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

 KSDE Annual Conference

Monday, October 15, 2018
Main Conference: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hyatt Regency/Century II
Wichita, Kansas

The KSDE 29th 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: Discover! The conference 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.

2018 KSDE Annual Conference



Online registration closes after October 8, 2018.


Preconference: $105.00
Main Conference: $150.00
Full Conference: $250.00

Please send checks and purchase orders to
KSDE Annual Conference
Attn: Tierney Kirtdoll
900 SW Jackson St. Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
FAX: (785) 291-3791

Credit card payments are not accepted.


Cancellations made in writing up to 10 days prior to the event date receive a full refund.

Cancellations made within 10 days of the event date receive no refund, and unpaid fees will be billed to the attendee and/or attendee's school/organization.

No-shows are ineligible for a refund. 

Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty.




Preconference - October 15, 2018

Mark your calendars!  This year, as part of the KSDE Annual Conference, the preconference on October 15 is completely dedicated to Kansas Redesign!  The purpose of this day is for educators from around the state to learn from the Mercury schools, who will be in the beginning stages of launching their redesign plans.  In addition to panel discussions and Q & A with Mercury teachers and administrators, breakout session topics include:

 ·         Leadership and Managing Change

 ·         Personalized Learning Overview

 ·         Social Emotional Growth

 ·         Project Based Learning Overview

 ·         Building Teacher Leadership

 ·         Parent/Community/Business Partnerships


Main Conference - October 16-17, 2018
A variety of breakout sessions will be offered during the Main Conference. Conference strands are organized around the Kansas State Board of Education outcomes: Social-Emotional Growth, Kindergarten Readiness, Individual Plans of Study, High School Graduation Rates, Postsecondary Completion/Attendance and Assessment.

The Opening Keynote speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 16 is Thomas C. Murray. As a presenter and author, Mr. Murray is one of the top thought leaders in the education world. A tireless advocate for digital education and personalized learning, he is the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools(r), a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington DC.

Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, a Project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready SchoolsⓇ and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year,” the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His latest book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, is an ASCD best seller and was published in 2017. Connect with him @thomascmurray and on

Dr. Buddy Berry, Principal, Eminence Independent Schools (Eminence, KY), will provide the closing keynote on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Dr. Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. The Eminence Independent school district has redesigned its instructional experience for kindergarten through Grade 12 with its Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education model using online, blended and competency-based education in its quest to be the Disney World of Schools.

Buddy Berry

Dr. Buddy Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. His School on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model is currently in its seventh full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. Dr. Berry is in his 9th year as Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools and his team’s success has allowed him to be invited to the White House twice, the first as one of the 100 top school Superintendents in America at their only National Connected Superintendents Summit. Dr. Berry’s work and school district has also been the focus of numerous media and news stories including being recently filmed by Edutopia (George Lucas Films) for a recently released video series. Most importantly, Buddy is married to the amazing Jessica Berry and the father of four, Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.



Conference Information


2018 Student Art Contest

Attendance Certificate

College Credit Information

Conference Program via Sched

Conference Schedule

Exhibit Booth Registration

Lodging Information

Presentation Proposals Online Submission Form

For questions about registration, please contact: 
Tierney Kirtdoll, 
(785) 296-3142

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

For questions about conference program, please contact: 
Pat Bone,
(785) 291-3097