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2020 KSDE Civic Engagement Conference

April 1, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
1717 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, Kansas 66612

KSDE is sponsoring the 3rd annual Civic Engagement Conference, which will focus on providing educators and students in Grades 6-12 with resources, ideas, and experiences that will improve the civic engagement culture of their schools. Speakers from across the state and region will present sessions on a variety of programs and practices.


2020 Keynote Presentation

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Mike Matson, has 30 years of professional communications experience in Kansas. His career has spanned the fields of journalism, politics, and advocacy.

As a reporter, he covered politics and government for a Topeka TV station, later served as Communications Director and Press Secretary for Governor Bill Graves.

Mike has written, produced and directed a series of award-winning television documentaries on subjects ranging from expectations in civic life, rural population decline and farm animal welfare.

2020 KSDE Civic Engagement Conference



Online registration closes after March 25, 2020. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.  

Registration includes lunch, snack, and door prizes.


  • Adult: $60.00
  • Student (Grades 6-12): $40.00  

Vendor Options:    

  • For Profit: $150.00
    • Includes registration for up to two (2) people, 1 vendor table
  • Non-Profit: $50.00
    • Includes registration for one (1) person, 1 vendor table

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

Payment must be received prior to the conference.  


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.



Event questions? Please contact:
Don Gifford, Civic Engagement Coordinator
(785) 296-3892

Registration issues? Please contact: 
Tierney Kirtdoll, Admin. Specialist
(785) 296-3142