Meetings

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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November 16, 2017

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Learning Forward North Texas Monthly Meeting

  • Forney ISD Administration Building
  • 600 S Bois D Arc St, Forney, TX 75126
  • For more information, contact: Dana Curry, dana.curry@forneyisd.net
  • Please complete this form to RSVP

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

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, and in October we worked through a better understanding of some the key understandings and issues we face.

This month we will be looking at specific learning designs used in various professional learning settings. Come ready to learn from and with each other.

Follow our progress, or add to the discussion on twitter by using the hashtag: #lfntxpop 

 

arketing thinking and development (3)In the afternoon Forney ISD will share with us the process they have used to build their innovative school calendar that focuses on embedding time for professional learning. They will share their thinking about minutes and days, but also take us deeper into the logistics of planning for teacher learning, and how that planning will impact their students. We will also hear from a special group of students who have unique insight into what meaningful professional learning can look like. Join us for an afternoon of insight and innovation as we work through the process and the products of professional learning planning.

Bring with you: A copy of your current school calendar.

October 20th, 2017

Oct 20

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

 

September 8th, 2017

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We are excited to kick off our LFNTX Collaborative Work TOGETHER in Fort Worth ISD!


9:00-11:30am

critical friend groups

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.


 

12:30pm-2:30pm

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During our regular meeting Fort Worth ISD will be leading us through the learning designs they have been utilizing to empower teachers and promote best practices in professional learning. You won’t want to miss this meeting as we think together about professional learning that focuses on student success! Feel free to bring your lunch!


 

FWISD Professional Development Center

 

3150 McCart Ave

 

Fort Worth, Texas 76110

 

Please RSVP to Lezley Lewis: lezley.lewis@fwisd.org

2017-18 Meeting Dates & Locations

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We are excited to publish our 2017-18 Meeting Calendar! Please mark your calendars now, and plan to join us as we connect, collaborate, learn and lead together!

  • September 8, 2017: Ft. Worth ISD
  • October 20, 2017: Arlington ISD
  • November 16, 2017: Forney ISD
  • January 26, 2018: Keller ISD
  • February 23, 2018: McKinney ISD
  • April 19, 2018: Plano ISD
  • May 18, 2018: Little Elm 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.
  • 12:30-2:30pm: LFNTX Meetings
    • Our regular meetings feature best practices in professional learning, facilitation, and feedback.
    • Monthly topics are generated by the group at our first meeting.
    • Feel free to bring your lunch!

 

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