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KSDE August Newsletter

17 Aug 2021 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We hope this newsletter (Link) finds you and yours well. This month features back to school safety, opportunities, collaboration and more!

Also included in the August issue:


  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)- K-6 Cycle
    • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2021–2022 application cycle are open. You are a part of over 5,100 award-winning educators and we need your help to continue to grow this network!

      To nominate a K–6th grade teacher for this award, complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website and submit the teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information. You are welcome to submit multiple nominations if you know more than one teacher deserving of this award. The 
      nomination deadline is January 7, 2022, and the application deadline is February 6, 2022. PAEMST awardees are one of the best sources of future nominations!

  • Fall Professional Development
    • 3D Classroom Assessments- Where to Start?- MS & HS, August 23rd at 4pm (Registration Link)
    • Clay Circuits and Lightbulb Moments- Elementary (Repeat of August 2 Session), August 30th at 4pm (Registration Link)
  • Fall Book Study- Ambitious Science Teaching
    • Starting August 26, 6-7 pm CT
    • Free books available for the first 20 participants who register! College Credit available! PD Credits available!
    • To register or get additional information: (Link)
  • Call for KSDE Teacher Leaders and Introducing KSDE STEM
    • Recently organizational changes have occurred within the Career Standards and Assessment Services (CSAS) at the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). Multiple disciplines are being reorganized into Humanities and STEM. The disciplines, standards, assessments, and support of great classroom instruction will continue.  KSDE will continue to do what the agency has always done -- elevate great teacher leaders. We are looking for individuals, Teacher Leaders, who are interested in joining this work.


      Definition of Teacher Leader:  

      A teacher leader has demonstrated expertise with strategies, methods, and trends in education in Humanities and/or STEM.  The teacher leader is collaborative, knowledgeable, and evidence based.   Additional skill in dynamic presentation is a plus.

      Link to interest form: (Link)

  • Fall Conferences- Save the dates and more!



Reminders for Collaboration

July's Theme: Family Engagement


Science Curriculum Leaders Collaboration,

August 17, 4pm (Registration Link)


Science Teacher Collaboration,

August 18th at 4pm (Registration Link)



Thank you again and please let me know if us can help support you in any way,

Meg & Stephen





Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

Career, Standards and Assessment Services

(785) 296-8108


Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

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