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Tips, Tools, & Protocols to Engage Your Team/Staff in Meaningful Learning

A one-day workshop provided by Learning Forward Kansas and Smoky Hill Education Service Center


 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Facilitators: Vicki Bechard & Dayna Richardson

$125.00 Registration for 1 LFKS Member
$100.00 Registration for Teams of 2 or more LFKS Members
$150.00 Registration for 1 Non LFKS Member
$125.00 Registration for Teams of 2 or More Non LFKS Member

Includes light breakfast, lunch, light snack

Location: 605 E. Crawford, Salina

About the Facilitators

Vicki Bechard
Email: bechardv@hotmail.com
Phone: 913-796-6241

Dayna Richardson
Email: daynarichardson45@gmail.com
Phone: 620-921-5775

Vicki Bechard is the secretary for Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and owner/lead consultant of Teaching and Learning Consulting Network, LLC.  In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program at Baker University.

Dayna Richardson is the Executive Director of Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and President of Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA).   She is actively involved in education and promoting professional learning, serving on Learning Forward’s State Affiliate Committee at the national level and on the Kansas Education Commissioner’s Professional Learning Task Force for KSDE.  In addition, she is an Educational Coach and Consultant.

Workshop Description:

JOIN US as we learn together! This session targets any educator who leads professional learning with their team, building or district. During this interactive session, participants will experience protocols (strategies) that lead to greater engagement and deeper conversations while doing relevant work and creating teams/schools where ALL learners flourish. These protocols will focus on specific tools that can be used with any topic/content being presented as we “walk our talk” by increasing the kind and quality of professional conversations around new learning, data analysis, studying student work or learning new content/strategies.

During the transition from a “checklist” accreditation to a continuous school improvement accreditation model with true collective responsibility, many leaders are hungry for tools/strategies/protocols that will allow all educators to EXPERIENCE LEARNING. No longer will individual teaching excellence be sufficient to produce critical gains for ALL learners. Teachers working in isolation lack the collective resources for spreading good ideas and refining patterns of practice within their buildings and across their districts. We learn in a community of practice.

This session will demonstrate protocols (walking our talk) that all leaders can use. We will make connections to the Standards for Professional Learning, especially Learning Designs. Each participant will leave with resources to use with a team, building or district. Again, JOIN US as we learn together!

 

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KSDE Pre-Conference


Tips, Tools, & Protocols to Engage Your Team/Staff in Meaningful Learning

A one-day workshop provided by Learning Forward Kansas in conjunction with the KSDE Pre-Conference


 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline: October 19, 2016

Facilitators: Vicki Bechard & Dayna Richardson

$125.00 Registration for 1 LFKS Member
$100.00 Registration for Teams of 2 or more LFKS Members
$150.00 Registration for 1 Non LFKS Member
$125.00 Registration for Teams of 2 or More Non LFKS Member

Includes light breakfast, lunch

Location: Hyatt Regency/Century II, Wichita

About the Facilitators

Vicki Bechard
Email: bechardv@hotmail.com
Phone: 913-796-6241

Dayna Richardson
Email: daynarichardson45@gmail.com
Phone: 620-921-5775

Vicki Bechard is the secretary for Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and owner/lead consultant of Teaching and Learning Consulting Network, LLC.  In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program at Baker University.

Dayna Richardson is the Executive Director of Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and President of Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA).   She is actively involved in education and promoting professional learning, serving on Learning Forward’s State Affiliate Committee at the national level and on the Kansas Education Commissioner’s Professional Learning Task Force for KSDE.  In addition, she is an Educational Coach and Consultant.

Workshop Description:

JOIN US as we learn together! This session targets any educator who leads professional learning with their team, building or district. During this interactive session, participants will experience protocols (strategies) that lead to greater engagement and deeper conversations while doing relevant work and creating teams/schools where ALL learners flourish. These protocols will focus on specific tools that can be used with any topic/content being presented as we “walk our talk” by increasing the kind and quality of professional conversations around new learning, data analysis, studying student work or learning new content/strategies.

During the transition from a “checklist” accreditation to a continuous school improvement accreditation model with true collective responsibility, many leaders are hungry for tools/strategies/protocols that will allow all educators to EXPERIENCE LEARNING. No longer will individual teaching excellence be sufficient to produce critical gains for ALL learners. Teachers working in isolation lack the collective resources for spreading good ideas and refining patterns of practice within their buildings and across their districts. We learn in a community of practice.

This session will demonstrate protocols (walking our talk) that all leaders can use. We will make connections to the Standards for Professional Learning, especially Learning Designs. Each participant will leave with resources to use with a team, building or district. Again, JOIN US as we learn together!

 

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A Message from the LFKS President

As a former middle and high school football coach, I gave my share of pregame pep talk speeches. We gathered the team in an endzone or locker room and helped them focus on the game. 13 to 18-year-old athletes needed basic reminders of who was on kickoff but inspirational words also helped to set the early tone of the game. I always tried to emulate the message that Jimmy Valvano described in his 1993 ESPY speech in which he describes the three things every person should do every day. Early in the season, we would outline the three priorities of the team and these traits focused any speech for my athletes. This fall I have challenged the Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) board to focus on three simple concepts:

Go Big, Stay Calm, Be Positive.

Obviously, to “go big” one must have goals and aspirations, but the concept is larger. Too often educators are hesitant to attempt something different or push back against a new initiative.  To go big means to refuse to let fear of the unknown stop our efforts.  For years I have prescribed the concepts that Marainne Willamson outlined in her quote highlighted in the movie Coach Carter.   “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our Light, not our Darkness, that frightens us.”  Many educators tend to ”play it safe” and while we always want research-based methodologies, we stop short of achieving our ultimate greatness. Perhaps we fear how great our impact might be; we fear our light. Over the next year, LFKS will strive to go big and find new ways to spread the “how” of professional learning.    

Teaching during a pandemic, one can become overwhelmed easily. Teachers are balancing students in quarantine along with worrying about their own health. Educators throughout the state will need to remember to stay calm. I have always liked the analogy of a duck on water.   On the surface, educators will look graceful and calm, even when the world spins too quickly.

In a TED Talk, educator Rita Pierson challenges teachers to be the hero that every student deserves. These words and concepts inspired the idea to be positive.  We challenge you to be positive and confident and you will make a difference this year.   Strive to impact students at higher levels and be assured that you have the skills to make a difference.    

Eric Shipman, President
Learning Forward Kansas

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Awards Program

Learning Forward Kansas Awards Program

 

The Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) Awards Program recognizes excellence in professional learning at several levels annually. The program is built on three major elements:

  • The program must reflect knowledge, application, and impact;
  • Awards will be presented at the individual, building, and district levels; and
  • Awards should be decided on verifiable evidence.

Contact:
Sherri Schwanz, Learning Forward Kansas Awards Team
Sherri.schwanz@knea.org


Award Descriptions:

New!
Cycle of Continuous Improvement Award:

Learning Forward Kansas wants to recognize a school team that successfully implements the cycle of continuous learning for professional learning that results in student achievement.
Prepare a 10-12 minute video that depicts your school team engaged in the cycle of continuous improvement as described in Learning Forward's definition of professional learning.

Learn how to apply >

The deadline is January 15.


Classified Professional Learning Award:
The Classified Personnel Professional Learning Award recognizes an individual or building/district that has made a significant commitment toward the professional learning of classified staff members to improve student achievement.

Apply now! Annual deadline is January 15.

Download: Classified Professional Learning Application (PDF 117 KB)

 


Impact Award:
The Impact Award recognizes individual educators who take learning beyond knowledge and application and provide verifiable evidence of improved student learning as a result of professional learning for the educator. The number of Impact Awards is not limited and any educator may apply. Interested?

Apply now! Annual deadline is January 15.

Download: Impact Application (PDF 106 KB)

 


Professional Learning Community Award:
The PLC Award is a school level award. All buildings in Kansas are eligible to apply. The school must provide evidence of excellence in professional learning by measuring progress on the KLFA/Learning Forward Kansas/KSDE Professional Learning Community Building Rubric. The rubric is based on the National Staff Development Standards (Learning Forward) and includes the standards most often aligned to school improvement efforts. The artifacts provided must illustrate the level of performance on the rubric. Up to two buildings will be awarded annually.

The award includes:

  • A plaque for the school announcing the award (suitable for displaying outdoors)
  • A one-year building membership in Learning Forward Kansas
  • Two registrations to a Learning Forward Kansas Conference

Is your building a learning community? Can you prove it? Apply now! Annual deadline is January 15.

Downloads:
PLC Building Application (PDF 160 KB)
PLC Building Rubric (PDF 106 KB)

 


Systemic Learning Award:
The Systemic Learning Award is a school district level award. All Kansas school districts are eligible to apply for the award which recognizes district level commitment to growth in professional learning and support for change. Specific criteria for growth include the time, money, management, materials, and authority allocated to the adult learning effort in the district to foster improved student learning. The district will provide evidence of growth and achievement via the KLFA/Learning Forward Kansas/KSDE Systemic Learning Rubric. The rubric is based on the National Staff Development Standards (Learning Forward) and includes all of the Learning Forward Standards. Up to two districts will be awarded annually.

The award includes:

  • A plaque for the district announcing the award (suitable for displaying outdoors)
  • A one-year agency membership in Learning Forward Kansas
  • Two registrations to a Learning Forward Kansas Conference

Is your district supporting professional learning? Can you show us the data? Apply now!
Annual deadline is January 15.

Downloads:
District Systemic Application (PDF 98 KB)
District Systemic Rubric (PDF 131 KB)

 


21st Century Skills Professional Development:
Learning Forward Kansas wants to recognize those who effectively implement 21st Century Skills in their professional learning program. This award could be for a building or district.

You can apply—

  • Complete the 21st Century Skills Professional Development Application
  • Answer the questions listed at the end of the application—only 5!
  • Submit technology-based evidence (such as a video, podcast, PowerPoint, multimedia presentation, etc.) that showcases your 21st Century Skills professional development

Up to two schools will be recognized for exemplary honors at the Learning Forward Kansas Leadership Conference.

Download: 21st Century Skills Professional Development Application (PDF 153 KB)

 


District Staff Developer of the Year Award:
Learning Forward Kansas would like to help districts recognize the staff developer that has had the most direct impact on your school or district. Districts will be encouraged to nominate the individual (either an internal or an external source) who has had the most impact on improving student performance through professional learning in your schools. Remember, everyone can be a staff developer! Nominations will be distributed to district superintendents annually. Every individual nominated will receive a certificate and a complimentary one year Learning Forward Kansas membership. Awardees will be recognized at the Learning Forward Kansas Leadership Conference. The award will consist of a certificate suitable for framing. Annual deadline is January 15.

Download: Staff Development Application (PDF 112 KB)

 

Recent Award Winners >

 

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KSDE Pre-Conference

Determine Your Road for Success
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KSDE Pre-Conference


On the Right Track:
Determining Your Road for Success

A one-day workshop provided by Learning Forward Kansas in conjunction with the KSDE Pre-Conference


 

Workshop Details

Monday, October 26, 2015

8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline: October 19, 2015

Facilitators: Vicki Bechard & Dayna Richardson

$125.00 per person

Includes light breakfast
Lunch included

Location: Hyatt Regency/Century II, Wichita

About the Facilitators

Vicki Bechard
Email: bechardv@hotmail.com
Phone: 913-796-6241

Dayna Richardson
Email: daynarichardson45@gmail.com
Phone: 620-921-5775

Vicki Bechard is the secretary for Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and owner/lead consultant of Teaching and Learning Consulting Network, LLC.  In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program at Baker University.

Dayna Richardson is the Executive Director of Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and President of Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA).   She is actively involved in education and promoting professional learning, serving on Learning Forward’s State Affiliate Committee at the national level and on the Kansas Education Commissioner’s Professional Learning Task Force for KSDE.  In addition, she is an Educational Coach and Consultant.

Workshop Description:

In this day-­‐long session, participants will explore the complex changes facing our schools today (accreditation [5 Rs], educator evaluations, 1 to 1 initiatives, PLCs, etc,) and experience strategies that support district and building leaders in implementing desired changes.

Are you on the right track? Keys to successful implementation begin with understanding change and its effect on your building/district, plus the design and delivery of effective professional learning (HOW) that supports your change. Bring issues relevant to your school and leave with new insights and tools to make change happen! JOIN US!!

  • Acquire skills, strategies, and resources to USE as agents of change,
  • Work with team members on current, local situa0ons involving complex change in your organization, and
  • Study and apply change models and Standards for Professional Learning as a framework for leading change.

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Who should attend:

Teacher leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, and building/district leadership teams.

 

 

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Leaders Matter Institute

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This one-day institute is a partnership between LFKS and KELI

Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI)

Date:  December 2, 2015 We hope to reschedule for Spring 2016
Location:  Central Community Church, 6100 West Maple, Wichita, KS
Facilitators: Vicki Bechard and Dayna Richardson

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A challenge for principals, superintendents, and other district administrators is prioritizing the changes they are responsible for leading and facilitating during the coming school year. These include KESA, Educator Evaluations, Instructional Frameworks, 1 to 1 Initiatives, Construction and Building Projects, and other initiatives that are specific to an individual district.

 

For this workshop session, please bring your change challenge and then learn and experience strategies to plan and implement for success.

  • Explore Change information including Models, Best Practices, and Strategies
  • Use Change Strategies to Inform/Shape Practice
  • Learn from Kansas Practitioner Leaders from the Field
  • Create a Plan to go from Knowing to Doing

About the Facilitators

Vicki Bechard
Email: bechardv@hotmail.com
Phone: 913-796-6241

Dayna Richardson
Email: daynarichardson45@gmail.com
Phone: 620-921-5775

Vicki Bechard is the secretary for Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and owner/lead consultant of Teaching and Learning Consulting Network, LLC. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program at Baker University.

Dayna Richardson is the Executive Director of Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS) and Chair of Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA). She is actively involved in education and promoting professional learning, serving on Learning Forward’s State Affiliate Committee at the national level and on the Kansas Education Commissioner’s Professional Learning Task Force for KSDE. In addition, she is an Educational Coach and Consultant.

 

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Membership Application


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Problems? The online application form also is available at this direct link.

If you prefer to print and mail your membership application, use the links below:

Printable Membership Application

Free Membership for First Year Teachers and Pre-Service Student Teachers

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