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2021 LFTX Conference TW Virtual  no save

Virtual         June 15-16           8:00am-1:00pm

This years speakers include

Jim Knight
Joe Sanfelippo
Diane Sweeney
Eric Sheninger

plus many more.....stay tuned for more information

Registration begins April 5


Early Bird Pricing- $249 April 5 - April 22 Regular Pricing- $289 April 23 - June 11


First 200 registrants will receive a LFTX t-Shirt!

Learning Forward Texas Awards
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On January 4, 2021, Learning Forward Texas named Keller ISD and the Klein ISD Professional Learning Team winners of the 2021 Outstanding Professional Learning Award. LFTX Executive Director, Lisa Ham, presented Valerie Minor of Keller ISD and Monica Shallenberger of Klein ISD with their awards at their respective school board meetings.

Keller ISD’s LADDER program provides a unique experience for teachers to learn and grow in their craft. This cohort of passionate teachers participated in goal setting, observation, reflection, discussion, and its impact on classroom instruction.

Klein ISD presented a wide range of engaging opportunities offered to teachers including book studies on Klienversation podcasts, Reimagine Learning summit, Teacher Mentoring programs, and a very active Twitter account are just a few items developed and managed by this team.

The Learning Forward Texas Board would like to congratulate these two exceptional professional learning departments!

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Regional Affiliate News

What are Regional Affiliates?

Learning Forward Texas welcomes our newest affiliate Learning Forward Southeast Texas which encompasses the greater Houston area. All Learning Forward Texas affiliates meet regularly to discuss topics that are relevant to their context and leadership responsibility is shared among participants. Each group models the Standards of Professional Learning by sharing best practices and strategies that are working in their districts to support teachers and impact students. Because meetings are virtual, all educators, regardless of your region, are invited to participate in any Affiliate meeting.

LFSETX - - - March 30 from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Visit the LFSETX website to learn more. The topic will be Professional Learning Tips.

LFNTX- - April 16 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The meeting will be hosted by Lewisville ISD. Visit the LFNTX website for more information.

LFWTX- Next - April 16 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Board Member Spotlight

The Board Member Spotlight is a new feature in the Straight Forward Newsletter. Since LFTX is all about “connection,” we wanted you to get connected with your current leadership.

And, so, each board member was asked to complete a wacky survey so we could discover some fun facts about them to share with you. This month’s board member is Shelly Crofford, LFTX President. Shelly is the principal at Freiheit Elementary in Comal ISD in New Braunfels and has served on the LFTX board for 4 years.

What is your hidden talent? Say the ABCs backwards.

What's a movie you can practically quote from start to finish? You’ve Got Mail

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?Figure Skating or floor exercise (no, I can't figure skate or do a floor routine, but what fun would it be?)

What is something you saw recently that made you smile? The sunlight and kids playing on the playground.

What is one thing that you include in every meeting or professional learning session you design? Opportunities to connect, an upbeat playlist (music) and a time for reflection to practice.

Learning Forward Texas is better because of dedicated board members like Shelly Crofford! Follow her on Twitter @plcisd

LFTX Resources

Learning Forward Texas are constantly curating resources just for you! Here are some we hope you’ll find helpful:

  • Still struggling with getting your online students to engage during Personal computer remote instruction? Then check out 5 reasons students aren’t engaging in distance learning for insights on the most common pitfalls for students and how to combat them. Thanks @KleinProfLearn

  • Brad Gustafson and George Couros talk about the intersection of leadership and management and much more on “The Innovator’s Mindset”Podcast. Click here to listen.

  • Submit your Best of the Best Professional Learning Tip and your name will be included in a drawing for a Learning Forward Texas Swag Bag! Click here to submit your tip.

  • Learning Forward is pleased to sponsor the Equity Thought Leader Podcast Series from myPD Unplugged, a production of the office of curriculum, instruction, and professional development at Long Beach Unified school district.

Each week, a new equity-focused podcast will be released to help educators build a deeper understanding of multicultural education, equity, and social justice pedagogy.

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