Celebrating 40 Years - 2016

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Greenbush strives to ensure equal educational opportunities for everyone.

 We exist to expand possibilities for learners within other schools and organizations across the state of Kansas and beyond. By offering programs that are practical or simply more effective and efficient through a cooperative effort, Greenbush forms partnerships with agencies, businesses, and universities to get the most they can with limited financial resources. 

Announcements

SAVE THE DATE for the Greenbush Technology Conference on October 4th in Girard at the Main Greenbush Campus and October 5th at our Eudora facility! We are planning a variety of sessions focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning. Agenda, Session and Registration information will be available soon. College credit will be available.
Summer Camp Registration is now open!
Sign up for 1/2 Price Camps from March 21 – May 1.
Click HERE to learn more and register.

Greenbush News

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Greenhouse Blooming Again
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The Greenbush Greenhouse is in full swing. The growth of the flowers is similar to the growth of the partnership between the Science Center and Special Purpose School and Project Alternative in Parsons. Between all three programs, our greenhouse will begin to grow flowers to sell to Greenbush employees during the first week of May.  More details to come later!
MDPT Scoring

School Improvement Services districts have been given the opportunity to send teachers (scorers) to complete unnamed-18the KSDE-required MDPT (Multidiscipliary Performance Task) training and scoring as a way to supplement their local effort in completing this state-wide effort. There are over 500 teachers and administrators registered to attend one of the 14 offerings being held at Greenbush and Eudora.

There were a few that joined our photo booth for a quick selfie!
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Alternative High School Education Summit
On April 11-12, approximately 100 educators attended the 2016 Alternative High School Education Summit in Wichita hosted by Greenbush. Attendees included staff from Diploma Completion programs, Virtual programs, and traditional Alternative High Schools from across the state. In addition, there were staff from ESSDACK, South Central Kansas Education Service Center, Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, Greenbush, and 24 school districts.

This year’s theme was Ignite the Fire for Learning 2.0 and staff from Greenbush Virtual Learning Centers, unnamed-4Juvenile Detention Center-Girard, and Greenbush Online attended. Breakout sessions included panel discussions, roundtable sharing, virtual teaching strategies, classroom environment, technology, and best practices. Staff from KSDE provided additional assistance with sessions on new monitoring processes and state reporting.

Thanks to the Greenbush staff who provided presentations: Paul Schmidt, Joy McGilton, Christina Hagood, Ryan Burns, Dr. Benjamin O’Connor, and Mark Dodge.

Greenbush, PSU Team Up to Make Campus Visits Better
A new program that made its debut today was designed to make campus visits more meaningful for younger students. The Gorilla Experience, a joint effort between Pittsburg State University and Greenbush, adds a robust learning component to the typical campus visit.
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The first Gorilla Experience took place at the Kansas Technology Center and included 113 students from Cherokee and Labette County. The students had hands-on experiences in things like screen printing, construction, automotive technology, plastics manufacturing, robotics, and engineering design.
“For the first experience, we limited the number of students so they could be accommodated in the various activities,” said Denise Grasso, Associate Executive Director of Greenbush. “We had several more districts wanting to register, but due to logistics, we were unable to accommodate everyone at this time. It is our hope that with future experiences, we will be able to accommodate all districts that are interested.”

KEEB & eMSS Featured in KSDE Podcast

Recently, Julie Wilson participated in a podcast, KSDE Lunchtime Hot Topic, provided by the Division of Learning Services. The first 15 minutes of the podcast was all about KEEB and eMSS (eMentoring for Student Success). Listen here.

The Division of Learning Services works collaboratively to provide leadership for continuous improvement of educational systems to ensure and enhance learning for all Kansas students. The Division oversees the state’s assessed and non-assessed curricular standards; state assessments; planning, research, data analysis and reporting requirements; educator licensure; and the review of educator training programs at all Kansas institutions of higher education. Staff also ensures compliance with all state and federal education legislation including No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Quality Performance Accreditation system.
Grants & Evaluation Department Keeping Busy
The Grants and Evaluation team have been busy over the past several months writing 21st Century Community Learning Centers projects. These projects provide before, after, or summer programs for students across the state. New proposals were written for four districts, 7 reapplication proposals were written and evaluation services were requested for an additional 12 proposals for a total of 23. Currently, five staff members (Kristin Heuer, Doug Graham, Misty Burke, Linda Weldon and Bonnie Houk) provide after school evaluation services for 27 funded projects. These evaluation contracts are for five years and is a significant component of the department’s evaluation work. Districts will be notified in June as to whether they have been funded.
The Importance of STEM
For the last two weeks, the Greenbush Mobile STEM Lab was at Solomon USD 393, hosting a series of science and technology programs for their students and students in nearby districts. The projects they showcased were designed for kindergarten through high school.
However, students learned more than just some simple programming. “You had to communicate with each other to do this, you had to work as a team,” Lisa Blair, STEM Director, stated. “How many of the problems you had did I solve for you—zero. When you were having a problem, you figured it out for yourselves.”
The students’ projects were published in the Salina Journal. Be sure to check out what they learned!

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