Mr. Sean Dusek, Superintendent of Schools

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Superintendent's Summer Message

June 2018

We have reached the end of another great year in KPBSD!  Now is the time to recharge, relax and enjoy time with family.  It is also a time to learn and make connections with what was experienced in the classroom.  I recently ran across a teacher’s advice on summer learning opportunities for students. I thought I would share some very important points from her summer packet.

1. Keep bedtime a routine.  This way August will be much easier.

2. Choose a few family and friends to write a letter to this summer.  Write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with purpose makes it relevant.

3. Sit at the table and eat together.

4. Encourage kindness.  Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile.

5. Don’t rush to the rescue.

6. Read to your child.

7. Put the phones down.

8. Rest.

I want to thank Mrs. Eggart from Lipscomb Elementary School in Florida for her words of wisdom.  For more information and details on what she advised parents of her students to focus on this summer, you can find her “summer packet” online.

I would also like to add another important point that applies to all:  Get out and play!  

For young children this is especially important.  I am reminded of a quote from Mr. Rogers on this. He said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. However, for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

As you take time to reflect this summer, be sure to take a look at all of KPBSD’s accomplishments on our web page .  We really had a great year and I am looking forward to 2018-19 to continue our success with all students!

I wish you all a safe and relaxing summer.  Before you know it, August 21st will be here and the excitement will begin again!

Sean Dusek, Superintendent   

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Personalized Learning in KPBSD
Personalized learning shifts from a one-size-fits-all factory model of education to better prepare students for the jobs and needs of their future. The design of instruction and the classroom allow educators to respond to the individual needs of students instead of expecting students to fit the current mold or adapt to unsuccessful learning structures. PL does not replace teachers with computers. Many of our teachers implement elements of PL in their classrooms right now, and we will now build on this foundation to create an even better learning environment. Key elements your child will experience include:   

  • Teachers integrate digital content, which allows for a differentiated path and pace based on individual student needs
  • Teachers use targeted instruction based on specific student needs and learning goals
  • Teachers use current and relevant data to help inform instructional decisions and groupings
  • Students engage in ongoing self-reflection that promotes ownership of their learning 

When will PL formally start in KPBSD schools?  

Every KPBSD school is doing some degree of work with personalized learning. However, the formal work of individual schools and teachers working directly toward personalized learning will be rolled out in three "waves" over the next year.   

  • Wave 1 schools began their work in spring 2017, and will continue in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 2 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 3 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the spring of 2018. 

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