School to school learning excursions connecting KC educators to reservoirs of expertise
“District cultures improve when schools learn from each other, and when districts learn from one another.”
— Michael Fullan
Strategic connections that help you and your school grow can be difficult to find. Learning labs are face to face, right-fit professional learning opportunities for you to share, see, and refine best practices in education.
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We facilitate all our Learning Labs, but the experiences are only possible through the openness of host schools and the enthusiasm of coaches from participating schools in the KC metro area. A collective vision of what is possible—gathered from observing each other across schools—will lead to better outcomes for educators and students.
observe instructional coaching in action
observe best practices in the classroom
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how do learning labs work?
Our learning lab process is inspired by the well known instructional coach Diane Sweeney:
See and discuss key actions, systems, and documents that inform the best practice you are observing.
Observe a best practice in action with specific look-fors to validate and refine your practice and the school you observe.
Share what you see and hear in action. Everyone leaves with a specific next-step they can put into practice immediately.
“Through these Learning Labs I’m able to see other coaches critical perspectives. They affirm my practices and I gain clear, actionable next steps to refine for better outcomes. An invaluable process.”
—Steven O’Sullivan, Math/Science Instructional Coach, Guadalupe Centers Middle School