KSSA Talk: A powerful voice in education for all children

Liz and mekssatalkwith Dr. Bill Hagerman

Educators today, more than ever before, have an incredible amount of information available to them. Meetings and events occur across the state, and it is impossible for any administrator to attend everything that goes on, even if they wanted to. So KSSA – the Kansas School Superintendent’s Association – is working hard to help members and others have one more source of relevant and current information.

KSSA Talk is a weekly podcast sponsored by KSSA and hosted by ESSDACK Service Center. It is intended to be a source that superintendents and other interested educators can use to help stay informed on issues and policies that affect the education of children all across the state. Our education system is changing. New standards are being implemented, instructional methods are developing, new assessments are being considered, and legislation will be considered. KSSA’s mission is to be a strong voice for education in Kansas. KSSA Talk is one more way to move that mission forward.

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Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210, Hugoton (KSSA Talk #37)

February 19, 2015

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 […]

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Beverly Mortimer, Superintendent USD 333, Concordia (KSSA Talk #36)

February 12, 2015

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 […]

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Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts And School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)

February 5, 2015

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 […]

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Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

January 22, 2015

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 […]

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Noelle M Ellerson, Associate Executive Director AASA (KSSA Talk #33)

January 8, 2015

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 […]

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Cheryl Semmel Executive Director of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #32)

December 11, 2014

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” […]

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Dr. Randy Watson – Selected Kansas Commissioner of Education & Kansas Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #31)

December 4, 2014

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, […]

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Cory Gibson Superintendent, USD 262 Valley Center (KSSA Talk #30)

November 20, 2014

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 […]

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Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)

April 17, 2014

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 […]

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Cindy Lane – Superintendent Of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KSSA Talk #28)

April 3, 2014

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 […]

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