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NFUSSD 2014 - North Kansas City Schools
October 12-14, 2014

NFUSSD 2014 Conference Presentations

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NFUSSD 2014 Think Tank Options

Think Tank Session 1: Marketing Public Schools
Led by: North Kansas City Schools
This session will provide participants with an opportunity to answer the question, "As a public school system, why do we need to market ourselves?" Team members will work with colleagues from other districts while developing a presentation on how districts can best market themselves.

Think Tank Session 2: Technology 1:1
Led by: North Kansas City Schools
This session is a follow-up from last year’s technology 1:1 Think Tank. It will provide participants with an opportunity to answer the question, “How does a school district grow and sustain a successful 1:1 program?”. Team members will work with colleagues from other districts while developing a presentation on how districts can grow and sustain a successful 1:1 program.

NFUSSD 2014 School Tour Options

Tour 1: LEARN
: The Effective use of Instructional Time
Modified Calendar - It is estimated that by fifth grade, a middle-income student is approximately 3 years ahead of a low-income peer. While students can learn at the same rate during the traditional nine months of school, regression over the summer occurs for many. Learn how Crestview Elementary is implementing a modified calendar with 31 additional days for student learning. Understand rationale for more instructional time and use criteria to identify schools in your own district that might benefit. Avoid any pitfalls in communicating and implementing this progressive concept. End summer learning loss.

Asynchronous Learning - How can learning be structured to occur beyond the classroom walls? Hear from our experts about the creation of blended learning environments. Understand the need for making this experience a graduation requirement in North Kansas City as you visit Oak Park High School. Just as we value ongoing opportunity for student learning to occur, continued professional growth for adults must be supported. Explore North Kansas City’s Incubator, an online forum where ideas and innovations find growth, development, and instructional alignment. Hear tips about creating an environment for your district where adult learning can continue beyond the contractual day.

House Concept - In the fall of 2013, North Kansas City Schools implemented the House concept with freshmen at each of its four high schools. Students in the House benefitted from a net gain of instructional time for English Language Arts, Math and Science equating to an additional 45 hours per year. The daily contact with core subjects provided opportunity to enhance teacher-student relationships, while the similar schedule eased the transition between middle and high school. Visit Staley High School to better understand this unique schedule for student learning.

Tour 2: LEAD
: Growing Your Own
Superintendent’s Leadership Institute and Advisory Council - The Superintendent’s Leadership Institute is an internship program that provides district educators an opportunity to experience best practices, gain insight into administrative procedures and process, and develop leadership skills for a successful career in school administration. Visit Winnetonka High School to hear from participants as they discuss their experience and what impact it had for future success. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is comprised of students from each of our four high schools who serve as a sounding board for the superintendent and those he leads. This influential group gets to be on the cutting edge of decision-making in North Kansas City Schools while serving as a liaison between the administration and the students we serve. Listen to students explain the importance of such a relationship for your school district. 

Education Foundation and Vanguard Teams - By partnering with individuals, businesses and other organizations, the Education Foundation seeks to increase the number of educational opportunities it offers district students and staff. Hear about the program from innovative teaching grant recipients and scholarship winners. Consider ways in which your district might build an endowment of funds for future use while visiting New Mark Middle School.

The second iteration of North Kansas City Schools’ 1:1 environment resulted in a Vanguard Program. As part of the program, several teams of dedicated professionals participate in learning opportunities that emphasize the integration and use of Apple technologies in the context of rigorous and relevant instruction. These leaders assist in building capacity and sustainability for the organization as a whole. Hear about the journey that led to the establishment of Vanguard teams, as well as tips for developing, maintaining and supporting these leaders. Avoid some of the pitfalls that North Kansas City experienced along the way.

Summer Academy - In creating more opportunity for professional learning and in acknowledging the expertise and experience within North Kansas City Schools, Summer Academy was created in 2011. What began as sessions offered for teachers, by teachers, has expanded into the likes of a national conference with area school districts collaborating to solve common challenges. Hear about the impact of this unique learning experience in which almost seventy-five percent of the district’s teachers choose to spend their summer!

: Powerful Partnerships
Northland CAPS - The goal of Northland CAPS is to provide high school students in the Northland with a pre-professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through career-oriented experiences that are both hands-on and real world. Northland CAPS students are immersed in professional environments engaging in curriculum developed by industry professionals and program instructors – ensuring that what is taught in the classroom is relevant to the workforce. Learning is enhanced by project work direct from industry partners who engage mentor students and ensure timely, accurate and real project results. Emphasis is placed on developing professional skills, such as communication and collaboration, which employers deem highly important to individual success. Visit Cerner, a company devoted to strategic innovations for the health care industry, and North Kansas City Hospital to see this powerful program in action.

Northland Innovation Campus - The city of Gladstone and the North Kansas City School District have partnered to develop a new 200,000-square- foot innovation campus to provide space for businesses and school district programs. Tour the grounds around the Gladstone Community Center to learn how this facility of the future will promote career and college readiness, while benefitting local businesses and school districts.

International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate, Data Dashboard, and Gig Donation - Visit the historic North Kansas City High School, built in 1925, to hear about the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) and how it increases access to an IB education. This innovative education framework incorporates the vision and educational principles of the International Baccalaureate into a unique program specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. To meet immediate data analysis needs, North Kansas City Schools partnered with McGladrey, a trusted technology partner, to develop a system referred to as our Data Dashboard. Hear about the successes and failures involved in leveraging a business partnership to meet educational needs. Replicate our successes as we all seek to provide systems that allow for better instructional decision-making. Finally, hear about the vision of one North Kansas City alumni, who donated a one gigabit connection in hopes of transforming classrooms for the future. Understand the power in engaging our community and alumni to bring our collective dreams to fruition.

NFUSSD 2014 Conference Schedule


3:00-6:00pm - (tentative) Registration


  • 12:00-6:00pm - Registration
  • 2:00-3:45pm - Opening General Session
  • 3:45-4:00pm - Break
  • 4:00-5:15pm - Think Tanks, Superintendent Roundtable, Board Member Roundtable
  • 5:30-7:00pm - President’s Reception
  • 7:00pm - NFUSSD Ex. Com Dinner


  • 7:00-8:00am - Registration
  • 7:15-8:15am - Breakfast
  • 8:30am - Board buses for tours
  • 8:30am-3:00pm - School Tours
  • 11:00am-1:00pm - Lunch
  • 3:30-5:00pm - Reception


  • 7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30am - General Session
  • 9:30-10:45am - Think Tanks, Gold Mines
  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Breakout sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Luncheon
  • 1:15-2:30pm - Closing General Session
  • 2:45-4:00pm - Engaging Elected Officials (optional)


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