Looking Forward

LFNTX in 2019-2020

As we look ahead to our busy summer season, we want to make sure we get our collaborative time marked on our calendars for the 2019-20 school year! If you are would like to host a Learning Forward North Texas Meeting we would love to bring the learning to YOU!!

Sign up Genius for 2019-2020 LFNTX Hosts

Meeting Times:

  • 9:00-11:30am: Collaborative/Critical Friend Groups
    • We would love to have you join us as we work on projects, give/get feedback, and collaborate on topics that are set by the group in attendance.
  • 1pm-3pm: LFNTX Meetings
    • Our regular meetings feature best practices in professional learning, facilitation, and feedback.

Host Responsibilities:

  • Secure a location: We generally have between 30-50 attendees. Make sure you have enough room for this active collaborative group!
  • Provide water and light snacks
  • Design the afternoon learning.

2018-19 Topic Feedback:

To provide our host districts with a little direction as they plan the facilitated learning portion of our day, please complete the survey below to indicate your district needs/interest.

Topic Feedback Form


Learning together: Do you have a summer conference you would like to advertise or invite our LFNTX community to participate in? Send an email to ashley.helms@pisd.edu by 6/1/2019 and we will include your event in our June post! 

Hope to see you all at Learning Forward Texas! If you haven’t registered…space is limited and filling fast, sign up today!

https://www.learningforwardtexasconference.com/

May 10th, 2019

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Join us for the last LFNTX Meeting of the year!!
Frisco ISD Transportation West
10701 Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX

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Our morning session will be spent as a collaborative team in one of the three focus areas we have agreed to work on as a team this year: 

  • New Teacher Support
  • Alternative Forms of PD
  • Measuring Impact of PD

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Think about a Professional Learning Celebration from the year that you would like to highlight with our LFNTX Family! We will use a protocol to share our celebrations and ideas. If you have an area of need as we approach our busy summer season, please bring that, as well. We will use a critical friends protocol to provide support to each other.

We look forward to seeing you in May! 

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November 9th, 2018

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Host: Mesquite ISD Professional Development Center

2600 Motley Dr.

Mesquite, TX 75150

RSVP: Please RSVP by 11/6/2018 if you are able to attend!
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This month our group has a unique opportunity to collaborate with Learning Forward Texas as feedback partners for the newest module: Cultivating Leadership: Facilitation Skills that Foster Collaborative Practice. We will be providing feedback and applying our collective expertise to refine and perfect this learning experience before it is ready for publication!

The complete module will be divided into segments in order to accommodate our unique learning community. You are still welcome to attend for morning, afternoon, or BOTH!

Make sure to bring a device with you!

OCtober 19, 2018 (6).pngNovember: Don’t forget that the nominations for the Learning Forward Texas Awards are due on November 16th. For more information, check out: https://www.learningforwardtexas.org/awards

December: We replace our monthly meeting with the Learning Forward National Conference. For more information: https://conference.learningforward.org/

January: In January we will resume regularly scheduled meetings as we convene in Lewisville ISD on January 18th. In October we narrowed the focus of our morning collaboration time  to three projects:

  • New Teacher Support
  • Alternative Forms of PD
  • Measuring Impact of PD

We look forward to seeing you in November, and then at the Conference in December!

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September LFNTX Meeting

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Host: Highland Park ISD

Location: SMU Harold Hall (Bldg. 42); Harold Clark Simmons Hall Room 101A 

6401 Airline Rd, Dallas, TX 75205

RSVP by September 21, 2018: Once you fill out the Google form to RSVP, you will be pre-registered for the SMU campus wifi, included in the lunch count, and sent a map and directions for parking.

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Link to RSVP

Important information: Our HPISD friends will be providing lunch for all who RSVP,  parking at SMU is $5.00.

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We will begin our morning setting the direction for our collaborative/critical friends groups! Please bring your problems of practice, projects you need feedback on, and topics you would like to see us work collaboratively on throughout the year! We will set the focus for our collaborative time together at this meeting.

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In our first regular LFNTX meeting of the year we will spend some time collectively reflecting on our individual summer learning, support for new teacher’s, and start to the 2018-19 school year. We will use our reflections to outline priorities and plan our learning for the year.

We are looking forward to learning together this year! Please forward this invitation to anyone in your organization or professional learning network who would benefit to from the learning or add to our group’s continued success!

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2018-19 Meeting Dates & Locations

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We are excited to publish our 2018-19 Meeting Schedule! Please mark your calendars now, and plan to join us as we connect, collaborate, learn, and lead together!

  • September 28, 2018: Highland Park ISD @ SMU
  • October 19, 2018: Keller ISD
  • November 9, 2018: Mesquite ISD
  • January 18, 2019: Lewisville ISD
  • February 22, 2019: Richardson ISD
  • April 12, 2019: Plano ISD
  • May 10, 2019: Frisco ISD

Meeting Times:

  • 9:00-11:30am: Collaborative/Critical Friend Groups
    • We would love to have you join us as we work on projects, give/get feedback, and collaborate on topics that are set by the group in attendance.
  • 1pm-3pm: LFNTX Meetings
    • Our regular meetings feature best practices in professional learning, facilitation, and feedback.

2018-19 Topics:

To provide our host districts with a little direction as they plan the facilitated learning portion of our day, please complete the survey below to indicate your district needs/interest.

Topic Feedback Form

Prior to each meeting we will post updated information, RSVP links, topics and directions. Sign-up for updates, or check back for more information!

 

May 18th, 2018

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Little Elm ISD, Zellars Center for Learning & Leadership (PL1)

300 Lobo Lane

Little Elm, TX 75068

Click Here to RSVP

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In April, we continued to compile resources for our collaborative product: A Professional Learning Handbook.  This is a tool that we can all use or adapt in our settings to provide an accessible resource of best practices for new and experienced facilitators. This month we will continue to work on this project and create a plan for our time together in the 2018-19 school year.

What to Bring: Resources, articles, books, and your brain!

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This month we will be learning from and with each other as we give and receive feedback through the use of protocols.

In order for us to learn together, we’ll need authentic experiences from which to work. To that end, please consider bringing something from your practice to present in a small group. This “artifact” might include:

  • question about your practice
  • an issue that’s not yet fully formed
  • dilemma in your practice
  • a coaching plan you designed
  • something you’ve been working on that has you feeling “stuck.”

Please bring 10 copies of any document(s) with you. 

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Whether or not you can join us this month-we would love to have your feedback as we plan for next year.

Link to LFNTX Survey

We are looking to publish a schedule of meetings as soon as possible so we can get these very valuable learning opportunities on everyone’s calendars!  If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please select the month, and then type in the DATE.  (for questions about hosting, please email Ashley: ashley.helms@pisd.edu)

Your responsibilities as a host:

  • Reserve the space in your district.
  • Communicate Date/Time/RSVP/Materials with LFNTX Membership
  • Design and facilitate learning.
  • Provide water/drinks (snacks/meal not neccessary)

Sign-Up To Host

 

 

April 19th, 2018

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At our January meeting, we began brainstorming ideas for our collaborative product: A Professional Learning Handbook.  This is a tool that we can all use or adapt in our settings to provide an accessible resource of best practices for new and experienced facilitators.

What to Bring: Resources, articles, books, and your brain! We will start to form teams that will define the section of our handbook and then we will get to work!

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Outside of the “Box” Professional Learning

We are excited to have guests from Happy Apples Professional Learning joining us via Skype! 

Happy Apple PL is just the bud of a project created by two resource teachers who fancy themselves the Jane Appleseeds of Professional Learning. The goal is to provide innovative professional learning that makes teachers happy.

Join us as we learn from their experiences and think together about what “boxes” we can create as a team!

If you would like to join us, but are unable to be here in person, log in to the Zoom Conference at 1:30 using the info below:

Topic: Happy Apples Zoom

Time: Apr 19, 2018 1:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/948866885

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +16468769923,,948866885#  or +16699006833,,948866885#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968

Meeting ID: 948 866 885

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/bE1AOrUgj

February 23rd, 2018

Febrary 23rd, 2018

Location details:

McKinney ISD Administration Building, Board Room

1 Duvall St

McKinney, TX 75069

Link to RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/LrMjfuLC6tGRQnIB3

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9:00AM-11:30AM-Problem Of Practice

At our January meeting, we began brainstorming ideas for our collaborative product: A Professional Learning Handbook.  This is a tool that we can all use or adapt in our settings to provide an accessible resource of best practices for new and experienced facilitators.  At this meeting, we will organize work groups to begin curating content for each of these sections of the handbook:

  • Intro: Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners
  • Quality Planning
  • Checklist of things to consider
  • Evaluation Impact
  • Learning Designs
  • Text protocols
  • Collaboration
  • The Day Of
  • Differentiation/Formative Assessment
  • A Skilled Facilitator
  • Troubleshooting/Dos and Don’t/ Post-mortem
  • Working with a co-presenter
  • Marketing
  • Resources

What to Bring: Resources, articles, books, and your brain! We will start to form teams that will define the section of our handbook and then we will get to work!

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12:30-2:30PM-Instructional Coaches

Making the Most of these Job-embedded Professional Developers

Join us as we learn about instructional coaches as a form of job-embedded professional development!  McKinney ISD will share our journey to create an instructional coach program that provides high-quality learning and support for our teachers.  Engage in a collaborative discussion about the successes and continued challenges of maintaining a quality instructional coach program!

What to Bring: Information about your district’s instructional coaches you would like to share!

January 26, 2018

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Problem Of Practice: Through collaborative inquiry and research we will meet the diverse needs of adult learners through differentiated professional learning.

We have spent the fall learning together and establishing a common understanding of our problem. In this first meeting of 2018 we will begin working on our collaborative product: A Professional Learning Handbook

We are hoping to create a tool that we can all use or adapt in our settings to provide an accessible resource of best practices for new and experienced facilitators.

Other products will surely emerge as we work towards “solving” our problem of practice, and we are excited about the collaborative work ahead as we all work together to ensure meaningful learning for teachers across North Texas!

What to Bring: Resources, articles, books, and your brain! We will start to form teams that will define the section of our handbook and then we will get to work!

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Professional Learning: A Year in Review

Start preparing NOW for a powerful meeting of the minds during our learning portion of our time together!! While you are attending the Learning Forward Conference, plan to bring your best learning, biggest AHA, or must share with you in January! If you aren’t attending the Learning Forward National Conference, that is OK…we know you have been learning elsewhere this year!!

We will have the opportunity to share with and learn from each other during our afternoon time together!

As always, feel free to bring your lunch and bring a friend! Looking forward to seeing you all in January!

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October 20th, 2017

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Please join us for this powerful learning opportunity!

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Professional Learning Community: At our first meeting in September, we worked to collaboratively set our “Problem of Practice” that we will be working through as a group for this year. This month we will begin learning with and from each other as we share resources and/or thinking that will help us further define our problem and the work we will need to do in order to create meaningful solutions.

Problem Of Practice: Through collaborative inquiry and research we will meet the diverse needs of adult learners through differentiated professional learning.

We will be focusing on the first part of the problem: Adult Learners have diverse learning needs.

Please come prepared to share something with the group that will help us define and explore the diverse learning needs we encounter in leading adult learning. Consider:

  • Bringing an article to share (20ish copies)
  • Identifying challenges in your role that you are willing to share.
  • Tweeting resources or thinking using the hashtag: #lfntxpop

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During our regular meeting the team from Arlington ISD will be facilitating our group as we think together and learn from each other.

How To: Grow your Professional Learning Networks using Twitter
 
It’s evident that social media has been utilized to connect people across the world. Many platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have over millions of account users engaged in interactions a daily basis. While there are many platforms to consider utilizing to grow your professional learning network, we’ll explore Twitter.
 
Participants will engage in the learning through the lens of supporting novice to intermediate adult learners in understanding the benefits of growing your professional learning network and ways to seek individual agency.

Arlington ISD

AISD Mac Bernd Professional Development Center (PDC) is located at

1111 W. Arbrook Blvd. Arlington, Texas 76015.

Please RSVP to Gaya Jefferson gjeffers@aisd.net and follow the AISD PL Team on twitter via @aisdlearning