Jenni Donohoo has written two books and many articles about the importance of Collective Teacher Efficacy. Collective Teacher Efficacy is the belief of teachers in their ability to positively affect students and their success. We are better together as we focus on building Collective Efficacy by intentionally increasing our collective knowledge and skills. John Hattie has ranked 252 influences related to student learning and achievement. Collective Teacher Efficacy is Number ONE on the list with a 1.57 effect size. As educators, we want to embrace Collective Teacher Efficacy and boost student achievement as we move from Me to We.
Having a clear positive vision for the road ahead will give us power to make change. We keep that vision alive and reinforce the vision. If we can see the vision, we can create the vision. Jon Gordon wrote a book called “One Word”. He talks about having a yearly “One Word” as our individual driving force. If everyone else on your team has “One Word” all of these words come together to create a positive vision with Collective Teacher Efficacy.
So what word is going to drive you to be your best? Here are questions for you to ponder.
- It’s been said that busyness makes us stop caring about our passions.
- As you think about your life, what causes the most busyness?…read more
By Vicki Bechard, LFKS Secretary and Dayna Richardson, LFKS Executive Director
Learning Forward Kansas is proud to announce that the complete professional learning series: Inspired to Learn: Kansas Stories is available on the LFKS website for immediate use by all Kansas educators. This free, five video resource is accompanied by a facilitation guide for each video to create the most beneficial experience for users seeking to achieve effective professional learning in their school or district. Facilitation guides offer resources and strategies to enhance the video experience, modeling collaborative …read more
Six Features of Effective Professional Development
Why Following Them May Still Fall Short of Teachers' Needs
by Emily Perry
A consensus is emerging from numerous research studies about what makes teacher professional development (PD) effective. The Department for Education used the characteristics of effective PD, according to these studies, as the basis for its Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development. Many organisations now use similar sets of characteristics to design and evaluate PD activities...read more
Connections in Kansas
News Release from KLFA
•August 29, 2019•
The Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) held its first meeting of the academic year on August 29, 2019 at the KNEA building in Topeka, Kansas. Laurie Curtis, KLFA Chair, welcomed representatives of 25 educational organizations in support of strong public education in our state.
The Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, provided an update on Kansas education initiatives…
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Joellen Killion’s recent release, The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning, Second Edition, focuses on the power of learner-focused feedback to improve professional learning and practice. This month’s free tool outlines the elements of the learner-focused definition of feedback explored in depth in the book.