A Message from the LFKS President
Jenni Donohoo has written two books and many articles about the importance of Collective Teacher Efficacy. Collective Teacher Efficacy is the belief of teachers in their ability to positively affect students and their success. We are better together as we focus on building Collective Efficacy by intentionally increasing our collective knowledge and skills. John Hattie has ranked 252 influences related to student learning and achievement. Collective Teacher Efficacy is Number ONE on the list with a 1.57 effect size. As educators, we want to embrace Collective Teacher Efficacy and boost student achievement as we move from Me to We.
Having a clear positive vision for the road ahead will give us power to make change. We keep that vision alive and reinforce the vision. If we can see the vision, we can create the vision. Jon Gordon wrote a book called “One Word”. He talks about having a yearly “One Word” as our individual driving force. If everyone else on your team has “One Word” all of these words come together to create a positive vision with Collective Teacher Efficacy.
So what word is going to drive you to be your best? Here are questions for you to ponder.
- It’s been said that busyness makes us stop caring about our passions.
- As you think about your life, what causes the most busyness?
- How can One Word move us from busyness to purposeful action?
- Urgent things scream and important things whisper. What is screaming in your life?
- How can One Word give you an ear to hear the whisper?
- How can narrowing the focus produce extraordinary results?
“One word” sticks! By living a single word, we will find renewed purpose and achieve laser-like focus. Love your word with purpose and passion every day! One word provides a narrow focus with a broad impact.
As we talk about having focus, that brings me to invite you to our Annual Learning Forward Leadership Conference in Wichita on February 3rd and 4th. It is appropriately titled Vision 20/20: Focusing on Collaboration and Leadership. Our Day 1 focuses on Collective Efficacy: How Educator’s Beliefs Affect Student Learning with Dr. Jenni Donohoo. Our Day 2 Keynote speakers are Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner of Education and Mrs. Lan Huynh, Kansas Regional Teacher of the Year, plus many breakout sessions from amazing Kansas educators who are #BetterTogether. Register today to guarantee your spot.
Jo McFadden, President
Learning Forward Kansas