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November 2022

Upcoming events, resources, and information to support leaders of professional learning.

Call for Proposals

Are you a professional learning Rock Star?

Then we want you to share your programs, projects, and innovative solutions to professional learning problems at the 2023 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference.  This year's theme is Focus on the Future through Leading and Learning.  We are looking for 90-minute presentations that are:

  • focused on outcomes

  • interactive and engaging

  • discuss relevant topics and include

  • easy to implement or replicate.

Join over 400 educators who want to improve professional learning in Texas. The deadline for proposals is November 28, 2022

Click here for more information.

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Sponsored Content

What are best practices for effective, high-quality reading intervention?

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Research shows that the most effective reading interventions: 

  • Occur early in the child’s schooling.  

  • Ensure high-quality instruction. 

  • Are data-informed. 

  • Are differentiated and targeted. 

  • Give special attention to intensity and duration.

 

This white paper explores best practices of high-quality interventions, with the goal of supporting Texas educators in evaluating their RTI implementations.

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Apply for the 2023 Professional Learning Awards 

Learning Forward Texas annually recognizes teams, campuses, or districts that utilize high-quality professional learning to impact student achievement. LFTX wants to recognize the great work of educational leaders who have used innovation, flexibility, and creativity to continue to lead professional learning during a time of ever-changing schedules and diverse needs.  Applications will be accepted now through November 4, 2022, 5:00 pm.

Click here for more information

and to access the application and review the rubric.

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LFTX Blog

Joy Works: A Message for Educators in Challenging Times

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With all of the challenges that exist in our education system, it takes work for us to sustain our joy as educators. Without some type of intentional work, we cannot fulfill our roles or serve joyfully.

~ Dr. Joy

Regional Affiliates 

Learning Forward Texas regional affiliates build capacity to design, facilitate, and assess professional learning that aligns to the Standards for Professional Learning and improves educator and student outcomes.  Click here for more information about TEXAS Regional Affiliates. 

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LFCTX  
This month's virtual meeting will be on November 28, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm. Anna Jackson, LFTX board member, will lead this month's session on Motivation and AdaptabilityClick here for more information. 

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LFNTX  

The October meeting was hosted by first-timers at Waxahachie ISD.  Problem of Practice work in the morning with Waxahachie sharing information about their Professional Learning programs. Thanks for hosting on your first time to attend! Click here for more information!

Next Month's meeting will be on November 18, 2022 at Arlington ISD

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LFSETX 

For the '22-23 school year, LFSETX will be engaging in a book study using Elena Aguilar's newest book, The PD Book, 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development.  

November 8, 2022 Webinar 1:00pm - 2:00 pm.  This month's topic, Chapters 2 & 3. 

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Shared Resources 

  • Do alternatively certified teachers need different supports? The Learning Professional  Research and interviews with field leaders suggest that, although some of these teachers’ professional learning needs are similar to those of other new teachers, some are unique or especially pronounced, such as connecting coursework with classroom practices and doing a deep dive into culturally responsive practices. The article includes strategies and examples from school and district leaders.

  • Inspiration:  Design Thinking for Training and Development - Digital Learning Radio - Hear more about the discussions from Learning Foward North Texas and ideas from the book Design Thinking for Training and Development in Season 12, Episode 5 of Inspired to Learn on Digital Learning Radio. 

  • Start with the Source: Solutions for Solving the Teacher Crisis - Charles Butt Foundation  - The Charles Butt Foundation Texas Teacher Poll provides insights into the challenges teachers face and their experiences as professionals – all through the voices of teachers. The Texas Teacher Poll is released annually and asks a representative sample of the state’s teachers to share their thoughts on how to strengthen and improve the profession. This blog post shares the key take aways from this year's poll. Click here for more information on The Charles Butt Foundation

2022- 2023 Professional Learning

Do you have new or aspiring leaders in your district?

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Cultivating Leadership:  Facilitation Strategies to Foster Collaborative Practices with Adults

  • Explore communication practices 

  • Leverage Emotional intelligence

  • Conduct difficult conversations

Intended Audience:

  • School and district leaders

  • Coaches and mentors

  • Teacher leaders 

Tips and Tools for Professional Learning 1 

Our current professional culture indicates that everyone is a professional learning facilitator. Everyone is a leader of learning, from the classroom teacher to the principal, from the campus coach to the department lead. This highly interactive one-day module examines the attributes of results-driven, professional learning while practicing tips and tools for engaging the adult learner. 

December 14, 2022 - Collin College Wylie Campus,391 Country Club Road
Wylie, TX 75098

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Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

to discuss the benefits of Tips and Tools or Cultivating Leadership workshops

ed@learningforwardtexas.org        512-266-3086 ext. 1

News from Learning Forward 

Living equity in your work Webinar - November 3, 2pm-3pm CST 

Defining equity, teaching and leading with equity, making equity central to education – all of these are needs that educators at every level of education systems are working to do. What does it mean to be a principal, instructional coach, or district leader who is centering equity in actionable ways?  

Click here to save your spot

Learning Forward Academy - Application Now Open

Learning Forward is excited to announce that the next 2025 Academy cohort is now forming!  The Learning Forward Academy is a great way to increase your capacity as an educator and leader in the ever-changing landscape of education.  Along with colleagues from around the world, you will dive deep and align your problem of practice to cutting-edge, equity-centered professional learning standards that incorporate evidence from research and practice about critical topics for educators, including culturally sustaining instruction, social and emotional learning, and personalized learning.  Click here to find out more information

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Academy participants from Texas  in Minneapolis at the summer meeting. 

Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262