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BOOK STUDY!! Better Conversations

Better Conversations Virtual Book Study

First Session with Dr. Jim Knight

Description:  

Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim Knight shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues.

What makes this virtual book study special?  Dr. Jim Knight will kick off the first session for us on April 2nd from 4:00-5:00pm CST.  We hope that you will join us for this three part virtual book study as we explore Better Conversations together. Register below and you will receive a copy of the book as well as directions for accessing the virtual sessions. One hour of college credit through Wichita State University will be available for purchase for those who are interested and participate in all three sessions.  

Cost:  $100 (includes a copy of the book)

Dates: three sessions online

Session #1:   April 2 from 4:00-5:00pm Book Study Kick Off with Dr. Jim Knight

Session #2:  April 16 from 4:00-5:00pm Facilitated book study conversation  

Session #3:  April 30 from 4:00-5:00pm Facilitated book study conversation

College Credit:  One hour of college credit through Wichita State University will be available for purchase for those who are interested and participate in all three sessions.

Location:  Online:  A link will be sent to participants prior to the sessions. 

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*Note our Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received one week prior to an event to avoid being billed for the full registration amount.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Jim Knight

Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner of Instructional Coaching Group (ICG), is also a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description
 of instructional coaching. Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim introduced the idea of instructional playbooks with their book on that topic. Jim has written several books in addition to those described above, including Unmistakable Impact (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). Knight has also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan. Jim is also a columnist for Educational Leadership.Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the Facebook Live series, “Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for coaching programs around the world.

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Navigating the Complexities of Change with High-Yield Leadership Strategies with Jim Knight

Jim Knight

Join us on June 6th as Dr. Jim Knight shares high-value leadership strategies to help us navigate the complexities of change.  Participants are encouraged to think of themselves as change leaders—people who lead themselves, other adults, and students through inevitable change by getting clear on what they are trying to accomplish and how to make that happen, and how to navigate through the complexities of change.

The workshop addresses the following questions:

  • What is leadership, and what kind of difference am I making as a leader?
  • Am I clear on my purpose?
  • Do I put others ahead of myself?
  • Do I spend time on the most important activities?
  • Am I confronting reality and leading with hope?
  • How do I make sure I lead through change in a way that creates trust?
  • Am I a multiplier or a diminisher?
  • What is the GROWTH Coaching System and how might it help?

Participants will:

  • Identify their beliefs about leadership and the kind of leader they want to be
  • Learning and explore strategies for leading themselves and others
  • Leave with a plan for implementing leadership strategies to better lead their own live and lead others
  • Become familiar with the elements of the GROWTH Coaching system

This session is designed for all educational leaders who help guide others through change.  We encourage Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Building Administrators, District Administrators, Service Center Personnel, and other leaders to join us for this impactful day of learning.  

Cost:  $225 (lunch included)

Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2024

Time:  8:30-3:30

Location:  WSU MetroPlex, 5015 East 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220

College Credit:  One half (.5) college credit through Wichita State University will be available for purchase for those who are interested. 

Bonus Content!!

Better Conversations Virtual Book Study

Description:  

Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim Knight shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues.

What makes this virtual book study special?  Dr. Jim Knight will kick off the first session for us on April 2nd from 4:00-5:00pm CST.  We hope that you will join us for this three part virtual book study as we explore Better Conversations together. Register below and you will receive a copy of the book as well as directions for accessing the virtual sessions. One hour of college credit through Wichita State University will be available for purchase for those who are interested and participate in all three sessions.  

Cost:  $100 (includes a copy of the book)

Dates: three sessions online

Session #1:   April 2 from 4:00-5:00pm Book Study Kick Off with Dr. Jim Knight

Session #2:  April 16 from 4:00-5:00pm Facilitated book study conversation  

Session #3:  April 30 from 4:00-5:00pm Facilitated book study conversation

College Credit:  One hour of college credit through Wichita State University will be available for purchase for those who are interested and participate in all three sessions.

Location:  Online:  A link will be sent to participants prior to the sessions. 

Register Today!

You can register for the conference, book study or both!

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*Note our Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received one week prior to an event to avoid being billed for the full registration amount.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Jim Knight

Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner of Instructional Coaching Group (ICG), is also a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description
 of instructional coaching. Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim introduced the idea of instructional playbooks with their book on that topic. Jim has written several books in addition to those described above, including Unmistakable Impact (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). Knight has also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan. Jim is also a columnist for Educational Leadership.Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the Facebook Live series, “Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for coaching programs around the world.

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“Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites:

Marcia Tate

20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain

Visualize the worst presentation that you have ever been a part of as an adult learner. Now, visualize the best one. No doubt, there is a considerable difference between the two scenarios.

Unfortunately, many of those presenting to adult audiences do not realize that having participants “sit and get” information is not very effective. It’s simply not a good way to ensure that the information will stick to their brains. Adults don’t retain information by passively viewing (or worse – being read) slide after slide…after slide.

Date:

February 7, 2024

Time:

8:30-3:30 lunch included

Location:

Hope Community Church, 1831 E. 21st St., Andover, KS 67002

Audience:

This workshop is designed for administrators, staff developers, principals, teacher leaders, trainers, instructional coaches and coordinators, college and university professors, business and community leaders, educational consultants and anyone else who teaches the adult brain.

Participants will:

Participants in this workshop are engaged the entire time while they learn the answers to the following three basic questions:

  1. What are 20 strategies that I can use to make my professional learning experience unforgettable?
  2. What are techniques that appear to result in sustained adult behavior change?
  3. And, as a bonus: What are 10 things that keep adults living well beyond the age of 80?

These strategies enable all staff development professionals to plan and deliver powerful, memorable presentations that improve teaching practices and increase academic achievement.

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*Note our Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received one week prior to an event to avoid being billed for the full registration amount.

About the Presenter:

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During the course of her 30-year career with the district, she has also been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. In 2001, she received Georgia’s Distinguished Staff Developer Award, and her department won the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Currently, through her company Developing Minds, Inc., Marcia serves as an educational consultant and has taught over 450,000 administrators, teachers, and parents, as well as community and business leaders, all over the world. Participants in her workshops often refer to them as the best they have ever experienced.

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Kansans Can: Redesigning Our Schools for Student Success-LFKS Annual Leadership Conference

Kansans Can! Redesigning Our Schools for Student Success 
Developing Leaders, Inspiring Educators, and Transforming Schools
LFKS Annual Leadership Conference
January 31-February 1, 2018
Wichita, Kansas

Join Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) as we learn and share practical ideas for implementing KESA (accreditation), KansansCAN, the MOON SHOT, and redesigning our schools for the success of EACH student by creating sustainable change for system success. What do classrooms look like as we redesign our schools that lead to student success? In an all-day session, Ron Berger will engage participants in strategies that move us from knowing the why and how to doing it in our classrooms, including instruction that challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities. 

Commissioner Randy Watson, 2015 KTOY Shannon Ralph, and Kansas colleagues will continue the learning on February 1st.

This conference is for all educators: classroom teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, building and district leaders…All Leaders. Participants will experience collaborative learning that leads to greater engagement and deeper conversations, creating a culture where all learners flourish. 

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Mark your calendars for Jan 31-Feb. 1, 2018.  

Additional information may be found here.
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Kansans Can: Making It Happen! LFKS Annual Leadership Conference

Kansans Can! Making It Happen! 
Developing Leaders, Inspiring Educators, and Transforming Schools through Better Conversations
LFKS Annual Leadership Conference
February 1-2, 2017
Wichita, Kansas

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Join Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) as we learn practical ideas for implementing KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation), and other initiatives, by creating sustainable change for system success. We can help you plan for the implementation of KESA through the Kansans Can: Making It Happen Conference and The Roadmap to Understanding KESA Facilitation Guide.

LKFS is thrilled to have Kansan and internationally known author Jim Knight on Wednesday, February 1st. Dr. Knight will focus home-buy-bookon effective communication. All educators make an impact by communicating their message clearly, building connections with others, and creating a culture of success. Participants will learn powerful communication habits and practice each strategy during experiential learning activities. Dr. Knight’s book, Reflection Guide to Better Conversations, is included free with registration for Day 1.  Participants also have the option to buy Better Conversations at a discounted rate of $25. Better Conversations are the KEY to Student Success!

Commissioner Randy Watson, KTOY Justin Coffey, and Kansas colleagues will continue the learning on February 2nd. Commissioner Watson and KTOY Justin Coffey will both inspire and challenge us. Kansans Can! During the breakout sessions, Kansas colleagues will share their journey to Student Success, through these topics:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Individual Plans of Study
  • Social, Emotional Character Development (SECD)
  • Walkthroughs
  • Civic Engagement
  • Effective Instruction and Technology Integration
  • Professional Learning that Changes Practice

As a bonus, Kansas authors, Marceta Reilly and Kelly Gillespie, will be conducting breakout sessions around their recent books, which will support the implementation of KESA.

This conference has value for all educators: classroom teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, building and district leaders…All Leaders. Participants will experience collaborative learning that leads to greater engagement and deeper conversations, creating a culture where all learners flourish. 

1 hour graduate credit available through Baker University for fully attending both days of the conference. $65/credit hour

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Mark your calendars for Feb. 1-2, 2017.  

Additional information may be found here.
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