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Kansas: Writing the School Redesign Manual
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By: Karla Phillips on May 24th, 2018

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Kansas: Writing the School Redesign Manual

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Earlier this week, we introduced the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) space-themed school redesign project, which could liberate and support schools to reimagine learning to achieve the state’s new vision for education: leading the world in the success of each student.

In summary, Kansas’ school redesign project launched in August 2017 with Mercury 7—the seven school districts selected to participate in the projects first cohort. Each school designated two schools (one elementary and one secondary) to be redesigned around the five outcomes:

  1. Social-emotional growth, measured locally;
  2. Kindergarten readiness;
  3. Individual Plan of Study based on career interest;
  4. High school graduation; and
  5. Postsecondary success.

A Year of Progress

The project is well underway, and Mercury 7 has nearly completed its first year, marked by four distinct phases. Supported by KSDE redesign specialists, schools have built the launch pad, designed and built the rocket and are now prepping to launch. (See image below for details on these four phases.)...


This article originally appeared on the ExcelinEd website. Access the whole article here.

About Karla Phillips

Karla is Policy Director for Personalized Learning at ExcelinEd. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Programs at the Arizona Department of Education. Karla also served as the Education Policy Advisor for Governor Brewer and as the Vice-Chair of Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Her experience includes serving as Director of State Government Relations for Arizona State University (ASU) and as a senior policy advisor for Arizona’s House of Representatives. Karla received her B.A. from Indiana University and an M.P.A from Arizona State University.

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