A Message from the LFKS President
During this transition year, Learning Forward KS has accomplished some amazing things.
Our website has a new and refreshing look and provides more information about professional learning than ever before. It’s updated frequently to continue to give ideas of ways to increase the effectiveness of professional learning in the field.
We have increased our visibility and presence throughout the state through emails, blogs, and social media, as well as our voice through committee representation at the state level.
We continue to offer learning opportunities that will increase everyone’s knowledge of what quality professional learning looks like in action.
We continue to work on the tasks outlined in our Learning Forward grant proposal; creating video examples of…read more
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 Vicki Bechard and Dayna Richardson
•December 7, 2015•
Playing to a packed house on November 9th at the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, Kansas educators learned many “whys and hows” from Bruce Wellman in his session, Feedback for Growth Not Gotcha.
As participant Deb Hamm, Superintendent of USD 373, noted, “This session, sponsored by Learning Forward Kansas and Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, modeled collaborative and cooperative efforts and the type of effective professional learning that we want all educators to experience!”read more
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:read more
Connections with Learning Forward
By Brian Edwards and Jesse Hinueber of Partners in Schools
•December 29, 2015•
“Somebody asked me recently what pushes me as a professional,” says Becky Jensen, an elementary school teacher in San Jose, California. “It started when a new principal came in several years ago and let me try new strategies. But he also set up a structure to help me think through what worked and what didn’t, and then he gave me the space to lead.”
A principal’s support helped Jensen become more reflective and intentional about her teaching, which in turn led her to want to help other teachers. She began by co-facilitating her grade-level team despite being among the least experienced staff members at her school. In that role, she emphasized depth over breadth: “Rather than coming up with a whole list of strategies for teachers to try, I engaged my colleagues in the specifics of one strategy. We planned lessons, gathered materials, and modeled instruction for one another so that we had everything we needed to implement the strategy the next day.”
Jensen exemplifies the fact that teachers at all career stages, if given the proper support, can design and lead effective professional learning. When teachers who deeply understand the needs of their students and colleagues lead professional learning in their schools, everyone benefits. Teacher leaders get to engage with their work in new ways. Their colleagues receive relevant, actionable professional learning. Principals leverage the benefits of teacher collaboration in leading instruction at their schools. District officials see the pipeline of school and district leaders expand.
Ultimately, and most importantly, students benefit. For example, students at Jensen’s school achieved great gains on the California…read more