KSSA Talk: A powerful voice in education for all children

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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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What’s Happening Around Topeka With Cheryl Semmel (KSSA Talk #27)

February 27, 2014

Cheryl Semmel, Executive Director, USA Kansas rejoins Bill Hagerman for another podcast. Topics for the day centered on  what is currently happening at Topeka with Kansas Legislature.  But before Semmel gets to the Legislature topics she gives recognition to Bart Goering for being one of three candidates for the AASA President-Elect position , Brenda Dietrich on her acceptance of the Helping Kids Grant, and Dr. Bill Hagerman on being 2014 KSSA Distinguished Service Award recipient.  Semmel  and Hagerman focused their conversation on what is happening at Topeka. […]

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Dr. Rick Doll – Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #26)

January 30, 2014

  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 Lawrence Public Schools since 2009. On Monday evening, Cheryl Semmel, executive director, made the announcement during the Lawrence USD 497 board meeting. “Rick is a passionate advocate not only in his district, but for students statewide. He has demonstrated a clear commitment to preparing students to be successful, productive citizens and developing future leaders. […]

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Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, Superintendent USD 308 (KSSA Talk #25)

January 23, 2014

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. […]

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Lexia – Changing The Future Now – With Don Fast (KSSA Talk #24)

December 20, 2013

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 […]

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Cheryl Semmel of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #23)

December 12, 2013

Please excuse our technical difficulties. Chery Semmel of USA Kansas rejoins Bill Hagerman for another podcast. Topics for the day centered on a recent KSSA meeting in conjunction with the Kansas Association of School Boards meeting. KSSA Day at KASB prompted much discussion on the upcoming legislative issues, the upcoming State Board decision on what the next State Assessment will be, and on the Innovative Districts’ applications. All of the aforementioned topics are discussed and current progress on each topic […]

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Goal Setting (KSSA Talk #22)

December 5, 2013

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 […]

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The Value Of Digital Communication/Social Media (KSSA Talks #21)

November 18, 2013

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 […]

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Dr. Don Wells, KELI Mentor, Past Executive Director KSSA (KSSA Talk #20)

November 7, 2013

KELI 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.   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 […]

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Mr. Ken Willard, KSBE (KSSA Talk #19)

October 31, 2013

. Ken Willard . Represents the following school districts in central Kansas   District 7 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 […]

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Glen Suppes, Update from the President KSSA (KSSA Talk #17)

October 17, 2013

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 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 […]

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