Time is a Resource – A Conversation with Joellen Killion (Sticky Standards Episode #13)

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Joellen Killion

 Time is a Resource:  A Conversation with Joellen Killion

This podcast explores Learning Forward’s Professional Learning Standards by examining the beliefs and principles of educators around TIME. Our guest today is Joellen Killion, author, presenter, and Senior Advisor for Learning Forward.

The standard of Resources includes TIME.  Some might say that time is a matter of money.  How do we invest our dollars.  Joellen states, “This is what I know about time: there is never enough of it, it a non-renewable resource. When it is gone, it is gone.  What all of that says to educators, we have to be savy about how we use TIME.”  We want to have time for both student and educator learning.

Joellen challenges our thinking regarding our beliefs and guiding principles about time. As we always say, “If we do the same thing we’ve always done, we will get the same result.”  A belief has been that time is fixed. In today’s world, time goes beyond the hours of 8:00 and 3:00, for both the students and the educators.  Is it fixed?

A quote about TIME…..

The first thing to understand is that schedules are not sacred.  Unfortunately, most school administrators believe they are sacred to the point of being married to them.  As a former principal, I understand that factors such as our stomachs and yellow school buses sometimes dictate the schedule.  All to often, however, schedules are geared to what is best for the bus drivers and cafeteria workers’ schedules – especially if they do both-rather than being geared to what is best for students and teachers…My point is that a schedule is not what enables or disables collaborative professional learning.  It is the top down commitment to professional learning, or lack thereof, that promotes or hinders collaborative professional learning.  A schedule is a “thing” that can be – and should be-manipulated in ways that are best for student learning.  Collaborative professional learning does not begin with plans for a schedule change, but with commitment to a cultural change.
~Jack Linton, Assistant Superintendent Petal School District, Petal, MS

Learning Forward has just published two wonderful documents: Establishing Time for Professional Learning and Meet the Promise of Content Standards at this link: 
Implementing the Common Core.

Joellen shares more beliefs and guiding principles around TIME in our schools.

Guiding Questions: What are we trying to achieve?  Be crystal clear about our priorities.  What are we already doing successfully?  What are we proud of?  What are the barriers?  What is holding us back?  Who is responsible for controlling those barriers?

What are your beliefs regarding TIME for professional learning?  Is time a resource?

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