A Message from the LFKS President
I can’t believe it’s November, the month to be thankful for everything we have. I want to express how thankful I am for the educators and professionals working for our organization who continually strive to bring the message of quality professional learning to others around the state. Their diligence and hard work have paid off over the past few months.
One of the major accomplishments of our group has been the unveiling of our new website. It is a place where you can find information about what quality professional learning looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Learning resources, opportunities, and the professional learning standards are highlighted and are the central focus for our organization.
A second accomplishment for our organization was the development of the KESA Facilitation Guide.
News from KSDE
Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson unveiled the "Kansans Can'" vision for education in Kansas at the the KSDE Annual Conference on October 27th, 2015.
Commissioner Watson said, "Kansans have never backed down from a challenge, especially where our children are concerned. We have top educators in this state. We have great leadership throughout our schools, and we have a robust business community. The pieces are there – we just have to get them all working together. Kansans Can!”
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Connections in Kansas
By the KLFA Staff
•October 13, 2015•
Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) met October 13 at the Kansas Association of School Board (KASB) building.
Rebecca Lewis of Circles presented Generational Poverty: Building Kids, Strengthening Families, Changing Communities to KLFA. Rebecca shared her personal story and her calling to work with schools and communities to empower our poorest kids and parents. Some key points from her presentation included:
- Allies – People who won’t let you quit
- Community – What does this word mean to the poor? Poverty has a community but missing sense of purpose, resources, less-supportive, and no link to opportunity
- Working – I work but I’m still in poverty. “I don’t want a handout; I want to know how to get out.”
- Toxic Stress – #1 villain of poverty. www.developingchild.harvard.edu
- Development of Adults – Focus on the development of adults of the young children to make lasting changes
- 2 by 10 – Give 2 minutes for 10 days and you will build lasting relationships with students…
Connections with Learning Forward
By Shirley Hord of Learning Forward
•October 27, 2015•
The primary purpose and function of the professional learning community is the continuous professional learning of its members. Why is this? The most influential factor in whether students learn well is quality teaching. Research and common sense tell us that continuous and sustained adult learning enhances quality teaching. What are educators in a professional learning community learning?
Through consistent and focused examination of multiple sources of student and systems data, the professional learning community tracks the performance of its students. When data indicate that students are not learning to expectations, the members examine all factors that could contribute to these results and identify the challenges. Their next step is to create new outcome statements for their students that address their low performance.
They also examine and select new teaching practices they believe are the best options to improve student learning. Simultaneously, they establish new goal(s) for their own learning that will target their acquisition of new knowledge and skills required of the new practices. These decisions prepare them for higher-quality teaching of their students…