Improving Kansas Teacher Education: Voices from 1st Year teachers and thier Employers
Colorado's Education Sector Partnership
Initiative Colorado Department of Education
Teacher Attritian and Retention in Kansas:
Tuan D. Nguyen, Ph.D
Substitue Teacher Shortage:
Dr. Andy Koenigs, Derby Public Schools

In Kansas, we believe it is essential to invest in our educators by providing the supports and programs needed to ensure professional growth, happiness and success. We don’t just want you to join this great profession, we want you to build a lifelong career here!


Mentoring and induction/coaching

Kansas provides direct, personalized mentor support for teachers. New teachers are paired with experienced professional educators who are specially trained. The program is designed to meet the specific growth areas of each individual. This individualized, needs-driven approach makes the mentor programs of Kansas dynamic and impactful. We know that great teachers makes all the difference in the lives of their students, so we want to make sure talented teachers stay in the classroom.


Professional learning

● Kansas’ new K-12 accreditation model accredits systems, such as school districts, instead of individual schools. The systems approach improves individual schools more effectively than simply targeting an individual school, research shows.

● Driven by the Kansas State Board of Education’s vision for education, Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) identifies evidence-based practices of successful education systems and requires Kansas school districts to employ a quality improvement process that addresses these practices and shows evidence of growth in areas identified by the state board.

● Kansas universities and colleges provide comprehensive teacher preparation programs designed to ensure students graduate with the knowledge and experience necessary to step into the classroom and experience success.  


● Teaching is a profession that demands continual learning. The ability to identify and address students’ individual needs is a skill that must be learned over time with practice and  professional learning. 


● Just as students have individual needs, so do teachers. Kansas teachers create personal learning plans based on their individual needs. These plans guide educators to learning that is relevant to them and can be directly incorporated into their teaching practice. Not only does this training benefit students, it also can often be used to fulfill the requirements for licensure renewal. Effective professional learning plays a critical role in ensuring Kansas achieves its vision for education: Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.


Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol (KEEP) and Student Achievement


Just as teachers invest in their students’ learning and growth, administrators invest in the growth of educators. Through the Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol (KEEP), Kansas educators receive formative feedback through an evaluation process designed to strengthen instructional practices over time and contribute to student achievement.


The Kansas educator evaluation model is based on a collaborative approach. Teachers and building administrators work together to identify specific growth areas and create an individual program that supports the educator’s development in those focused areas. Your success matters.