansas State Board of Education, educational information on the harm posed by vaping, and resources schools can use to create awareness, educate students and parents, and take steps toward helping students quit, if they are currently using.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Roberts

Jordan Roberts

Youth Prevention Manager, Kansas Department of Health and Env


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redbud B

3:45pm

Dyslexia in the Classroom
In this session participants will understand how the brain becomes wired for reading. You will learn important instructional routines needed to improve and how and when to intervene with early readers to prevent reading failure. In this session, we will also discuss the recommendations from the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia and how the Kansas Department of Education will be addressing these recommendations.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Hadicke

Cindy Hadicke

Elementary Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Cypress B

3:45pm

Success for All: Tools to Support Digital Text in the Classroom
Digital academic materials are often available for students but not always accessible. Providing multiple instructional delivery methods/modes though technology can help all students engage and access the curriculum. This session will focus on technology tools to support digital text such as textbooks, worksheets and other curriculum materials provided in a digital format. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how one school district implemented district wide instructional technology supports to help all students access academic materials. Speakers will also share the impact this strategy had on individual students within the district.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Malone

Cindy Malone

Assistive Technology Facilitator and Trainer, Kansas Infinitec
avatar for Nicole Peters

Nicole Peters

Assistive Technology Consultant, Blue Valley School District


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Cedar
 
Wednesday, October 30
 

7:00am

Registration/Breakfast
BREAKFAST OF THE DAY
Wedged Citrus, Sliced Strawberries, Bananas and Green Apples
Buttery Croissants
Fruit Danish
Cinnamon Monkey Bread
Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Butter
Corned Breakfast Hash
Strawberry-Infused Water
Chilled Juices
Coffee
Tea

Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

History, Government, and Social Studies Classroom Based State Assessment
This session will take test administrators, curriculum coordinators, and teachers (grades 3-12) through the HGSS Classroom Based Assessment Best Practices. Some of the topics addressed will be classroom assessment standards, selecting themes, creating tasks, and summative assessment scoring. This interactive session will provide information about the assessment, discussion about how districts might best administer the assessment, and time to create state assessment inquiry units and tasks. Resources will include HGSS Assessment Guides, Performance Level Expectation sheets and the State Assessment Graduated Task Rubrics.

Speakers
avatar for Don Gifford

Don Gifford

HGSS Educational Consultant, KSDE
Don taught for 32 years in 1A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A schools in Kansas. He left the classroom in 2010 for the State Department of Education. Don is the coordinator for Civic Engagement for KSDE and has supervised and facilitated History, Government, and Social Studies Standards (HGSS... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Maple

8:00am

Student-Led Conferences: From 20% Parent Participation to 86% Parent Participation
The decline in participation in parent/teacher conferences has led many schools to look for more effective ways to bridge the gap between school and home. Great Bend High School abandoned the traditional model of conferences and implemented student let conferences and as a result has seen unbelievable increases in conference participation and effectiveness. Teachers become facilitators, parents become partners, and students discover ownership of their own education. Join us as we detail how we destroyed a failing tradition of low participation and minimal effectiveness and rebuilt it into a powerful tool to help every student succeed.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Cypress B

8:00am

Ed Camp Networking Session: High School Graduation Rates
Do you have questions to ask or ideas to share with your colleagues about improving High School Graduation Rates? Then this collaborative community is for you. Join other conference participants as they gather to discuss and provide input on this important topic.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Redbud C

8:00am

Building Bridges to Community Partners
In 2016 Newton High School hosted its first Building Bridges event. The intent of this event was to work with the local WorkForce Development, Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce and invite business and industry leaders to discuss issues surrounding CTE. The idea was to reach beyond the local advisory board and include all areas of career fields and job titles. Building Bridges has improved the IPS process by adding partners that host students in professional learning experiences as they explore career options. Attendees will learn how this event has grown and changed over the last 4 years and how to implement this event in their school.

Speakers

Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Oak

8:00am

Redesigning Intentionally Through KESA
This presentation will highlight how a northwest Kansas school district used the KESA process to facilitate stakeholder voice, staff engagement, and community partnerships to customize learning opportunities for students, staff, and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Molstad

Emily Molstad

Special Education Teacher, Colby Public Schools
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Diana Wieland

Director of Teaching & Learning, Colby Public Schools
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Katina Brenn

Superintendent, Colby USD 315


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Cedar

8:00am

Quality Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Practices: Implementing the Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Guidelines
An overview of the recently developed Prekindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Guidelines will be provided during this session. Leigh Anne Neal, Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood in the Shawnee Mission School District will share how the district has been able to offer more high quality full-day and half-day Prekindergarten classrooms, the transition process from Prekindergarten to Kindergarten and the impact both have made on students, families and educators. In addition, Bridgette Fullington, Title 1 Prekindergarten Teacher at Rosehill Elementary School, will share examples of how she has implemented the guidelines in her classroom. All participants will receive copies of the guidelines. Through the use of these tools and the development of strong Prekindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten programs the state-wide focus on Kindergarten Readiness will ensure all students are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success.

Speakers
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Barbara Gannaway

Assistant Director, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Trail Rooms

8:00am

Swimming Lessons: Preparing for Personalized Learning
Throwing stakeholders in the deep end of a personalized learning environment without any preparation is not a recipe for success. During this session we will discuss how to prepare stakeholders for personalized learned and the lessons learned along the way.

Speakers

Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Walnut

8:00am

Transition to College Algebra Lessons Learned
Join us in this session to discuss the Transition to College Algebra (TCA) class that was piloted for three years by KSDE. Transition to College Algebra is a one-year course (a unit) delivered by the high school to seniors who will need College Algebra to meet their post-secondary goals, but require additional academic preparation to place into that course. Student achievement data will be shared as well as student reported data on their mindset around mathematics. Additionally, one of the current TCA teachers will share her experiences with the class and the benefits it had for her students on achieving their post-secondary goals. Come explore the option of adding this class to your curriculum in the 2020-2021 school year!

Speakers

Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Birch

8:00am

The Skills That Matter: Social-Emotional Learning and Practice Across the Curriculum
Participants will explore the Kansans Can Competency Framework through focusing on one of three competencies (i.e., self-regulation, assertiveness and self-efficacy) for self-assessment, building knowledge and brainstorming instruction. Aligned with the CASEL indicators and SECD Standards, these competencies can be explicitly taught, practiced and reinforced in every classroom, Pre-K through 12 to promote social emotional growth. Participants will complete a set of small group activities where they reflect on current practice, review SEL curriculum parts, learn foundational concepts, and view examples of instructional practices in various classroom settings. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how readily available supports and ongoing face-to-face and online professional development and coaching opportunities can be utilized for embedding SEL in daily instruction.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Cypress A

8:00am

Spherical Impact of TODs - Ripples of Success
Teachers of the Deaf (TODs) are a critical element when appropriately serving students who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) but deaf education is not a one-person solution. Collaboration between the TOD, general education teacher, speech-language therapist, audiologist, and other team members is essential if the student is to be kindergarten ready with appropriate language and academic skills, possess a healthy social-emotional concept of self and sense of belonging, as well ensuring the student is equipped with the necessary post-secondary skill set for success after high school. The team must have knowledge of the unique needs of DHH students and how to address them. In addition to addressing these unique needs, this training will cover guidelines and resources for supporting DHH students as well as simulations of what these students experience in and out of the classroom.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Osage

8:00am

Structuring a district-wide Multi-tiered System of Supports for the Success of Every Student.
The district-leadership team used bi-drectional communication among all stakeholders to create systematic structures that laid the groundwork for a smooth implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports that addresses reading, math, and social emotional growth. The DLT will share examples of structure artifacts, descriptions of team conversations and decision making procedures, and preliminary data suggesting the system is sustainable. The DLT will also demonstrate how the structures for MTSS are aligned with KESA.

Speakers
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Lonnie Moser

Superintendent, Hiawatha USD 415


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Redbud B

9:30am

Assessment: Making Meaningful Connections-Formative, Interim and Summative Kansas Assessments
This session will share resources and tools available to bring formative, interim and summative assessments to life in the classroom and in your district. Participants will learn about enhancements to the Kite system and have the opportunity to engage in meaningful data collection activities using the Kite Collector Tool

Speakers
avatar for Mary Matthew

Mary Matthew

Kansas Assessment Program Director, Assessment and Achievement Institute


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Cypress B

9:30am

Bite Sized Family Engagement
Family engagement can seem so daunting it's easy to quit before we even started. This session will share small "bite-sized" activities that have been utilized by LiNK grantee districts. These districts have some great ideas to borrow that aren't dependent on grant funds--just good ideas!

Speakers

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Redbud B

9:30am

Sparking Connections Beyond the Classroom
In accordance with our schools mission statement to create responsible citizens, our students have an opportunity to become just that! Our teachers are reaching out for classroom support! Organizations, local to global, are helping our students realize that even though they are young, they have a mighty impact.

Our teachers have kept classroom rigor high as they incorporate academically based service learning projects into the school day. When partnering with outside agencies, local professions bring our social studies standards to life by increasing student exposure to relevant 21st century skills. Volunteers bring with them, knowledge and real world application to classroom instruction.

Bringing an awareness to community options can help our parents and students access connections to post secondary success. This is just one way the Mercury 7 Redesign Initiative has allowed CES to help fulfill our district mission.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Maple

9:30am

Writing Goals and Reports for KESA
This session will focus on two areas that, upon review of KESA reports, have been found to be difficult areas for systems:
1. Writing goals for improvement
2. Writing effective reports.
Participants will acquire tips for writing goals that help create change. We will talk about SMART goals, importance of data, and have an opportunity to practice writing some goals. Additionally, participants will be provided with tips for effective report writing for KESA.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Nobo

Jeannette Nobo

Assistant Director - Accreditation, KSDE
At KSDE for 32 years working in areas of accreditation, school improvement, equity and diversity, curriculum and assessment.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Cypress A

9:30am

Using the Kansas Kindergarten Readiness Tool: ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2
A panel of educators from 3 different districts; Kansas City, Kansas, Nickerson - South Hutchinson and Madison-Virgil will provide examples of how the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 have been administered, interpreted and used to promote family engagement in their schools/districts. Participants will learn why the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 are most effective when administered together as a snapshot for a student's development and social-emotional growth. Planned, purposeful and intentional use of the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 supports the state-wide focus on Kindergarten Readiness and ensuring all Kansas students are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success.

Speakers
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Barbara Gannaway

Assistant Director, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Trail Rooms

9:30am

Meeting the Needs of Student Learning Through Personalized Learning
Stockton Grade School staff will share the research behind Personalized Learning and their transition from differentiation to personalization. Learn about tools, structures, and data that have increased student engagement and achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Kennedy

Megan Kennedy

Junior High Math, USD 271
I've been teaching junior high math and science in Stockton, KS since 2014. As a teacher in a KSDE Redesign Mercury School, I've discovered many passions in education that I didn't know I had, such as personalized learning, project based learning, and the trauma responsive school... Read More →
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Andrea Dix

4th and 5th math/science, USD 271
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Andrea Graham

K-3 Title I, USD 271
I am a Kindergarten-3rd grade Title I teacher and part time Instructional Coach in Stockton, Kansas. We are a Mercury 7 Redesign school. Through our Redesign, we have implemented school community groups, personalized learning, project based learning, and are working to be a trauma... Read More →
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Lee Lindsey

teacher, USD 271


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Birch

9:30am

Ed Camp Networking Session: Postsecondary Completion/Attendance
Do you have questions to ask or ideas to share with your colleagues about improving Postsecondary Completion/Attendance? Then this collaborative community is for you.  Join other conference participants as they gather to discuss and provide input on this important topic.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Redbud C

9:30am

Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate: Influences and Predictors of Change
The Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate, in, and of itself, is a signal. What the signal means can be interpreted as a matter of fate, folly, or forethought.
In order to impact or change the signal we need a basic understanding of how the signal is generated.
More importantly, we need a deeper understanding of effective approaches and strategies that can alter the signal in a positive way.
Short-term and long-term, research-based initiatives supporting career and college success will be presented. Additionally, practical and proven suggestions focusing on removing obstacles to a successful transition from high school to the workplace and higher education will be shared.
Changing the Postsecondary Effectiveness Rate signal requires planning and informed preparation. Forethought, not fate or folly, is essential to enhancing student success.


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Walnut

9:30am

Supporting Teachers Shifting to Project-Based Learning
While many coaches, principals, and curriculum directors understand the basic concepts of Project Based Learning (PBL), they may never have taught in a PBL classroom and find themselves struggling to answer some of the typical beginner-level questions from teachers. This session is for elementary and secondary administrators, curriculum directors, and instructional coaches who want to better support their teachers as they begin facilitating long term PBL experiences with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Perez

Katie Perez

ESSDACK


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Redbud A

9:30am

REsTRAIN Yourself: Components for Reducing ESI
Participants will learn the six research-based components to guide and retrain a team on an approach to reducing Emergency Safety Interventions within a school or district that is sustainable over time.

The six components include leadership oversight, use of data to inform practice, performance development, use of prevention supports, student and family engagement, and debriefing techniques. This training is designed to provide teams with tools to develop an action plan to reduce ESI, develop goals for reducing ESI, monitor and increase treatment integrity, develop an oversight plan, develop a staff recognition plan, and structure debriefing techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Nichole Hitchcock

Nichole Hitchcock

Intense Support Provider, TASN-ATBS
As the Intense Support Provider for TASN-ATBS, I provide technical assistance to schools across the state with state maximums of Emergency Safety Interventions. In addition, I provide technical assistance to schools for individual students and behavioral programs on preventing and... Read More →
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Ashley Dysarz

Director of ABA, Heartspring


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Cedar

11:00am

3rd General Session: Keynote - Changing the Narrative
When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather, learn, leave and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the perspective of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in the community an identity. Our families want to know what is going on in our classrooms and schools. When they don't know what we do, they make up what we do...and that often does not reflect the incredible things happening in our space. BE INTENTIONAL...OPEN DOORS...BUILD STAFF!!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Superintendent, Fall Creek School District
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. He holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Hyatt Eagle Ballroom