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"SHESC Messenger": End of August 2022


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End of August 2022

New CTE Opportunities Coming This Fall

Volume Purchasing: As Coordinator Departs, Please Update Contacts

Professional Development: KESA Technical Assistance

Counting Kids Registration Due September 2

Welcome Back to School!

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New CTE Opportunities Coming this Fall

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a critical part of improving students' college career readiness, reducing drop out rates, and improving engagement with academics.


With the essential role of CTE and STEM in Kansas education, Smoky Hill Education Service Center is introducing at least five NEW professional development opportunities this fall. These will help educators with learning new skills and making new professional connections with like-minded colleagues!


CTE 101

CTE 101 is designed for administrators, CTE Coordinators, counselors, and others who are new to the CTE world or would like to learn more about CTE. This group will help you learn how to navigate the maze of CTE acronyms, regulations, and reports. At our quarterly meetings we will cover important topics such as the IPS, Pathways, the Perkins grant, data collection and reporting, and more.

First session: August 30 - ZOOM


New CTE Teacher - Professional Learning Network
Join other teachers new to the CTE world to learn how to navigate CTE. Learn from and share with teachers who are also experiencing CTE for the first time. Meet with guest speakers including experienced CTE teachers, KSDE CTE consultants, and more! This group will meet monthly via Zoom for an hour, August through March (time and date to be decided by the group at first meeting).

First session: August 31 - ZOOM

CTE Data Dashboard and Program Development PLN
This professional development series will address and support the importance of data collection and data management related to program improvement. We will focus on key data points districts use in collecting, analyzing, reporting, and communicating program improvement goals and plans
First session: September 15 - ZOOM

American Welding Society Certification Best Practices

Improve your welding students' chances to successfully acquire the American Welding Society Level 1 or AWS SENSE Level 1 industry-recognized certification. The workshop instructor will share content and best practices for helping students to meet the industry specifications for each of the performance welds in the AWS Level 1 certification. Technique videos of the welds will be provided to all registered participants.
September 29 AND October 5 - ZOOM

CTE and SPED Collaboration

Learn how CTE educators and administrators can work together with SPED educators and administrators to provide quality CTE opportunities to SPED students to increase their development of employability skills.

Session 1: How to Navigate IEP's in the CTE Classroom - Participants will learn how to provide IEP necessitated accommodations and modifications in the CTE classroom. Allow a previous CTE and special education teacher to guide you through how to implement an IEP(s) in your classroom to help your students equitably access your curriculum.
October 6 - ZOOM


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Volume Purchasing: As Coordinator Departs, Please Update Contacts

Adam Pracht, Marketing and Volume Purchasing Coordinator, is pursuing a new career opportunity. His final day at SHESC is Friday, August 12.

Pracht would like to thank everyone he has had the opportunity to work with during the last three and a half years, and for being able to help support educators and non-profit professionals in their work.

After August 12, please contact Diane Mann at dmann@smokyhill.org or at 785-825-9185 with any questions or assistance related to volume purchasing you may have.

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Professional Development: KESA Technical Assistance

KESA technical assistance meetings are designed to help your district or school leadership team implement your KESA plans and prepare for your Annual Summary Report and your OVT Visit. Focus will be on developing measurable goals, selecting powerful strategies, using quality data effectively to monitor and adjust your KESA plan, and how to put in place structures to ensure that your staff and other stakeholders are engaged in the process. This year, many of you will be working towards your Year 5 OVT Visit and Accreditation Review, we will be addressing the ARC (Accreditation Review Council) rubric and the key techniques for preparing for your Annual Summary Report and for your OVT visit.

First Session: August 29 - Salina

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Counting Kids Registration Due September 2

Registration for Counting Kids workshops is now completed entirely through the Kansas State Department of Education website.

Please register here to join us in Salina on Monday, September 12.

Counting KIDS workshops are presented by KSDE Fiscal Auditing to discuss counting students on count day and the information to enter into KIDS (Kansas Individual Data on Students) for funding purposes. NEW this year: How to ensure that student data is secure.

The registration deadline for the Salina location is September 2.

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Welcome Back to School!

As the 2022-2023 school year is already beginning for many school districts, at Smoky Hill Education Service Center, we just want to take a moment to say: "Welcome back!"

We hope you have an exciting and productive year, but why leave it to chance?

We have resources to help you overcome challenges, help funds stretch further, and take care of the routine so you can focus on your areas of expertise.

Get in touch at info@smokyhill.org or 785-825-9185 for consultation on how we can help you meet your goals in the coming year!

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