Previous Deep Learning Opportunities
Professional Learning for Principals Series
Session 1:November 13 and November 20, 2013
Accreditation: Needs Assessments, Setting Goals, and Providing Evidence
Principals will have the opportunity to work within small groups throughout the day using needs assessments, making professional learning decisions, creating a course of action for schools/districts, and setting goals. Principals are welcome to bring leadership teams to this session.
• How will accreditation affect schools?
• What will the new accreditation model demonstrate?
• What “Counts” as Evidence?
• How will goals be set?
→ Olathe Seminar Handout (PDF)
→ Wichita Seminar Handout (PDF)
→ Seminar Information Flier (PDF)
Session 2:February 12 and February 19, 2014
Inter-rater Agreement, Bias, Walk-through Observation, Critical Conversations and Meaningful Feedback
This session is designed to assist principals in the tasks required by their positions. Others are welcome, but the content will be geared toward principals. The focus of this session will be on formal and informal observation, conducting walk-through observations, and providing the kind of feedback that is meaningful to all parties during evaluation.
• What does inter-rater agreement mean and how can evaluators best monitor agreement for evaluation?
• What steps can be taken to avoid bias in evaluation and feedback?
• How can walk-through observations be conducted fairly and accurately?
• What kind of feedback is most meaningful during the evaluation process?
→ Walking the Talk Handout (PDF)
→ Walk-Through Observation Fact Sheet (PDF)
→ Critical Conversations Outcome Map (PDF)
→ Observation Scenario (PDF)
→ Observation Organizer (PDF)
→ Inter-rater Agreement Handout (PDF)
→ Framework for Reflective Questioning Handout (PDF)
→ Frame of Reference Handout (PDF)
→ Engaging in the Conversation Handout (PDF)
→ Continuum of Teaching Practice Rubric (PDF)
→ Bias and Judgement Handout (PDF)
→ Maurice Cheeks helps student sing Star Spangled Banner on YouTube
→ Article about Maurice Cheeks helping student sing Star Spangled Banner
→ French Television Ad on YouTube
→ Seminar Information Flier (PDF)
→ Seminar Registration Form Flier (PDF)
Session 3:April 23, 2014
Building Leadership Capacity in Myself and Others
This session is designed to assist principals in developing critical skills for building leadership capacity and what that means in their role as building leaders. Questions to be addressed include: What challenges are building administrators facing? What are building leaders doing to address these challenges? And, how do building lead-ers build time for their work by building skills in others?
- Scott Myers, Director TLA, KSDE
- Brad Neuenswander, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Learning Services, KSDE
- Principal Panel
- Principal Roundtable Facilitators
→ Seminar Information Flier (PDF)
→ Seminar Handout (PDF)
What's New Seminar Series
The What’s New Seminar Series (2013) featured information on the most current topics emerging for district leaders.
How Leaders are Preparing for New Standards, for College and Career Readiness, and for Significant Changes in Student AchievementMarch 8, 2013
The day began with the latest information from the KSDE Director of Research and Evaluation and Career Standards and Assessment Services and his staff assistant. Tom Foster and Laurie Winter connected the College and Career Ready definition recently adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education to efforts by schools to transition to new College and Career Ready (CCR) standards with the assessments used to measure student achievement. More rigorous standards for students will require a proactive response by educators to school accountability. Changes in both the standards and how we assess students present challenges that policy makers will need to give careful consideration. Dr. Foster discussed the new definition and its implications, review new standards in core academic areas and present an update on both the new assessments and proposed changes in the current assessments. Participants had the opportunity to review the latest in test item technology and the next generation standard development, discuss emerging trends at the state and national level, and provide input on Kansas educational policy. Practitioners from Kansas school districts shared what leaders are doing in their own settings to prepare for these changes.
→ KSDE - Foster and Winter Presentation (PDF)
→ USD 379 Clay County Schools Handout (PDF)
Let's Talk Seminar Series
The Let’s Talk Seminar Series (2012) brought districts together to share progress on initiatives underway in their districts.
Legal Advisors and School LeadersFebruary 9, 2012
Education leaders know the importance of respecting legal frameworks embedded in routine operations. KELI asked practicing superintendents what topics they wanted to see addressed in a conversation with experts on school law. Their list included personnel issues such as RIF, teacher non-renewal, due process and payment to certified staff without current credentials; executive session procedures, open records act; liability for student group trips not funded by the district; parent rights; liability for use of buildings by outside groups; and reporting crimes to law enforcement. In this session, Cheryl Whelan, (KSDE staff attorney), Donna Whitman (KASB staff attorney) and Cindy Kelly (USD 501 staff attorney) responded to these common school-based concerns. A panel of three superintendents (Sue Givens, El Dorado; Rick Doll, Lawrence; and John Severin, Hiawatha) wrapped up the discussion. In the spirit of partnership KELI represents, KASB hosted this Let’s Talk session in their meeting facilities and Pam Coleman, KSDE Director of Teacher Evaluation and Licensure, served as Moderator.
Social Media/Technology InnovationsApril 5, 2012
The Let’s Talk topic on April 5 related to social media and technology innovations– issues touching all Kansas districts. Cyndi Danner- Kuhn teaches students in KSU pre-service classes how to use technology to support learning and assists school districts with this across the state and beyond. She provided an overview of how schools in Kansas make effective use of technology, the problems commonly encountered and examples of districts have overcome them. Four Kansas leaders presented the challenges their districts successfully managed related to technology. Chief of Staff, David Smith (KCKPS) described how a district funded the infrastructure and equipment needed for a one to one computer initiative. Kevin Case (Inman) focused on how technology implementations changed the culture in his district and Paul Dorathy shared how Baldwin City developed policies related to the use of social media. Jerri Kemble (Centre) described her experiences starting a virtual school in a small rural district and her participation in the virtual school movement nationally. Topics related to leaders at all levels and those attending had an opportunity to interact with presenters and to network with others with common concerns.
→ Cyndi Danner-Kuhn: Social Media and How Schools are Using (or Not) (PDF)
→ Paul Dorathy: Setting Policies Related to Social Media and Other Technologies (PDF)
→ Jerri Kemble: From the Wheat Field to the White House (PPS)
Common Core/21st Century Curriculum/AccreditationMay 3, 2012
Everyone is talking about the transition to Common Core Standards! Nationally recognized experts, KSDE Summer Academies, and professional organizations are offering meaningful support for transition planning. KELI’s niche is to support the leaders whose decisions create conditions for transition efforts to succeed. On May 3, Kansas superintendent/principal/and teacher leaders shared what they have learned about making it happen in real Kansas districts now. Wherever your district was in the transition process, this session was useful as leadership teams developed local plans for next year. KELI encouraged districts to bring leadership teams. During the session, leaders networked with others to discover new resources and ideas. Participants also helped KELI plan for ongoing similar conversations during the coming school year. Teams had agenda time to plan next steps in their own districts, such as who to send to the Summer Academies and how to put what they bring back to the best use. The process of transition is not content specific, so leaders across all content areas found the topics applicable.
→ Melisa Hancock: Implementing the Common Core Standards: Leading the Change (PDF)
→ Geary County USD #475: Implementing the Common Core State Standards (PDF)
→ Common Core in Maize Prezi
→ Common Core Toolkit Documents:
Common Core Shifts (PDF)
Benchmarks for Choosing a Curriculum (PDF)
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Spotlights (DOC)
P21 Common Core Toolkit (PDF)
Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments Workbook (PDF)
Common Core Standards for Mathematics (DOC)
Exploring Critical Areas K-8 (DOC)
Exploring Critical Areas High School (DOC)
Common Core Standards for Mathematics: Domain Progressions K-8 (PDF)