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2014-15 Kickoff Webinar PPT: State of Education in Kansas

KLFA 2014 Kickoff Webinar  This webinar PPT highlights Interim Commissioner Brad Neuenswander and KSBE representative Kathy Busch. They provided information about the state of education in Kansas.

KGTC Hosting Summer 2014 Seminars!

The Kansas Gifted and Talented and Creative summer seminars have been announced.  For more information, view this link.

Summer 2014 KGTC Seminars

Kansas Featured on LFA Podcast

Dayna Richardson, KLFA Chair, talks about the work of KLFA and educators across the state to advocate for public support for the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. Kansas educators were involved in the development of the standards in a process very similar to how we’ve done it for years. Once they were adopted by KSBE, professional learning opportunities were imbedded in the implementation process for steady, deliberate integration into the curriculum.

Brad Neuenswander’s State Assessment Update 1.9.14

Brad Neuenswander’s State Assessment Update 1.9.14

KLFA Advocacy Video Talking Points

Considerations Before Watching the KLFA Advocacy Video

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Note: Full web addresses are included at the end of this document.

•    Most parents really, really like their neighborhood schools (click here to access the 2013 PDK Gallup Poll).
•    Parents are important to student success (click here to access the Parents’ Guide to Student Success).
•    Our schools in Kansas have lost a tremendous amount of state and federal funding over the last 5-7 years. Kansas cuts to K-12 education funding were the fourth-most in the nation (click here for more information).
•    Our schools and communities have long believed that the purpose of public education is to prepare students to be well educated in order to take part in our democratic society. (Thomas Jefferson Quotation)
•    A strong public education system is the fundamental element of a strong state, a strong economy, and strong communities (click here for more information).
•    A quality school includes high standards, assessments to monitor progress, effective evaluation of educators, and a systemic accreditation protocol (click here for more information).


•    Everyone wants to know about the changes in public education.  This knowledge allows educators, parents and our communities the opportunity to understand, value, and support these changes.

•    The world is changing! Technology changes daily, we interact with people from other states and countries, we can now learn anywhere and anytime, and job trends show people changing careers numerous times that require lifelong learning utilizing problem solving, collaboration and creative thinking.

•    A strong education system impacts everyone and creates a strong state.  All stakeholders working together ensure all our students have the skills and knowledge to be ready for post-secondary opportunities, including a PreK to 20 emphasis not just the grades that are assessed. A unified voice is one that can be heard above all the “noise.”

•    According to national assessments, Kansas is in the Top 10 but there is still room for improvement to better prepare our students for success after high school.  Schools cannot continue to do business as we have in the past or present; we must focus on our students’ futures.

•    Education benefits everyone: our schools, communities and businesses!


•    Kansas now has a definition of what it means to be College and Career Ready
•    College and Career Ready means an individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.

•    The focus of this definition is broadened to the whole child – preparing our students for life after high school.
•    Academic Preparation (Math, English Language Arts, History/Government, Science, Social, Emotional and Character Development, Physical Education, Fine Arts)
•    Cognitive Preparation (mental processes or habits of mind involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension including thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, and problem solving)
•    Technical Skills (special skill or practical knowledge characteristic of a particular art, science, profession, trade, etc.)
•    Employability Skills (essential abilities that involve the development of a knowledge base, expertise level and mindset that is increasingly necessary in the modern workplace)

•    With the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) and new assessments to monitor the progress of students and the effectiveness of teachers, there’s more consistency and accountability for students and educators when students move in and out of districts or states.

•    Educators are more supported through opportunities to collaborate and address the habits of mind necessary to produce well-rounded students.

•    Each child benefits from higher expectations and being college and career ready. We’re moving toward a more rigorous set of standards.  Kansas has had state standards for many years.  The actual curriculum, materials, instructional methods and technology are all decided by local boards of education, in collaboration with district educators.


•    As required by state law, we are in cycle for the development of a new set of standards. Because we have a very mobile/digital society, it benefits students to have a more consistent set of quality standards that move beyond basic skills to higher order thinking skills and better prepares them for their future. The Kansas State Board of Education adopted the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in 2010.

•    Since a knowledgeable, informed, caring teacher is critical to student success, teacher evaluation will be facilitated by understanding of the learner and learning, content knowledge, instructional practice, and engagement in professional responsibilities. Administrators will have similar criteria and all educators will be evaluated on student performance. Professional learning is key to improving educator effectiveness and student results.

•    A new set of assessments will monitor progress and determine attainment of those skills identified in the new standards. Multiple opportunities will be available for students to demonstrate their learning.

•    Accreditation provides a quality framework to improve our school systems. The framework is holistic and includes the themes of Relationships, Rigor, Relevance, Responsive Culture, and Results.


There is no power for change greater than a school/community discovering what it cares about.

1.    Using KSDE’s definition of College and Career Ready, how does that change our conversation? My conversation?
2.    How can we build upon our success and better prepare our students so they are college and career ready in Kansas? What will have the biggest impact right now? Long term?
3.    How can we as a community support the changes occurring in our local schools?
4.    What can we do as a school/community to better support collaboration among our community, schools and families? What can I personally do?
5.    What makes our schools a healthy place to live, work, learn, and play?
6.    What do you – as a key partner in the education of our students – want from our Kansas schools in order to help your child/our students be successful? What is most important to you about education today in Kansas?
7.    What can I personally do to support the changes?
8.    Others?

To address specific concerns commonly expressed regarding these changes, please click here for additional information.


  1. Advocacy Video on Youtube:
  2. 2013 PDK Gallup Poll:
  3. Parents’ Guide to Student Success:
  4. Study Results:
  5. Thomas Jefferson quotation:
  6. About Schools:
  7. Quality Schools:
  8. Address Concerns:

Talking Points Document (includes full list of web links)


KASB Provides Information on KCCRS


Please Share This KLFA Educational Advocacy Video!

This video was created by the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) . It dispels myths about the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, discusses the use of student performance for teacher evaluation, shares information about the changes in state assessments and district accreditation, and provides ideas on how you might support your local schools. Please share it with Site Councils, Boards, community organizations, faculty or anyone who will listen and watch!! Click here or paste the link below in your browser to access it.

Talking Points are available here.

Scott Myers Presentation on Using Multiple Measures for Teacher Evaluation

Scott Myers shared his PowerPoint on the current status of using multiple measures to evaluate teachers in Kansas. Click below to access it.

Multiple Measures S.Myers

DeBacker & Busch Share Updates at 13-14 Kickoff Webinar

13-14 KLFA Kickoff Webinar

JIEE Fall 2013 Workshops

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