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
june 8 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now
aug 1 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now

 

audience: leadership teams (principal and teacher leaders), PLCs (principal and a selected PLC), and teachers

 

Do you want to be a dynamic, effective teacher? Then student engagement is a critical component of your instruction! In this session, we’ll help teachers and leaders increase competence in using engaging strategies for instruction and develop confidence in delivering instruction that engages and challenges students to learn.

 

what you will learn:

  • how teachers can promote engagement and thinking by planning instruction using  lead4ward’s four instructional resources:
    • instructional strategies playlist (low-prep/high-yield instructional strategies at your fingertips!)
    • quickchecks (comprehension techniques that take only 30 seconds to 1 minute to implement)
    • think it up (quick method for raising the rigor in your questioning)
    • thinking stems (sentence stems that help students frame their responses to complex questions)

 

  • how to proactively address classroom management issues in a learning environment

date time location registration link
sep 29 8:30am – 3:30pm esc3, victoria register now

 

audience: leadership teams (principal and teacher leaders) OR PLC (principal and selected grade level or content team)

 

Maximizing time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous is key to a strong PLC and student growth. 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!

 

You will 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

 

Also available for special education, literacy, math, science, and social studies!

 

date time location registration link
july 19 – morning 8:30am – 11:30am virtual register now
july 19 – afternoon 12:30pm – 3:30pm virtual register now
july 26 – morning 8:30am – 11:30am virtual register now
july 26 – afternoon 1:00am – 4:00pm virtual register now
aug 1 – morning 8:30am – 11:30am virtual register now
aug 1 – afternoon 12:30am – 3:30pm virtual register now

 

audience: leadership teams (principal, assistant principals, instructional coaches, and teacher 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 leadership teams 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 leaders can be a champion of the process standards to help teachers and students meet their full potential.

 

This overview helps leadership teams:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt 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.

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
july 25 8:30am – 11:30am virtual register now

 

audience: district, campus, and/or teacher-level leaders responsible for generating, analyzing, and interpreting data reports in Eduphoria Aware

 

How can you maximize your analysis and planning efforts using lead4ward’s data tools and reports? Join us for a half-day of learning as we explore various types of data that enhance analysis of STAAR and local assessments. This workshop focuses on understanding and using lead4ward data tools throughout the school year, using various reports to guide planning conversations, and applying specialized data visuals for analysis of student performance and growth.

 

what you will learn:

  • how to run reports for optimal use
  • overall design and purpose of each tool/report
  • methods of connecting and synthesizing data on student performance and growth
  • deeper and more purposeful analytics by blending data types and lead4ward visualizations

date time location registration link
july 25 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now

 

audience: district, campus, and/or teacher-level leaders responsible for generating, analyzing, and interpreting data reports in DMAC

 

How can you maximize your analysis and planning efforts using lead4ward’s data tools and reports? Join us for a half-day of learning as we explore various types of data that enhance analysis of STAAR and local assessments. This workshop focuses on understanding and using lead4ward data tools throughout the school year, using various reports to guide planning conversations, and applying specialized data visuals for analysis of student performance and growth.

 

what you will learn:

  • how to run reports for optimal use
  • overall design and purpose of each tool/report
  • methods of connecting and synthesizing data on student performance and growth
  • deeper and more purposeful analytics by blending data types and lead4ward visualizations

date time location registration link
july 29 – morning 8:30am – 11:30am virtual register now
july 29 – afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now
sep 8 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: any new campus principal or assistant principal

 

This symposium offers campus leaders the space to explore your role in leading learning on a campus, prioritize essential resources and tools, and frame your vision for the year. After two years of leading during a pandemic, we are excited to invite campus leaders to come together to kick off the year in person.

 

In this 1-day symposium, we will explore the importance of:

  • believing in yourself and those around you
  • defining your core team
  • prioritizing your work
  • articulating the state of your campus and your vision

 

read more –>

 

register now

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link

june 29

july 28

8:30am – 11:30am

8:30am – 11:30am

virtual

virtual

register now

register now

 

audience: special education teachers and leaders

 

The research is clear on what works in teaching students with disabilities:  specially designed instruction should be intensive, strategic, supportive of foundational skills, and focused on generalization. How do we provide proactive rather than reactive instruction for students with disabilities across settings, but particularly in the inclusive classroom?

 

This session will re-imagine specially designed instruction by introducing practical, streamlined routines that prioritize high-impact curriculum standards. These routines create opportunities to learn without disrupting classroom instruction, help us know more about what our students can do, and support meaningful progress in the TEKS and the IEP.  Through this context, we’ll begin to explore evidence-based interventions in reading language arts and math that have been found to improve student independence and learning outcomes for the diversity of students we serve. 

 

Special Educators will learn how to help students:

  • get started with rigorous content
  • build independence in learning the content
  • focus on what is important
  • apply their learning
  • make connections
  • monitor their own progress and develop self-determination

date location registration link
aug 1 virtual register now

 

audience: special education 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 special education 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 special education teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt special education 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.

date time location registration link

june 28

8:30am – 11:30am

virtual

register now

 

audience: special education teachers and leaders

 

It is more important than ever for special education 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 in the next grade level, and ultimately, life after high school.

 

topics include:

  • 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, knowledge of the structure and design of the TEKS, and identification of the long strand standards to inform the decision-making process
  • developing an effective, informed, simple PLAAFP statement that focuses on involvement and progress in the general education curriculum
  • adapting instruction to support student learning – prerequisite skills, accommodations and instructional adaptations, and connecting standards to instruction

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

july 26 – morning

july 26 – afternoon

8:30am – 11:30am

1:00pm – 4:00pm

virtual

virtual

register now

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link

july 26 – morning

july 26 – afternoon

july 28

8:30am – 11:30am

1:00pm – 4:00pm

8:30am – 3:30pm

virtual

virtual

esc 8, pittsburg

register now

register now

register now

 

audience: math 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 math 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 math teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt math 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link

july 22 – morning

july 22 – afternoon

8:30am – 11:30am

1:00pm – 4:00pm

virtual

virtual

register now

register now

 

audience: science 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 science 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 science teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt science 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.

date time location registration link

july 26 – morning

july 26 – afternoon

8:30am – 11:30am

1:00pm – 4:00pm

virtual

virtual

register now

register now

 

audience: social studies 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 social studies 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 social studies teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt social studies 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open sessions

date time location registration link

june 8

aug 1

8:30am – 11:30am

8:30am – 11:30am

virtual

virtual

register now

register now

 

audience: teachers and leaders new to lead4ward

 

If you have teachers and leaders who are new to lead4ward tools and resources or need a refresher, this class is designed for you! Launch your lead4ward work and learn how to use the student-centered, teacher-friendly tools, resources, and strategies from lead4ward to make learning meaningful and engaging.

 

what you will learn:

  • lead4ward’s most popular resources to better understand standards and to assist in planning:
    • Snapshots
    • TEKS Scaffolds
    • Academic Vocabulary
    • IQ Released Tests
    • Student Learning Reports
    • Field Guides
  • lead4ward’s instructional tools designed to engage learners:
    • Instructional Strategies Playlist
    • Quickchecks
    • Think It Up
    • Thinking Stems

 

your solution for:

  • identifying resources to guide the work
  • obtaining district sustainability
  • getting started with lead4ward

date time location registration link

may 24-26

june 8-10

8:30am – 3:30pm

8:30am – 3:30pm

Richardson ISD

Round Rock ISD

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register now

 

audience: aspiring district induction trainers

 

Building and sustaining an effective induction program is the heart of this professional learning. Explore the necessary components of an effective induction program and learn how to build, support, and sustain one in your district. This professional learning is designed around a training-of-trainer (TOT) model and will prepare you to lead induction training in your own district.

 

The Teacher Induction TOT includes:

  • Induction Overview, Research & Rationale, and Training Foundations
  • First-Year Teacher Training-of-Trainers
  • Mentoring & Coaching Training-of-Trainers
  • All training materials, including: Teacher Induction binder, First-Year Teacher book, and Mentoring & Coaching book

 

view more information

date time location registration link
june 8 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now
aug 1 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now

 

audience: leadership teams (principal and teacher leaders), PLCs (principal and a selected PLC), and teachers

 

Do you want to be a dynamic, effective teacher? Then student engagement is a critical component of your instruction! In this session, we’ll help teachers and leaders increase competence in using engaging strategies for instruction and develop confidence in delivering instruction that engages and challenges students to learn.

 

what you will learn:

  • how teachers can promote engagement and thinking by planning instruction using  lead4ward’s four instructional resources:
    • instructional strategies playlist (low-prep/high-yield instructional strategies at your fingertips!)
    • quickchecks (comprehension techniques that take only 30 seconds to 1 minute to implement)
    • think it up (quick method for raising the rigor in your questioning)
    • thinking stems (sentence stems that help students frame their responses to complex questions)

 

  • how to proactively address classroom management issues in a learning environment

conferences

audience: any new campus principal or assistant principal

 

This symposium offers campus leaders the space to explore your role in leading learning on a campus, prioritize essential resources and tools, and frame your vision for the year. After two years of leading during a pandemic, we are excited to invite campus leaders to come together to kick off the year in person.

 

In this 1-day symposium, we will explore the importance of:

  • believing in yourself and those around you
  • defining your core team
  • prioritizing your work
  • articulating the state of your campus and your vision

 

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

june 8

aug 1

8:30am – 11:30am

8:30am – 11:30am

virtual

virtual

register now

register now

 

audience: teachers and leaders new to lead4ward

 

If you have teachers and leaders who are new to lead4ward tools and resources or need a refresher, this class is designed for you! Launch your lead4ward work and learn how to use the student-centered, teacher-friendly tools, resources, and strategies from lead4ward to make learning meaningful and engaging.

 

what you will learn:

  • lead4ward’s most popular resources to better understand standards and to assist in planning:
    • Snapshots
    • TEKS Scaffolds
    • Academic Vocabulary
    • IQ Released Tests
    • Student Learning Reports
    • Field Guides
  • lead4ward’s instructional tools designed to engage learners:
    • Instructional Strategies Playlist
    • Quickchecks
    • Think It Up
    • Thinking Stems

 

your solution for:

  • identifying resources to guide the work
  • obtaining district sustainability
  • getting started with lead4ward

date time location registration link
june 8 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now
aug 1 1:00pm – 4:00pm virtual register now

 

audience: leadership teams (principal and teacher leaders), PLCs (principal and a selected PLC), and teachers

 

Do you want to be a dynamic, effective teacher? Then student engagement is a critical component of your instruction! In this session, we’ll help teachers and leaders increase competence in using engaging strategies for instruction and develop confidence in delivering instruction that engages and challenges students to learn.

 

what you will learn:

  • how teachers can promote engagement and thinking by planning instruction using  lead4ward’s four instructional resources:
    • instructional strategies playlist (low-prep/high-yield instructional strategies at your fingertips!)
    • quickchecks (comprehension techniques that take only 30 seconds to 1 minute to implement)
    • think it up (quick method for raising the rigor in your questioning)
    • thinking stems (sentence stems that help students frame their responses to complex questions)

 

  • how to proactively address classroom management issues in a learning environment

conferences

audience: any new campus principal or assistant principal

 

This symposium offers campus leaders the space to explore your role in leading learning on a campus, prioritize essential resources and tools, and frame your vision for the year. After two years of leading during a pandemic, we are excited to invite campus leaders to come together to kick off the year in person.

 

In this 1-day symposium, we will explore the importance of:

  • believing in yourself and those around you
  • defining your core team
  • prioritizing your work
  • articulating the state of your campus and your vision

 

read more –>

 

register now

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