Skip to Content
KSDE Events Portal KSDE Events Portal Friday, May 6, 2016

  Learning Services Events Portal

You are here: Home » KSDE Annual Conference


 Photo of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas

 KSDE Annual Conference

Monday, October 24, 2016
Main Conference:
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hyatt Regency/Century II
Wichita, Kansas

The KSDE Annual Conference focuses on school improvement and the continuous improvement of academic performance for all students. The theme for this year's conference, Kansans CAN! will showcase Kansas school success stories as well as address some of our schools' most significant challenges for the future. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas.  Conference registration includes breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

Online registration closes after October 17, 2016. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Please send checks and purchase orders to
KSDE Annual Conference
Attn: Tierney Kirtdoll
900 SW Jackson St. Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
2016 KSDE Annual Conference


Assessment Preconference - October 24, 2016

Preconference focuses on state assessments. The information is directed at Test Coordinators, Curriculum Directors, Special Education Directors, Principals and Teachers who manage and administer the assessments.

The morning will begin with a session for New Test Coordinators followed by an overview of state assessments for the 2016-17 school year and Test Security and Ethics training.

Following lunch, breakout sessions are planned for mathematics, ELA, science, history/government, ELPA21, and cPass.

Main Conference - October 25-26, 2016

Opening Keynote Speaker - Brandon Busteed

Brandon Busteed
 Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup, Inc.

Closing Keynote Speaker - Mitch Holthaus
 Mitch Holthaus Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs

Holthus is also the host of the Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider television show. In addition, he originates the “Minute with Mitch” radio and television series which is seen and heard in five states. His work is also featured on

Following the NFL season, Holthus is a television play-by-play announcer for college basketball. His work has been featured on the ESPN family of networks, FOX Sports and other national outlets. He primarily covers the Big 12 and the Missouri Valley Conferences, as well as the SEC. Holthus is a past recipient of the John Sanders “Spirit of the Valley” Award.

Holthus is also a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and this January will be inducted into the Kansas State University Athletics Hall of Fame. In September of 2012, Holthus was awarded an Emmy for his video and on-line work by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition, Holthus was named the Kansas City Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is a past President of the organization. Holthus has two degrees from Kansas State University, one in Journalism and another in Business Administration.


Conference Information

Conference Schedule At A Glance

College Credit


Conference Breakout Sessions

Exhibit Booth Registration

Lodging Information

Presentation Proposals Online Submission Form

Student Cover Art Design Contest

Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations 2012

Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations 2013 

Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations 2014

Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations 2015

For logistics questions, please contact:
Karen Maddox,
(785) 291-3098

For questions on the registration and Preconference (Assessment), please contact:
Tierney Kirtdoll,
(785) 296-3142

For questions on the Main Conference, please contact: 
Pat Bone,
(785) 291-3097