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    Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers in Kansas

  • Event Agenda

    ECET 2 Kansas Event At a Glance

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    Friday Evening November 9

    Kansas Aviation Museum Wichita, KS


    5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Welcome and Registration

    Opening Keynotes

    Dinner with Colleagues

    Networking Social Event

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    Saturday Morning November 10

    Andover Middle School, Andover, KS


    8:00am - 11:30am

    Morning Keynotes

    Colleague Circles

    Breakout Sessions

    Networking Break

    Q&A Panel with Commissioner Randy Watson

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    Saturday Afternoon November 11

    Andover Middle School, Andover, KS


    11:30am - 4:30pm

    Lunch with Colleagues


    Colleague Circles

    Breakout Sessions

    Colleague Circles

    Reflection Keynote

    Next Steps

  • Friday Night Social Event

    Night out at the Kansas Aviation Museum

  • What is ECET2?

    ECET 2 Comes to Kansas

    To Expand a Teacher Leadership Network Across Our State

    It isn't a Conference ~ It's a Community

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    What Is ECET2?

    Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers

    In summer of 2015 and winter of 2016, several teacher leaders across Kansas were invited to attend the national ECET2 convening to network with other exceptional educators from around the nation. Their charge was to begin organizing a regional convening, but more importantly, to connect, grow, and be leaders in elevating the teaching profession in the state.


    Led by teachers, for teachers, Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) is a national event created and made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This convening aims to inspire and empower teachers across the country to grow, collaborate, and lead in a variety of ways to effect change in their classrooms, schools, districts, communities, and in the teaching profession.


    The belief behind ECET2 is that teacher leadership is critical to transforming student outcomes and strengthening the teaching profession. Even promising teachers, however, can have a hard time exercising that leadership. We want to take the best of our profession, tap into their strengths, and grow their potential. ECET2 seeks to respond to these challenges by connecting teachers to one another through national and regional convenings that are focused on teacher leadership and innovative instructional practices.


  • The ECET2 Experience

    See what happens at an ECET2 Event

  • Why ECET2 in Kansas?

    Teacher Leaders Make a Positive Difference

    To Elevate and Celebrate the Teaching Profession

    Kansas educators are passionate and dedicated teachers who have rare opportunities to communicate and collaborate with other educators across the state. Though there are a few digital networks and professional organizations supporting these connections, finding the opportunity to connect teachers from all regions is challenging.


    Our goal is for teachers to return to their schools and districts inspired and empowered to grow, collaborate, and lead in ways that strengthen the teaching profession and improve student outcomes. How teachers choose to put these new skills to work will vary. Ultimately, the goal of ECET2 Kansas is to help teacher leaders grow, collaborate, and lead.

  • ECET2 Kansas Location

    Friday Evening 5:30-10pm

    Kanas Aviation Museum 3350 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67210


    Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Andover Middle School 1628 N Andover Rd, Andover, KS 67002

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  • ECET2 Kansas Event Organizers

    These are the Kansas Educators Making the ECET2 Kansas Convening a Reality

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    Jeff Baxter

    Blue Valley Schools - USD 229

    Blue Valley West High School

    High School English

    2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year

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    Cindy Couchman

    Buhler Schools - USD 313

    Director of Learning and Instruction

    2009 KS Teacher of Year

    National Board Certified Teacher

    2009 National Finalist PAEMST

    2012 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow

    Kansas State University Alum Fellow

    2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee

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    Samantha Neill

    Buhler Schools - USD 313

    9th-10th ELA teacher

    Buhler High School

    SEED Writing Presenter

    2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year

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    Jeri Powers

    De Soto Schools - USD 232

    Prairie Ridge Elementary Reading Specialist

    2008 Kansas Teacher of the Year

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    Eric Shipman

    Clearwater Schools - USD 264

    Clearwater Intermediate-Middle School

    Principal and Athletic Director

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    Dyane Smokorowski

    Andover Schools - USD 385

    Instructional Technology Coach

    2009 NSBA Top 20 to Watch

    2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year

    2014 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow

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    Karen Tritt

    Blue Valley Schools - USD 229

    Blue Valley West High School

    Spanish Teacher

    2010 KS Teacher of the Year

    National Board Certified Teacher

  • ECET2KS Event Partners

    These amazing organizations are making it possible to celebrate teaching in Kansas!

    Learn more about their work and give them a shout out!

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    Learning Forward Kansas

    Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) is an affiliate organization of Learning Forward, focusing on professional learning that improves educator effectiveness and learning for ALL students

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    Andover Public Schools

    Andover Public Schools USD 385 Proudly serving 5,800 students at 1 virtual school, 6 elementary, 2 middle, & 2 high schools. Building on the Foundation of Excellence!

  • Contact Us

    Use the contact form below if you have any questions about ECET2KS, or tweet us @ecet2ks