Education Listening Tour Comes to Emporia

Jan 28, 2015 | District News Release

Incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson will host 15 community conversations titled “Kansas Children, Kansas’ Future” throughout the state. One of the sessions will be in Emporia from 9-11 am Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Mary Herbert Education Center, 1700 W 7th Ave.

The purpose of these conversations is to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should play in supporting that envisioned future. Attendees will work in small groups to discuss questions such as:

  • What are the characteristics, qualities, abilities and skills of a successful 24-year-old Kansan?
  • What is the role of K-12 education in achieving this future and how should K-12 measure indicators toward that success?
  • What is the role of higher education in achieving this future and how should higher education measure indicators toward that success?

The outcomes of these conversations will be collected and used to begin building the state’s strategic plan for education. Community members who have questions about these events are invited to contact Penny Rice at Kansas State Department of Education: or 785.296.3202

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