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State Alliances: Kansas
Formed in 1999, joined the LFA state alliance network in 2000.
KLFA’s mission is “Making Kansas first in the nation in teaching and learning.” Given the high national ranking Kansas has on such indicators as the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), college entrance tests, post-secondary education levels and the adult literacy rate, the Alliance believes this is an ambitious but obtainable goal.
The Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) organizes its work around three priorities:
- Improving student achievement
- Strengthening the professional development of educators
- Engaging the public in school improvement and student achievement efforts
The Kansas Learning First Alliance has been instrumental in raising public and legislative awareness about the need for rigorous curriculum and high quality teaching in reading and mathematics. As part of its work, the Alliance has spearheaded a workshop series across the state on reading instruction. The Kansas Alliance has also developed materials – including a CD-Rom and handouts based on the national Alliance's Every Child Reading: An Action Plan – to assist district and school reading trainers. Additionally, in an effort to address the achievement gap in mathematics and determine the causes of poor mathematics performance, KLFA was awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to conduct a study with the Kansas State Department of Education. As part of this effort, the Alliance has surveyed schools across the state on the enacted curriculum and developed recommendations on how to improve mathematics curricula and instruction. Additionally, the KLFA has led a statewide effort to increase support for public education. As part of this effort, the Alliance convened a public conversation on the “Changing Landscape of Public Education,” modeled on a format developed by the Public Agenda Foundation and NEA. Since this inaugural conversation, the Alliance has developed a network of facilitators across the state to help district leaders convene similar public conversations. To jumpstart this effort, KFLA has also launched a presentation series to school board and district leaders explaining the conversation process as well as providing seed money and guidance to districts willing to host local conversations.
KLFA just launched a new website this spring, we encourage you to visit and learn more about the great work they're doing on the state and local level.
- Advocates for High Ability Learners Association
- Communities in Schools Kansas
- Fort Hays State University - College of Education and Technology
- Kansas Center for Performance Excellence
- Kansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (KASCD)
- Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative (KGTC)
- Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals
- Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators
- Kansas Association of School Administrators
- Kansas Association of School Boards
- Kansas Association of School Business Officials
- Kansas Association of School Librarians
- Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals
- Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators
- Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM)
- Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS)
- Kansas Community Education Association
- Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
- Kansas Enrichment Network
- Kansas National Education Association
- Kansas PTA (Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers)
- Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
- Kansas Reading Association
- Kansas Reading Professionals in Higher Education
- Kansas School Public Relations Association (KanSPRA)
- Kansas Staff Development Council
- Kansas State Department of Education
- KTWU - Kansas Public Television
- Mid-America Association for Computers in Education
- Professional Leadership Development Academy
- United School Administrators of Kansas
- United Teachers of Wichita
For more information, contact Advance Ed Executive Director:
Ms. Nancy Bolz
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