Deanna Martindale is a 2014 PDK Emerging Leader and principal at Hebron Elementary School in Ohio. She recently took some time to share her thoughts on STEM learning, engaging curriculum, and preparing students for college-and-career.
State Alliances: Kansas
Formed in 1999, joined the LFA state alliance network in 2000.
KLFA’s mission is “Partnering to Keep Learning First: Leading, Transforming, and Empowering."
The Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA) organizes its work around three priorities:
- Improving student achievement
- Strengthening the professional development of educators
- Engaging the public in school improvement and student achievement efforts
The Kansas Learning First Alliance has been instrumental in raising public and legislative awareness about the need for rigorous curriculum and high quality teaching in reading and mathematics. As part of its work, the Alliance has spearheaded a workshop series across the state on reading instruction. The Kansas Alliance has also developed materials – including a CD-Rom and handouts based on the national Alliance's Every Child Reading: An Action Plan – to assist district and school reading trainers. Additionally, in an effort to address the achievement gap in mathematics and determine the causes of poor mathematics performance, KLFA was awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to conduct a study with the Kansas State Department of Education. As part of this effort, the Alliance has surveyed schools across the state on the enacted curriculum and developed recommendations on how to improve mathematics curricula and instruction. Additionally, the KLFA has led a statewide effort to increase support for public education. As part of this effort, the Alliance convened a public conversation on the “Changing Landscape of Public Education,” modeled on a format developed by the Public Agenda Foundation and NEA. Since this inaugural conversation, the Alliance has developed a network of facilitators across the state to help district leaders convene similar public conversations. To jumpstart this effort, KFLA has also launched a presentation series to school board and district leaders explaining the conversation process as well as providing seed money and guidance to districts willing to host local conversations.
To learn more about KLFA's current work, please visit their website.
- AHA-Advocates for High Ability Learners Association
- Communities in Schools Kansas
- Fort Hays State University - College of Education and Technology
- Jones Institute for Educational Excellence
- Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- Kansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (KASCD)
- Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative (KGTC)
- Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals
- Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators
- Kansas Association of School Boards
- Kansas Association of School Business Officials
- Kansas Association of School Librarians
- Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals
- Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators
- Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM)
- Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS)
- Kansas Association of Teachers of English
- Kansas Enrichment Network
- Kansas National Education Association
- Kansas PTA (Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers)
- Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
- Kansas Reading Association
- Kansas Literacy Professionals in Higher Education
- Kansas School Superintendents Associations
- Kansas School Public Relations Association (KanSPRA)
- Kansas Board of Education
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Keystone Learning Services
- KTWU - Kansas Public Television
- Learning Forward Kansas
- United School Administrators of Kansas
- United Teachers of Wichita
For more information, contact KLFA Chair Dayna Richardson:
Ms. Dayna Richardson
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