A Message from the LFKS President
Can you believe that the 2016-17 school year is upon us? The Learning Forward Kansas Board of Directors has had a great summer learning and leading, continuing to explore methods to bring quality professional learning to educators around the state.
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 upcoming school year. We start the year with the Executive Learning Program, followed by the Tips, Tools, and Protocols KSDE Pre-Conference in October. 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.
We will 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.
The board has also been busy updating our membership structure, increasing the value of each level of membership to provide additional resources throughout the year that are exclusive…read more
Kansans Can: Making it Happen!
Developing Leaders, Inspiring Educators, and Transforming Schools through Better Conversations
LFKS Annual Leadership Conference
February 1-2, 2017
Join Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) as we learn practical ideas for implementing KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation), and other initiatives, by creating sustainable change for system success. We can help you plan for the implementation of KESA through the Kansans Can: Making It Happen Conference and The Roadmap to Understanding KESA Facilitation Guide.
Professional Learning in the News
When Questions Are a Barrier to Inquiry
by Dennis Sparks
One Reason we ask questions is because we want information.
Another reason is to promote deeper exploration of a subject.
Some kinds of questions promote such exploration while others do not...read more
Connections in Kansas
By the LFKS Staff
•May 20, 2016•
This exciting new post features the wisdom, ideas, and effective strategies of Kansas authors who support the LFKS vision of Excellent Teaching and Learning Every Day. Kansas is blessed to have many quality educators and leaders who believe in the power of effective professional learning and utilize this as the vehicle for improving instructional practice and student results. Many of these educators have been willing to share their knowledge and skills through published works, blogs, workshops, and other venues so that all Kansas educators and their students can benefit. This post celebrates three Kansas authors, Jim Knight, Marceta Reilly and Kelly Gillespie, who have written books that focus on improving our practice through better conversations, coaching conversations…read more
News from KSDE
Connections with Learning Forward
By Eric Celeste
•April 15, 2016•
In 2011, Learning Forward revealed its third iteration of Standards for Professional Learning — seven characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. The 2011 standards (see p. 11), built on those issued in 1994 and revised in 2001, combine decades of research, lessons learned, and input from 40 professional education organizations.
Undergirding all seven standards is this fundamental premise: The purpose of professional learning is for educators to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions they need to help students perform at higher levels. The standards are not a prescription for how education leaders and public officials should
address all the challenges related to improving the performance of educators and their students. The standards focus on one critical issue — professional learning.
The seven standards focus attention on educator learning that relates to successful student learning, and it is vital that we support all educators in doing the same. Every educator requires professional learning that is interactive, relevant, sustained, and embedded in everyday practice. Only by achieving such a vision for professional learning is equity of access to high-quality education for every student possible…read more