You won’t want to miss the Learning Forward Kansas Fall Institute, November 9, 2018 in Wichita at the Wichita State Metroplex. Toni Prickett is a Kansas educator and an international Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative, including Adaptive Schools and Cognitive Coaching and we are thrilled that she will be helping us gain The Right Stuff for Change. Her presentation includes building our skills in collaboration, leadership, and identity. As districts/schools in Kansas continue to focus on postsecondary success via KESA/Redesign, we are looking for new ways to “reboot” our systems to ensure the success of all our students. The tools Toni will share with us, include:
- heightened consciousness regarding the what, why and how of collaboration;
- awareness of “levels of learning;”
- new lenses on how leaders can create and support change;
- increased knowledge regarding two types of suspension required for conversation;
- enhanced tools and strategies…read more
By Vicki Bechard, LFKS Secretary
Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) is excited to announce that the the 3rd video in the series, Inspired to Learn: Kansas Stories, “Learning and Leading Together,” is on the website and ready for educator use! This new video helps educators understand Learning Communities – What It Takes and What They Look Like. Examining the characteristics and actions of learning communities clarifies our purpose and targets our efforts in collaborative professional learning experiences. This understanding will lead to more effective conversations as we seek to not only understand what works, but what works best. …read more
'Too Often, Teachers Deny Their Own Expertise': John Hattie on the Educator Mindframe
by Alix Mammina
After 20 years of researching student achievement, John Hattie thinks he's found the factor that most affects students' success: how educators think about teaching and learning.
In his research, Hattie has synthesized the results of over 1,000 meta-studies on more than a quarter billion students to determine the effect that different factors—like teacher professional development, after-school programs...read more
Connections in Kansas
News Release from KLFA
•April 12, 2018•
The Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) held the final meeting for the 2017-2018 academic year on April 12, 2018 at the KNEA building in Topeka, Kansas. KLFA Chair, Mark Farr, welcomed 15 representatives of 13 educational organizations committed to the KLFA vision of partnering to keep learning first….read more
News from KSDE
Connections with Learning Forward
Stephanie Hirsch and Frederick Brown
At Learning Forward, we fundamentally believe every child deserves access to excellent teaching and learning every day, regardless of his or her ZIP code or family income. Socioeconomic conditions, race, ethnic background, and other factors should not be predictors for educational attainment.
We believe school systems and other learning environments have to be relentless in addressing the issue of expanding learning opportunities for each and every student while building on the strengths all children bring to the classroom.
These beliefs are fundamental to our approaches to achieving equity. They underlie the decision the board of trustees made earlier this year to explicitly include equity in Learning Forward’s vision statement: Equity and excellence in teaching and learning.
We recognize that districts and schools have many tools to address their equity challenges, and we believe effective professional learning can play a crucial role. How a district defines equity will determine the role professional learning can play in helping theread more