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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Launching the WHAT Video-2nd in the Series, Inspired to Learn: Kansas Stories
By Vicki Bechard, LFKS Secretary
Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) is excited to announce the 2nd video in the series, Inspired to Learn: Kansas Stories, “What is Professional Learning?” is on the website and ready for educator use! This new video focuses on the characteristics and components that comprise effective professional learning, concentrating on “what” goes into the planning, learning, and follow up that increases engagement and effectiveness. It is a continuation of the journey toward effective professional learning that began in the first video “Why Professional Learning Matters: In Our School It Is Everyone’s Job to Learn.”…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
The Learning Professional Is Here
We have great news to share. Learning Forward’s journal, JSD, has changed its name to The Learning Professional. The bimonthly magazine is still the same well-respected journal of professional learning, but with an updated look and member focus.
We’re excited to help you explore the February issue. Previously, each issue was devoted to one theme. In The Learning Professional, we still take a deep dive into one topic (within our section “Focus”), and this time it’s professional learning in STEM. At Learning Forward, we believe that remarkable professional learning begins with ambitious goals for students, and such rigor is often part of STEM instruction.
Here you’ll read about:
* Teachers teaming with scientists to enrich STEM content and instruction;
* How underwater robotics brought STEM to life for teachers in Guam; and
* New Mexico teachers collaborating to explore student learning in math….