Friday Forward

Building Capacity and Improving Climate & Culture - 3/10/17

Welcome to the Friday Forward

Each week, JCPSForward will try our best to highlight great upcoming learning opportunities in JCPS, blogs by JCPS employees, recaps of what you might have missed and ways to get more engaged with other JCPS peeps through virtual and face to face interactions. Our mission - to connect 100% of the educators of this district in positive, solutions oriented conversations.

Our ask is that you SHARE our work. The more folks we reach, the more momentum we achieve. We want EVERY JCPS school and location to be involved -

and all it takes is you!

  • Emails to staff
  • Faculty meetings
  • Facebook shares
  • Twitter shares
  • Instagram shares
  • Blogs
  • Word of mouth
  • Whatever new technology we're forgetting!
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JCPSForward - Join the Movement!

When a small group of educators came together in the summer of 2015, we had one goal that still remains at the heart of our work. We wanted to create a connective tissue of positive, solutions-oriented educators in JCPS. To date, we've engaged with nearly 1,500 educators in the district through virtual and in person conversations and teacher led professional learning. "Joining" the movement is simple - take part in any of our initiatives or just share on social media or in person with peers. We want to make sustainable change in the climate and culture of JCPS and we need your help!

Click here to fill out the JCPSForward Interest Form and get more plugged in!

ECET2Lou - News and Notes

ECET2Lou (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers) took place at the Seelbach Hilton February 24/25. Over 800 eductors in JCPS were nominated by their peers, building/district level administrators or the community. 225 of the nominees filled our seats at the event and WE FLIPPED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IN JCPS UPSIDE DOWN!!!

Planned BY JCPS TEACHERS, FOR JCPS TEACHERS, ECET2Lou was the largest district level ECET event in the country to date (until we top that next year). If you couldn't be with us, we blew up Twitter. At one point, #ECET2Lou was trending #2 GLOBALLY on Twitter. Yep, it was that big...

  • If you missed the action, you can check out our #ECET2Lou Storify link.
  • Want access to the session folders? You can access them all here!
  • Special thanks to Mary Kenzer and Beau Baker for our Cultivating a Calling Keynotes!
  • Want to check out the YouTube video of 225 teachers singing an eduversion of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" called "Don't Stop Achieving" - Click here
  • Be sure to sign up for your FREE GoNoodle account at - the site has 16 channels with over 250+ movement games and videos ranging from yoga and mindfulness to aerobics and Zumba. ELEMENTARY TEACHERS, don't forget you have FREE access to the Plus channel that has academic games and the ability to add questions into the movement games. All you need to do is sign up under your elementary school!

Bring the MOBILE #whyiteach KIT to your School

Want us to bring the #whyiteach poster and kit to your JCPS school - let us know! Email or DM @jcpsforward. What better way is there to share your story for why you teach than by standing in front of a giant 36x48 backdrop to take your picture to share out to the world?!?

SHOUTOUT to Fern Creek Elementary for reaching out - we'll be at their faculty meeting on 3/7 to set up and pump up! Meyzeek Middle and Eastern High are next!

Interested in Becoming Nationally Board Certified?

There will be a Planning Meeting at VanHoose on April 12, 2017 from 4:30-6:30

For more information, contact Charlotte Ivey,

JCPS National Board Program Coordinator, PD Resource Teacher

Email: Phone: 502-485-3415

Most Likely to Succeed/Call for Transformation

Want to host a showing of Most Likely to Succeed at your school or

learn more about the "Call for Transformation" work? Click here!

New/Non Tenured Teachers - Feedback needed

JCPS Forward is committed to supporting all teachers.

As a part of our work, we are actively exploring ways to assist

non-tenured teachers as they acclimate to the district.

Please take 60 seconds to send us your feedback on what could

help you be a better teacher by completing this form

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JCPS Innovation & Play Day - March 30th

Learn more about JCPS Innovation and Play Day on Thursday, March 30th

Innovation & Play Day 2017 -- Kenyata Dean Bacon
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Connecting the educators of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky through positive, solutions-oriented conversations.