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Kansas Education Commission Unveils Plan To Focus On Non-Academic Skills

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The Kansas Education Commission is expected to unveil a new vision for schools that helps students attain non-academic skills such as conscientiousness, perseverance and collaboration.

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson shared the plan during the Kansas Department of Education's annual conference in Wichita.

The ideas comes from community meetings, which were organized to find out what people want from K-12 education. Watson says Kansans want to place equal focus on helping students attain non-academic skills in order to be successful in the workforce.

One of the ideas included in the plan is having business play more of a role through internships and job shadowing. Community service also should play a larger role. Watson says that going forward the department and board of education will focus on how every student can be successful.