Learning Opportunities

Learning Forward Texas’s purpose is to ensure that every educator in the state of Texas engages in effective professional learning every day so that every student achieves. We will accomplish our purpose by advocating for high quality professional learning.

“In today’s education we must identify and cultivate the talent that already resides within our schools.” (Results Now, Schmoker)

Testimonial

20160408_174128Thank you for all the wonderful “tips and tools” you gave us on those two Saturdays. I couldn’t wait to try them, so I did the movie theatre vocabulary lesson with my kids. It worked out beautifully. It really did take less time for them to learn all 20 words that I gave them. I can’t wait to try other tools. – Leejin Mendiola (attended Tips and Tools 1)

  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Learning I

Our current professional culture indicates that everyone is a professional learning facilitator. From the classroom teacher to the principal, from the campus coach to the secretary, or from the central office to the crossing guard, everyone is a leader in professional learning. The purpose of this highly interactive module is to examine the attributes of results-driven professional learning while practicing tips and tools for engaging the adult learner. This training is offered in either a 2-Day or a 1-Day version.

(2-Day version)

Participants will:

  • Examine the attributes of standards-based professional learning.
  • Identify the Models of Staff Development.
  • Study the characteristics of adult learners and adult socialization.
  • Be presented a menu of processes that model effective professional learning.
  • Learn about Window Panes for framing learning.
  • Practice tips and tools that promote high quality learning and engagement for all learners.

(1 Day version)

Participants will:

  • Examine the attributes of standards-based professional learning.
  • Study the characteristics of adult learners and adult socialization.
  • Participate in processes that model effective professional learning.
  • Practice tips and tools that promote high quality learning and engagement for all learners.
  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Learning II

An effective facilitator of professional learning represents more than one who can train others on a number of topics or deliver a program with the stated goal of “filling time”. This module is a follow-up to Tips, Tools and Techniques for Professional Learning I. The purpose of this one-day module is to provide additional processes that are research-based, learner-centered, and enable the learning leader to increase their skills and knowledge to promote effective professional learning for all educators.

Participants will:

  • Learn important considerations for planning and designing professional learning.
  • Identify strategies and techniques that promote high quality adult learning and engagement.
  • Participate in processes that model effective professional learning.
  • More Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Learning

Being a skilled adult learning leader takes many tools in today’s educational setting. If you have completed Tips, Tool, and Techniques 1 and want to learn more, then this session is for you.   The purpose of More Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Learning is for participants to become more skilled at leading adults in their learning. This session focuses on incorporating more activities and processes for engagement and the integration of technology into professional learning sessions.

Participants will:

  • Experience and learn how to incorporate technology tools into professional learning.
  • Become more skilled at creating PowerPoint presentations that are motivating.
  • Learn more strategies for dealing with reluctant learners.
  • Take away processes to engage audiences.

Participants will need to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to this terrific training!

  • Leadership Development Process

A new generation of administrators face challenges that require tried and true protocols and tools for involving all decision makers and stakeholders. The Leadership Development Process, first introduced to administrators and lead teachers in 1989 by TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators), has revised to meet today’s needs and challenges. Long tested and productive tools such as Systems Framework, The Connector, Meeting Leading, the Task Cycle and others will be presented in a two-day learning event with trainer follow up possibilities. The Leadership Development Process offers information, practice, and application tools and concepts.

Participants will:

  • Use systematic thought processes to develop and implement effective action plans.
  • Learn how to develop a culture that fosters teamwork and leads to enhanced employee participation in and commitment to the school organization and its goals.
  • Improve their leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Learn skills to increase the quality of thought of all employees in the organization.
  • Make decisions at the most appropriate level in the organization.
  • Sharpen their focus.
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