Dayna Richardson’s educational career has included elementary teacher, gifted education teacher, coordinator of gifted education, director of the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK), assistant superintendent for Buhler USD 313, and an adjunct instructor at five Kansas universities.
She has also been a Leadership Coach for Coaching For Results Global, a MTSS Facilitator, an Implementation Coach for Kansas Learning Network, and Chair of Kansas Learning First Alliance. For many years, she worked with individual districts, focusing on professional learning communities, teacher leadership, professional learning, and creating a collaborative culture that puts students first by transforming professional learning! Recently she co-facilitated the Outside Visitation Team (OVT) chair learning sessions for the Kansas State Department of Education‘s new accreditation model, KESA. Currectly, Dayna is serving as the Executive Director of Learning Forward Kansas (LFKS).
Dayna has supported quality learning through her involvement and leadership in state and national organizations, including serving as president of Kansas Staff Development Council (Learning Forward Kansas) and in various leadership roles within Kansas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (KASCD). She has been selected as the LFKS Staff Developer of the Year and as the KASCD Outstanding Curriculum Leader. Dayna represents Learning Forward Kansas with Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA).
Dayna’s passion is learning and leadership, believing that learning happens through a spirit of inquiry, curiosity, and shared leadership. She facilitates learning through coaching conversations and formal presentations. Her presentations have included team building, leadership, brain research, professional learning communities, coaching, school improvement, teacher leadership, adaptive schools, professional learning standards (conditions), and school redesign.
Dayna believes that to create a culture of trust and a focus on student learning in our schools, leadership is critical. She is committed to the development of leaders at all levels, leadership that is informed, deeply developed, and widely shared. Dayna shares her vision by connecting the dots between learning and leaders.
Through collaborative leadership, she creates working relationships with educators to support their learning while encouraging and helping them stretch to new levels of learning and understanding. Dayna models her deep belief that coaching and collaboration are keys to learning that make the journey joyful!
Those who know and work with her call Dayna a doer and a possibility thinker. Her “can-do” attitude is genuine and contagious.