KU News: Center created to support Kansas PreK-12 leaders; KU Student Housing move-in days Aug. 18 and 19

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Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership will support PreK-12 district, building leaders
LAWRENCE — Inquiries from school districts across Kansas led the creation of the new Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership (CEEL), whose mission is to support district- and building-level leaders to lead, organize and implement the most effective and equitable learning environments for PreK-12 students. Representatives of CEEL will meet with school district leaders to develop and implement strategic plans that lead to educational success and ensure all student populations have access to high-quality supports and services. Plans will be customized to a district’s specific need, while also adhering to the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation process and meeting the Kansas Legislature’s statutory requirements for a comprehensive needs assessment.

Heavy traffic anticipated Aug. 18 and 19 for KU Student Housing move-in days
LAWRENCE — KU Student Housing’s two-day move-in process for its residents takes place next week. Media are welcome to attend the event, but news vehicles will not be allowed to cross Irving Hill Bridge and enter the line of cars going to Daisy Hill.

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Contact: Chance Dibben, [email protected]
Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership will support PreK-12 district, building leaders
LAWRENCE — The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas has announced the new Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership (CEEL), whose mission is to support district- and building-level leaders to lead, organize and implement the most effective and equitable learning environments for PreK-12 students.

Neal Kingston, AAI director and University Distinguished Professor, said inquiries from school districts across Kansas led the creation of the new center.

“We received requests about a range of services that intersected with many areas of work at AAI but which required inquiries of multiple center directors,” Kingston said. “Schools needed a single best place to which they could reach out. As a result, we recognized both a need and an opportunity to further our mission of improving the lives of children and adults, especially students and educators.”

The Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership draws on overlapping areas of expertise and research housed within AAI and with faculty within the School of Education & Human Sciences and creates a specific, service-minded focus.

Representatives of CEEL will meet with school district leaders to develop and implement strategic plans that lead to educational success and ensure all student populations have access to high-quality supports and services. Plans will be customized to a district’s specific need, while also adhering to the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation process and meeting the Kansas Legislature’s statutory requirements for a comprehensive needs assessment.

To help design the new center, AAI engaged the services of consulting firm Neuenswander Educational Consulting LLC, which worked with various interested parties, drawing on the latest research to help shape the scope of the new center.

“The new center will focus on the structures that surround education, since a child’s education is the result of several layers of input, such as the classroom itself, a school’s administrative practice, its district and the broader community in which the school resides,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education & Human Sciences.

“The main goal is to support educators at the district level, but we also want to involve the community in our process,” he said. “As such, in addition to needs assessments, strategic planning trainings and developing district plans, we envision community participation to be an important part of the center’s process.”

Kingston said, “Education has many influencing factors. With this new center, we aim to be a critical support for schools and districts throughout Kansas.”

School districts interested in engaging the new center can contact Neal Kingston at [email protected] or email [email protected]

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Note to editor: Media are welcome to attend the event, but news vehicles will not be allowed to cross Irving Hill Bridge and enter the line of cars going to Daisy Hill.
Contact: Ranjit Arab, 785-864-7889, [email protected]
Heavy traffic anticipated Aug. 18 and 19 for KU Student Housing move-in days
LAWRENCE — University of Kansas employees and the Lawrence community should anticipate heavy traffic around 15th and Iowa streets on two days next week — Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19 — during KU Student Housing’s two-day move-in process for its residents.

An early move-in this Saturday, Aug. 13, for band members, sorority recruitment and other residents will affect the same areas listed below.

Traffic around Daisy Hill is expected to be heaviest from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following intersections are expected to be especially busy:

1. Clinton Parkway (23rd Street) and Crestline Drive: Students moving into Daisy Hill halls use this entrance before driving north on Constant Avenue to Irving Hill Road.
2. Bob Billings Parkway (15th Street) and Crestline Drive: Cars exiting Daisy Hill will use this intersection and park in the Lied Center of Kansas lot.
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There also may be increased traffic at:

1. 11th and Louisiana streets, location of GSP and Corbin halls.
2. 19th Street at both Ousdahl Road and Ellis Drive, which are the entrances for Downs Residence Hall and Stouffer Place apartments.

Maps of each area, which were emailed to incoming residents and their families, can be found at the KU Student Housing website.

For those who work in KU’s West District, expect cars traveling north on Constant Avenue toward Irving Hill Road. West District employees should be able to park in their regular parking lots.

If announcements are needed related to severe weather, tune to Kansas Public Radio at 91.5 FM.

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