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Welcome

The Kansas Adult Education Association’s (KAEA) endeavors of training Adult Educators has helped instructors enhance their knowledge to give students the basic skills they need to successfully carry out their roles as learners, parents, productive citizens, and economically self-sufficient workers in the 21st century.

Our members have access to a variety of resources, including conferences, workshops, and networking opportunities. 

KAEA is also involved in advocacy efforts to further fund and expand Adult Basic Education in the state of Kansas.

Our Story

Get to Know Us

Read about the history of KAEA, the governing board, governing bylaws, and stay current on current board meeting via archives of board meeting minutes.

The Early Days

The Kansas Adult Education Association (KAEA) has been in in existence since the mid-1940's. It is recorded in the history of the Missouri Valley Adult Education Association (MVAEA) that Kansas sent representatives to the conference in 1948, at which time the first president of MVAEA was elected: Purdue Graves of Kansas.

KAEA applied for non-profit status within the state of Kansas in February of 1959.

KAEA Non-profit Articles of Incorporation

Our Beginnings

Historical Reflections

Perspective

​In 1990, Barbara Bush's presence in the White House helped draw attention on a national scale to the need for major literacy efforts, especially in the family. ABE centers began to respond by emphasizing the family unit mare than they had previously. Critical Issues Forums were held at the 1991 fall conference and the 1992 spring conference.

 

At that time the membership of KAEA brainstormed and prioritized issues facing KAEA. Those identified fell into five categories: legislation, fiscal, curriculum/assessment, public relations, and professionalism. Committees were appointed to research these areas.

 

KAEA's endeavors of training Adult Educators has helped instructors enhance their knowledge to give students the basic skills they need to successfully carry out their roles as learners, parents, productive citizens, and economically self-sufficient workers in the 21st Century.

 

Through the Accelerating Opportunities for Kansas initiative that started in 2011, students will continue to have the opportunity to acquire stronger reading, writing, and math skills, as well as enrollment opportunities in career pathways  that lead to viable post-secondary education.

KAEA Board Meeting Minutes

The KAEA governing board meets monthly to conduct routine organization business.  Copies of the minutes from those meetings are archived for public access.  

In addition to the monthly meetings, there is a general meeting of all KAEA members held annually at the KAEA conference, where board positions are filled by majority vote of the eligible voting members.

Meeting Date
File
Jan '24
Dec '23
Nov '23
Oct '23
Sep '23
Aug '23
Jul '23
Jun '23
May '23
Apr '23
Mar 31 '23
Mar '23 annual
Mar 1 '23
Feb '23
Jan '23
Dec '22
Nov '22
Oct '22
Sep '22
Aug '22
Jul '22
Jun '22
May '22
Apr '22
Mar '22
Feb '22 annual
Feb '22
Jan '22

KAEA Bylaws

KAEA operates under a set of governing set of bylaws amendable by consensus vote of the membership body at the annual board meeting. 

The most current version of those bylaws is available to the public.

KAEA By-Laws 2023.pdf

KAEA Board

The KAEA governing board is comprised of individuals elected into office by the current KAEA member body during the annual KAEA Board Meeting, held each year during the annual conference.  Positions are two year terms.

In the event of a vacancy, the KAEA president has authority to temporarily name individuals for vacant positions, until said position can be voted on at the next annual conference.

2023-2024 KAEA Board Members

2023-2024  Board Members

President

Leslie Dykstra

Johnson County Community College

Treasurer

Yamir Lozada

NexStep Alliance, Wichita

Area 1 Representative

Donna Munsch

Salina Adult Education Center

Area 4 Representative

LaVaughan Scheurich

Cowley County Community College

Secretary

Aubrey Duft

Fort Scott Community College

COABE State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow

Karen Ulanski-Swank

Paola Adult Education Center USD 368

Past President

Chris Wheaton

Paola Adult Education Center USD 368

Registration

Karen Ulanski-Swank

Paola Adult Education Center USD 368

Area 2 Representative

Beth Dugan

Manhattan Technical College

Area 5 Representative

Vicki Schweinler

Flint Hills Technical College

Technology Chair

Bill Asmussen

Seward County Community College

Vice President

Krista Clay

Neosho Eastern Kansas Adult Education

KBOR Representative ex-officio

Eric Tincher

Kansas Board of Regents

Area 3 Representative

Stephanie Prichard

KCK Comm. College Adult Ed. Center

Historian

Mary Johanning

Highland County Community College

Conference Chair

Kami Moore

Cowley County Community College

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