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KSSA Talk: A powerful voice in education for all children

WITH 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.Subscribe to this podcast and many others!

Latest Episodes

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

Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210 Hugoton, Kansas Markhas 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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_37.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook Twitter@BillHagerman1 Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts. target="_blank" title="Share On Facebook" >

-1 s2015 FEB 19
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Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210, Hugoton (KSSA Talk #37)

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

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 Fli...

-1 s2015 FEB 13
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Beverly Mortimer, Superintendent USD 333, Concordia (KSSA Talk #36)

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

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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_35.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook Twitter@BillHagerman1 Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts. target="_blank" title="Share On Facebook" >

-1 s2015 FEB 6
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Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts And School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)

Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_34.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be c...

-1 s2015 JAN 23
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Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

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

Noelle Ellerson Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Ellerson is the legislative support personfor 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 ...

30 MIN2015 JAN 9
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Noelle M Ellerson, Associate Executive Director AASA (KSSA Talk #33)

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

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 selectionas 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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_32.mp3 United School Administrators of KansasandKansas School Superintendents’ Association Cheryl L. Semmel Executive Director United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas) 515 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 201 Topeka, Ka...

26 MIN2014 DEC 12
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Cheryl Semmel Executive Director of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #32)

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

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 Superinte...

24 MIN2014 DEC 5
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Dr. Randy Watson – Selected Kansas Commissioner of Education & Kansas Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #31)

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

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. http://traffic.libsyn....

24 MIN2014 NOV 21
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Cory Gibson Superintendent, USD 262 Valley Center (KSSA Talk #30)

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

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 educat...

30 MIN2014 APR 17
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Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)

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

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 par...

25 MIN2014 APR 3
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Cindy Lane – Superintendent Of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KSSA Talk #28)

Latest Episodes

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

Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210 Hugoton, Kansas Markhas 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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_37.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook Twitter@BillHagerman1 Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts. target="_blank" title="Share On Facebook" >

-1 s2015 FEB 19
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Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210, Hugoton (KSSA Talk #37)

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

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 Fli...

-1 s2015 FEB 13
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Beverly Mortimer, Superintendent USD 333, Concordia (KSSA Talk #36)

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

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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_35.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be contacted at: Facebook Twitter@BillHagerman1 Please subscribe to receive notification of published podcasts. target="_blank" title="Share On Facebook" >

-1 s2015 FEB 6
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Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts And School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)

Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_34.mp3 Bill Hagerman can be c...

-1 s2015 JAN 23
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Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

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

Noelle Ellerson Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Ellerson is the legislative support personfor 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 ...

30 MIN2015 JAN 9
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Noelle M Ellerson, Associate Executive Director AASA (KSSA Talk #33)

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

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 selectionas 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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/KSSA_32.mp3 United School Administrators of KansasandKansas School Superintendents’ Association Cheryl L. Semmel Executive Director United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas) 515 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 201 Topeka, Ka...

26 MIN2014 DEC 12
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Cheryl Semmel Executive Director of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #32)

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

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 Superinte...

24 MIN2014 DEC 5
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Dr. Randy Watson – Selected Kansas Commissioner of Education & Kansas Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #31)

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

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. http://traffic.libsyn....

24 MIN2014 NOV 21
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Cory Gibson Superintendent, USD 262 Valley Center (KSSA Talk #30)

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

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 educat...

30 MIN2014 APR 17
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Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)

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

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 par...

25 MIN2014 APR 3
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Cindy Lane – Superintendent Of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KSSA Talk #28)
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