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2022 Art of Teaching



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 KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference

October 19-21, 2022

Hyatt Regency Wichita

Teaching is an art. It takes skill that not everyone possesses. It also requires a holistic mindset and commitment to the betterment of others, most notably students. The art of teaching is not confined to the classroom teacher. Effective, impactful teaching involves the “art” of not only the classroom or subject teacher, but also the administrator, counselor, para-professional, etc... The 2022 conference is focused on highlighting this “art” practiced by all, regardless of their role in schools, who are committed to the success of each student in Kansas.

Strands being planned for this conference include:

  • Early Learning
  • Accreditation – Process and Results
  • Standards, Competencies, and Assessment
  • Whole Community, Whole School, Whole Child
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • School Finance, Effective Leadership, Building Staff/Team
  • Teacher Retention & Recruitment

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments.

Attendees can set up accounts and customize their schedules by selecting sessions on the Conference Program app. 

2022 KSDE Annual Conference


REGISTRATION FEE: $250 (Includes breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments.)

Please send Checks, Money Orders and Purchase Orders to
KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference

Attn: Tierney Kirtdoll
900 SW Jackson St., Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
FAX: (785) 291-3791

Payment must be received prior to the conference. Invoices will be sent via email within 10 business days. 

Credit card payments are now accepted. Service fees apply. 

  • Each invoice will have a unique Payment Portal link for sending payment by credit or debit;
  • Payment can only be sent via the link provided on the invoice; and
  • At this time, we CANNOT receive a single payment for multiple invoices.


Cancellations sent via email by October 5, 2022 will receive a full refund.

Cancellations after October 5, 2022 will not be refunded. 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.

KSDE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THE CONFERENCE. Every attempt will be made to send a notice to registered attendees no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. A full refund* will be issued in the event of cancellation by KSDE.

*KSDE requires that a W-9 tax form is received from the recipient prior to issuing a refund if they are not listed in the State Accounting System. 




Wednesday, October 19

William Parrett

Kathleen Budge

William Parrett & Kathleen Budge, Boise State University, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies

Uncommon Sense, Uncommon Success: Turning Any High Poverty School into a High Performing School

Recognizing the uncommon success of high-poverty, high-performing schools, the authors Bill and Kathleen will present a compelling case for making such success more common. Revealing new insights drawn from their recent study of 12 diverse, high-poverty, high-performing schools, they will inspire conference participants to take immediate action in their own schools. Participants will explore the Framework for Collective Action, including ten key strategies designed to provide a roadmap for rethinking current practices and reimagining what is possible in a high-poverty school.

More specifically, participants will gain fresh perspectives on the critical importance of integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into schoolwide processes, developing a common understanding of excellence in instruction, and enhancing support for the mental health of students and the adults who serve them. Most importantly, attendees will emerge with an understanding that the uncommon success of the schools studied was driven by, and can only become more common in all schools, through an unwavering commitment to equity in practice evidenced first, and foremost, by recommitting to each student’s success.


Thursday, October 20

Steve Bollar


Steven Bollar, Stand Tall Steve

Standing Tall Through It All

Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your school or district and come out bigger, better, and more motivated than ever. In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The difference between culture and climate… and how to systematically improve both...
  • How you can maximize relationships between students, teachers and community and maintain those relationship year after year… 
  • How to get the results you want  to see… and how to move people from being just compliant to committed to getting those results.

Friday, October 21

Dr. Rosemarie Allen


Dr. Rosemarie Allen, Center for Equity & Excellence, President & CEO

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices.  Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services where she was responsible for the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines.  Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe.

Dr. Allen’s non-profit Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) serves as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation.  IREE monitors and licenses child care centers using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community-Based Licensing.”  Rosemarie also served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) initiative, Early Childhood Task Force.  In that role, she was the national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country.  She also serves as a contractor for the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations focusing on equity, implicit bias, and culturally responsive practices in the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. 



Conference Group Discount

Register four (4)
at the regular cost.

Receive a 5th registration for FREE.

Please contact
for more information.





Tierney Kirtdoll
(785) 296-3142

Pat Bone
(785) 296-2303