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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day! Today, our nation acknowledges the great triumphs, beauty, and resiliency of Indigenous people while also recognizing the systemic harm and marginalization that Indigenous people have faced over the past few centuries. We hope you take today to educate yourself on Indigenous organizations, authors, leaders, and issues. Follow the links below to donate to amazing organizations for Indigenous people, led by Indigenous people. 

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Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Over the past year, many amazing national and local activists, thinkers, and leaders have shared their knowledge, strength, and experiences. We have been introduced to new leaders, learned from experienced social justice leaders, and laid to rest leaders and community members who left us charged to do more and to keep working towards a better, more equitable today and tomorrow. 

This year, to honor the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, West Wind is highlighting a few youth activists, entrepreneurs, and scholars who have committed themselves to equity-focused causes within their communities. We have so much to learn from these young activists and the strategies they are using to create positive change.  Continue reading “Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and Racial Justice Advocates Through the Years

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and Racial Justice Advocates Through the Years

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MLK quotation and nine pics of racial equity activists.

To honor Dr. King’s place in history and to acknowledge those who have worked and who continue to work toward racial justice, we are pleased to share these images of activists who inspire us. 

You will notice that some of these images are of leaders who clashed with Dr. King; others are of leaders who never met him. It is important to acknowledge the diversity of philosophies that have guided actions across the years toward the pursuit of racial justice, just as it is important to find ourselves within the legacy of struggle for civil and human rights. We have so much to learn!  Continue reading “Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and Racial Justice Advocates Through the Years”

Leadership and Implementation: A Collaborative Inquiry Protocol

Leadership and Implementation: A Collaborative Inquiry Protocol

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West Wind Education Policy Inc. originally developed this Collaborative Inquiry Protocol to guide our consultations on racial equity in K–12 public education. We have since customized the protocol for specific audiences, including those working on educator evaluation system redesign and—here—those using implementation science to support their work.

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Quick Scan: Resources for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Online Communities of Practice

Quick Scan: Resources for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Online Communities of Practice

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West Wind conducted a quick scan of the field to find information for the 2013 Global Implementation Conference about the use of social media in support of online communities of practice (CoPs). The following scan was prepared by Deb Hansen. This scan is not intended to be an exhaustive review of available resources; rather, it is a compilation of some of the resources we use most in our work.

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All Aboard! Teachers and Principals join efforts in collaborative learning teams to understand assessment for learning

All Aboard! Teachers and Principals join efforts in collaborative learning teams to understand assessment for learning

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IN ONE IOWA DISTRICT, ALL TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS ARE ON THE SAME JOURNEY

Collaborative learning teams are improving teacher practice and student learning results in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School Districts near Des Moines, Iowa.

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Design-Stage Considerations for Using Collaboration Sites to Support Communities of Practice

Design-Stage Considerations for Using Collaboration Sites to Support Communities of Practice

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Written by Circe Stumbo and Mandi Bozarth

The design of the online components of a community of practice determines its potential and limitations even before any member has joined. Decisions must be made very early in the design stage that will impact the community’s usefulness, longevity, implementation, and success. This document outlines those decisions. We pose many questions you will want to ask yourself, but we do not offer answers to those questions, as each community of practice will have different answers. We have advice and experience to offer as you begin answering those questions and would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in further conversation.

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Designing and Growing an Online Community of Practice:  A Case Study of the Iowa Forum on Competency-based Education

Designing and Growing an Online Community of Practice: A Case Study of the Iowa Forum on Competency-based Education

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In December 2011 the Iowa Department of Education asked West Wind Education Policy Inc. to develop an accessible format to share information about competency-based education with stakeholders across the state in real-time. The format was meant to promote community engagement begun at a conference of Iowa educators, higher education faculty, Iowa Workforce Development staff, national experts, policy makers, and state education agency staff. West Wind decided that the charge could best be met with the development of an online community of practice or collaboration site. The following is a case study of the deliberations that led West Wind to the design, creation, and implementation of the Iowa Forum on Competency-based Education.

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