A Message from the LFKS President
The Learning Forward Kansas Board of Directors has been busy creating fantastic learning opportunities for each of you throughout the 2016-17 school year.
We have created a Tips, Tools, and Protocols document that will be released soon. Be watching for this wonderful tool to take your professional learning to the next level, ensuring that you are utilizing effective structures to increase the impact of the experience.
We have several learning opportunities offered during this school year. The Tips, Tools, and Protocols KSDE Pre-Conference will be next week on October 24th. We are co-sponsoring the ECET2 conference to be held in November, which will be followed by our Annual Leadership Conference in February. Our keynote for our conference is Jim Knight, followed by quality sessions provided by Kansas leaders in education, including Commissioner Randy Watson and the Kansas Teacher of the Year Justin Coffey.
We continue to offer monthly Twitter Chats throughout the year to carry on the conversation about quality professional learning. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, https://www.facebook.com/LearningForwardKansas/ and @lfkansas to ensure you have the latest information.
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Kansans Can: Making it Happen!
Developing Leaders, Inspiring Educators, and Transforming Schools through Better Conversations
LFKS Annual Leadership Conference
February 1-2, 2017
The Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) 2017 Annual Conference has concluded. We thank author Jim Knight for his insightful day-long session on effective communication. Attendees learned ways to communicate their message clearly, how to build connections with others…read more
Professional Learning in the News
Teacher Evaluation....Ratings or Learning
by Steve Barkley
Charlotte Danielson’s article in Education Week, Rethinking Teacher Evaluation, caught my attention with this statement:
“I’m deeply troubled by the transformation of teaching from a complex profession requiring nuanced judgment to the performance of certain behaviors that can be ticked off on a checklist.”
Danielson identifies that school systems must be able to...read more
Connections in Kansas
News Release from KLFA
•January 5, 2017•
Representatives from Kansas Learning First Alliance member organizations met to gain information on new accreditation protocol and tax reform initiatives during a recent meeting held January 5, 2017 in Topeka, KS.
Dr. Bill Bagshaw, KSDE Assistant Director of Teacher….read more
News from KSDE
Connections with Learning Forward
•May 2, 2016•
There are many popular misconceptions about the content of feedback in the literature. Most misconceptions about feedback result from a more traditional view of feedback as information transmitted to a learner by a knowledgeable other as a part of assessment or evaluation.
Misconception 1: Feedback occurs only in performance evaluation.
This is understandable since most supervisors provide feedback during the dreaded annual performance review. When feedback is associated only with performance evaluation, it will continue to be sparse. In its 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, Gallup reports that 70% of American workers are not fully engaged in their workplace. Of the 12 attributes Gallup uses to assess engagement, a factor consistently associated with high levels of organization performance, four directly relate to the presence of feedback.
Misconception 2: People are feedback adverse.
Feedback is logical…