Kansas State Department of Education Insight Podcast
By Kansas State Department of Education
Kansas State Department of Education Insight PodcastJul 29, 2022
11 Individual Plans of Study
Welcome to episode 11 of the KSDE Insight Podcast. This month we explore Individual Plans of Study (IPS) with our guest Dr. Robyn Kelso, education program consultant at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Find out what an individual plans study is, what it is not and how IPS can benefit students and teachers.
Also in this episode, we check in with Cheryl Johnson the director of Child Nutrition and Wellness at KSDE to learn more about changes to free meals, how families that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply to receive free meals and that all other students must pay full price for their meals as they did pre-pandemic.
We also meet Dr. Ben Proctor, deputy commissioner of the Division of Learning Services at KSDE. Hear about Dr. Proctor's past education experience and his desire to support school districts and staff around the state.
Links mentioned in this episode:
KSDE.org - find features on Summer Learning around Kansas.
HirePaths.com - career planning help and resources.
Sunflowersummer.org - a learning program designed to help students and families explore state attractions for free.
10 Postsecondary Success
In this episode, our host Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, is joined by Dr. Kelly Spurgeon, sr. ed. research analyst on the Career, Standards and Assessment Services Team at KSDE to talk about the Kansas State Board of Education outcome – Postsecondary Success.
Listen in on this informative chat as Dr. Watson and Dr. Spurgeon dig into the need to measure Postsecondary Success and the factors around how we calculate it.
Find a full transcript of the episode on our website: https://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/Communications/ADA/Ep%2010%20Postsecondary%20Success%20Tanscript.pdf?ver=2022-06-21-152859-857%27
09 Academically Prepared for Postsecondary
In this episode our host Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, is joined by Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Interim Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Scott Smith to talk about the Kansas State Board of Education outcome – Academically Prepared for Postsecondary.
Listen in on this rich discussion as Dr. Watson and Dr. Smith explore the importance of measuring how prepared students in Kansas are for postsecondary success.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
Kansas LEADS is a conference designed and led by educators from across the state. Get more information and register for the June 3-4, 2022 conference in the KC Metro area: https://kansasleads.mystrikingly.com/
See messages to Kansas teachers from KSDE staff and the Kansas Teacher of the Year team members for Teacher Appreciation Week. Find all of the messages on our YouTube Channel here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd_2hYcIboc-hSR9iOhoATE2yz8VtpXe0
Find a transcript of this episode here.
08 Graduation in Kansas
In this episode our host Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, is joined by Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) staff members Dr. David Fernkopf, assistant director, Curricular Standards, Virtual Schools and Dr. Robyn Kelso, education program consultant - Graduation from Career, Standards and Assessment Services (CSAS) to talk about graduation in Kansas.
Listen as they discuss work being done by the Graduation Requirements Task Force and hear explanations of the proposed changes.
You can provide input on proposed recommendations to change the current graduation requirements to reflect what a graduate needs in the 21st century. Feedback from all Kansans is welcome.
You can find the feedback form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgh-IpVSnY3zDAAKh1UdVOs48u-bcjLjqxI8gOP2-8TYBQHA/viewform
The deadline to complete the survey is April 15.
Find a full transcript of the episode on our website: https://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/Communications/ADA/KSDE%20Insight%20Podcast%20Ep%208%20Graduation%20Tanscript.pdf?ver=2022-04-11-142624-760
07 Social Emotional Growth
Welcome to episode 7 of the Kansas State Department of Education Insight podcast.
In this episode, our host Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson sits down with KSDE’s Shanna Bigler, mental health education program consultant, for a conversation about social emotional growth.
We also get an introduction to the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year Susanne Stevenson. Hear Susanne describe her goals for the coming year as Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Links to resources mentioned in this episode:
Find a full transcript of this episode here.
06 Year End Message from Dr. Watson
05 Civic Engagement in Kansas
On this month's episode of the KSDE Insight Podcast we talk about Civic Engagement. In 2015 the Kansas State Board of Education listened to Kansans and identified Civic Engagement as a top outcome for student success. That outcome was reinforced by feedback from Kansans again in 2021. Listen in as our host Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson talks with KSDE’s Nathan McAlister, Humanities Program Manger about what Civic Engagement looks like in Kansas. They discuss social studies assessments along with the emotional presentations given to the Kansas State Board of Education from students and military veterans supporting the Honor Flight program that many Kansas schools participate in.
In the first half of the episode, Dr. Watson shares news and information from the State Board of Education including the recent Kansans Can Star Recognition award presentations and the significance of recognizing the successful work of Kansas educators.
04 Kindergarten Readiness in Kansas
Join our host Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, as we examine a key Kansas State Board of Education outcome, kindergarten readiness. Dr. Watson is joined by KSDE’s Amanda Petersen, director of Early Childhood to talk about the importance of preparing the youngest Kansans for success.
Listen as they discuss the ways we partner with parents to understand a child's needs so they will thrive in the kindergarten classroom. Hear examples of two different early childhood programs presented to the Kansas State Board of Education during their October meeting.
Grab a digital copy of the Kindergarten in Kansas booklet now available in 6 languages.
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03 Graduation Requirements Task Force
Welcome to episode 3 of the Kansas State Department of Education Insight podcast.
In this episode, our host Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson reports on the conclusion of the Success Tour along with news and highlights from the September meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.
Each year the Kansas State Board of Education meets with the Kansas Board of Regents. Hear Dr. Watson talk about the annual meeting and find out what shared goals were discussed between the two boards.
In the second half of the episode, we introduce listeners to the Graduation Requirements Task Force. This diverse group is led by Kansas State Board of Education member Jim McNiece and is co-chaired by Jarred Fuhrman, principal of Basehor Linwood High School. Watson and Fuhrman to dig into the work of the task force to date and discuss the timeline to deliver their suggestions to the State Board of Education for consideration.
Find a full transcript of this episode here.
02 Welcome Back to School
Welcome to episode 2 of the Kansas State Department of Education Insight podcast.
This month our host Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson welcomes students and educators back to school. Dr. Watson shares news and highlights from the August Kansas State Board of Education meeting.
Did you hear that school breakfast and lunch are free this year? We hear from Cheryl Johnson, director of Child Nutrition & Wellness on that important part of a students day.
Dr. Watson talks to KSDE's School Bus Safety Director Keith Dreiling about the, "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead!" school bus safety campaign. You can find more information on school bus safety at KSDE.org
We also hear from a select group of educators this month. We asked the question, "what did you learn from educating during a pandemic, and how will that help you this year in the classroom?" Very insightful answers from educators in our state.
Find a transcript of this episode here.
01 Kansans Can Success Tour
Welcome to the first episode of the Kansas State Department of Education Insight Podcast.
In this episode your host Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson highlights educational programs and activities throughout the month of July in Kansas. Dr. Watson will talk about embarking on the Kansans Can Success Tour beginning in July. Learn about the origins of the Kansas vision for education and why it's so important to revisit Kansas schools in 2021 to gather input from Kansans.
Highlights include the Sunflower Summer mobile app - SunflowerSummer.org A shout out to the USD 379 Clay County Summer Learning program and Highland Park High School Senior Jacqui Ortega's presentation to the Kansas State Board of Education on a touching video project. Find her project by clicking here.