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 KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference

October 25-27, 2023

Hyatt Regency Wichita

Empowered Together. The 2023 Great Ideas in Education Conference will focus on the tools necessary to strengthen school buildings and districts to support each Kansas student.  We empower each other when we work together.

Through professional development and networking opportunities the KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference will help school personnel improve policies and strategies producing safe learning environments and quality teaching and learning practices for each student. 

Strands being planned for this conference include:

  • Balanced Assessment System
  • Early Learning
  • Elevating  Voices in Education
  • Leadership
  • Safe and Supportive Schools
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology and Cyber Security

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments.

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

2023 KSDE Annual Conference



Wednesday, October 25, 2023


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Dr. Steve Constantino

Dr. Constantino is internationally recognized for his work in family engagement and his innovative,
non-conventional, entrepreneurial and outlier approaches to leading organizations and acquiring
impressive results. As a master of the stage, he has captivated thousands of teachers, administrators,
school board members and business people from the United States and around the world. His
amazing keynote presentations and workshops have been featured in local, state, regional, national
and international conferences. With the gifts of storytelling, humor and the knack for telling it like it is,
Dr. Constantino is a much sought-after speaker and leadership consultant because he is the rare
combination of someone who can both lead and teach others how to lead.

Steve began his career as a teacher and moved through the ranks to district superintendent. At the state level, Steve held positions as Chief Academic Officer and Acting State Superintendent. Today, Steve is an Executive Professor in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Department at the William & Mary School of Education and continues to accept numerous invitations to speak and consult with schools, districts, states and business organizations around the world.

Thursday, October, 26, 2023


 Logan Taylor

Logan Taylor

Founder and Co-CEO Y.B. Normal?


Logan Taylor grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Having it easy is never a phrase you would use to describe Logan Taylor’s childhood. Raised by his grandmother in low-income housing and with an absentee father and barely-there mother, Taylor struggled as a child and young adult. Add to these issues sexual abuse, drug addiction, a horrific car wreck, multiple suicide attempts, and crippling anxiety and so much more it’s hard to imagine how he ever made it.

Taylor now has a bachelor’s degree, recipient of the president’s lifetime achievement award, certifications in adverse childhood experiences (ACE‘s), The Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialization, mental health first aid, and has written multiple books. He is working to obtain his master’s degree to become a mental health therapist.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Commissioner, Dr. Randy Watson


Other features on Friday will include Information from KSDE on 

  • Foundational Elements
  • KESA
  • Other items to be determined.



2023 Payment and Cancellation Policy



REGISTRATION FEE:  (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)
  • One day (10/25 or 10/26 individual day) - $175
  • Friday, 10/27 only - $100
  • Full Conference - ( 2 1/2 days) - $275

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

Attn: Kelli Byrne
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 13, 2023 will receive a full refund.

Cancellations after October 13, 2023 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.