In 2015, the Kansas State Board of Education launched a new vision for education in the state—“Kansas Leads the World in the Success of Each Student.” Leveraging both research and information from Kansans regarding what they expected of their schools’ systems, the state invited schools to move away from a “one-size-fits-all” system reliant on state assessments to a more student-focused system that provides supports and resources for individual success as a Kansas high school graduate. The Kansas State Board of Education’s goal is to have all Kansas’ public school districts involved in the redesign process by 2026.
R12CC is assisting the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to develop a working knowledge of how to use strategic planning to guide redesign, formative assessment tools to monitor implementation fidelity and progress at redesign implementation sites, and evidence-based practices for making continuous improvements to redesign training for district leaders. This work includes designing and implementing a professional learning program for a cadre of trainers to support districts in advancing and supporting student success. Training sessions focus on developing a shared understanding of personalized learning, competency-based education, and their intersection with redesign principles. Through an executive leadership forum, R12CC is also supporting superintendents to address common concerns and critical questions relating to leadership, curriculum and assessment, instructional changes, and planning and constituency building.
The capacity building services that R12CC will provide are aligned with the four areas of support KSDE has initiated to enhance the redesign initiative. By applying evidence-based practices in the four key areas of personalized learning, student success skills, business/family/community partnerships, and real-world application to the elements of school redesign, Kansas will be positioned to scale up redesign efforts throughout the state.
Impact Story: Executive Leadership Forum in Kansas & Missouri – Guiding Leaders Guiding Change
In response to the rapidly changing context of delivering education during COVID-19, Region 12 Comprehensive Center (R12CC) launched a monthly forum to engage school superintendents in conversations about leading change during times of
Kansans Can: Spring 2023 Project Updates
R12CC’s work in Kansas includes hosting a monthly Executive Leadership Forum with superintendents to support them as they lead change management initiatives. Recent sessions focused on developing leadership in others and improving principal’s use of political, educational, and organizational levers
Kansans Can Project Implementation: Fall 2022 Updates
R12CC is collaborating with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to support the implementation of the Kansans Can Initiative with a focus on continuous improvement of Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) processes. Recent accomplishments include developing a summary infographic
Year 3 Project Highlights
Work during our third project year continues to focus on providing high-quality technical assistance, building collaborative relationships, and supporting educational agencies to make systemic changes. View these project highlights to learn more about our work:
School Redesign in Kansas: Winter 2022 Updates
During the summer and early fall of 2021, leaders from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas State Board of Education facilitated the Kansans Can Success Tour. The tour, a 50-city event, provided opportunities for school leaders,
Voices from the Field: Teacher Leadership Development in Kansas Redesign Schools During a Time of Uncertainty
Voices from the Field spotlights stakeholders in Region 12 and their work to improve educational opportunities and outcomes. R12CC is privileged to share the insights of Dr. Tammy Mitchell, Elementary Redesign Specialist, Division of Learning Services, Kansas State Department of
KSDE Conducts Kansans Can Success Tour
Since 2015, Kansas’ high school graduation rate has increased from 85.7% to 88.3%. Learn more about how KSDE has engaged stakeholders across the state in school redesign and student success.
Scaling School Redesign in Kansas
The Kansans Can Redesign initiative guides schools to focus on strategies that ensure students develop academic, civic, and social capacities needed to be successful in postsecondary education, the workforce, and in the community. To support the implementation and scaling