Kansans Can School Redesign (C3 Projects Update 2019)
“Kansans Can” is the new vision for education calling for a more student-focused system for individual success and can be achieved with everyone working together. The Central Comprehensive Center (C3) at the University of Oklahoma Outreach is providing support and resources to the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) statewide professional learning initiative, Kansans Can School Redesign, to help make this vision a reality. Kansas school districts were invited to apply for the redesign project in 2017. Seven school districts (named the Mercury 7 cohort) were chosen first and continue to serve as demonstration sites for others in Kansas to study, learn, and visit. Two additional cohorts joined the school redesign project since the initial launch. Gemini I has 21 districts and 42 schools participating and Gemini II has 19 districts and 50 schools participating. The Kansans Can School Redesign Project is an integral part of the Strategic Performance Management (SPM) system. C3 and Building State Capacity and Productivity Center continue to work with KSDE staff members on SPM which connects their work to a more student-focused system. C3 continues to support KSDE’s efforts in planning, reflecting, and guiding the implementation and sustainability of the Kansans Can School Redesign project.