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october 2022

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

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 October 3 - November 4, 2022, until 5:00 pm.

Click here for more information and to access the application and review the rubric.

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2022 Award Winner - Midway ISD

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2022 Award Winner - Humble ISD

Sponsored Content

Texas Literacy Professional Learning Spotlight

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Houston-based nonprofit Literacy Now provides K–2 reading intervention programs in local schools using the SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) program.

Read an interview with Literacy Now reading interventionist Precious Daniels about engaging in SIPPS professional learning through Collaborative Coach, Collaborative Classroom’s 1:1 interactive, asynchronous coaching experience.

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LFTX Workshops

Tips and Tools 1 - Open Enrollment 

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. 

October 14, 2022- Allen ISD - Professional Learning Auxiliary Services Building, 610 E Bethany Drive Allen, Texas 75002

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

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If a workshop is not listed, contact Lisa Ham, ed@learningfowardtexas.org for more options or to book a district workshop. 

LFTX Blog

The Name of the Game is Learning
Using Game-like Protocols to Tackle Problems and Build Professional Expertise

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How can we create a safe space for collaborative thinking that allows educators to generate needed professional knowledge and tackle complex problems in service of students?

Playing collaborative games as a part of our professional learning practices may be an answer! When team members play a game, they temporarily suspend reality, creating a model world that becomes a risk-free environment for creative thinking and problem-solving. 

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  Kick-Off Meeting

Over 40 educators attended the inaugural LFCTX meeting on September 16, hosted by Northside ISD. Northside provided an engaging learning activity using Elena Aguilar's PD Book, including Ink think and 4 corners.  Thank you, Northside ISD, for the learning and hospitality. 

Contact Trish Hinze, LFCTX Affiliate Lead, for more information at thinze@learningforwardtexas.org

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LFNTX  

The North Texas regional affiliate must have missed each other.  Region 11 hosted a football game day-themed meeting, which included selecting new Problems of Practice and a presentation on Design Thinking for conferences and events from the Region 11 Design team.  They ended the day with a Team Pic. Next Month's meeting will be on October 21 at Waxahachie ISD

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LFSETX 

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

October 18, 2022 Webinar 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Chapter 1. 

Shared Resources 

  • New teachers are the focus of the latest issue of The Learning Professional The Learning Professional  How can schools and systems do more to support new teachers? And how can that support address education’s biggest challenges, like the teacher retention crisis, a lack of teacher diversity, and widening gaps in student learning? Those questions are at the heart of the latest issue of The Learning Professional journal. In the issue, you’ll find articles about improving mentoring, creating a web of support for new teachers, meeting the needs of alternatively certified teachers, cultivating grow-your-own programs, and more.

  • Creating Learner Personas for Learning Success - Training Industry  - Do your learners crave freedom or security? Adventure or routine? Learner personas expose the psychographic considerations that impact your training solution.
    Check out this article from Training Industry to explain how to create a learner persona so you can benefit from it in your own work. Use it, along with the infographic and templates for better training. 

2022- 2023 Professional Learning

Two Options for Learning Forward Texas Workshops

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Open Enrollment is for:

  • individuals or small teams

  • participants who missed their offered district training

  • participants who took a Tips workshop and want a refresher

District Purchase is for a district:

  • who is developing and implementing a professional learning plan

  • who wants a consistent training model

  • who wants systemic change through well-designed professional learning

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

to discuss the benefits of Tips and Tools workshops

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

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News from Learning Forward 

A Web of Support for New Teachers Webinar - October 6, 2:00 pm 

What do new teachers need to thrive in their first years in the classroom and beyond? They need a web of support that includes instructional, administrative, social, and other forms of support. This webinar will share best practices in new teacher support, strategies for mentors, and considerations for supporting new teachers of color.  Click here to save your spot

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Providing access to high-quality professional learning for all educators, leaders, and professional learning practitioners is the key to meeting this moment of teacher and leader shortages. Learning Forward will dive into many educator problems of practice at its Annual Conference, Dec. 4-7, 2022, and we have designed each conference day with more time to encourage networking, reflection, collaboration, and community-building among conference-goers.
Read the blog.
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Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262