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KSDE Announces Civic Engagement Conference

13 Dec 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

One day Topeka conference includes science education.  Keynote speaker is Mary Beth Tinker (Supreme Court Tinker vs. Desmoines) Applications to make presentations are being accepted from the present time until January 16, 2018.  Registration will open soon.

Kansas State Department of Education First Annual Civic Engagement Conference


February 19, 2018 Topeka KS

Registration will be open soon


Request for Presenters


We are soliciting presentations from schools, voluntary associations, community groups, non-partisan civic organizations, and vendors. Presentations will be 50 minutes long and organized around the "Six Proven Practices of Effective Civic Learning (http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/educators/six-proven-practices). Successful presentation proposals will include one or more of the "Six Proven Practices'" and/or practical ways to improve the civic engagement culture of schools. Preference will be given to presentations that include adult and student presenters or video of students involved in the program being promoted. Registration will be waived for one adult and two student presenters if selected.  Deadline for this application is end of day January 16thSubmit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/xcBV5JNTNhVb7B6H3



Request for Student Poster Presentations


A Student Poster Presentation will take place at the KSDE Civic Engagement Conference on February 19th at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka, KS. Students (grades 6 through 12) are invited to create a poster presentation on a tri-fold presentation board not to exceed 48 inches in height and 48 inches in width. The selected poster project will present student identified problems in their schools, communities, nation, or the world, and propose solutions to those problems. The format should describe the PROBLEM, the POWER, the PLAN, and the PEOPLE.   Deadline for submissions is Tuesday January 16, 2018 and must be accompanied by an adult registration to the conference. (Group presentations are permissible provided that there is one adult registration per every two student presenters.)  The selected student(s) will be expected to be available for questions during a 50 minute session at the conference and be eligible for selection to a roundtable discussion with keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker. Submit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/H6zL5l6jSo7r9viA3


KSDE is sponsoring the first annual Civic Engagement Conference which will focus on providing educators and students grades 6 through 12 with resources, ideas, and experiences that will improve the civic engagement culture of their schools. Presenters from across the state and region will present sessions on a variety of programs and practices.


The keynote speaker will be Mary Beth Tinker.  Most students don’t expect to be suspended when they show up for Algebra class, but that’s what happened to Mary Beth Tinker in 1965, when she was thirteen years old. Saddened by news from Vietnam, Mary Beth and other Des Moines, Iowa, students had worn black armbands to school to mourn the dead and call for a Christmas truce. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the suspensions in court, leading to a landmark 1969 Supreme Court ruling for students’ rights in “Tinker vs Des Moines” that neither teachers nor students "shed their constitutional rights... at the schoolhouse gate." The Tinker ruling has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights.


Mary Beth lives in Washington DC, but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health.


The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn Downtown 420 SE 6th, Topeka, Kansas. 

Registration includes: Continental breakfast, all day beverage service, lunch, afternoon snack, and door prizes, and will be opening soon.



Don Gifford

Coordinator for Civic Engagement

Career Standards and Assessment Services

Kansas State Department of Education


Landon State Office Building

900 SW Jackson Ave.  Suite 653

Topeka, KS  66612

Phone: (785) 296-3892

Fax: (785) 291-3791


KATS email:   kats.org1967@gmail.com

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

KATS Treasurer

P.O. Box 780899

Wichita KS 67278

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