Relevant Review for Leadership Teams (Recommended for Spring)

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Are you ready to energize your teachers and create systems of support for relevant review? This session will focus on how you can motivate your teachers in putting the PEP into their step by Prioritizing standards and focus areas, Engaging learners, and Practicing without penalty. We will explore NEW strategies and tools for 2015, and learn how to use the PLC for the PLC Menu Review Edition to refocus on teaching kids and student learning.

Leaders will learn how to best guide teachers in using

  • trends in student performance,
  • evidence of learning,
  • emerging success strategies, and
  • student voice to create engaging relevant review – intervention to action.
 

STAAR 3Di: Data, Decision-making, Development | A Focus on Instruction (Recommended for Summer/Fall)

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With three years of STAAR data and additional local data, leadership teams are charged with helping teachers meet the challenges of the assessment system and meeting the performance levels in the accountability system. In this class, leadership teams (administrators and teacher leaders) will:

  • Create engaged learning environments
  • Analyze and prioritize data
  • Describe vertical and horizontal trends
  • Map identified areas for growth to the district curriculum
  • Design and implement professional learning opportunities
  • Connect professional learning to daily instruction and assessment
  • Respond to demands of the accountability system
 

Leading Intentional Intervention (Recommended for Fall)

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In this workshop, campus/district leaders and teacher leaders will work on how to leverage local data analysis, previous STAAR data, and focus standards to plan intentionally for intervention that supports all students. Participants will learn:

  • Ways to use state and local data to design effective intervention groups
  • Strategies for addressing the needs of identified groups for increased student performance
  • How to utilize the index 2 progress measure to identify “what is working” in existing intervention plans and how to adapt those plans for the highest yield
  • How to utilize performance thresholds and the index 2 progress measure to facilitate student goal setting and monitoring of their own progress
 

staar4ward

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A new service from lead4ward – staar4ward is organized into three online learning modules to provide just-in-time, relevant learning opportunities for teachers and leaders.

  • Module 1: designed for new teachers and those who need a refresher to understand the requirements and design of STAAR
  • Module 2: provides teachers with updates to the assessment program (phase-in, accountability, growth measure, EOC changes, and more)
  • Module 3: supports leadership teams with relevant data analysis, targeted intervention, professional learning through monthly webinars and online eGuide
 

Accountability Connect

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The new accountability system developed by TEA is designed to provide a broad and detailed analysis of campus and district performance.

School leaders face the challenge of comprehending and making sense of the new system – and connecting it to good systems that support student learning. We can help you:

  • Understand the new system
  • Understand your accountability report
  • Fulfill your reporting and improvement requirements
  • Understand the appeals process

 
To view the complete Accountability Connect Service, click here–>

 

Accountability 2014: Some of the Same, A LOT of New

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Many aspects of the 2013 Accountability System introduced by TEA will continue to apply in 2014. However, based on state statutory provisions (including changes required by HB 5) and requirements imposed by USDE as part of Texas’ NCLB waiver request, significant changes to the accountability system will be implemented in 2014. Among other things, the system will evaluate schools across 4 Tiers:

  • Assigning accountability ratings to campuses and districts based on 4 Performance Indexes
  • Awarding distinction designations to campuses and districts
  • Applying system safeguards
  • Including district-issued campus and district ratings for community and student engagement and compliance

This workshop is designed to explore and explain the 2014 Accountability system in Texas, with an emphasis on understanding the roles played by each of the 4 Tiers of school evaluation. Additionally, we will review the impact and meaning of each of the 4 Performance Indexes with special attention on the 2014 changes. Leaders will explore how to connect accountability performance and assessment data to instructional leadership that will support them in making informed decisions that impact student performance.

 

CSI (Connecting Standards to Instruction)

Audience: District Leaders, Campus Leaders and Teachers
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Simply stated, STAAR is designed to assess whether students have learned the TEKS.  STAAR has proven to be a challenge for all students – particularly students receiving special education services.  With the elimination of STAAR Modified following the 2013-14 school year, it will be more important than ever for teachers and instructional leaders to connect their understanding of the rigorous learning standards with effective, specially designed instruction in order to prepare students with disabilities for success on STAAR, the next grade level and, ultimately, life after high school. 

This workshop is designed for district leaders, campus leaders and teachers, and covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the Learning Standards (TEKS)
    • Design and construct of the TEKS
    • Categorization of the TEKS (Process Standards, Readiness Standards, Supporting Standards) and their role in instructional planning
  • Using Data to Identify Key Focus TEKS for Instruction
  • Adapting Instruction to Support Student Learning
    • Prerequisite Skills
    • Accommodations and instructional adaptations
    • Connecting Standards to Instruction
  • Using PLAAFPs and focus TEKS to strategically develop IEP goals and identify effective instruction
 

IEP to Action

Pre-requiste: Special Education: CSI – Audience: District Leaders, Campus Leaders and Teachers
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Participants will apply the knowledge learned in day 1 of CSI to the IEP planning process. This workshop takes a deeper look into the high yield instructional strategies that will provide your students with special needs multiple access points to the rigor of the state standards. In this session, participants will:

  • Practice and learn how to write meaningful PLAAFPS based on effective instructional strategies that lead to measurable standards-based goals
  • Discover how to use the transition process to drive meaningful IEPs and develop specialized instruction
  • Build a plan for your Special Education PLC to learn the strategies for intervention and enrichment
 

Special Education eplc

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The Special Education ePLC is designed to facilitate discussion among Special Education teachers, who teach students with high incidence learning disabilities in inclusive settings across the State. Teachers will use the content from the online pre-recorded webinars to facilitate constructive conversations about how to make the content in the TEKS accessible for students with disabilities and provide methods for students to develop effective strategies to access that content. Each webinar will:

  • Explore the specificity of key process standards
  • Purposefully use the processes
  • Learn how to effectively teach new strategies to your students
  • Plan instruction
  • Explore strategies for K-12 students who are struggling to access the content and rigor of the TEKS
 

Figuring Out Figure 19 – Volume 1 (Grades K-5) or (6-EOC)

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Inference comes in all sizes! Join lead4ward as we discover depth and knowledge and how it relates to the teaching and learning of inference. Participants will learn what students need to know and what we as educators need to do to create a movement from passive reading to relevant and strategic reading and thinking.

  • Explore depth and knowledge and how it relates to teaching inference
  • Create a plan for getting students to move from passive reading to relevant and strategic reading and thinking
 

Figuring Out Figure 19 – Volume 2 (Grades K-5) or (6-EOC)

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Join the ELAR lead4ward team as we turn it up a notch and move the learning from Figuring Out Figure 19 Volume 1 into ACTION. Using multiple texts and genres, participants will learn Figure 19 routines to move students from shallow readers to students who read deeply. Participants will leave with a framework for planning and implementing shared and independent reading practices. (All participants are required to attend Figuring Out Figure 19 – Volume 1 Session before attending Volume 2)

 

Relevant Review for ELAR Teachers (Grades 3-5) or (6-EOC) (Recommended for Spring)

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Reinvigorate your ELAR classroom with a Relevant Review PEP Rally! This session will focus on putting the PEP into your step by Prioritizing standards and focus areas, Engaging learners, and Practicing without penalty. Participants will focus on leveraging local data analysis and using the PLC for PLC Menu Review Edition to plan for relevant review.

Come explore:

  • trends in student performance,
  • evidence of learning,
  • emerging success strategies, and/li>
  • student voice to create engaging relevant review – intervention to action.
 

Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in ELAR (Grades K-5) or (6-EOC)

*Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

  • Design engaging units and activities
  • Use data to map student progress
  • Think BEYOND the test
  • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
  • Evaluate instructional resources

Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

  • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
    • Readiness Genres
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Connecting Readiness and Supporting Genres
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    Relevant Review for Math Teachers (Grades 3-EOC) (Recommended for Spring)

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    Reinvigorate your Math classroom with a Relevant Review PEP Rally! This session will focus on putting the PEP into your step by Prioritizing standards and focus areas, Engaging learners, and Practicing without penalty. Participants will focus on leveraging local data analysis and using the PLC for PLC Menu Review Edition to plan for relevant review.

    Come explore:

    • trends in student performance,
    • evidence of learning,
    • emerging success strategies, and
    • student voice to create engaging relevant review – intervention to action.
     

    Math in Motion: New Math TEKS for Teachers (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)

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    What’s New? What’s Different? What does that standard mean? What am I supposed to be teaching? When am I supposed to start teaching that? These are just some of the questions circling the mathematical minds of our teachers and leaders today. Come join us for a day of dialogue and grade level specific activities addressing such issues. Each participant must have a Side Comparison Document (in-depth analysis of the current and newly-adopted TEKS). Participants may bring their own or purchase online.

     

    Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in Math (Grades K-2 or 3-5)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

    In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

    • Design engaging units and activities
    • Use data to map student progress
    • Think BEYOND the test
    • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
    • Evaluate instructional resources

    Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

    • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
      • Number & Operations
      • Algebraic Reasoning
      • Data Analysis
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Geometry & Measurement
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    Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in Math (Grades 6-8)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

    In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

    • Design engaging units and activities
    • Use data to map student progress
    • Think BEYOND the test
    • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
    • Evaluate instructional resources

    Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

    • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
      • Equations & Inequalities
      • Proportional Reasoning
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Geometry & Measurement
    • Data Analysis
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    Out with the Old…In with the New: Implementing New Math TEKS (Grades K-2) or (3-5) or (6-8)

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    If I am supposed to be teaching the new standards this school year…How do I use my STAAR assessment data and the release STAAR items from previous years when they reflect the old standards? How do I decide which lessons/activities are worth keeping, need tweaking, or should be thrown out altogether? How does knowing which standards are readiness vs. supporting change the way I plan for instruction? These are just some of the issues perplexing our math educators in the state of Texas. Through the lens of several lead4ward tools, participants will engage in the following activities to transition to a successful implementation year:

    • lead4ward Data Heat Maps: math educators will experience how to use their STAAR data from previous years to guide the work of our newly inherited standards.
    • lead4ward Side-by-Side Tool: math educators will experience how to revise a release STAAR item to better align to the cognitive and content expectations of the new state standards.
    • lead4ward TEKS/STAAR Snapshots: math educators will be able to better evaluate their previous lessons plans to determine what components of their activities can be kept, changed, or deleted.
    • lead4ward TEKS Scaffolding Documents: math educators will study the verticality of the new math curriculum to better understand the designation of readiness standards in planning, intervention, and pacing.
    • lead4ward Teacher Field Guides for Math: math educators will have a better understanding of the depth and complexity of the state standards. Activities will include looking at the appropriate academic vocabulary, student misconceptions, and instructional implications in teaching their new standards.

    * Participants are strongly encouraged to bring the New STAAR Math Teacher Field Guide to the session. After May, these can be purchased on our online store: http://store.lead4ward.com/staar-field-guide-for-teachers-math/

     

    Out with the Old…In with the New: Implementing New Math TEKS (Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    If I am supposed to be teaching the new standards this school year…How do I use my STAAR assessment data and the release STAAR items from previous years when they reflect the old standards? How do I decide which lessons/activities are worth keeping, need tweaking, or should be thrown out altogether? How does knowing which standards are readiness vs. supporting change the way I plan for instruction? These are just some of the issues perplexing our math educators in the state of Texas. Through the lens of several lead4ward tools, participants will engage in the following activities to transition to a successful implementation year:

    • lead4ward Side-by-Side Tool: math educators will experience how to revise a release STAAR item to better align to the cognitive and content expectations of the new state standards.
    • lead4ward TEKS/STAAR Snapshots: math educators will be able to better evaluate their previous lessons plans to determine what components of their activities can be kept, changed, or deleted.
    • lead4ward TEKS Scaffolding Documents: math educators will study the verticality of the new math curriculum to better understand the designation of readiness standards in planning, intervention, and pacing.
    • lead4ward Teacher Field Guides for Math: math educators will have a better understanding of the depth and complexity of the state standards. Activities will include looking at the appropriate academic vocabulary, student misconceptions, and instructional implications in teaching their new standards.

    * Participants are strongly encouraged to bring the New STAAR Math Teacher Field Guide to the session. These can be purchased on our online store:http://store.lead4ward.com/staar-field-guide-for-teachers-math/

    US History: The New Frontier (Grade 8 and USH)

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    Teachers will learn how to “MAPP” a unit emphasizing the Readiness Standards and focusing on connections. After concept Mapping the TEKS for a selected unit, teachers will Analyze the released STAAR items associated with the unit and leverage data to support their planning. The third piece of the process will lead to the integration of the Processes into the content focus areas within the unit. The final step will facilitate instructional Planning of the unit based on the complexity of the standards.

    The main goal of this workshop is to equip teachers with best practices in the planning process and enable them to blend the learning from other trainings into one seamless process.
    MAPP:
    Map the TEKS
    Analyze released items/data
    Purposefully use the processes
    Plan instruction based on complexity of TEKS

     

    Relevant Review for Social Studies Teachers (Grades 5-EOC) (Recommended for Spring)

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    Reinvigorate your Social Studies classroom with a Relevant Review PEP Rally! This session will focus on putting the PEP into your step by Prioritizing standards and focus areas, Engaging learners, and Practicing without penalty. Participants will focus on leveraging local data analysis and using the PLC for PLC Menu Review Edition to plan for relevant review.

    Come explore:

    • trends in student performance,
    • evidence of learning,
    • emerging success strategies, and/li>
    • student voice to create engaging relevant review – intervention to action.
     

    Social Studies Strategies: A Focus on the Process Standards (Grades 4-EOC) (Recommended for Summer and Fall)

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    In this workshop, participants will discover how to utilize depth of knowledge in measuring mastery of standards that will prepare students for higher levels of achievement on STAAR. Teachers will engage in planning and instructional activities that will ensure high quality learning experiences for their students.Participants will:

    • Engage in activities revealing ways to analyze and interpret social studies information (primary sources and visuals);
    • Understand the ways the process standards are being assessed and how to incorporate the processes into instruction effectively; and
    • Review STAAR updates, including emphasis on dual-coded data.
     

    Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in Social Studies (8th)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

    In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

    • Design engaging units and activities
    • Use data to map student progress
    • Think BEYOND the test
    • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
    • Evaluate instructional resources

    Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

    • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
      • Colonization/Westward Expansion and the Spiral Standards
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Sectionalism and the Constitution
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    Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in Social Studies (US History)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

    In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

    • Design engaging units and activities
    • Use data to map student progress
    • Think BEYOND the test
    • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
    • Evaluate instructional resources

    Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

    • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
      • Progressive Era and the Spiral Standards
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Contemporary America
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    Social Studies eplc

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    The Social Studies Professional Learning Community is designed to offer time for Social Studies teachers, who teach 8th Grade Social Studies or US History across the State, to collaborate, to learn what’s new, and to discuss issues related to content, curriculum alignment, standards, and testing.
    Teachers often struggle to translate the unit bundle of TEKS into lesson themes and then to daily lesson plans. The goal of these webinars is to facilitate constructive conversations about how to make the content in the TEKS comprehensible for students and provide methods for students to develop pathways for recall. The eplc will include::

    • 15-20 30-minute recorded webinars to facilitate a PLC session for each major topic or era
    • a platform to collaborate with other SS teachers throughout the state
    • resources at your fingertips

    Relevant Review for Science Teachers (Grades 5-Biology) (Recommended for Spring)

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    Reinvigorate your Science classroom with a Relevant Review PEP Rally! This session will focus on putting the PEP into your step by Prioritizing standards and focus areas, Engaging learners, and Practicing without penalty. Participants will focus on leveraging local data analysis and using the PLC for PLC Menu Review Edition to plan for relevant review.

    Come explore:

    • trends in student performance,
    • evidence of learning,
    • emerging success strategies, and/li>
    • student voice to create engaging relevant review – intervention to action.
     

    Science Strategies: A Focus on the Process Standards (Grades K-5) or (6-EOC) (Recommended for Summer and Fall)

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    In this workshop, participants will discover how to utilize depth of knowledge in measuring mastery of standards that will prepare students for higher levels of achievement on STAAR. Teachers will engage in planning and instructional activities that will ensure high quality learning experiences for their students. Participants will:

    • Discover how to easily introduce inquiry-based instruction into your classroom for most effective and efficient incorporation of process with content;
    • Understand how process standards will be assessed on the STAAR Assessments and how to best prepare students for the rigor of dual-coded questions; and
    • Review STAAR updates, including emphasis on dual-coded data cross-strand instruction.
     

    Focus Standards: Cooling the Curriculum Hot Spots in Science (Grades 3-5 or 8th)

    *Training delivery will begin June 2015.
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    Some content is just plain tough to teach. Add in the process standards, and rigor is off the chart. In each content area we could all use some fresh ideas to teach kids important but complex things. Are you ready to motivate and energize your students?

    In this session, we will explore common focus standards – ones with which students statewide struggle. Come learn ways to…

    • Design engaging units and activities
    • Use data to map student progress
    • Think BEYOND the test
    • Get all kids to think and participate in rigorous ways
    • Evaluate instructional resources

    Try out new ideas – innovate on old ones – and have a fun time learning with the lead4ward crew!

  • Summer/Fall 2015 session focus areas:
    • Physical Science
  • Spring 2016 session focus areas:
    • Earth
    • Space
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