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2024 Conference


Lighting the Path Forward

Great ideas in Education Conference  Oct. 23-25, 2024 Lighting the Path Forward
Great ideas in Education Conference Oct. 23-25, 2024 Lighting the Path Forward
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Hyatt Regency Wichita

Lighting the Path Forward. The 2024 Great Ideas in Education Conference will focus on the tools necessary to strengthen school improvement efforts  to support each Kansas student. Through professional development and networking opportunities the Kansas State Department of Education (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 will include areas to support the Fundamentals and KESA Structures:

  • Balanced Assessment System
    • Data - How it is used to make instructional decisions?
    • Kansas Educational Data System (KEDS)
  • Structured Literacy
  • High Quality Instruction
  • Standards Alignment
  • Safe and Supportive Schools
  • Technology and Cyber Security
  • System Structures
    • Family and Community Partnerships
    • Resource Allocation
    • Educator Evaluation
    • Professional Learning
    • Professional Collaboration
    • Tiered System of Supports

Many times presentations will cover multiple strands.  KSDE recommends bringing a district and/or building leadership team.

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments.

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

2024 KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference: Lighting the Path Forward

2024 Payment and Cancellation Policies



REGISTRATION FEE:  (Includes breakfast and lunch.)
  • Full Conference - ( 2 1/2 days) - $275
  • Register a team of 4 for $1,000

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 prior to October 14, 2024 will receive a full refund.

Cancellations after October 14, 2024 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. 


Conference Group Discount

Register a team of four at the discounted price of $1,000.

Please contact Kelli Byrne for more information.