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High Goals, Improved Instruction and Social and Emotional Support Boost Academics in Baxter Springs

High Goals, Improved Instruction and Social and Emotional Support Boost Academics in Baxter Springs

Posted Date: 02/16/2024

“We've been able to work with teachers to make sure that what we're actually teaching in class is what we're supposed to be teaching, based on state standards of what students are supposed to learn, . . .

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Strong Focus on Individual Plans of Study Boosts Postsecondary Success in Frontenac

Strong Focus on Individual Plans of Study Boosts Postsecondary Success in Frontenac

Posted Date: 02/16/2024

"I think the majority of our kids have the expectation that you will go on to do something to be a productive citizen. We're raising our kids to contribute to our community. I think the majority of . . .

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Haysville and Salina Reduce Chronic Absenteeism Using Parent Outreach and Support

Haysville and Salina Reduce Chronic Absenteeism Using Parent Outreach and Support

Posted Date: 02/09/2024

Chronic absenteeism is linked to lower academic performance, and students who already lag in outcomes miss school at higher rates. Absenteeism increased during the COVID pandemic, both in Kansas and . . .

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Reducing Statewide School Mill Levy

Reducing Statewide School Mill Levy

Posted Date: 02/01/2024

Kansas Republican leaders have said they will propose reducing the statewide 20-mill school levy in the 2024 legislative session. The levy is part of how the state funds public education and without . . .

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Higher Expectations, Career Skills Focus Lifts Topeka's Achievement

Higher Expectations, Career Skills Focus Lifts Topeka's Achievement

Posted Date: 02/01/2024

“School is practice for the real world. We have the ability within a school system to teach those (career and workplace) skills integrated in their daily work, right along with math or English. It . . .

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Twin Valley's Redesigned Efforts Helped Boost Graduation Rate and Postsecondary Success

Twin Valley's Redesigned Efforts Helped Boost Graduation Rate and Postsecondary Success

Posted Date: 12/13/2023

My final stop among six high-performing districts was Twin Valley USD 240, which serves several small communities north of Salina. Twin Valley’s five-year postsecondary effective rate for 2015-2020 . . .

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Republic County boosts Postsecondary Education, Adds a Senior Project on Career interests

Republic County boosts Postsecondary Education, Adds a Senior Project on Career interests

Posted Date: 12/13/2023

The second day of my tour of six districts with high success rates in North Central Kansas ended in Republic County USD 109 at the high school in Belleville, where I met with Board President Brent . . .

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Bickerdyke Elementary School, Russell USD 407, Recognized for Character Education

Bickerdyke Elementary School, Russell USD 407, Recognized for Character Education

Posted Date: 12/06/2023

I visited Bickerdyke Elementary School in Russell USD 407, which was recognized in spring 2023 as an “emerging school of character.” Leaders shared that their character education program allows the . . .

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Character Education Improves Student Learning, Say Leaders of Honored Programs

Character Education Improves Student Learning, Say Leaders of Honored Programs

Posted Date: 12/06/2023

Three Kansas schools have been honored for the character education programs this year, and one is being honored this month as one of just 38 national schools and districts of character. Earlier . . .

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Remington Elementary School Recognized for Character Education

Remington Elementary School Recognized for Character Education

Posted Date: 12/06/2023

One of just three Kansas schools honored for the character education programs, Remington Elementary School, Remington USD 206, was recognized as an Honorable Mention School of Character in spring . . .

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