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Learning Forward 2015 Annual Conference

The Learning Forward 2015 Conference was an opportunity to focus on the advances of educator professional learning to ultimately improve student success.  Many of the sessions I attended revolved around the strengthening of professional learning and collaborative teams.  Some of the highlights include:

Tools and Strategies for Collaborative Teams
The purpose and work of a collaborative team in a PLC is to problem solve, critically think, build capacity with all team members to efficiently and effectively teach subject matters that benefit learners and achieve learning outcomes.  Some strategies shared for a successful collaborative team include:

Building/Establishing
Strategies for Moving ForwardTools or ResourcesDefine the work of a collaborative team by identifying specific tasks that teams completeSet norms and decide on how norms will be reinforcedBuild the "why" for the workShow videos/examples of what collaborative team work looks like and what it doesn&#…

Adaptive Schools Seminar

The two day Adaptive Schools Seminar with Carolyn McKanders brought a plethora of people focused strategies based on human behavior and cognitive processing to achieve success in a complex social system.The complex social system is any system where humans are involved and thus these strategies have a wide breadth of adaptability that goes beyond education.The strategies presented, modeled and practiced throughout the seminar are simple yet powerful concepts and when strung together orchestrates our behaviors and cognition to achieve our goals in a positive and inviting environment.
The following are some useful strategies that were modeled and practiced in the seminar that can be applied directly in the work environment.
10-2:Lecture processing ratio.Adult brain can only take 10 min of talk then needs 2 min of processing time.Third Point:When presenting a topic, especially negative one, have something visual to point to that is away from you.This way you deflect the negative informati…
Reflection on Trends and Issuescourse
This course served as an introduction into the doctoral program to acquaint learners with doctoral level scholarly writing, researching, thinking, and discussion. Considering my master's program was heavily writing intensive, my major take away was synergizing information to provoke thought.  
The cohort is made up of  a variety of educators ranging from kumu to po‘o. As I reflect on how class discussions and activities impact our work, I MUA comes to mind. 
Infinitude - Distance Learning and Blended/Online is not a trend. It will continue to evolve and is likely to become a part of the DNA of teaching and learning practices.
Methodical - As we adapt and innovate, it's important to be abreast of theory and frameworks that can strategically guide our work. Theories and models to consider for promoting best practices in blended and online learning include the: Theory of Hybrids, The Blended Learning Curriculum (BLC) Model, and a Heutogogical App…
Making an ImpactThe Learning Forward conference focused on Professional Learning to increase Haumāna  performance
Leadership Capacity Building Using Online Tools
Picture it, a failed classroom observation by an administrator. Why?!?! The teacher used strategies not reflected on the antiquated observation tool!!!
This was a true story presented by a collection of teachers at a high school that presented at the conference. Nā kumu in the school had outgrown the system!
Through online peer observation/collaboration, kumu advanced in their practice quicker than anticipated and became leaders and change agents in their school. They were using a customized internal Teaching Channel to establish PLCs within their school. Bite size videos with supporting documentation were uploaded to an internal account. Kumu were able to
Analyze and Seek Feedback Practice and Gather Evidence Gather other Videos and Focus on targeted growth areas Watch and Analyze Translate and Adapt
Ke kula adopted a growth mindset an…