“The INCUBATOR
@ NKCS”
Northgate Vertical Science PLT,
March 6, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 14
3 questions
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WHAT IS ONE?
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WHAT GOOD
IS IT? 2
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HOW will we
begin?

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1

WHAT IS ONE?
1
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from pages #142-143

from pages #152-153
from page #95

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2

WHAT GOOD
IS IT? 2
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Professional Learning
Incubator
A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development,...
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Professional Learning
Incubator
A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development,...
1. Immersion in digital culture
The social web is currently a part
of the lives of all children... and
most adults. This a...
“The more skilled a person is on a
dimension, like academia, art,
music, the more important they
consider that activity to...
2. sharing instructional
practices
Shining light on bright spots
across our organization.
Providing opportunities to
troub...
3. making plt work transparent
Grade-level teams across the
district. Content level teams. Cross
functional teams. Multidi...
“Connecting people to people.
Over and over again, that’s what
lasts online. Folks thought it was
about technology, and it...
4. extending professional
learning
Capturing the rich work of and
with our paid consultants.
Extending these relationships...
5. curriculum collaboration
Helping our curriculum come to
life and find alignment with both
solid instructional practice a...
“The value in media is no longer
in sources but in flows; when we
pool our cognitive surplus, it
creates value that doesn’t...
6. OPPORTUNITIES TO COACH
With teachers reflecting
throughout a common network,
our many support teams gain
another venue f...
REMOVING
BARRIERS
Thursday, March 6, 14
24 HOUR DAYS
Thursday, March 6, 14
FUNDING FOR
PD
Thursday, March 6, 14
LOGISTICS FOR
F2F
Thursday, March 6, 14
ASYNCHRONOUS
HONORS TIME
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thursday, March 6, 14
BELIEF
VS.

ACTION
Thursday, March 6, 14
THE CHANGE PROCESS
IN SCHOOLS
Is it this?

Or is it this?

1.Professional development

1.Professional development

2.Chang...
“It is easier to act your
way into a new way of
thinking than it is to
think your way into a
new way of acting.”
-Burchell...
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thursday, March 6, 14
3

Thursday, March 6, 14

HOW will we
begin?

3
nkcsedu.ning.com
Thursday, March 6, 14
Thank you.
Thursday, March 6, 14
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  1. 1. “The INCUBATOR @ NKCS” Northgate Vertical Science PLT, March 6, 2014 Thursday, March 6, 14
  2. 2. 3 questions Thursday, March 6, 14
  3. 3. 1 WHAT IS ONE? 1 Thursday, March 6, 14
  4. 4. 2 WHAT GOOD IS IT? 2 Thursday, March 6, 14
  5. 5. 3 Thursday, March 6, 14 HOW will we begin? 3
  6. 6. 1 WHAT IS ONE? 1 Thursday, March 6, 14
  7. 7. Thursday, March 6, 14
  8. 8. from pages #142-143 from pages #152-153 from page #95 Thursday, March 6, 14
  9. 9. 2 WHAT GOOD IS IT? 2 Thursday, March 6, 14
  10. 10. N K C S C H O O L S Professional Learning Incubator A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development, and instructional alignment. A multifaceted approach to adult learning... Immersion in Digital Culture The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. Sharing Instructional Practices Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. ...that incubates and reinforces best practices Making PLT Work Transparent Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. Extending Professional Learning Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. A Culture of Collaboration Removing Barriers Teaching today is an increasingly sophisticated endeavor. More and more is expected from our staff as we seek to provide the best for our children. The ceiling we increasingly push against is time. The Face to face sharing is the best form of synchronous collaboration. Yet, asynchronous learning can easily evolve beyond the physical constraints of time and place. simple fact remains that our days will never number in excess of 24 hours. In light of this, we must seek to maximize our time in planning, highlighting and sharing our bright spots and next practices. Leaders at all levels know we can never afford to schedule enough face to face time for professional learning. The logistics aren’t there, and funds are limited. Given this fact, we are led toward making NKCS Professional Learning Incubator We feel that an online incubator for professional learning will allow us to better connect research to planning and planning to practice. Ultimately, this culture of collaboration will help to spread the best of our work beyond the walls of our individual classrooms and in a way that allows us to interact when and where we work best. Getting There Startup for this is simple. The roadmap to implementation is easily articulated. Soon we can share practices, troubleshoot for alignment, coach one another, document the powerful work of our PLTs, and continue the engagement with our consultants. Together we can all become more effective in meeting the needs of our children for today and into the future. 1 bit.ly/nkcsdincubator Thursday, March 6, 14 Opportunities to Coach With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for justin-time coaching. the most effective use of the time we have. The question becomes... how do we give teachers more feedback from peers, Administrators, Instructional Coordinators, Teaching & Learning Coaches, SALTs, etc.? How do we do this in a way that honors the time of all of the professionals involved, and yet do so in a way that credits the ways in which we increasingly interact in a digital world? Providing opportunities to “soften” the walls of our classrooms as we continue to grow into the 21st Century The North Kansas City School District is vast with respect to both geographical area and total number of faculty. In order to turn challenges into assets, some form of collaborative sandbox for instructional alignment & innovation is needed. The Ning platform is rich with opportunity for the sort of local customization we need to assist staff in building relationships with colleagues and coming together around instructional issues and challenges. These actions directly impact professional growth, and ultimately, student performance and empowerment. Curriculum Collaboration Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity.
  11. 11. N K C S C H O O L S Professional Learning Incubator A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development, and instructional alignment. A multifaceted approach to adult learning... Immersion in Digital Culture The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. Thursday, March 6, 14 Sharing Instructional Practices Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. ...that incubates and reinforces best practices Making PLT Work Transparent Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. Extending Professional Learning Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. Curriculum Collaboration Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity. Opportunities to Coach With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for justin-time coaching. the most effective use of the time we have. The
  12. 12. 1. Immersion in digital culture The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. Thursday, March 6, 14
  13. 13. “The more skilled a person is on a dimension, like academia, art, music, the more important they consider that activity to be.” -Pelham, 1991 Thursday, March 6, 14
  14. 14. 2. sharing instructional practices Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. Thursday, March 6, 14
  15. 15. 3. making plt work transparent Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. Thursday, March 6, 14
  16. 16. “Connecting people to people. Over and over again, that’s what lasts online. Folks thought it was about technology, and it’s not.” -Seth Godin Thursday, March 6, 14
  17. 17. 4. extending professional learning Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. Thursday, March 6, 14
  18. 18. 5. curriculum collaboration Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity. Thursday, March 6, 14
  19. 19. “The value in media is no longer in sources but in flows; when we pool our cognitive surplus, it creates value that doesn’t exist when we operate in isolation.” -Clay Shirky Thursday, March 6, 14
  20. 20. 6. OPPORTUNITIES TO COACH With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for just-in-time coaching. Thursday, March 6, 14
  21. 21. REMOVING BARRIERS Thursday, March 6, 14
  22. 22. 24 HOUR DAYS Thursday, March 6, 14
  23. 23. FUNDING FOR PD Thursday, March 6, 14
  24. 24. LOGISTICS FOR F2F Thursday, March 6, 14
  25. 25. ASYNCHRONOUS HONORS TIME Thursday, March 6, 14
  26. 26. Thursday, March 6, 14
  27. 27. Thursday, March 6, 14
  28. 28. Thursday, March 6, 14
  29. 29. Thursday, March 6, 14
  30. 30. BELIEF VS. ACTION Thursday, March 6, 14
  31. 31. THE CHANGE PROCESS IN SCHOOLS Is it this? Or is it this? 1.Professional development 1.Professional development 2.Change in belief 2.Change in practice 3.Change in practice 3.Change in achievement 4.Change in achievement 4.Change in belief -Thomas Guskey Thursday, March 6, 14
  32. 32. “It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than it is to think your way into a new way of acting.” -Burchell & Robin, The Great Workplace Thursday, March 6, 14
  33. 33. Thursday, March 6, 14
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  35. 35. 3 Thursday, March 6, 14 HOW will we begin? 3
  36. 36. nkcsedu.ning.com Thursday, March 6, 14
  37. 37. Thank you. Thursday, March 6, 14

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