Getting Smart Podcast | Kettle Moraine’s Pat DeKlotz on Building a Culture of Innovation

Superintendent Patricia DeKlotz has no fear (or at least doesn’t show it) when it comes to doing what is right for her district.
In the Kettle Moraine School District, she has shifted teacher professional development to focus more on true teacher needs, started several very successful charter schools within the district and helped implement multi-age, project-based learning in most of the schools.
In this podcast, we asked Superintendent Deklotz how she has accomplished this district success, and she reveals that a majority of her effort has focused on ensuring there are great teachers districtwide.
As you’ll hear, Superintendent Deklotz shares how intentional she is about recruiting great teachers and supporting the learning of existing teachers. She is a fan of teacher-led, competency-based professional learning and also is a strong supporter of teachers demonstrating what they know through sharing examples, artifacts and feedback. Superintendent Deklotz has also created the opportunity for teachers to earn micro-credentials for this work.
Here is more from our discussion:

Key messages to listen for:

  • Personalized learning is for all students, not just some students
  • It’s important to build a culture of innovation amongst teachers
  • Give teachers the experiences that we hope they give students
  • We can’t measure teacher learning just by seat time

This blog is part of “It’s a Project-Based World” series. To learn more about this series and to learn ways that you can contribute, click the icon below to go to the Project-Based World page.

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Emily Liebtag

Emily Liebtag, Ed.D., is Education Reimagined's Senior Partner for Systems Transformation. Formerly, Emily served as the Vice President of Advocacy at Getting Smart.

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