Innovation Drives Lakota Staff Learning Day

Innovation Drives Collaborative Lakota Staff Learning Day
Posted on 09/11/2017
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Lakota students may have been off school last Friday, but the classrooms at Lakota East and West were filled with learners. Lakota staff held its first Lakota Learning Day of the year, and the #WEareInnovators theme guided the day’s activities.

Throughout the day, Twitter was abuzz with staff tweets using the ‘WE are Innovators’ hashtag, like this one from an Independence fourth grade teacher:

Jenny Garwood @luckeyfrog
Feeling a lot more energy in the room than I've ever felt on a district PD Day! Keynote from @LakotaSuper #WEareInnovators #WEareLakota

That energy began with the keynote address from Superintendent Matt Miller, whose vision for instruction is innovation through collaboration. “Staff is the driving force behind defining and executing innovation in our classrooms. Together, we are the ones who will build this.”

For the first time, the district brought curriculum, special services and technology together for Lakota Learning Day. In the morning, staff members were able to personalize their learning experience, choosing from over 25 sessions. These workshops were led by their peers, who shared their expertise on hot topics and key issues facing educators.

Twitter again captured the excitement staff members felt as they attended these sessions.

Krista Heidenreich‏ @kheidlearn4life  

Learning from real life stories-importance of empathy in classroom mgmt-relationships matter! @jhaynes_teach @AbbyDetcher #WEareInnovators

Mary Brophy @broph6

@kindybrown loved talking with Lakota staff about their learning spaces! Thanks @Lakota_Learning. #WEareLakota #weareinnovators


In the afternoon, staff members were given time to collaborate and apply their learning into upcoming plans for instruction. “The afternoon was about taking the energy from the morning sessions and bringing it into the classroom,” said Keith Koehne, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

The momentum from Lakota Learning Day will continue with upcoming professional development days in October and November. Superintendent Miller has also introduced voluntary Twitter Ed Chats each Wednesday evening, another new opportunity for staff members to come together and share their thoughts and ideas to bring innovation and collaboration into the classroom.