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28 minutes | Feb 19, 2015
Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210, Hugoton (KSSA Talk #37)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mark-Crawford-300x200.png)Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210 Hugoton, Kansas Mark has worked at USD 210, Hugoton, as the district leader since July 2007. He began his teaching career in 1987 at his hometown of Mulvane, Kansas, where he taught English Language Arts, Physical Education and coached for 12 years. Mark received his bachelor's degree from Southwestern College and his masters degree from Wichita State University. In 2003, he completed his district-level certificate from Emporia State University. Mark and his wife Keri have been married since 1986, and have three children. Join Bill as he gets Mark's perspective of how the Innovative Districts are helping rewrite some of the rules that govern student success and making public education more relevant. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts.
32 minutes | Feb 12, 2015
Beverly Mortimer, Superintendent USD 333, Concordia (KSSA Talk #36)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BEV-227x300.png) Beverly Mortimer Superintendent USD 333 Concordia, Kansas Beverly Mortimer was an elementary teacher and junior high science teacher from January 1982 until May of 1998 at Minneapolis/Delphos. In 1998 Mortimer became building principal in USD 333 and in 2003 she became USD 333’s Superintendent. . A few of Beverly’s accomplishments: * Christa McAuliffe Fellow - developed a river project, Presidential Science Teaching Award and Friend of Fulbright Award to travel to Japan. * M. Claradine Johnson Award-AdvancED, Excellence in Education Award * KSSA Board of Directors-Member * KS/MO Board of Directors-Member * National Superintendents Roundtable-Member (traveled with group to China for educational study tour; and have presented to the group on Career & Tech Ed./Innovative Districts in Seattle last fall) * Board Member for JAG-Kansas * Vice Chair for Coalition of Innovative Districts * Recent member of the K-12 Student Performance & Efficiency Commission * Coordinator of NCK Honor Flight-transporting WW II Veterans to Washington DC-officially a student activity (students help raise money for Veterans to travel free & accompany the Veterans on the trip) In this episode Bill gets Bev's insight view of what is happening in this year's Coalition of Innovative School Districts. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts.
32 minutes | Feb 5, 2015
Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts And School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/steve.png)(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/steve-264x300.png)Today on KSSA Talk Dr. Bill Hagerman talks to Dr. Steve Wyckoff about such topics as Innovative Districts and School Finance Changes. A couple of the points of interest in the conversation were how do we transition a current funding formula to a formula that would fund schools for the success of their students and innovative districts which are an adaptive challenge rewriting the rulebook for the 21st century. Dr. Wyckoff also brought up the question, “What is best for kids and what can we do to facilitate better learning for all students?” Join Bill and Steve as they discuss how to be a positive voice in changes that the districts are confronting. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts. (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KSSA-1400-1024x1024-300x300.png)
26 minutes | Jan 22, 2015
Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)
(http://www.kssatalk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Destry.png)Destry Brown has been an educator for 31 years. He spent 11 years as an elementary teacher, 7 years as an elementary principal, and the last 13 years as a central office administrator. He is currently the superintendent of schools in Pittsburg, KS, a position he has held for the last six years. Destry received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburg State University. He is a native to Southeast Kansas. He was elected President Elect of KSSA last spring and will assume the duties of President this summer. His son, Keaton, attends college at Pittsburg State University majoring in Construction Management. His dog, Beau, is his faithful companion at home and majors in dragging things out of the garage and chewing on things he shouldn’t. Join Bill and Destry as they talked about Destry's unique vision for education in the the state of Kansas as well as the importance of continued communication. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts.
31 minutes | Jan 8, 2015
Noelle M Ellerson, Associate Executive Director AASA (KSSA Talk #33)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Noelle.png)Noelle Ellerson Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Ellerson is the legislative support person for the American Association of Education Service Agencies performing advocacy work for AESA. The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states with 553 agencies nationwide and hundreds of thousands of staff members. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Noelle works to advocate and advise on issues of governmental relations as well as regularly speaks on federal education policy to school leaders across the country. Join Bill and Noelle as they discuss such items as reauthorization of ESEA, IDEA and Carl Perkins. Noelle also gives her unique perspective of progress on reauthorization of each of the previously mentioned acts. Noelle M. Ellerson Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy AASA: The School Superintendents Association 1615 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) Twitter: @Noellerson (https://twitter.com/Noellerson) Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts.
27 minutes | Dec 11, 2014
Cheryl Semmel Executive Director of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #32)
(http://www.kssatalk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Cheryl-.jpg)Chery Semmel of USA Kansas rejoins Bill Hagerman for another podcast. Topics in this podcast centered on the Efficiency Committee's recommendations and Dr. Randy Watson's selection as Kansas Superintendent of the Year and Kansas Commissioner of Education. Cheryl's closing comments focused on moving forward during the next several months. . Semmel currently serves as the executive director for USA Kansas and the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA). She is often invited to guest lecture on the “Politics of P-20 education” and volunteers as a mentor for high school students. In 2009, Semmel volunteered as an international elections observer during the presidential elections in El Salvador and Bolivia. United School Administrators of Kansas (http://www.usakansas.org/welcome.php) and Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (http://www.kansassuperintendents.org/kssa.php) Cheryl L. Semmel Executive Director United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas) 515 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 201 Topeka, Kansas 66603 785.232.6566 office Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kssaSquare1-300x300.jpg) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-03-at-10.27.28-AM-300x35.png) Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts.
25 minutes | Dec 4, 2014
Dr. Randy Watson – Selected Kansas Commissioner of Education & Kansas Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #31)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Randy-Watson-227x300.jpg)Dr. Randy Watson joins KSSA Talk to discuss his recent selection as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year, and an even bigger announcement that he has been selected as the Kansas Commissioner of Education. He reflects on those who encouraged him along the way in his career, and his vision going forward, for education in Kansas. Dr. Randy Watson has been superintendent in McPherson since 2005, having served as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in the district before that. In 2011, McPherson became the first school district in the nation to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, allowing the district to use ACT assessment for 6th to 12th grades. The waiver allowed McPherson to fully implement their C3 – Citizenship, College and Career Readiness plan. Earlier this year, Watson was named chair of the Kansas Coalition of Innovative School Districts following approval of their application for the new program. More recently, Watson was named a finalist for 2015 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Watson is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (national and state), the Kansas-Missouri Superintendent Forum and Mid-America Association of Superintendents. He is past-president of the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association and a former United School Administrators of Kansas board member. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctorate degrees from Kansas State University. In 2003, the University Council for Educational Administration honored him with its Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Dr. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kssaSquare1-300x300.jpg) Dr. Watson was the guest speaker at the November Kansas Superintendents meeting held at ESSDACK. Check out the video below to hear Dr. Watson's thoughts on "The Future". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX6eoI9P6NI
25 minutes | Nov 20, 2014
Cory Gibson Superintendent, USD 262 Valley Center (KSSA Talk #30)
(http://www.kssatalk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Cory-Gibson.jpg)Mr. Gibson joined the Valley Center administrative team in July of 2012. He has worked in a wide variety of positions within schools since 1992. Experiences include that of a custodian, para-educator, substitute teacher, teacher, counselor, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Prior to joining the Valley Center School District, he served as the superintendent of the Halstead-Bentley School District. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Building Level Leadership, and an Educational Specialist Degree in District Level Leadership from Pittsburg State University. He is currently completing doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas. Cory will be discussing a new Google Community that has been set up for superintendents to use, for all sorts of discussions. He and the KSSA Communications Committee have created a way for quick and timely discussions to take place around any topic or issue. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1)
31 minutes | Apr 17, 2014
Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Diane-DeBacker.jpg)Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kanas Commissioner of Education, has been working in education for the past 32 years. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in education, Dr. DeBacker holds a Master’s of Education in curriculum and instruction, an Educational Administration Certification, district level certification and a Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership. Her varied experience includes classroom instruction at the high school and university levels and four years as a member of a local board of education. She has been an administrator at the building and district levels and has been with the State Department of Education a total of 11 years, serving as Director of School Improvement and Accreditation and also Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services. Dr. DeBacker served for nearly a year as the Interim Commissioner of Education before being named Commissioner by the Kansas State Board of Education in September 2010. As the State’s chief education officer, she provides leadership to the Kansas State Department of Education in carrying out the policies and programs prescribed by the State Board of Education, to ensure the necessary oversight and support is provided to assist Kansas schools, educators and students in achieving their goals. Throughout her career, Dr. DeBacker has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for her educational insights as well as her clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policy makers, educators and students. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KSSA-1400-1024x1024-300x300.png) Be sure to subscribe to receive an email of future podcasts.
25 minutes | Apr 3, 2014
Cindy Lane – Superintendent Of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KSSA Talk #28)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/lane2014-198x300.jpg)The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has a history of excellence in leadership. Since its formation in 1844, only 12 superintendents have served at its helm. Dr. Cynthia Lane took her position as superintendent in July 2010. Lane has more than 30 years of professional experience in the educational realm, including 25 years in Kansas City, Kansas. In KCKPS, she has served as a special education teacher, a principal, and director of the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative. Before being named superintendent, she served as assistant superintendent for instruction and business. Being the voice for 20,000 students and the mentor for 3,300 staff is not an appointment she has taken lightly. Her charge remains to see the community transformed by the important work going on in KCKPS. Giving kids hope is what being an educator is all about, and that's what initially led her to a career in the field. Growing up in southeast Kansas in the city of Parsons, Lane's parents instilled in her the importance of hard work through their examples. She also was influenced by the positive and loving characteristics of her grandmother and her aunt Thelma. Her time as a volunteer at the Parson's State Hospital gave her a sense of self-worth and taught her about the importance of helping others. It set the stage for her later years in the field of special education. While she is proud to be the 12th leader of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, she is also humbled. What makes her happiest is seeing the success of others and she's eager to lead the way, not by walking in front of others, but by walking beside them and giving them support. One of her favorite quotes comes from the great Chinese philosopher Lao-tsu who said, "When the best leader's work is done, the people will say, 'We did it ourselves.'" When this happens, she knows she will have achieved success. The above information was taken from KCKPS. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KSSA-1400-1024x1024-300x300.png) Be sure to subscribe to receive an email of future podcasts.
35 minutes | Feb 27, 2014
What’s Happening Around Topeka With Cheryl Semmel (KSSA Talk #27)
30 minutes | Jan 30, 2014
Dr. Rick Doll – Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #26)
(http://www.usakansas.org/content/1/DOLL_2SMALL.jpg) Topeka, Kansas – The Kansas School Superintendents' Association has selected Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll as the 2014 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Doll has led the Lawren...
24 minutes | Jan 23, 2014
Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, Superintendent USD 308 (KSSA Talk #25)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Kibliger-for-web.jpg)Dr. Kiblinger is superintendent at USD 308, Hutchinson, Kansas. Dr. Kiblinger started in education in Fredonia in southeast Kansas. She was language arts, drama and speech teacher at Fredonia Middle School and Fredonia High School from 1989 to 1999. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Kiblinger was school improvement and public relations coordinator for Fredonia High School. The educator served as an adjunct professor for Kansas State University from 2006 to 2008 and has her ELL endorsement from Newman University. Dr. Kiblinger also has been a small business owner, having owned Schwatken Grain & Gravel from 1988 to 1998, a trucking company that operated in the four-state area near Sycamore, Kan.. The educator received her doctorate in administration and leadership from Kansas State University in 2004, receiving the outstanding graduate student award that year. She received her master's in educational leadership in 1997 from Pittsburg State University and her bachelor of science in education in 1989 from Pitt State. A 1985 graduate of Neodesha High School, she received her associate of arts in 1987 from Independence Community College. Dr. Kiblinger has also received the Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner training. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-03-at-10.27.28-AM-300x35.png)
22 minutes | Dec 20, 2013
Lexia – Changing The Future Now – With Don Fast (KSSA Talk #24)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/don_fast_1.jpg)In this episode of KSSA Talks Bill Hagerman visits with Donald Fast from Educational Design Solutions, a company specializing in reading and math software to help students and schools improve learning. Their discussion is centered around Lexia Reading Core5, a technology-based reading program designed specifically to meet the Common Core State Standards. Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and the most rigorous state standards, this research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students’ year-end performance and provides teachers data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction. (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Screen-Shot-2013-12-20-at-12.05.24-PM.png) You can contact Don Fast at: Twitter @EduDesignSol (https://twitter.com/EduDesignSol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EducationalDesignSolutions?ref=br_tfhttp://) (316) 283-7120 Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1)
35 minutes | Dec 12, 2013
Cheryl Semmel of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #23)
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22 minutes | Dec 5, 2013
Goal Setting (KSSA Talk #22)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/9673-225x300.jpg)Join Gary Sechrist and Dr. Hagerman as they review KASB’s goal setting process using SWAT analysis. KASB Whole Board Training/Leadership Whole Board Training is one of the most effective board development opportunities offered by KASB. Whole Board Training is the on-site customized training to meet your district’s specific staff development and board training needs. Whole Board Training works with an individual board (or in some cases, a group of boards in a region) to discuss issues, provide information and establish policies and procedures addressing individual board needs. Dr. Bill Hagerman/Superintendent-USD 309 Nickerson/So Hutch Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) . Gary Sechrist/KSAB Leadership Services Field Specialist can be contacted at: 620.680.0871 Email Gary (mailto:email@example.com)
32 minutes | Nov 18, 2013
The Value Of Digital Communication/Social Media (KSSA Talks #21)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Screen-Shot-2013-11-18-at-2.00.02-PM-300x262.png)Join Bill Hagerman, Cody Heitschmidt and Steve Wyckoff as they tackle educational awareness and the ability to use digital communication as a purposeful tool. An analogy is made that Social Media is much like driving. People learning to drive are given directions, parameters, rules and guidelines which will make them socially acceptable while driving. This is a process that needs to be engaged in the social media aspects of the digital communication’s world. Twitter is a an example of social media that will laterally help you stay informed on anything you may be interested in. Flipboard (https://flipboard.com/) is an app that will collect the news you care about and curate your favorite stories into your own magazine on any topic imaginable. You must have a twitter account to activate Flipboard (https://flipboard.com/). Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bill.hagerman.33?fref=ts) Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1)
25 minutes | Nov 7, 2013
Dr. Don Wells, KELI Mentor, Past Executive Director KSSA (KSSA Talk #20)
KELI (http://coe.k-state.edu/annex/keli/)(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/keliheader-300x96.jpg) The mission of the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute is to collaborate and share resources to support professional growth of educational leaders needed in Kansas schools for the 21st Century. (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/images1-150x150.jpg)Dr. Don Wells Wells grew up in Washington County, Kansas and graduated from Washington High School. He attended Coffeyville Community College on scholarship and transferred to Emporia State University; it was there that he completed his Bachelor’s degree in education. His accepted his first teaching and coaching position was in Sedgwick, Kansas, and in 1974, he became the principal at Sedgwick Junior/Senior High School. His next position was assistant principal at Abilene High School at which he spent several years there prior to his work in sales for recreational vehicles in Junction City. In 1979, he returned to education as principal of Kingman High School and served in that capacity until he was selected to be superintendent of Cheney Schools in 1985. From there, Wells went on to serve as superintendent of Mulvane Schools from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, he accepted the interim superintendent’s position at Haysville USD 261 and then moved on to serve as the Charter School Administrator for the Augusta District in conjunction with the South Central Kansas Education Service Center in Clearwater. In 2003, he returned to Washington County to be closer to his father, who was ill. While there, he served as superintendent for the North Central and Hillcrest districts. During this leadership, both districts consolidated with their neighbors of Republic County and Washington County Schools creating USDs 108 and 109. That consolidation effort resulted in Wells becoming the superintendent at Scott County in 2006 and continuing until his recent retirement. (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KSSA-1400-1024x1024-150x150.png)Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Twitter@BillHagerman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1)
31 minutes | Oct 31, 2013
Mr. Ken Willard, KSBE (KSSA Talk #19)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/imgres-2.jpg) . Ken Willard (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) . Represents the following school districts in central Kansas District 7 (http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/Board%20Documents/Dist%207%20List%20no%20names.pdf) * First elected to the State Board in 2003 * Committee Assignments — Kansas Foundation for Excellence in Education/Kansas Teacher of the Year, Legislative Coordinator * Past President of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and current representative for central region * Former Board of Education member for USD 309 Nickerson/South Hutchinson Mr. Willard is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. He is retired from the insurance business after serving 33 years — 14 years as an agent and 19 as an Agency Sales Manager. Mr. Willard earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Washburn University. He is active in his church, and with school and community organizations. He and his wife Deanna live in Hutchinson and have five children. Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Twitter@BillHagewrman1 (https://twitter.com/BillHagerman1) (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KSSA-1400-1024x1024-150x150.png)
31 minutes | Oct 17, 2013
Glen Suppes, Update from the President KSSA (KSSA Talk #17)
(http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/images-2-150x150.jpeg)Glen Suppes, President KSSA Today's Topics * College and Career Readiness * School Finance * Collective bargaining * Common Core * USA and KSSA * Is KSSA a strong voice? KSSA Talk on iTunes (http://remarkablechatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/images.jpg) Glen is the superintendent of schools of Smoky Valley USD 400 in Lindsborg. He has been a physical education instructor, athletic director and served as high school principal for 14 years. Prior to coming to Smoky Valley in 2000, Glen was principal at Hillsboro High School for 8 years. As a high school principal he was very active in Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP). Currently Mr. Suppes is the president-elect of Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA). In June of this year he will take over as the new president of the association. You have heard Bill Hagerman say many times that KSSA is the powerful voice for education in Kansas. Over the past few years KSSA has taken many steps to become more involved in legislative activities and weigh in on issues that greatly affect public education. More and more superintendents are stepping up to the plate, serving on committees, contacting legislators, and testifying in Topeka. The Kansas School Superintendent’s Association is being recognized more and more as that powerful voice. Legislators are contacting association members for direction and support on new bills. As our organization strengthens, we must be prepared to stand strong and take a firm position on matters that affect our districts and our children. No longer can a school superintendent just stay at home and run his or her district. We have another obligation. We must be involved in the decisions in Topeka that impact our schools. Major changes are occurring and new financial resources are scarce. Our representatives need to know who you are and what you stand for. Building relationships with our legislators is imperative, now more than ever. We have some real challenges ahead of us, and many times we don’t know for sure what those challenges will be. KSSA pledges to build stronger connections within the organization by improving communication and taking advantage of the internal strengths of individual members. KSSA Talk is one example of connecting our members, as well as non-members. Stay connected. Stay-KSSA-Strong! Glen discussi
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