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Facilitation Guides

 

Kansas educators are in the middle of implementing many new initiatives. It is more important than ever for there to be a sense of collective commitment as everyone works to achieve student success through the goals set forth by KSDE, local districts and schools. Regardless of what is included in a school’s continuous improvement plan, the key to success is implementation, as educators, and ultimately students, move from knowing to doing.

Engaging educators in meaningful conversations around these complex changes and other
important teaching and learning issues is a challenge for all educational leaders. We want teachers
to lead engaging classrooms for students. Therefore, we must model that engagement with faculty
by designing professional learning that is both meaningful and engaging to increase the chances of successful implementation.

Learning Forward Kansas has developed a document to support you and your staff as you have better conversations around any issue/topic/complex change.  Our intent is for this document to be a quick go-to resource that assembles a variety of tools/strategies in one location for educational leaders to use. It is for all educators who are sharing/leading a group.

 


 

View and download this FREE resource today! If you have questions or require assistance in implementing the strategies (protocols) found in this document, please contact Learning Forward Kansas.

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Videos from Learning Forward

Each of the four playlists below from the national Learning Forward organization presents a different series of videos on an important and timely topic related to Professional Learning.

Playlist icon with arrowsInstructions for viewing videos: To select an individual video, click on the playlist icon in the upper left corner of one of the video windows. You may or may not see the word PLAYLIST. The number of videos in a particular playlist series also is provided along with the number of the current video.

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Professional Learning Definition

The Principal Story

Standards for Professional Learning

Redesign PD

Facilitation Guide

Roadmap to Understanding KESA

 

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Schools are being asked to spend this school year examining their data, policies, and practices to determine where they “fit” in with new Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA). On the surface, the 5 R’s of the KESA rubric seem pretty straightforward (Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture, Rigor, Results) until one starts looking more closely.

 


  • Do you want help understanding (or getting your staff, BOE, or community to understand) the impact or purpose of KESA or of these 5 R’s?
  • Do you want strategies that will engage staff and deepen understanding of the 5R’s as you apply it to your school?
  • Do you want processes that help you examine the policies and practices of your school and how they impact teaching and learning?
  • Do you want to identify both the data and or practices/policies you already have in place?

As part of our mission to promote effective professional learning for Kansas educators and schools, Learning Forward Kansas has developed a Facilitation Guide to support this process. This guide is designed to help educators and schools have a dialogue that increases understanding of KESA and the rubrics. This resource is full of strategies (also known as protocols) to organize and facilitate professional learning discussions with educators and stakeholders that lead to success for all.

View and download this FREE resource today! If you have questions or require assistance in implementing the strategies (protocols) found in this document, please contact Learning Forward Kansas.

As you view the document below, try these navigation tips:

  • Because of the variety of computers, tablets, and smartphones that are used, we have provided three different viewers for this document. If the first viewer doesn’t work well, try the others.
  • If any pages load incorrectly, refresh the screen in your browser OR use the zoom controls on the PDF viewer toolbar.
  • Several viewing control features are available in the PDF viewer. Hover over or click each of the toolbar icons to see a label or explanation.
  • Use the page up and down arrows to move through the pages on this screen –OR–
  • Scroll down to view the pages on this screen
  • Click View Fullscreen to read the document in a large PDF viewer
  • Download the document using the link provided.
  • Use the addition options, including downloading and printing, that are available with the double arrow icon in the far right of the toolbar.

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Reasons to Join Learning Forward Kansas

  • Fuel your passion for contributing to powerful professional learning
  • Deepen your understanding and application of the standards for effective professional learning.
  • Strengthen your own knowledge, skills and strategies for effective professional learning.
  • Develop a support community of statewide educators who strive to assure all professional learning experiences are effective and impactful.
  • Learn from others about how they are assessing the effectiveness of their work.
  • Contribute to conversations on issues and ideas influencing professional development in our districts and across our state.
  • Expand your capacities and opportunities by sharing resources and talents.
  • Strengthen your beliefs and commitments to the importance of professional learning in making a difference for all students.

In addition to becoming a member of Learning Forward Kansas, please consider a membership with our National Organization, Learning Forward.

 

Questions? treasurer@learningforwardkansas.org

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