What Schools Can Be……LFKS Annual Leadership Conference

March 7, 2022
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Wichita, Kansas
With two follow-up zoom sessions

Day 1-PLCs 2.0: Putting it into Practice
Collaborating for Observable Impact with Garth Larson

The role of being an educational and instructional leader can be a daunting task in many ways. Often, school leaders are the go to person for discipline, attendance, Covid tracing, parent communication, supervision of lunch, recess, and after school activities and then actually getting in and observing instruction in action. Even though this is often the reality of leadership, the real goal is to become more of an instructional leader within their buildings that leads to observable impact (the kind of impact we can actually see in our buildings). The question however, is HOW? How do we find time to be an instruction leader within our days and more importantly, what would our instructional leadership look like if we had time to make this the focus.

During this highly interactive session for Learning Forward Kansas, Garth Larson will lead participants through a variety of Leadership protocols and tools to help make instructional leadership more of the focus of their leadership actions. These tools include Support Structures in which we will examine the Worst and Best characteristics of being an instructional leader and observable for best practices in the classroom, The Time Thief for Leadership in which we will analyze the use of our time within the day and figure out ways to “steal” time to be more of an instructional leader and finally, we will conclude the session by working on the Leadership Impact Plan tool that will allow each person to leave this session with a plan.







Follow-Up Zoom Sessions
Monday, April 11, 2022-8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Monday, April 25, 2022-8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Meet with other educators across Kansas to share PLC successes and struggles, tips and tricks, as we all work toward Collaborating for Observable Impact.

As a beginning or an experienced PLC member, participants will:
Learn about the Leading for Observable Impact Model and how to connect the actions of the school leaders to the impact they wish to observe in their buildings
*Examine leadership tools that allow them to create their vision for instructional leadership as a Leader within their buildings
*Analyze all elements of time within the day and find ways to create more time and opportunity to be an instructional leader
*Define the instructional practices that each principal would ‘look for’ when engaging in observations and observable impact
*Create a Leadership Impact PLAN that can be used throughout the year that will allow each participant to Lead for Observable Impact in their schools

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College Credit is Available through Wichita State!!

Our Facilitator
Presenter Garth Larson, author of the book, PLC 2.0- Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today’s Schools, hosted a free webinar this summer: PLC 2.0: Making an Impact. This spring, we welcome him to Kansas! You won’t want to miss this!  

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What Others are Saying…
“In our role as continuous improvement coaches, we have worked with many different staff development models and approaches. Still, none of these past models can build staff capacity like Observable Impact. Observable Impact embraces adult learning theory and honours the learning needs of educators, which reduces staff resistance to change. This framework causes teachers to think in a new way – from a lens of observability- and meets staff where they are at. If we can’t see it, we can’t assume that learning is taking place. Observable Impact has provided both of us, as coaches, with practical tools for supporting teacher growth and tremendous growth in self-efficacy. It has been a staff development game-changer.”

Ingrid Gross and Robert Dinsdale – Brandon School Division Continuous Improvement Coaches
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

As the principal of an elementary school for the last 9 years, I have had a front seat to the latest initiatives and instructional strategies that were labeled as groundbreaking. In a system where curriculum and professional development often come in a ‘one size fits all’ package, the Observable Impact model has completely changed the way we approach instructional delivery. Observable Impact has provided our teams with the tools to dissect each instructional strategy and initiative to quickly determine the learning benefits for our students. In addition, the ongoing support from Cale allows our staff to ask questions, collaborate, document learning, and become proficient with the Observable Impact Toolkit. Observable Impact is not an initiative for us; it is a process that shows us exactly what works (and what doesn’t) in our classrooms.

Gabe Hackett – Principal of Little Mountain Elementary – Monticello, MN

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