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 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.

Preconference (Monday only): $100.00

Main Conference (Tue.-Wed.): $125.00

Full Conference: $200.00

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

Brandon Busteed is a Partner at Gallup and Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development. His career spans a wide range of important work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon's work integrates Gallup's research and science on talent, strengths, engagement and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness and educational outcomes. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education. 

With Brandon’s leadership, Gallup Education has released several ground-breaking Gallup studies. These include State of America's Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education, which explores student and teacher engagement in public schools, and Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report, a comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates that focuses on their long-term outcomes in work and life. 

Brandon has founded two companies and one nonprofit organization as a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that AlcoholEdu — the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program — was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving and sexual assaults. More than 5 million students have participated in the program. The company was acquired by EverFi in 2011.

An internationally known speaker and author on education policy, Brandon has frequently written for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship Magazine, The Huffington Post, Fast Company and other publications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today and on NPR and the NBC News “TODAY” show, among others.

Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. A former two-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete at Duke, Brandon continues to hone his competitive drive as an avid CrossFitter. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Anabelle and Harrison.

Closing Keynote Speaker - Mitch Holthus, Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs

 Mitch Holthus

Mitch Holthus is the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and is the longest tenured and most decorated play-by-play “voice” in franchise history.

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 Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference, and is the past recipient of the John Sanders “Spirit of the Valley” Award.

In September of 2012, Holthus was awarded an Emmy for his video and online 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 also serves 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.

In January, Holthus was inducted into the Kansas State University Athletics Hall of Farm for his 13 years of work at his alma mater.


Conference Information


College Credit Information

Conference Breakout Sessions

Conference Schedule At A Glance

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