Please note: The nomination window for the Class of 2015-2016 is March 2 through April 3, 2015. Please watch for additional information.

Leadership for Tomorrow

KASB's Leadership for Tomorrow program identifies exemplary school board members, superintendents, principals and other administrators for training and experiences that create opportunities for professional and personal growth. In the past 10 years the program has graduated over 100 leaders who have gone on to have an impact at the local, state and national levels.

This statewide program:

-Identifies exemplary school board members, superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and administrators.
-Informs them of key education issues through five sessions held throughout the school year.
-Provides avenues through which participants better understand how issues impact districts differently.
-Fosters legislative advocacy.
-Builds leadership capacity at the local, state and national levels.

To accomplish this, the program’s five sessions will focus on the issues and opportunities of Kansas education in such areas as:
  • legal issues, advocacy issues
  • budget issues—local and state
  • community engagement
  • technology and student achievement
  • special education, communication
  • poverty, safety
  • media, rural and urban issues,
  • ESL, national trends,
  • post-secondary education opportunities
  • health insurance
  • ethics
The training will include:
  • Five sessions conducted at different locations across the state.
  • Recognized Kansas education practitioners, state and federal legislative leaders, attorneys, state board members, KSDE representatives, as well as professionals in leadership will be faculty presenters for the sessions.
  • Sessions will allow participants to meet and informally visit with leaders in the state and other class participants.
The benefits of the program are two-fold. First, the benefit the state of Kansas will receive as a result of the effort to stimulate and develop future Kansas education leaders is first and foremost. Second, there will be many benefits for the participants themselves. The added knowledge of current educational issues and how different districts are affected will be beneficial to all class members in their current positions.

Contact KASB for details!

800.432.2471, 785.274.3600 or email

Past Classes:

Class of 2013-2014

Class of 2012-2013

Class of 2014-2015 Announced
May 2, 3014

Participants for the program are chosen through an application process on the basis of individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.
The Leadership for Tomorrow class will explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement. The class will meet five times in various locations across the state. Presenters and facilitators will include civic leaders, government officials, educators and experts from a variety of fields.
The 2014-2015 Class members are:
  • Ryan Ausmus, Board of Education, Dodge City USD 443
  • Dr. Evelyn Hill, Board of Education, Kansas City Kansas USD 500
  • Chris Jewell, Board of Education, Liberal USD 480
  • Amy Martin, Board of Education, Olathe USD 233
  • Matt McCabe, Board of Education, Buhler USD 313
  • Scott Myers, Board of Education, Jefferson West USD 340
  • Dave Otis, Board of Education, Ulysses USD 214
  • Mike Rodee, Board of Education, Wichita USD 259
  • Kevin Schasteen, Board of Education, Paola USD 368
  • TinaRae Scott, Board of Education, Morris County USD 417
  • Rod Stewart, Board of Education, Washington County USD 108
  • Mike Berblinger, Superintendent, Buhler USD 313
  • Denise Guy, Superintendent, Abilene USD 435
  • Shelly Martin, Superintendent, Parsons USD 503
  • Nathan Reed, Superintendent, Fairfield USD 310
  • Rodger Hilton, Assistant Superintendent, Ulysses USD 214
  • David Ottley, Superintendent, Victoria USD 432
“This year’s class is a great representation of the diversity in Kansas public education,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director. “Their exploration of public education this year will help us all develop a greater understanding of state-wide issues, including our similarities and differences, strengths and opportunities for improvement.”
The program includes five two-day sessions held throughout the state and includes presentations, discussions and direct observations of programs in various school districts in Kansas.