Southwest Plains Regional Service Center is committed to ensuring educators have the latest information, strategies and techniques through our vast network of professional learning opportunities. We'll be sending this newsletter monthly to let clients know of upcoming professional learning opportunities from Southwest Plains.
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Hot Topics by Dr. Gillespie with Support by Dr. Watson

As an education leader in Kansas, do you want to....
  • Gain insight into the impact of the new law - ESSA Student Success At - on Kansas School Districts
  • Achieve clarity regarding the Individual Plan of Study (IPS) and its role in the KansansCan vision, the success of each student
  • Secure understanding of the Crosswalk between the Rose Standards and the 5 R's for Kansas Educational System Accreditation (KESA)

Plan to enjoy a powerful and rigorous program delivered by top experts in education including our own:

  • Kansas Commissioner of Education - Dr. Randy Watson
  • CEO of Southwest Plains Regional Service Center - Dr. Kelly Gillespie
  • Educational Consultant at SWPRSC, specializing in the IPS for Kansas - Jenna Johnson

Experience cross-district communication in a collaborative, results-based environment. Ample opportunity is planned to balance content with discussion. Presenters will provide insight valuable for immediate decision-making and for 2016-17 strategic planning. Clarity generates confidence and confidence will move us forward on behalf of student success. To leverage the power of this event, please plan to bring your entire team.

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Thursday, Feb. 4th, 8:30am-3pm

810 Lark Avenue

Sublette, KS

The SWPRSC ESOL/Title III Cadres are designed to provide a venue for attendees to receive information and instruction on effective ESOL strategies, and to get updates on programmatic, auditing and assessment information for ESOL. Information about cultural awareness, parent involvement, and Office of Civil Rights compliance are also presented at each Cadre. These Cadres also provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with other ESOL practitioners in the southwest Kansas area.

Cadre topics include compliance with the requirements of the Kansas ESOL program and Title III; auditing issues for ESOL; Office of Civil Rights compliance; instructional strategies for ELLs; program design; parental involvement; counseling issues; and most importantly, time for ESOL teachers and directors to network and share.

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Culture: Conflict or Complement?

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 8:30am-3pm

810 Lark Avenue

Sublette, KS

As the world becomes flatter, a variety of world cultures and family cultures appear in our classrooms. Understanding the cultures our students bring with them can help us diminish the conflict and create a climate where individual differences are complementary.