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september 2021

What's New

Fall Workshop Registration is now open!  In addition to our regular list of workshops including Tips and Tools for Professional Learning 1, Cultivating Leadership and Amp It UP, we have added five NEW  workshops. These workshops were previewed at our conference and due to their overwhelming success, we have brought them back this fall. 


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So Long  

We hate to say Goodbye, so let’s say So Long to two of our long-time LFTX Trainers and former Board Members.  Janet Swan and Mark Welborn have decided to retire from Learning Forward Texas. Janet started on the LFTX Board of Directors in 2005 and Mark began serving on the LFTX Board of Directors in 2012.  They have traveled all over the state presenting Tips, Tools and Techniques workshops for many years.  We owe a big thanks to these educators who have helped grow leaders and have supported professional learning in Texas.

Partner Content

When teachers are clear in expectations and instruction, students learn more

Teacher Clarity is both a method and a mindset. It’s about teaching that is organized, intentional, and brings a forthrightness and fairness to the classroom. Download a free excerpt of Teacher Clarity Playbook that includes a module you can use to assess clarity in the classroom. Read more.

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How to Thrive (and Help Others Thrive) in 2021-2022

By Sue Chapman

This past year has helped us see that learning, teaching, and leading are not simply cognitive activities. To be at our best as a leader, teacher, or learner requires emotional well-being. And to remain emotionally resilient when circumstances gnaw away at our well-being requires emotional intelligence, mindsets and skills that allow us to monitor and reset our emotional health.  Read More

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

And, so, each board member was asked to complete a survey so we could discover some fun facts about them to share with you. This month’s board member is Laura Adlis. Laura is the Coordinator of Professional Learning in Clear Creek ISD. She served as LFTX Financial Officer for  two years and has been on the LFTX board for five years.

                                           What is the most unusual job you have had? What did you learn from that                                                               experience?

                                        I was a doula, supporting women in childbirth.  I learned that when folks are in crisis or are     

                                        overwhelmed or panicked, they just need someone to step in, take charge, look them in the eye, tell them that what they are feeling/experiencing is to be expected, they are going to be ok,  and give them something small and simple to do or focus on.   This has proven true over and over again in other areas of life. 

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?

Building a fire in a fireplace or fire pit.

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?

Not. At. All. 

What's a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

The Princess Bride

What is one thing that you include in every meeting or professional learning session you design?

Community Building

Learning Forward Texas is better because of dedicated board members like Laura Adlis! Follow her on Twitter  @lauraadlis

LFTX Resources

Learning Forward Texas has reviewed and curated these resources just for you! Here are some we hope you’ll find helpful:


  • The need for SEL is greater than ever From Learning Forward - In 2018, my first editor’s column in The Learning Professional made the case for integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into professional learning in more explicit and visible ways. Three years and multiple global crises later, the need is more urgent than ever Read More ...

  • 5 Paths to Student Success this Year… Where do you start? From Jensen Learning Blog  The correct answer for you is… it depends. Every teacher, student, school, and community is different. So let’s re-introduce you to your “Top 5 Brain-based Paths” this month. These are what your students need most (you may already be engaging several of these options). Read More...

  • What Are the Elements for a More Impactful, Focused School Leadership Team? From Education Week by Peter DeWitt  Many times, schools can address specific issues within their school-based teams, often called shared-decision making teams or instructional-leadership teams. Read More ...

  • New Teacher Starter Kit From Tech & Learning This new teacher starter kit offers tips, advice, and edtech resources for educators beginning their careers Read More …

  • Reasons for Hope From Education Week  Amid a persisting pandemic, educators and students are optimistic about the new school year. Read More...

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