2017 Administrators Conference


The 2017 Annual Administrators Conference will blend leadership and communication insights with updates on new educational developments in Kansas. Plan to attend this day-and-a-half conference to be inspired, informed and to enjoy collegial fellowship with other KAIRS administrators. An added plus is the opportunity to visit with both state legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Education.

Enhancing Leadership Through Effective Communication

KAIRS Annual Administrators Conference
February 13, 8:30 am – February 14, 11:30 am
Location: The Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612

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Dr. Mike Cook has served for the past 19 years as the executive director of ESSDACK, a national and international educational service agency located in Hutchinson. He is responsible for the overall vision, mission, and operation of the ESSDACK agency. Dr. Cook is known for his organizational leadership and development skills, risk-taking and futuristic outlook for learning.  “Serving Today, Developing Tomorrow” is the living mantra of Dr. Cook and the ESSDACK team. He has also served as a teacher, principal, executive director, president of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) and most recently is honored to be serving a second term on the AESA Executive Council.

Mike’s Keynote:

  • Leadership: “The 3 C’s of Corralling Cats – Clarity, Culture, & Commitment” All leaders must be active in “Corralling the Cats” before real organizational transformation can occur. A leader who establishes Clarity, Culture and Commitment is well on the way to creating a truly engaging work place environment. The tools used to develop these three concepts are easy to understand, yet hard to do. Mike will share an overview of these tools and focus on their use to enhance leadership, personal development and organizational growth.

Mike’s Breakout Session:

  • Aligning the 3 C’s of Your Organization  On an organizational level, Who are you? (The Playbook); How do you want to serve? (Culture); and Who do you want to serve? (Commitment). The detailed work of creating clarity, culture, commitment and how to execute these will be the focus of this breakout. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the depth of work needed to create alignment of “The 3 C’s” in the behavior patterns of people throughout the organization.


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Mimi Meredith is a seasoned communication strategist and currently serves as vice president of development for the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, where among her other duties, she oversees the marketing efforts. Over the past 25 years, she has held leadership roles in marketing, public relations and development for a variety of organizations in Kansas and Arizona. Additionally, she has consulted with a variety of nonprofit boards regarding development and effective fund raising. Meredith is a graduate of Cottey College and the University of Kansas School of Journalism.

Mimi spoke this past summer at the KAIRS K-12 Teachers Conference and is back by popular demand!

Mimi’s Featured Presentation:

  • Create Enhanced Understanding through Improved Communication  George Bernard Shaw says, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Mimi Meredith offers an insightful perspective into interpersonal communication skills that can transform relationships, workplaces and classrooms.

Mimi’s Breakout Session:

  •   Blooming Where You’re Planted—Keys to Finding Contentment and Balancing Your Life  Throughout her career in the field of communication, Mimi has found significant life lessons and developed some unique coping skills. More than 25 years ago, she decided some of them were worth sharing and she created the Blooming Where You’re Planted workshops. She will share some of the science and a lot of the spirit that support attitudes that yield better self-awareness, stress management and life balance. From executives at Fortune 100 banking institutions to retirees, Mimi’s simple strategies have left audiences with lighter hearts and life-balancing tools to implement immediately.


    Register Today! Registration deadline is February 6.
Registration Fee: $80 (for first registration) $70 (additional attendees from same school)

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Breakout Sessions

The past year has been filled with exciting developments, particularly in regard to Alternate Accreditation. Breakout sessions will include updates on state accreditation and AdvancED, Kansas State Department of Education licensure changes and corporate tax credits.

Special Events

Throughout the two days of the conference, special events highlight the agenda. After lunch on Monday, February 13, the Women Administrators Roundtable provides the opportunity for collegial fellowship and discussion of current events. The Hall of Fame Banquet takes place Monday evening and features the 2017 Distinguished Teachers presentation. Early Tuesday morning, state legislators join the conference for a get-acquainted breakfast and a panel discussion of the latest legislative developments.  Finally, members of the Kansas Board of Education will participate in a give-and-take panel discussion of pertinent statewide educational issues.

Hotel Information

The beautiful Topeka Capitol Hotel is holding a block of conference rate rooms for participants through February 3.

The Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612
Toll-free: (800) 579-7937
Local: (785) 431-7200
Email: topek@atriumhospitality.com