The 2020-2021 school year may provide some new challenges, but it will also give us new opportunities to innovate and be our best selves. lead4ward virtual learning is designed to provide educators with meaningful, relevant, and engaging virtual learning experiences. Public health concerns are causing districts, educators, and parents to determine the safest learning environments, including professional development for teachers and leaders. All lead4ward services and workshops will be delivered in a virtual learning model and include the following components:

leadership

engaging learners across environments – request PD

Audience: For leadership team (principal and teacher leaders), PLC (principal and a selected PLC), and teachers

Format: virtual, live, guided sessions; virtual independent learning; statewide, virtual jam sessions

Do you want to be a dynamic, effective teacher in a virtual environment? Then, student engagement will be a critical component of your virtual instruction! In this session, teachers will increase both their competence and confidence in delivering engaging, rigorous instruction for both in-person (where students must be socially distanced) and virtual learning environments.

What you will learn:

  • how teachers can get started by setting up an engaging, productive virtual learning environment
    • setting up the teacher’s virtual teaching space
    • setting up the student’s virtual learning space
    • establishing virtual norms
    • developing virtual classroom routines
  • how to proactively address classroom management issues in a virtual learning environment
  • how teachers can promote engagement by partnering virtual platform features (camera, chat, breakout rooms) with lead4ward’s four instructional tools
    • quickchecks
    • think it up
    • thinking stems
    • instructional strategies playlist

Your solution for:

  • helping teachers learn how to set up virtual classrooms
  • increasing teachers’ competence in using engaging strategies within virtual platforms for both in-person (socially distanced) instruction and virtual instruction
  • increasing teachers’ confidence in delivering instruction that engages and challenges students to learn

monitoring student progress across environments – request PD

Audience: For leadership team (principal and teacher leaders), PLC (principal and a selected PLC), and teachers

How do we “grade” beyond the numbers? Evaluating student learning in a virtual environment is critical for ensuring rigor and measuring student progress. In this session, teachers will increase both their competence and confidence in collecting varied evidence of learning in both synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.

What you will learn:

  • how to align evidence of learning and “doing the right thing for students” with district grading policies
  • how to collect and evaluate various types of student work
  • how to use lead4ward’s Quickchecks and the Instructional Strategies Playlist as informal assessment tools
  • how to leverage virtual tools to assign and collect meaningful student work
  • how to quickly develop and use rubrics to evaluate virtual student work

Your solution for:

  • grading in a virtual learning environment
  • collecting multiple assessment measures for attestation of student progress/growth

reimagining planning instruction for leaders – request PD

Audience: For campus teams:

  • Leadership team (principal and teacher leaders) OR
  • PLC (principal and a selected PLC)

PLCs in 2020 are challenged to reimagine planning instruction that includes the ability to adapt to multiple learning environments: in-person and virtual. lead4ward has developed structures for helping teachers develop skills in each area while maintaining a focus on engaged, rigorous learning.

What you will learn:

  • Develop systems of support for teaching across learning environments
  • Design and evaluate in-person and virtual resources
  • Examine ways to collect and evaluate evidence of learning
  • Use the Instructional Strategies Playlists to engage learners in both the in-person and virtual environments
  • Use the new sub-cluster planning guide to determine which part of instruction is most appropriate to varied environments
  • Engage with other districts and campuses in statewide jam sessions to refine ideas and practices

Your solution for:

  • Helping PLCs get started by supporting needed structures to prepare for learning
  • Making decisions about what to do and when/where within instruction (when do we most need to see students to set them up for success?)
  • Leveraging resources for planning
  • Connecting data to instruction
  • Determining success as a virtual educator

Connected Content Sessions

  • Planning for Literacy Instruction
  • Planning for Math Instruction (3-HS)
  • Planning for Science Instruction (4-EOC)
  • Social Studies Instruction (4-EOC)

implementation support – request PD

Implementation plays a key role in the success of your district or campus plan. Without strong implementation, strategic goals can remain unactionable or lack the success you were hoping for. We know that district and campus leaders may need targeted support that allows them to dive deeper in the application work and explore their ability to lead others to deepen student thinking. From general consulting to leading systems, we are here to help you identify and implement the work that meets the needs of your specific campus or district.

We will work with you to build a virtual support plan that will pull from topics such as:

  • lead4ward 101
  • Data: Analysis to Action
  • Data Optics
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Principal as a Process Champion
  • Leading Systems
  • Leading Learning Series
  • General consultation

leading learning series with optional implementation support

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The 2020-21 school year may provide some new challenges, but it will also give us new opportunities to innovate and be our best selves. The leading learning series is designed to help campus leadership teams find focus, leverage resources, and lead learning. The content for this year will specifically help campus leaders plan for high-quality instruction across learning environments: school@school, school@home, and school@schome!

Learning videos will be posted to help leaders choose their focus for independent learning.

BONUS CONTENT!

NEW this year, join us for live Jam Sessions paced throughout the year for virtual, face-to-face follow-on and problem-solving sessions.

 

 

 

 

2020-21 leading learning series members will also have access to previous content to help them continue their journey.

  • planning instruction – How do we use lead4ward resources to plan instruction?
  • intervention – How do we support students who need intervention?
  • the power of process – How do we become champions of the process standards?

focused implementation support (optional)

Sometimes, learning and implementing leadership initiatives require extra support. For those campuses and districts participating in the leading learning series, we have lead4ward crew who are prepared to partner with you to leverage tools and strategies that promote practical, day-to-day actions and results.

review/end of year assessment – request PD

Audience: For leadership teams (principals and teacher leaders) of tested grades
Note: The design of the class may evolve depending on what happens with the 2021 STAAR assessment.

Let’s rock review for STAAR! A twist on a classic, Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 for Leaders will focus on how to support teachers to motivate students to engage with content that they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the content that is essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using examples from each content area, we will model strategies, plan with the SET List, review the updated quickstart guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Leaders will learn how to:

  • Focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • Leverage content strategies to engage learners
  • Explore hands-on/minds-on activities that provide meaningful practice
  • Activate student voice to create engaging review
  • Empower students to analyze and take ownership of common errors
  • Plan your next steps

Let’s rock this!

Connected Content Sessions

  • Math – Review/End of Year Assessment
  • Literacy – Review/End of Year Assessment
  • Social Studies – Review/End of Year Assessment
  • Science – Review/End of Year Assessment

 

accountability

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Audience: For district and campus leaders

The waiver of state and federal assessment and accountability systems for 2019-20 was intended to allow districts and campuses to focus on what mattered most in finishing the 2019-20 school year – the health and safety of students, staff, families and school communities. Entering the 2020-21 school year, school leaders will face more questions than ever about assessment and accountability. accountabilityconnect2020 is designed to help district leaders stay up-to-date on changes to state and federal assessment and accountability in 2020-21 and be able to lead with confidence throughout the school year.

accountabilityconnect is a year-long district support service that is designed to help school leaders:

  • Understand the state and federal assessment and accountability systems
  • Stay current on changes or developments impacting instruction, assessment and or accountability
  • Make sense of the complexities of state and federal assessment and accountability systems to be able to lead and support effective instructional practices
  • Connect accountability to instruction – to the benefit of teachers, students and the community

Participants receive:

  • At least 12 scheduled webinars (with additional webinars added on an as-needed basis)
  • Telephone, text, email or virtual on-request support
  • Presentation templates for public hearings/school board meetings
  • Ongoing development of data tools and resources to help analyze and evaluate student growth and performance
  • Online learning modules
  • Additional materials designed to synthesize and summarize assessment and accountability requirements

accountability for leaders – request PD

Audience: For district and campus leaders

The waiver of state and federal assessment and accountability systems for 2019-20 was intended to allow districts and campuses to focus on what mattered most in finishing the 2019-20 school year – the health and safety of students, staff, families and school communities. Entering the 2020-21 school year, school leaders will face more questions than ever about assessment and accountability. 

accountability for leaders is a virtual learning session that is designed to provide a broad overview of the data measures that are included in the A-F Accountability system.
What you will learn:

  • Understand the data measures included in the A-F Accountability system
  • Connect accountability data measures to instruction – to the benefit of teachers and students
  • Any updates on 2020-21 accountability as of the date of the session

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

induction & mentoring

teacher induction: trainer of trainers – request PD

Audience: For aspiring district induction trainers

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

The three days of Induction TOT include:

  • Day 1 – Induction Overview, Research & Rationale, and Training Foundations
  • Day 2 – First-Year Teacher Trainer-of-Trainers
  • Day 3 – Mentoring & Coaching Training-of-Trainers

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mentor training – virtual learning request PD

Audience: aspiring district mentors

Mentoring is key to new teachers’ success! This two-day event will explore the tools and skills needed to effectively coach and mentor new teachers. Administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, PLC leaders, and others with a heart for teaching will leave the training ready to mentor new teachers in their district and on their campus.

The two days of Mentor Training include:

  • Day 1 – Induction Overview and Research & Rationale
  • Day 2 – Mentoring & Coaching

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first-year teacher academy – virtual learning request PD

Audience: For beginning teachers

lead4ward’s First-Year Teacher Academy helps grow effective teachers through ongoing professional learning & support over the course of the school year. Topics include:

  • Becoming an Effective Teacher
  • Getting Ready for the First Days
  • Managing the Classroom Environment
  • And Many More!
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mentoring eplc

Audience: aspiring district mentors
The Mentoring ePLC explores the tools and skills needed to effectively coach and mentor new teachers.

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coaching

leadership coaching

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Audience: For district and campus leaders

Leadership coaching involves focused conversation around topics of the leader’s choice, designed to increase the leader’s confidence in his or her competency to lead.

IEP to action in a virtual environment – Request PD

Audience: Special Education Teachers and Leaders

How do we re-imagine the IEP for our virtual world? This training explores the process, readiness, and supporting standards and the roles they play in instruction. We’ll focus our attention on the process and long strand content standards (standards that build across grade levels and have relevance in future learning and in life) that will provide your students with disabilities multiple access points to the rigor of the curriculum. Leave with a strategy for IEP development that supports access to high-impact standards and promotes meaningful progress over time.

Participants will:

  • Learn how the structure and design of the TEKS can be leveraged to strategically develop the IEP
  • Learn a structure for writing PLAAFPs based on effective instructional strategies, student involvement, and progress in the general education curriculum
  • Use an informed decision-making process to select high-impact standards for IEP goals and objectives
  • SPractice progress-monitoring models to support IEP goals and inform PLAAFP statements

implementation support – request PD

Implementation plays a key role in the success of your district, campus, or classroom Special Education plan. Without strong implementation, student special education goals can remain unactionable or lack the success you were hoping for. We know that special education and general education teachers and leaders may need targeted support that allows them to dive deeper in the application work and explore their ability to deepen student thinking. We are here to help you identify and implement the work that meets the needs of your specific district, campus, or classroom.

We will work with you to build a virtual support plan that will pull from topics such as:

  • CSI (connecting standards to instruction)
  • The Power of Process
  • Reaching Rigor: Creating Success for Special Education Students
  • Unlocking Achievement: Developing Independent Thinking in Students with Disabilities
  • Supporting Struggling Secondary Readers
  • General consultation

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 help teachers:

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

special education academy

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Target Audience: Special Education teachers and leaders -or- collaborative teams of special education, general education, and leadership.

Are you looking for innovative ways to provide specially designed instruction for students being served by special education programs? The goal of the lead4ward Special Education Academy is to provide a learning and support system for educators with face-to-face professional development and virtual support throughout two consecutive school years. Participants will synthesize, adapt, and transfer current and new learning to provide effective instruction, intervention, practice, and assessment. Following a learn, practice, and reflect model, academy members will leave with the confidence and competence to set in motion relevant change to promote students as lifelong learners.

reimagining planning instruction for literacy (K-5) or (6-EOC) – request PD

PLCs are challenged to maximize limited time to plan instruction that is relevant, engaging, and rigorous. Learn how PLCs can use the lead4ward Planning Guide to distribute planning between the PLC and the individual teacher and apply the learning to an upcoming unit of instruction.

What you will learn:

  • Use the lead4ward Planning Guide and the lead4ward app to maximize planning time
    • Create engaging learning experiences by selecting appropriate instructional resources
    • Communicate concepts using a variety of visuals
    • Determine academic vocabulary important for concept development
    • Determine evidence of learning
  • Use the lead4ward tools and resources in planning (Snapshots, Teacher Learning Reports, Student Learning Reports, Field Guides, IQ Released Tests, TEKS Scaffolds, Academic Vocabulary)
  • Enhance lessons and activities with Instructional Strategies Playlists
  • Discover options for implementing the planning routine

Your solution for:

  • Answering the questions that guide PLCs developed by the DuFours (What do we want students to learn? How will we know they are learning?)
  • Creating a planning process that has structure, yet allows teachers to address differences in their classes
  • Providing a common set of expectations for planning
  • Connecting data to instruction

wave goodbye, say hello: new ELAR TEKS (K-5) or (6-HS) – request PD

Join lead4ward as we sort through the new and old TEKS as a way to determine curriculum and instructional “keepers” and shifts.

This workshop includes:

  • Comparing and understanding content and cognitive changes
  • Learning the new lead4ward resources, including new Know to Show documents
  • Exploring possible unit clusters
  • Identifying routines, activities, and resources to continue
  • Identifying new routines, activities, and resource needs

implementation support for literacy – request PD

Implementation plays a key role in the success of your campus or classroom literacy plan. Without strong implementation, student literacy goals can remain unactionable or lack the success you were hoping for. We know that literacy teachers and leaders may need targeted support that allows them to dive deeper in the application work and explore their ability to deepen student thinking. We are here to help you identify and implement the work that meets the needs of your specific campus or classroom.

We will work with you to build a virtual support plan that will pull from topics such as:

  • Literacy framework
  • Targeted content/data
  • Reviewing for assessment
  • General consultation

 

literacy academy for ELAR (3-5) or (6-HS) – a year-long service – – request PD

Are you looking for innovative ways to provide Reading and Writing instruction? The goal of the lead4ward Reading and Writing Academy is to provide a learning and support system for educators with face-to-face professional development and virtual support throughout two consecutive school years. Participants will synthesize, adapt, and transfer current and new learning to provide effective reading/writing instruction, practice, and assessment. Following a learn, practice, and reflect model, academy members will leave with the confidence and competence to set in motion relevant change to promote students as lifelong readers, writers, and learners.

This academy emphasizes:

  • Big idea/shift
  • Making it work — pacing and timing
  • Reading and writing process
  • Effective independent reading practice
  • Genre study
  • Instructional variety
  • Student Learning Reports

literacy ePLC

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The goal of the lead4ward literacy ePLC is to provide a virtual learning and support system for ELAR educators throughout the year. The support will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • planning for common mistakes students make
  • timing and pacing
  • planning process
  • useful assessments
  • literacy as a process

literacy – review/end of year assessment – request PD

Audience: For leadership teams (principals and literacy teacher leaders) of tested grades

Note: The design of the class may evolve depending on what happens with the 2021 STAAR assessment.

Let’s rock review for STAAR! A twist on a classic, Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 for Reading will focus on how to motivate your students to engage with content that they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the content that is essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using Reading examples, we will model strategies, plan with the SET List, review the updated quickstart guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Teachers will learn how to:

  • Focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • Leverage content strategies to engage learners
  • Explore hands-on/minds-on activities that provide meaningful practice
  • Activate student voice to create engaging review
  • Empower students to analyze and take ownership of common errors
  • Plan your next steps

Let’s rock this!

reimagining planning instruction for math (3-HS) – request PD

Planning for effective Tier 1 instruction is the key to the growth of ALL students and minimizes the need for intervention. Discover a planning process that models how to move students through the stages of learning to reach rigor and relevance in your math classroom.

This workshop includes:

  • Learn it: How do you introduce a concept for the first time? How do you assess students’ prior knowledge of the concept to even know where to begin? What does “I do, we do, you do” really look like in the classroom?
  • Apply It: How will students apply their understanding of the concept? How do you design/choose activities that are at the application level? How will you differentiate the application of the concept for the varying degrees of learners in your classroom?
  • Connect It: How will students connect their understanding of the concept to STAAR? How will students connect their understanding to previous/upcoming units of instruction? How will students connect their understanding to concepts outside of the math classroom?

implementation support for math – request PD

Implementation plays a key role in the success of your campus or classroom mathematics plan. Without strong implementation, student mathematics goals can remain unactionable or lack the success you were hoping for. We know that math teachers and leaders may need targeted support that allows them to dive deeper in the application work and explore their ability to deepen student thinking. We are here to help you identify and implement the work that meets the needs of your specific campus or classroom.  

We will work with you to build a virtual support plan that will pull from topics such as:

  • Problem Solving in the Math Classroom
  • Targeted content/data
  • Math Intervention for ALL (3-EOC)
  • General consultation

math – review/end of year assessment – request PD

Audience: For leadership teams (principals and math teacher leaders) of tested grades
Note: The design of the class may evolve depending on what happens with the 2021 STAAR assessment.

Let’s rock review for STAAR! A twist on a classic, Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 for Math will focus on how to motivate your students to engage with content that they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the content that is essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using Math examples, we will model strategies, plan with the SET List, review the updated quickstart guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Teachers will learn how to:

  • Focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • Leverage content strategies to engage learners
  • Explore hands-on/minds-on activities that provide meaningful practice
  • Activate student voice to create engaging review
  • Empower students to analyze and take ownership of common errors
  • Plan your next steps

Let’s rock this!

middle school math learning videos

online middle school math learning videos for teachers!

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Only have time for a 20-minute PLC? Having difficulty filtering through all of the curriculum documents to even know where to begin the planning process? We can help!

The lead4ward Middle School Math Learning Video Series provides two videos for every highly tested middle school TEKS Cluster.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Proportional Reasoning

Proportional Reasoning

Proportional and
Non-Proportional Reasoning

Expressions, Equations, & Inequalities

Equations & Inequalities

Equations & Inequalities

Algebraic Reasoning

Geometry & Measurement

Geometry & Measurement:
Two-Dimensional

Data Analysis

Probability

Geometry & Measurement:
Three-Dimensional

 

Each video is between 10-15 minutes long and drills down to the curriculum and content basics of what is needed to effectively plan instruction.

  • TEKS Scaffold video – uses the lead4ward TEKS Scaffold document to better understand the verticality of the curriculum as a means of knowing where to begin and/or intervene with instruction. View Sample Video –>
  • Released Tests video – uses the lead4ward IQ Released Items Analysis Tool to reveal content error patterns from the released tests and drive how we adjust our instructional practices to better address those identifiable needs. View Sample Video –>

 

reimagining planning instruction for science (4-EOC) – request PD

Planning for effective Tier 1 instruction is the key to the growth of ALL students and minimizes the need for intervention. Discover a planning process that models how to move students through the stages of learning to reach rigor and relevance in your science classroom.

This workshop includes:

  • Learn it: How do you introduce a concept for the first time? How do you assess students’ prior knowledge of the concept to even know where to begin? What does “I do, we do, you do” really look like in the classroom?
  • Apply It: How will students apply their understanding of the concept? How do you design/choose activities that are at the application level? How will you differentiate the application of the concept for the varying degrees of learners in your classroom?
  • Connect It: How will students connect their understanding of the concept to STAAR? How will students connect their understanding to previous/upcoming units of instruction? How will students connect their understanding to concepts outside of the science classroom?

science – review/end of year assessment – request PD

Audience: For leadership teams (principals and science teacher leaders) of tested grades
Note: The design of the class may evolve depending on what happens with the 2021 STAAR assessment.

Let’s rock review for STAAR! A twist on a classic, Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 for Science will focus on how to motivate your students to engage with content that they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the content that is essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using Science examples, we will model strategies, plan with the SET List, review the updated quickstart guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Teachers will learn how to:

  • Focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • Leverage content strategies to engage learners
  • Explore hands-on/minds-on activities that provide meaningful practice
  • Activate student voice to create engaging review
  • Empower students to analyze and take ownership of common errors
  • Plan your next steps

Let’s rock this!

reimagining planning instruction for social studies (4-EOC) – request PD

TEKS Clusters: All clusters.

Planning for effective Tier 1 instruction is the key to the growth of ALL students and minimizes the need for intervention. Come discover a planning process that models how to move students through the stages of learning to reach rigor and relevance in your Social Studies classroom.

This workshop includes:

  • Learn it: How do you introduce a concept or the content? How do you assess students’ prior knowledge of the concept/content to even know where to begin? What does “I do, we do, you do” really look like in the Social Studies classroom?
  • Apply It: How will students apply their understanding of the concept/content? How do you design/choose activities that are at the application level? How will you differentiate the application of the concept for the varying degrees of learners in your classroom?
  • Connect It: How will students connect their understanding to previous/upcoming units of instruction? How will students connect their understanding to concepts outside of the Social Studies classroom? How will students connect their understanding of the concept/content to STAAR?

full streamlining ahead with the social studies TEKS (K-5) – request PD

The streamlined K-5 Social Studies TEKS will be implemented in the 2020-21 school year. What changes have been made, and how will they impact instruction and student learning?

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Study the streamlined standards to determine instructional impacts
  • Use new lead4ward resources to help plan instruction around the standards
  • Examine the alignment of the Spiral Standards and discover how they help to bridge concepts between grade levels and courses
  • Connect content with process standards to promote a more rigorous approach to instruction
  • Explore activities that allow students to access and transfer content knowledge

full streamlining ahead with the social studies TEKS (6-EOC) – request PD

The streamlined 6-12th Grade Social Studies TEKS were implemented in the 2019-20 school year. What changes were made, and how will they impact instruction and student learning? In this workshop, participants will:

  • Study the streamlined standards to determine instructional impacts
  • Use new lead4ward resources to help plan instruction around the standards
  • Examine the alignment of the Spiral Standards and discover how they help to bridge concepts between grade levels and courses
  • Connect content with process standards to promote a more rigorous approach to instruction
  • Explore activities that allow students to access and transfer content knowledge

implementation support for social studies

Implementation plays a key role in the success of your campus or classroom Social Studies plan. Without strong implementation, student social studies goals can remain unactionable or lack the success you were hoping for. We know that social studies teachers and leaders may need targeted support that allows them to dive deeper in the application work and explore their ability to deepen student thinking. We are here to help you identify and implement the work that meets the needs of your specific campus or classroom.

We will work with you to build a virtual support plan that will pull from topics such as:

  • Power of Process in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Targeted content/data
  • General consultation

social studies ePLC – a webinar series for PLCs

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The 8th Grade Social Studies ePLC (online Professional Learning Community) helps teachers build their understanding of big-picture concepts and content nuances through webinars and other resources that address each major topic.

The 2020-21 ePLC:

  • Aligns with the streamlined TEKS and trends from STAAR
  • Embeds process-based instructional best practices and strategies from the Social Studies Playlist (NEW)
  • Subdivides major topics into units of study to allow more flexibility during PLC meetings (NEW)
  • Addresses the “how” and “when” for intervention (NEW)

Teachers often struggle to translate the volume of TEKS standards and Social Studies content into manageable chunks of instruction. Front-loading teacher planning time with lead4ward’s ePLC allows them to spend constructive time within their PLC designing engaging experiences and planning targeted lessons that promote content retention, comprehension, and historical thinking skills.

How and when should we intervene to ensure students are successful? And what methods could we use for students at different thresholds? New this year, each topic also includes a webinar that discusses what intervention could look like for students who are struggling to access the stimuli and/or need support with inferential thinking.

social studies – review/end of year assessment – request PD

Audience: For leadership teams (principals and social studies teacher leaders) of tested grades
Note: The design of the class may evolve depending on what happens with the 2021 STAAR assessment.
Let’s rock review for STAAR! A twist on a classic, Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 for Social Studies will focus on how to motivate your students to engage with content that they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the content that is essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using Social Studies examples, we will model strategies, plan with the SET List, review the updated quickstart guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Teachers will learn how to:

  • Focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • Leverage content strategies to engage learners
  • Explore hands-on/minds-on activities that provide meaningful practice
  • Activate student voice to create engaging review
  • Empower students to analyze and take ownership of common errors
  • Plan your next steps

Let’s rock this!

social studies learning videos

introduction to full streamlining ahead with the social studies TEKS (grades K-5)

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The streamlined K-5 Social Studies TEKS will be implemented in the 2020-21 school year. What changes have been made, and how will they impact instruction and student learning?

Virtual learning requires creating opportunities for educators to access content in a variety of ways. The Social Studies learning videos allow participants to access the pre-recorded, guided instruction when it works best for them: as individual learners, as plc teams, or as a campus. Engage with what you need, when you need it!

Instruction will be delivered through pre-recorded learning videos. An additional three hours of application work will be provided for a total of six hours of professional development.