WELCOME to the Kansas State Department of Education 
English Language Arts and Literacy Website!

KSDE has an email listserv available for those interested in receiving information about English Language Arts in Kansas. If you would like to be added to this list, please email Sarah Perryman at sperryman@ksde.org.

Kansans Can!

In Fall 2015, the Kansas State Board of Education kicked off the Kansans Can! initiative, and revealed its vision for K-12 Education in the state: Kansas will lead the world in the success of each student.

Kansans Can - ELA Teacher Leader Spotlight

Notebooks, pencils and tools for learning are vital for authors and writers to share their ideas with the world. Capitalizing on student content and creativity, USD 383 wants all students to be ready for school to read, publish and voice their stories. 

To help ensure students start ready to learn each school year with supplies, K-State Credit Union, Konza United Way and Manhattan Broadcasting present the Annual Stuff the Bus (For 2018: Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm).

 “The Manhattan and Ogden community support for students across USD 383 is a key trademark of getting started with academic success, especially in English Language Arts. After years of watching dedicated teachers pull money out of their pockets, our community seeks to fill the gap,” said Lucas Shivers, Director of Elementary Education. 

“The season and excitement of starting school can help all students gear up for new learning adventures - especially for those who struggle to get their school supply list together. Our community is incredible to support this effort of getting students set up for their new year.”

 Each year, students receive more than 250 full bags and other supplies totaling more than $12,500. The 2018 goal is 300 bags to support students and also families at the Families in Transition (FIT) Clothing Exchange.

 Manhattan Broadcasting will have a live remote and Willie the Wildcat will make an appearance. For more information and a list of suggested supplies needed, please visit www.stuffthebusmhk.com.


Image of bus with "Stuff the Bus" banner.
Do you know of an ELA "bright spot" in your school community? Nominate someone (or yourself!) to be highlighted here by contacting Sarah Perryman at sperryman@ksde.org.

Contact Information

Sarah Perryman                                     Jackie Lakin                                       
English Language Arts Consultant         Education Program Consultant     
sperryman@ksde.org                             jlakin@ksde.org                                         
785.296.1074                                         785.296.2144                                                      

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