The Space Walk Begins

Lakin USD #215 Selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

Lakin, KS — The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced Tuesday, April 17, that Lakin USD #215 is one of 19 school districts from across the state selected to take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the next round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

KSDE in February 2018 began accepting applications for the Gemini II Project and the districts were announced April 17 during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting.

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, KSDE launched the Kansans Can School Redesign Project in August 2017. Twenty-nine Kansas school districts applied for the project. Seven districts — each one representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts — were selected. Remaining applicants had the opportunity to participate in the Gemini I Project.

“To be selected for redesign speaks very highly of our staff, school and board of education. The redesign project will provide Lakin with a great deal of opportunities including to do what is best for our individual students and allow us to build even strong connections and relationships with our community. The traditional model of school of closed, square classrooms, rows and bells that has been used for the past 50 years does not necessary meet the needs of each individual student anymore with the changes that have occurred with technology, workplace environment, and many other changes in our world. As we redesign, with the support of KSDE the canvas is ours to create to meet the needs of our Lakin students.” said Larry Lyder, Superintendent.

All districts that applied for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project had to agree

to redesign at least one elementary and one secondary school around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want schools to provide students. They also had to have approval by their local school board with a public vote, faculty support with a vote of 80 percent, and support from KNEA or other professional organization.

Lakin USD #215 plans to launch a new school redesign in the 2019-2020 school year and will serve as a future demonstration site for other districts in Kansas to study, learn from and visit.

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