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This is a series of seminars designed to provide information and leadership strategies related to current school and district education issues. Kansas school district and state education leaders will share current research-based information and best practices on these topics.

Servant Leadership:
Diversity, Values and Cultural Differences


Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Sponsored by United School Administrators of Kansas and KELI


September 28, 2017
K-State Alumni Center
1720 Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas


Leadership is not about you. Leadership is about serving. This workshop addresses the philosophy of servant leadership and each individual’s answer to the call to duty and active rise to their full potential through serving. Learning to accommodate cultural differences is important for administrators in order to be successful in the school environment. Aspects of cultural differences, strengths and challenges will be examined and examples will be provided. Using her life story as a relatable and captivating example, she traces the lessons gained through her family’s experience in the barrios of Laredo, Texas that provided the foundations that led to her eventually receiving an award from the President at the White House. She gently guides the participants to a better understanding of cultural differences and similarities, as she emphasizes that appreciation of diverse cultures and their contributions to today’s society is a very important element of team-building and team-work, which makes for a successful, productive work environment. Consuelo challenges participants to likewise look inwards and face the inhibitions to their utmost potential and to consider what that entails. She stresses the importance of “preparing tomorrow’s leaders today!” She provides an understanding that “leadership” is not just a framed, wall decoration, but it is necessary action that one must make for the betterment of their community and the generation to follow.

Registration and Parking

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration. Parking is limited on the K-State campus to the parking garage. Seminar participants intending to park on campus are required to purchase a parking permit. Permits for the parking garage are $5 per day and information about purchasing permits will be provided with confirmation closer to the date of the conference. Prepayment for permits is required. Parking in the parking garage without a permit is $1.50 per hour. The deadline for the seminar registration or cancellation is five (5) working days prior to the conference. A $25 late fee will be charged after the registration deadline. The registration fee will be refunded in full (less a $20 administrative fee) if notification is received by 5:00 p.m. five (5) working days before the seminar. For questions regarding registration, please call 785-532-5569 or toll free 1-800-432-8222.

Registration Flier (PDF)
Online Registration
Purchase a Parking Permit

Parking Permits: Click on the link above, create an account (or access an existing account) and order a permit.  To create an account, click on Sign Up in the upper right hand side of screen. Once there you will be asked for an email, first and last name, and to create a password. If you have an account, use your email address and password to access your account and order your permit. The permit is to be printed out and used to park on campus. If your are parking in the garage, you will scan the special barcode on the permit to enter and exit the garage for the event.  If you are parking outside the garage, the permit needs to be placed on the dashboard of the vehicle and be clearly visible.



Learning Focused Supervision: Calibrating,
Consulting, Collaborating, and Coaching


Bruce Wellman

Sponsored by United School Administrators of Kansas and KELI


April 4, 2018
K-State Alumni Center
1720 Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas


Bruce Wellman explores the important relationship between administrators and the teachers they support. Based on a three-phase model of learning, these sessions offer practical tools, specific templates, and technical tips for educators who help others in increasing the effectiveness of their practice.

We will explore a continuum of interaction, from calibrating (framing expectations, clarifying standards and articulating success criteria) consulting (sharing expertise and providing technical assistance) to collaboration (shared planning and problem solving) to coaching (a non-judgmental interaction which supports reflection and develop professional capacity).

Topics will include defining and developing the mentor/teacher relationship, development from novice to expert thinking, and shifting from teaching-focused to learning focused supervisory practices. Participants will learn how to apply verbal and non-verbal skills, from coaching to consulting; methods for providing feedback to improve decisionmaking; and tools for planning, reflecting and problem solving.

Registration and Parking

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration. Parking is limited on the K-State campus to the parking garage. Seminar participants intending to park on campus are required to purchase a parking permit. Permits for the parking garage are $5 per day and information about purchasing permits will be provided with confirmation closer to the date of the conference. Prepayment for permits is required. Parking in the parking garage without a permit is $1.50 per hour. The deadline for the seminar registration or cancellation is five (5) working days prior to the conference. A $25 late fee will be charged after the registration deadline. The registration fee will be refunded in full (less a $20 administrative fee) if notification is received by 5:00 p.m. five (5) working days before the seminar. For questions regarding registration, please call 785-532-5569 or toll free 1-800-432-8222.

Registration Flier (PDF)
Online Registration