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The Kansas Association of School Boards is proud to announce our breakout sessions for the 2022 Annual Convention. Attendees will have the opportunity to select from 32 breakout sessions facilitated by leaders across the state. Convention registrants will have access to an agenda towards the beginning of October. No matter your role or district size, there's a breakout session for you!

Breakout Round 1: 9:00 a.m.

Our first breakout session will be Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. 

  • School Finance & Budget 101: Basics of the Kansas School Funding Formula | Cypress A

    Kellen Adams | USD 413

    This session aims to provide a deeper understanding of the KSEEA (Kansas School Equity & Enhancement Act), unpacking the primary components of the funding formula for Kansas' 286 school districts. Topics shall include, but not be limited to:  

    • Understanding the revenue sources for Kansas school districts at the federal, state, and local levels
    • Gaining a deeper knowledge of mill rates, student weightings, the difference in operational funds, and other basics that are essential to the funding formula  
    • A chance for attendees to unpack the data associated with their local district  
    • Practical ways to help articulate and share this topic with stakeholders within your district.
  • Developing and Integrating Work-Based Learning in Your District | Redbud A

    Don Potter, Jordan Buxton, & Breahna Crawford | USD 375

    Introduction: As the State of Kansas has moved toward a vision of what a successful graduate consists of, we at Circle have embraced the concept of not one size fits all when it comes to individual plans of study for students. Four years ago, during an Eighth-grade promotion, Mr. Don Potter, Superintendent, shared a goal with the class that would be entering Circle High School. That goal consisted of 40% of students graduating in the next four years with either a two-year associate degree, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway completer certification, and 100% of students gaining a Work-Based Learning (WBL) internship. Achieving this goal does not start when the students enter high school. Thinking ahead and planning for a career starts in the elementary setting. Intermediate career fairs begin setting the stage for the excitement of "What I want to be." This carries into the middle school setting with interest inventories, pursuing flex day options, allowing students to be with an adult or parent on Take Your Child to Work Day, and going to a larger career fair opportunity based on their interests. Eighth Grade students and Sophomores participate in Reality University. Upon high school enrollment, the various pathways are identified and communicated with students and parents, along with what these opportunities consist of. Freshman Year- Butler Community College enrollment information is shared with students during a weekly WBL time as well as an evening for parents to hear the same. CTE pathway completer information is shared at Freshman enrollment and during the 8th grade visitation day at Circle High School with Teachers. CTE pathways are brought back into the conversation with Freshmen during their WBL work time, where students explore different pathways and careers. Sophomores participate in the essential skills workshop and earn certification towards work readiness and set up a job shadow opportunity based on interests. Juniors take the NCRC certification and participate in mock job interviews with support from our education service center. As the program develops further, during a career fair held in the fall for Juniors- the goal is for the students to walk away with a job shadow opportunity that will take place at some point throughout the remainder of the year. This would then lead to an internship for Senior year. Seniors are given time to seek out College visits and speak with college recruits. All of this work is supported by community partnerships that we work with side by side to provide opportunities for our students. 

    Conclusion:  We are still working towards the goal but have made immense progress. When embracing the Kansas Can Vision and looking at education from the lens of creating successful graduates, a district must embrace traditional and non-traditional pathways to see success and sustainability.   

    Supporting Documents:  Elementary Career Fairs, CMS Flex day opportunities, CHS pathways for graduation, Career Fairs, Butler academies,  CHS Master Schedule, Website

    Resources: CTE pathway information. Reality University (Pando Initiative), Grant writing resources

    Challenges:  Time for PD for teachers for them to grasp the CTE pathways, Understanding the Electronic portfolios that students complete, and the IPS process. Clear and concise information shared with parents regularly. Finding internships for all students' interests. 

    Moving Forward:  Keeping the momentum going and establishing an ongoing goal.


  • Top 10 Legal Issues All Board Members Should Understand | Redbud B

    Angie Stallbaumer and/or Lori Kopp | KASB

    Join KASB's legal staff for a brief overview of the Kansas Open Meetings Act; the Kansas Open Records Act; the board's responsibility under evaluation law; things to look out for with public comment, equal access, complaints, and more. This session is designed to give a veteran board member a refresher on legal issues impacting their board membership and to give new board members a baseline understanding of these concepts so that red flags are more apparent in the future.

  • Managing Conflict- A Means Toward Constructive Ends | Redbud C

    Sue Givens | KASB

    Often, hearing the term “conflict” causes anxiety and is associated with dysfunction. Whether it’s conflict in schools, communities, or on boards, conflict is most often perceived as negative and when it isn’t addressed can result in loss of trust, a caustic culture, and damage to district reputation each resulting in an impact to enrollment, employee retention or recruitment, and public support. Further, failure to acknowledge and address conflict can cripple essential decision-making and future growth. However, conflict can have positive outcomes, and board members and school leaders who develop constructive approaches can embrace conflict for the advances it brings to trust, culture, and perception. This session will discuss beliefs and mindsets surrounding conflict and explore strategies that can be applied to make it constructive for your district.

  • Awareness & Communication: Keys to a Thriving Culture | Birch 

    Kelly Turcotte & Tammy Fellers | ESSDACK

    Too often, the work of improving organizational culture focuses on what administration and school boards alone should do to make
    improvements for the whole. Communication seems to flow one way. When change occurs, it doesn't seem to last, and before
    long, it's time to search for another initiative or program to meet the ever-changing needs of the stakeholders (BOE, administrators,
    certified, and classified staff).

    This session presents information on a framework that improves communication skills. Participants will experience and leave with
    tools to increase awareness to support improving communication and responses to stress.


  • Finding Potential Teachers In Your OWN District | Cedar

    Todd Roberts, Meghan Shave, & Dr. Brandy Crowley | Kansas Future Teacher Academy

    We know that there is a teacher shortage. The shortage is widening with fewer students going into education. The Kansas Future Teacher Academy at Emporia State University is looking to work to increase participation from current freshman, sophomore, and junior students in high school. Students can attend KFTA for five days to learn from current professionals in the field and start networking with others from across the state.

  •  School Board Members as Anti-Hunger Advocates | Maple

    Jami Reever & Haley Kottler | Jamie Reever USD 253 & Kansas Appleseed

    School board members have the power to influence food accessibility in their districts and in their communities. During this session, we will discuss the types of nutrition programs school board members can bring to their districts to ensure their students have access to the food they need. We'll highlight success stories from districts across the state that have gone above and beyond to support their students' nutritional and academic needs.

  • The Board of Education's Influential Role in Educator Retention | Cypress B

    Dr. Bret Church | Emporia State University

    50% of Kansas Educators participated in the Kansas Teacher Retention Survey in late 2021. The survey data showed that the board of education has an important role in educator retention. Specifically, the perception of the vision and leadership of the BOE is a statistically significant driver of engagement and retention. This session will focus on the research specific to the role of the board of education regarding retention and provide suggestions for how districts can leverage data to address the challenges of educator retention. 


Breakout Round 2: 10:00 a.m.

Breakout round 2 will be Saturday, November 12, from 10:00  – 10:45 a.m. 

  • 8 Characteristics of Highly Effective Boards | Cypress A

    Dr. Britton Hart | KASB

    Participants will examine the eight characteristics of highly effective school boards. Each participant will leave with strategies that will maintain the focus on the critical work of the board. The session will also reflect on the danger signs that can derail your board team. This breakout session is timely as you welcome new members to your team in January.

  • Title IX Updates  | Cypress B

    Ashley Rohleder-Webb | KASB 

    Ashley will get you up to speed on the latest changes in the world of Title IX, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination matters impacting schools. She will make sure you have all the information you need to navigate the uncharted waters along with a few helpful tips along the way.

  • Keeping up with Cybersecurity Insurance Requirements | Redbud A

    Shane Rudy, K12itc Director, Information Security | K12itc

    K-12 is being targeted by cybersecurity criminals more than ever.  The risk and stakes have never been higher.  As a result, insurance carrier requirements are more stringent and complex.  For K-12 administrators, even filling out a cybersecurity insurance application is a difficult, daunting task.  Shane Rudy, K12itc Director of Information Security, will outline the current cybersecurity landscape.  He’ll explain what insurance carriers are requiring, best cybersecurity practices for schools, and resources available to be compliant with this complex, challenging issue.

  • School Budgeting and Finance:  Simplifying the Beast | Redbud B

    Lew Faust | USD 383

    The session will provide information on planning, forecasting, and developing the district budget. The opening topic will be a basic overview of the school finance formula and how the district's operational funds are determined. Additionally, tools to project and plan for the subsequent budget year will be outlined. Finally, a system to simplify the development of data from district-level accounts to the KSDE Budget Software will be addressed at a conceptual level.  

  • Building Local Advocacy Networks | Redbud C

    Leah Fliter | KASB

    Join KASB's Assistant Executive Director of Advocacy and Governmental Relations Leah Fliter and Communications Editor Scott Rothschild for a discussion of why and how to build local networks to advocate for Kansas public schools. Learn tips and best practices for effective advocacy, working with KASB on a common message, and more. Audience interaction is encouraged!

  • Exploring the Roles and Essential Functions of a New Kansas Superintendent | Birch

    Patrick Crowdis | USD 431

    Session attendees are invited to help contribute to the development of a handbook for new superintendents by participating in a focus group to discuss superintendent roles and essential functions. Following an overview of the in-progress handbook, this focus group will consider essential knowledge and skills unique to the Kansas superintendency. This information will be utilized in the compilation of information to create a comprehensive handbook for new superintendents. Information will be gained from experienced superintendents, new superintendents, experienced district office personnel, and Board of Education members to compile the essential knowledge a new Kansas superintendent needs to be effective. Contribute your expertise to this handbook for new Kansas superintendents.    

  • Data Literacy and Insight for Board Members | Cedar

    Dr. Aaron Kipp | USD 501

    We will explore looking at data with a trained eye. Data alone is not enough to make strategic decisions. Rather, transforming that data into knowledge and actionable insight is necessary. Tools and models will be provided so that Board members can best process and judge data and information.

  • Why Mentoring? Stories from the Field  | Maple

    Donna Augustine-Shaw | Kansas State University

    This session will feature highlights from new district and building leaders served by The Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI) about the benefits of mentoring during their first year on-the-job and the perspectives of mentors who have provided support for their success. Program components will be shared, and session participants will engage in dialogue about the importance of mentoring.  

Breakout Round 3: 1:15 p.m.

Breakout round 3 will be Saturday, November 12, from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. 

  • Upcoming Legislative Issues for 2023 | Cypress A

    Leah Fliter & Scott Rothschild | KASB

    Join KASB Advocacy Staff Leah Fliter and Scott Rothschild to learn about KASB's draft legislative priorities for 2023 and provide your feedback on issues like constitutional oversight and funding for public schools, including the issue of private school vouchers. We'll also discuss potential positions related to general curricular issues, and other topics raised by KASB members.


  • Why and How School Districts Should be Involved with Childcare Today | Cyprus B

    Bill Lowry, J.B. Elliott, & Brien Stockman | USD 112, USD 343, & Dane G. Hansen Foundation

    Childcare is at crisis levels in nearly every part of Kansas. Schools are recognizing that they can play an important role in solving the crisis, and helping the community, all the while benefitting the district through better-prepared kindergarteners, faculty and staff retention, and securing future enrollment. Learn about the varying models already in play in many Kansas districts.

  • Negotiations Know-How | Redbud B

    Luke Sobba & David Cunningham | KASB

    Join KASB's lead negotiators for an overview of what you need to know to serve on the board's negotiations team. They will brief you on their recommended best practices and the rules of engagement at the bargaining table.

  • School Transportation Today and the Future | Redbud C

    Keith Dreiling, Dennis Tate, & Melissa Ostermeyer | KSDE

    Overview of current trends and issues with school transportation and what the future may bring, including the EPA's $5-billion plan to replace diesel fuel school buses in America with electric buses.

  • The Key to Success is Communication Between the Board of Education and the Superintendent | Birch 

    Dan Brungardt | USD 204 

    Establishing a solid line of communication between the Board of Education and the Superintendent is key to maintaining successful district operations. Communication plays an essential role in the education process, and keeping the Board informed and up-to-date in a timely manner is critical. While it is not always possible to cover all information during a scheduled meeting once or twice a month, supplementary communication can help address gaps. Mr. Brungardt of the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville School District will share the strategic communication efforts crafted over the span of 10 years, including a weekly communication piece with examples and formatting templates. 

  • Addressing and Overcoming Bias | Cedar

    Dr. Marcia Weseman | KASB 

    We all have biases or a tendency to respond in favor or against someone or something regardless of evidence and sometimes even contrary to our stated beliefs.  Why do we do this?  What are the consequences of our unconscious biases in our schools and communities?  What can we do to increase the likelihood that our actions will align with facts, as well as our beliefs and values?

  • Increasing Efficiency, Efficacy and Equity | Maple

    Allison Anderson-Harder, Leslie Seeley, & Lillian Lingenfelter | USD 253

    Efficiency does not always equate to efficacy.  This session will outline some of the challenges Emporia Public Schools experienced through declining enrollment, overstaffing and what they identified as solutions.  In the journey to becoming more fiscally solvent with increased accountability, the school district partnered with KASB through an efficiency study, developing a strategic plan, and implementing an enrollment study.  As the district reduced staffing through natural attrition, efficacy was enhanced through a number of intentional steps, including adopting research and evidence-based resources.  As each step was planned, refined, and implemented, equity for students and staff was maintained as a priority.  Presenters will include three BOE members and the superintendent and will tell the story of their journey.

  • School Bond Success: What should a Board Consider? | Redbud A

    Dr. Mike Waters & Jamie Rumford | USD 102 & USD 466

    This session will discuss the bond election process, procedures to think about, and ideas to help schools overcome barriers. The presenters will tell the story of two successful bonds. Facts about bond success and failure from a two-year study will be discussed.


Breakout Round 4: 2:15 p.m.

Breakout round 4 will be Saturday, November 12, from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. 

  • The New Reality of School Board Elections | Cypress A

    Danielle Heikes, Ashley Spaulding, & Frank Harwood | USD 232 

    In this session, participants will discuss how school board elections have changed in recent years and learn about how one community responded to these changes.  Discussion and examples will focus on the introduction of partisan support for candidates, dealing with misinformation and promoting positive community support.

  • Recruiting your district's next board member: What role do current board members and the district play? | Cypress B

    Rachel Russell | Kansas City Kansas Public Schools


    In this session, Rachel hopes to share some tips, suggestions, and ideas for how current board members and the district can play a role in identifying its next's generation of leaders to take on school board service.

  • Strategic Plan Development, Implementation, and Evaluation | Redbud A

    Chris Cooper & Colette Watson | USD 264

    We built a plan, now what? Having a plan is great, but the numbers on the scale do not change without implementation! This session will focus on how to not only develop a strategic plan but how to leverage that plan to impact results. Topics will include:

    1. The process of developing a strategic plan.
    2. Making the plan actionable and measurable.
    3. Communicating the plan to multiple audiences.
    4. Making decisions based on the plan.
    5. How will we know if it is working?
    6. What is the board’s role in the whole process?

    Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the processes, strategies, tools, and results of strategic planning and implementation.

  • Superintendent Retention Strategies | Redbud B

    Cory L. Gibson | USD 262

    Is it money? Is it the number of Vacation Days? Dr. Gibson has researched superintendent longevity in Kansas for several years and will share what Kansas Superintendents said about working conditions and factors that influenced their longevity. Data shared will include research studies involving 100 superintendents in 2016 (replicated in 2021). 

  • Gabbart | Redbud C

    Gabbart | Gabbart


  • An A-Z Guide Through the Bond Project Process | Birch

    Greg Tice & James Regier  | SPT Architecture

    This will be a comprehensive overview of how to go through a bond project. Topics covered will include architect selection, CMAR vs. Design-Bid-Build, CMAR Selection, how to get approved by KSDE, how to run a bond campaign, when to have a bond vote and what to expect after the bond vote has passed.

  • Leading from The Board President's Chair | Cedar

    Ki Gamble | USD 422


  • Identifying, Procuring and Funding Facilities Improvements | Maple

    TBD | P1  

    P1 is proud to be KASB Prestigious Partners helping Kansas school districts with "all things facilities." In this breakout, sit down with the team to hear about the benefits of a proactive facilities planning process. We will walk you through a typical building HVAC project to improve comfort and increase efficiency through proper ventilation, temperature, humidity, and building automation controls – to maximize a building's health, safety and comfort and minimize long-term costs. We will cover the approved procurement methods and financing options, including energy savings performance contracting and the advantages of ongoing maintenance agreements to extend equipment life. We'll also cover the latest info on how to maximize your budget with compliant use of ESSER funds for future HVAC improvements.