Kansans Can Success Tour logo blue circle with white text "Kansans Can Lead the World Success! Tour"

TOPEKA - Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Brad Neuenswander are conducting 50 community conversations throughout the state on their Kansans Can Success Tour, which kicks off July 26. El Dorado High School will be hosting the tour at 6:00 p.m. on August 18.

The Kansans Can Success Tour is a follow-up to the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. community conversations tour that took place beginning in late winter and early spring of 2015. The purpose of the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. tour was to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators and members of the business community to discuss the future they wanted for Kansas children and the role they wanted Kansas education to play in supporting that envisioned future.

The vision for education in Kansas - Kansas leads the world in the success of each student - was created from what Kansans said during the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. tour. The Kansas State Board of Education’s outcomes for measuring progress toward achieving that vision were also derived from information gathered during the tour. Outcomes include social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, Individual Plan of Study, graduation, post secondary success and civic engagement.

The 2021 tour kicks off with a community meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 26, at Lakewood Middle School, 1135 Lakewood Circle, in Salina. The second meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. that evening at Commons Area, 1711 N. Walnut in Beloit. Tours wrap up at Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450 on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Everyone, including educators, parents, legislators, members of the business community and members of the media, are invited to attend these events. Watson and Neuenswander will share success stories, as well as challenges, discuss the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, answer questions and gather information during the tours.

For more information, including a logo, map and itinerary, visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/Success-Tour.