what are open sessions?

Do you have one or two educators that could benefit from a particular training? Or maybe you want to attend a session to see about bringing it to your district or campus? Open sessions provide an opportunity to get the lead4ward professional learning experience you depend on. Questions? Email info@lead4ward.com or call us at 512.201.2999 ext. 5.

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link
aug 24  8:30am – 3:30pm esc 3, victoria register now
oct 24 8:30am – 3:30pm esc 7, kilgore register now

 

audience: district and campus leaders

 

Accountability is in a state of flux. For 2020 and 2021 all districts and campuses received ratings of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.

 

For 2022, TEA will be implementing an accountability system that will be very similar to the 2019 accountability system – except that, as mandated by SB 1365, no district or campus will receive letter grade ratings of D or F.

 

For 2023, TEA is planning to implement an accountability redesign.

 

what you will learn:

  • understand the data measures included in the A-F Accountability system (for 2022 and 2023, as information is released)
  • connect accountability data measures to instruction – to the benefit of teachers and students
  • up-to-date information as it is released by TEA

 

your solution for:

  • understanding the indicators and data measures included in the A-F Accountability system
  • interpreting and taking action based on the intentional design of the system

date time location registration link
sep 29 8:30am – 3:30pm esc 3, victoria register now

 

audience: leadership teams

 

Leading learning requires strategic, focused, and meaningful use of multiple measures of data; using those data to set priorities; and developing a professional development plan for the year. You’ll learn ways to lead collaborative data meetings, help teachers leverage areas of success, and rethink assessment design through evidence other than tests.

 

You will learn to:

  • Use multiple measures to gauge learning
  • Create structures to collect and evaluate evidence of learning
  • Collect and evaluate evidence of learning
  • Build on areas of success
  • Develop a plan for where to focus for the year

conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

register now

open sessions

date time location registration link

aug 24

oct 24

8:30am – 3:30pm

8:30am – 3:30pm

esc 3, Victoria

esc 7, Kilgore

register now

register now

 

audience: district and campus leaders

 

Accountability is in a state of flux. For 2020 and 2021 all districts and campuses received ratings of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.

 

For 2022, TEA will be implementing an accountability system that will be very similar to the 2019 accountability system – except that, as mandated by SB 1365, no district or campus will receive letter grade ratings of D or F.

 

For 2023, TEA is planning to implement an accountability redesign.

 

what you will learn:

  • understand the data measures included in the A-F Accountability system (for 2022 and 2023, as information is released)
  • connect accountability data measures to instruction – to the benefit of teachers and students
  • up-to-date information as it is released by TEA

 

your solution for:

  • understanding the indicators and data measures included in the A-F Accountability system
  • interpreting and taking action based on the intentional design of the system

conferences

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link

oct 5

8:30am – 3:30pm

esc 8, Pittsburg

register now

 

audience: literacy teachers and leaders

 

What is STAAR 2.0 and what do I need to know?
We now know that the redesign of STAAR will require much more complex thinking for students. We will explore how literacy teachers and leaders can have a renewed focus on data and instruction through the lens of the next generation of STAAR. Rather than focusing heavily on learning gaps, focusing on opportunities for learning opens up growth possibilities for all students. Additionally, we will explore how championing the process standards can help teachers and students meet their full potential.

 

This overview helps literacy teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt literacy instruction to re-emphasize the role of process

 

Note: If you attended this workshop last year, the content is mostly the same with a few updates.

conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conferences

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

 

register now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conferences

audience: K-12 teachers and leaders

 

How do we impact student growth?

It starts with maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous! Using lead4ward’s methodology and tools, we’ll investigate the thinking skills students need to be successful on STAAR 2.0, help them apply their learning, and show what they know. Let’s get your instructional routines ready, set up your planning process, and move planning conversations to action!

 

In this 1-day conference, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • use the lead4ward tools and resources in instructional planning
  • enhance activities with the Instructional Strategies Playlist
  • establish instructional routines for all students
  • discover ways to expand student thinking
  • move instructional planning to action
  • connect learning to student success, including STAAR 2.0

 

read more –>

 

register now

audience: all educators

 

The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.

 

believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.

 

believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.

 

believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!

 

Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!

 

believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.

register now