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Social-Emotional Learning               Technology-Focused                  LFTX Offerings for Districts                     Revised Module

day 1 - june 16

John Almarode

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers - Finding the Right Amount of Rigor for Building Deep Thinking Students

(Admin, Teachers, Instructional Coaches, PL Leaders)

Is this going to be on the test? Why do we have to know this? Is this for a grade? Can you tell me what I need to do to get this right? These questions haunt each and every teacher that is on the receiving end of such inquiry. When inspired and passionate teachers create an environment that fosters and nurtures engagement, questions like these evaporate from our schools and classrooms while our students deep dive into learning. Over the past fifteen years, the science of learning has provided many insights into how we think. Furthermore, these promising principles provide a starting point for teachers to build the capacity in learners to see themselves as their own teachers. This workshop shows you how! Participants will experience targeted and specific strategies for finding the right level of rigor, striking the ideal balance between surface and deep learning, and identifying the perfect level of challenge for each student. Practicing what we preach, participants will take part in an out-of-your-seat experience that models these principles.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • compare and contrast surface-level thinkers (snorkelers) with deep-level thinkers (scuba divers)

  • understand the relationship between surface and deep level learning

  • describe instructional practices that promote rigor in all content areas

  • explain the role of opportunities to respond and feedback on teaching and learning

  • apply key principles from the science of learning to support instructional decisions

  • apply the SOLO Taxonomy to the development and progression of student thinking

Diane Sweeney

Core Practices for Student-Centered Coaching

(Admin, Instructional Coaches, Teachers, PL Leaders)

Learn what Student-Centered Coaching looks like in practice and how impact on teaching and learning is measured. Walk away from this session with a plan for making instructional coaching student-centered and outcomes-based. This session pairs with The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Sweeney and Harris, 2020) and Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Sweeney and Harris, 2017).

Participants will:

  • Learn how Student-Centered Coaching Compares with other coaching models

  • Experience how to use the core practices for Student-Centered Coaching

  • Understand the importance of formative assessment as a vehicle for coaching

  • Explore techniques for student-centered discourse within coaching cycles

  • Learn strategies for organizing and scheduling coaching work

Kevin Curtis 

Restorative Practices - Where Consequences and Accountability Collide!

(Admin, Counselors, PL Leaders)

Educators are looking for effective ways to improve student behaviors and build relationships with millennial learners. School administrators are looking for alternative strategies to the ineffective archaic approaches of traditional discipline but are not willing to give up the concept that students must learn a lesson, be held accountable for their actions and receive some type of consequence in order for change to take place. From educator to educator, join Mr. Kevin W. Curtis - founder of National Educators for Restorative Practices, for an in-depth look at the practical applications of restorative practices being utilized in a differentiated discipline approach that will effectively respond where Consequences and Accountability Collide!

Joe Sanfelippo 

Changing the Narrative

(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)

When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather, learn, leave and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the perspective of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in the community an identity. Our families want to know what is going on in our classrooms and schools. When they don't know what we do, they make up what we do...and that often does not reflect the incredible things happening in our space. BE INTENTIONAL...OPEN DOORS...BUILD STAFF!!

Sylvia Duckworth  
Discover the Benefits of Visual Note-Taking or Sketchnoting: No Artistic Talent Required!
(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)


Workshop participants will learn how to create visual notes that incorporate words, lines, shapes, color and simple drawings called sketchnotes. This form of visual note-taking facilitates connecting ideas to thinking while allowing an alternative way to display learning, to creatively organize and document ideas and to enhance reading and listening skills. Professional learning outcomes include (1) How to take visual notes during a lesson or talk, (2) How to organize your thoughts in a visual way and (3) How to create graphics summarizing a blog post, story or idea. Please bring something to draw with (analog or digital) and a laptop to access the online sketchnoting database. Leave your “But I can’t draw” mentality at the door and come prepared for a day of fun!

Kara Vandas
Clarity for Learning:  Five Powerful Practices that Empower Learners 
(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Instructional Coaches)


If you desire self-directed, learners equipped to contribute to the learning of others, own their own learning, and reach their goals, this session is a must see!  Join us to learn how clarity creates the conditions for meaningful learning and student empowerment.   Without clarity, it is impossible for teachers to paint a clear picture of what is to be learned, why it is important, and how students can be successful.  In such scenarios, students are unable to take ownership, rather they are relegated to passive participation.  The polar opposite is to provide students with clarity around learning and equip them with the skills and desire to take risks in learning, monitor their own progress, provide feedback, rely on others, see themselves as their own teachers, and find success, no matter the route each takes.  

 

Come to this session to learn about five core practices that empower learners.
•    Articulate how teacher clarity promotes student clarity for learning
•    Engage with powerful ways to share clarity with learners
•    Explain how students can provide feedback through opportunities to respond, purposeful self and peer assessment tools
•    Determine how to put the practices into action and see the results in student learning

Jamila Thomas  

Cultural Intelligence: HOW, WHY and WHEN?

(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)

This session is an introduction to Cultural Intelligence, or CQ. CQ according to the Cultural Intelligence Center (CIC) measures your capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It's a form of intelligence that has been tested by academic researchers in over 98 countries for nearly two decades. The CIC states your CQ predicts your readiness for working and relating effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. This is critically important for any workforce. Specifically, how we relate and understand our collective lived experiences relative to our work and living communities is what will lead us toward a progressive model of racial, socio-economic and educational equity. Participants will be introduced to a variety of concepts to help gauge their cultural intelligence for effective interaction in a different environments. 

 

This session will include a myriad of individual and group activities broken down into segments. Each segment within the session will delve deeper into critical concepts that will support participants in their efforts to gain knowledge necessary to indoctrinate researched based best practices for culturally responsive strategies.

Joellen Killion
The Feedback Process: The Power of Learner-Focused Feedback  

(Admin, Teacher Leaders, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)


Feedback is a core part of a continuous improvement process for educators. The usefulness of feedback among educators depends on its quality, the context in which it is provided, and the frame of mind of those engaged in the process. Examine the attributes of effective feedback as well as the various types, purposes, and sources of feedback among teachers. Learn how to create a culture in which educators routinely exchange feedback, engage in interactions, and assess the effectiveness of feedback. Gain a deeper understanding of the feedback process and how to employ it to promote increased educator effectiveness.

Romain Bertrand and Daniel Guerrero

Blended Classroom Design: Creating Technology Enhanced Learning 

(Admin, Teacher Leaders, PL Leaders, Instructional Coaches)

Blended Learning, or the combination of technology with strong teaching practices, promises to support teachers to increase opportunities for student-centered learning. This promise is centered around the capacity to make differentiation and personalization more efficient, increasing opportunities for authenticity by expanding the classroom to the world, and enhancing learning by making collaboration and thinking more visible and rigorous. This one-day, in-person workshop uses design thinking and active pedagogy to define these three elements of blended learning, explore examples of what this can look like in practice, and support participants in developing a plan of how to make it actionable for participants’ unique contexts.

Learning Forward Texas
Tips, Tools and Techniques for Professional Learning 1
(Teacher Leaders, Campus & District Admin, Instructional Coaches, Counselors)


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.

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 teaching and professional learning
•    Practice tips and tools that promote high quality learning and engagement for all learners

day 2 - june 17

John Almarode

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers - Finding the Right Amount of Rigor for Building Deep Thinking Students

(Admin, Teachers, Instructional Coaches, PL Leaders)

Encore of Day 1.

Diane Sweeney

Instructional Coaching to Increase Engagement Building a Culture for Student-Centered Coaching

(Admin, Instructional Coaches, Teachers, PL Leaders)

Would you like to learn how to build an effective coaching program from the ground up? It’s a familiar story...we hire great teachers to be coaches and then assume that their instructional background will be enough to get them started. This session pairs with The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Sweeney and Harris, 2020) and Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Sweeney and Mausbach, 2018).

Participants will:

  • Learn strategies for establishing principal and coach partnerships

  • Understand how to define the role of the coach within a school community

  • Explore strategies for creating authentic engagement in the coaching effort

  • Study the stages of implementation for Student-Centered Coaching

  • Understand how to evaluate and support instructional coaches

Kevin Curtis 

The Big Three - Proactive Tools to Build and Sustain Community in the Classroom 

(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)

Educators are looking for effective ways to build and sustain relationships in the classroom that do not take too much time away from their daily instruction. Come experience the three most effective and efficient tools to make this happen from the NEDRP’s Restorative Practices Toolbox: 60 Second Relate Breaks, Two Minute Connections and 90 Second Spark Plan.

Dave Weber  

Sticks & Stones Exposed: The Truth Behind Words and Relationships 

(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)

“Come join Dave Weber, humorist, and national education speaker, for a hilarious presentation on the power of words to change culture and climate in a school. As a master storyteller, Dave illustrates the wisdom and research of Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock, Dr. Kent Peterson, Dr. Roland Barth, Thomas Sergiovanni and others in this fast-paced, interactive, and fun presentation! Leave with a fresh understanding of how WORDS impact relationships, RELATIONSHIPS impact culture, and CULTURE impacts STUDENT OUTCOMES - and how they can unlock the keys to collaboration in your PLC. In a day when standards are higher and morale can be lower, this inspiring message will encourage your heart & mind and send you back home with a new vision and strategies to positively influence everyone around you. Thousands of educators and scores of school districts and education conferences from California to the Carolinas report this is one the best PD programs they've ever been to! You’ll love it too - and apply Dave’s words of wisdom for years to come.”

Sylvia Duckworth  
Discover the Benefits of Visual Note-Taking or Sketchnoting: No Artistic Talent Required!
(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)

Encore of Day 1.

Kara Vandas
Clarity for Learning:  Five Powerful Practices that Empower Learners 
(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Instructional Coaches)


Encore of Day 1.

Jamila Thomas  
Cultural Competency vs Cultural Intelligence: High Stakes
(Admin, Teachers, PL Leaders, Counselors, Instructional Coaches)


This session will delve into critical concepts that revolve around establishing culturally intelligent practices. There are a myriad of strategies that enhance cultural responsiveness but miss fundamental key concepts that can exacerbate a high stakes environment. The goal of this session will be to support an individual’s efforts to have effective interaction with people (students, teachers, administrators and board members) while recognizing biases and “blind spots”. Participants will be introduced to researched based practices that impact critical engagement points in pedagogy relative to cultural responsiveness. Teaching in a high stakes environment does not equate to loss of advantage but an opportunity to delve deeper into qualitative objectives to support the growth and development of students and teachers. 

This session will include a myriad of individual and group activities broken down into segments. Each segment within the session will delve deeper into critical concepts that will support participants in their efforts to gain knowledge necessary to indoctrinate researched based best practices for culturally responsive strategies.
 

Sue Chapman and Elita Driskill

Changing Minds: Coaching for a Learner Mindset

(Campus & District Admin, Instructional Coaches)

As coaches and administrators, we know that educators operate from a learner mindset when they continually build their instructional practice and bring out the best in students. This session offers skills for coaching self and others towards active mindset awareness and navigation. Participants will acquire strategies for coaching teachers to reflect on their unconscious beliefs and take steps toward adopting a learner mindset.

Romain Bertrand and Daniel Guerrero

Blended Classroom Design: Creating Technology Enhanced Learning 

(Admin, Teacher Leaders, PL Leaders, Instructional Coaches)

Encore of Day 1.

Learning Forward Texas
Cultivating Leadership: Facilitation Strategies to Foster Collaborative Practices with Adults
(Teacher Leaders, Campus & District Admin, Instructional Coaches, Counselors)

Collaboration is said to be an essential skill in the process of continuous improvement. Yet most education leaders have received little training to lead, manage and facilitate collaborative processes. High-functioning collaborative teams are key to increasing student achievement. In order to lead these adult learners, the critical skill of facilitation is a MUST! Join us for a full day of learning as you experience strategies and structures equipping you to lead collaborative processes that positively impact student success.

Participants will:

  • Explore strategies to accelerate team development and build collective efficacy  

  • Experience processes that promote contributions from ALL team members

  • Learn strategies to lead teams in designing and using their own accountability structures

  • Explore communication practices to set clear expectations and structure the work

  • Understand how Emotional Intelligence can be leveraged to positively impact collaborative teams

  • Learn a process to address conflicts and conduct difficult conversations