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March KSDE Science Newsletter

04 Mar 2022 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Good afternoon,

We hope this March edition of the Kansas Science Newsletter finds you well. A promise of spring is in the air and with that opportunities and dreams of summer! There is a lot of information in this month's Science newsletter but I want to draw your attention to a couple of important opportunities below involving FREE Professional Learning, the state assessment and a Grant opportunity.


As always, I greatly appreciate the work you are doing for Kansas science students. Please take a moment to look at the entire newsletter here (Link) and don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you better in any way.





  1. In order to better support the needs of Kansas Science teachers we are so pleased to announce the opportunity of science content based VIRTUAL PLCs. These Professional Learning Communities are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to best implement the NGSS routines. Come once, or come every month.
  2. Biology: (Register Here) Chemistry: (Register Here)
  3. Physics: (Register Here) New Teacher: (Register Here)


  1. KSDE STEM Grants
  2. Middle School Perkins Reserve Grant: Searching Career Opportunities through Research and Exploration (SCORE) Grant #06080. This grant will provide funds ($22,000) for the specified teacher groups to develop course STEM based unit supports that align, integrate and elevate multiple career pathways and work based connections. A total of 10 districts will develop 3 units a piece with the intent of making 30 STEM units widely available for statewide use at the completion of the projects.

    Link to Grant Application / Information (Link)

    Information Webinar Links:

    March 9th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
    March 24th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
  1. State Assessment- CALL FOR REVIEWERS

    Have you ever been curious how assessment items are developed? Have you ever wondered how you might help make sure they are aligned? THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!  

    This paid opportunity, the KAP External Review of Items and Passages for Science is planned to be a live event held in July 25-29 in Lawrence.

    We are looking for participants who 

    • have experience working with a wide variety of students and student needs. 

    •  are current practicing educators, former educators, community members, scholars, or professional representatives of diverse populations. 

    We want to ensure we have 

    • representation from each of the 10 Kansas educational districts. 

    • a mix of urban and rural districts represented. 

    • a demographically diverse group of participants. 

    • a cadre of educators with experience teaching science content, as well as educators with experience teaching EL students, students with disabilities, and students with diverse experiences.


      If you are interested in participating in one or more of these events, select the following link to complete the interest survey by Friday, April 15, 2022. 

      2022 KAP Summer Interest Survey  

      Once we have collected information from interested individuals, KSDE staff will select participants and KAP staff will notify you by email using the kap@ku.edu email account. Thank you for your interest in KAP events! 

       Email kap@ku.edu if you have any questions. 

      Best regards, 
      KAP Staff





Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

Career, Standards and Assessment Services

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