Teacher leadership is about giving teachers the opportunity to influence the school system beyond the door of their classroom.
As an administrator, letting go of the reins and allowing teachers to take ownership through collaboration and shared decision making can be difficult. Being a principal for 13 years, I have learned that having a collaborative, shared leadership with my staff is beneficial for the culture of the school and have gradually become more comfortable with giving the teacher the reins, or more often I say, letting them “drive the bus”. Letting go allows the teachers to have more voice, which leads to more ownership and support when decisions are made.
Having a shared leadership model requires relationships, trust and most of all collective teacher efficacy. According to John Hattie, collective teacher efficacy has the greatest impact on student achievement. Collective teacher efficacy is defined as the staff’s belief that they can positively influence student outcomes. Before collective teacher efficacy is possible, teachers need to have self-efficacy, or the belief in their own abilities. So, the next question becomes, how do we support teachers, so they become self-efficacious? This can be done again through building relationships, trust, collaboration, providing feedback and support and more.
Building teacher leaders is a multi-layered process that most certainly enhances the culture of a building and the level of collective teacher efficacy. Recently I have facilitated two big system changes in my building, one being the adoption of a new math curriculum. My role in the adoption…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
•October 17, 2019•
The Kansas Learning First Alliance met October 17, 2019 at KNEA. Attendees were welcomed by KLFA Chair Dr. Laurie Curtis. Presentations included supporting public schools, Kansas teacher retention, safety in an electronic environment, and efforts to fight vaping. The KLFA Member Spotlight featured the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence and the Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative. KLFA members also discussed the importance of voter turnout in 2019 and 2020 and how to increase student engagement in elections.
Learning Forward Kansas Executive Director, Dayna Richardson…
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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.