Hearing Jenni Donohoo as our keynote at the Learning Forward Annual Leadership Conference was inspiring. I spent the day listening, learning, and reflecting on my own building goals, professional learning and how to increase collective teacher efficacy and ensure quality implementation. The title of Jenni’s new book is Quality Implementation: Leveraging Collective Efficacy to Make “What Works” Actually Work. So, I keep asking myself, what comes first, the chicken or the egg; collective teacher efficacy or quality implementation? Collective teacher efficacy is gained through mastery experiences and quality implementation. Quality implementation is gained by having collective teacher efficacy.
Jenni defines Collective Teacher Efficacy as, “the overwhelming power that groups have to impact change when they share the belief in their ability to solve problems and overcome challenges.” Jenni defines Quality Implementation as, “A critical mass of people doing their best to apply and experiment with ‘what’s supposed to work.’ Assessing impact relative to the intended outcomes. Learning about what worked and what didn’t work and why within respective contexts and then making the necessary modifications accordingly.” I now envision these two things similar to a double-panned balance. This type of scale functions like a seesaw with two pans attached to a beam over a centered pivot point. Keeping the pans in balance is how collective teacher efficacy and quality implementation work together. So, it isn’t about what comes first, it’s more about the seesaw effect of keeping both in balance with each other…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
Celebrating Our Public Schools
Public Schools Week is February 24-28, 2020! This is a great opportunity to showcase all we do to support Kansas kids! The national Learning First Alliance (LFA) organization, which includes Learning Forward, has organized many celebrations for the week. It’s a week for school board members, educators, and parents across the U.S. to highlight the importance of public education in their communities and with lawmakers. Nine out of 10 students in the United States – and Kansas – attend public schools.
How might your district/organization celebrate? ...read more
Connections in Kansas
News Release from KLFA
•January 23, 2020•
The Kansas Learning First Alliance met on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the KNEA building in Topeka.
Leah Fliter of KASB briefed the group on national and state preparations for Public Schools Week 2020 (Feb. 24-28). She stated KLFA is among the statewide organizations participating in observances at the Kansas State Capitol on Feb. 26. Activities will include the display of a proclamation by Governor Laura Kelly; House and Senate proclamations honoring Public Schools Week, and displays and demonstrations by KLFA members including KASB, KNEA, the Kansas State Department of Education…
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Connections with Learning Forward
Learning Forward Annual Conference
•December 7-11, 2019•
Marie Henderson and I represented our Learning Forward Kansas team at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This year marked Learning Forward’s 50th birthday, and we celebrated with Learning Forward folks from across the United States and around the world. The Sunday evening birthday party was electric and energetic.
Difficult as it was to select from so many sessions to attend, Marie Henderson and I both landed in a personalized professional development session focused on awarding badges to educators. During this work session, the participants shared the work their respective school districts were doing.
Filled with educators from the classroom to the district office, the participants appeared hungry for ideas and learning. During the sharing session, Marie shared the work she and Kyle Carlin were doing with learning badges to support teachers on their professional learning journey. Their badging system was by far the most advanced. Several educators asked Marie for more information on FLEX, the program she is pioneering for her school district’s professional learning.
Many of the participants from larger schools lamented about the difficulty in changing the professional learning status quo.