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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-7304 fax

Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy (KATA)

Summer Immersion for High School Students

June 10-15, 2018
K-State Campus, Manhattan, Kansas

Online Registration

  • Early Registration (before April 30, 2018) – $550.00*
  • Regular Registration (May 1-18, 2018) – $575.00*

Join us on campus for six days of high-energy learning and laughter this summer at the first-ever Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy (KATA)!

* Cancellation Policy – If you must cancel your registration, please do so as soon as possible. A full refund, minus a $50.00 processing fee will be made if the cancellation is received by Kansas State University by May 30, 2018.

About the Academy

The Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy (KATA) summer immersion program is a six-day exploration event designed to foster professional growth in high school students seeking to potentially move into the Teaching profession when they finish their high school.

You’ll be teamed with other high school students for days filled with activities around camps as we explore teaching as a career. You’ll get to visit with our College of Education professors, while hearing from some of our best recent graduates about their experiences and observing our current students teaching middle schoolers in hands-on classes on campus. And, you’ll enjoy tours, a free pass to the Natatorium, bowling, and a trip to Call Hall for their delicious ice cream—the perfect summer treat.

The institute is designed to get you comfortable with your future career, as well as with our beautiful campus. It’ll provide you an opportunity to ask questions and get some one-on-one time with people who are knowledgeable about our award-winning teacher education program. You’ll also stay in one of our residence hall suites for five nights, so you’ll experience another element of life as a college student. Plus, to wrap up the institute, we’ll have a luncheon with presentations and awards to showcase your accomplishments. It’s going to be an energetic time that will make you even more excited about being a teacher!

Who Should Attend?

The KATA is for students who will complete 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in May 2018. Students can come on their own or with friends from their school or community.

What Will We Do?

To say the least, it's going to be an action packed week! Participants will take part in activities and workshops designed to provide a deep level of exposure to 'what it means to be an effective teacher.' This will include, but is definitely not limited to, lesson planning, creating collaborative learning opportunities for students, role playing common classroom scenarios, STEM in the classroom, the role of Art in education, and MUCH more. Finally, one element of our program we are particularly proud of is the level of exposure participants will have to our own College of Education's faculty. Interaction with professors, who have hundreds of years of K-12+ teaching experience collectively, will allow participants to gain a deep insight into a career in education.

Housing and Dining

Program participants will be housed in residence hall rooms (double occupancy) at Kansas State University. All meals from dinner on Sunday to lunch on Friday are included in the registration fee. Snacks are provided during the morning and afternoon sessions, as well as in the residence halls in the evening.

Transportation and Parking

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Kansas State University, Manhattan campus. Residence halls are within walking distance of on-campus activities. Transportation will be provided to any activities off campus that are further than walking distance.

Parking permits are required for all vehicles parked on the K-State campus. They are not required for drop-off/pick-up at the residence halls. However, they will be needed if the driver plans on attending the closing ceremony/luncheon on Friday afternoon. Parents are welcome to attend.

When and Where?

The KATA program will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Attendees should plan to arrive on the K-State Manhattan campus by 12:00 p.m. on June 10th to allow time for registration and to check into residence halls. Our program will conclude by 3 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

12:00 pm. – Move in to Residence Hall
2:00 p.m. – Group Welcome Introductions
3:00 p.m. – Walking tour of campus
4:00 p.m. – Opening Session: Rethinking the Role of the Teacher
6:00 p.m. – Pizza Party and Teacher Games
8:00 p.m. – Team Plan Time for STEM
11:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Monday, June 11, 2018

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Session One
10:00 a.m. – Session Two (Robotics)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Projects Assigned
2:30 p.m. – Session Three
4:00 p.m. – COE Scavenger Hunt
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Adventure at the Rec
9:00 p.m. – Work on Projects
11:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast, pack sack lunch
9:00 a.m. – Summer Stem Observations
10:30 a.m. – Share STEM Sightings
11:30 a.m. – Sack Lunch Picnic
1:00 p.m. – VTS Beach Museum
3:00 p.m. – Individual Help with Project
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – Pool or Sand Volleyball
8:30 p.m. – Building Student Collaboration
11:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Simulation: Social Justice Issues
10:00 a.m. – Diversity/Technology/Mini Sessions
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Makers Space and Education Tech
3:00 p.m. – Call Hall
3:30 p.m. – Session Four: Outside Classroom Walls
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Bowling and Team Building
11:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Session Five
11:00 a.m. – Session Six
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Session Seven
3:30 p.m. – Session Eight
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Rec Complex
11:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Friday, June 15, 2018

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Presentations
10:00 a.m. – Team Charades
11:00 a.m. – Pack Up
12:30 p.m. – Final Banquet and Awards
2:00 p.m. – Move Out of Residence Hall

Additional Information

Please email James Alberto at jalberto@k-state.edu or LouAnn Getz at lgetz@k-state.edu. You can also leave a message for us with the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 785-532-5904.

Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy

High School Immersion Program

Event Coordinators

James Alberto

LouAnn Getz