Leaders – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended for Spring

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Audience: For leadership teams (principals and teacher leaders)
Note: For Tested Grades

Let’s rock review for STAAR! A new 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 NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start 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

lead4ward 101

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Audience: For teachers and leaders new to lead4ward tools and resources

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:

  • Explore lead4ward resources, including Snapshots, TEKS Scaffolds, Academic Vocabulary, IQ Released Tests, Student Learning Reports, and much more
  • Determine which lead4ward tools and resources to use in planning
  • Use Instructional Strategies Playlists to engage learners

Your solution for:

  • Identifying resources to guide the work
  • Obtaining district sustainability
  • Getting started with lead4ward

Principal as Process Champion (K-12)

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Audience: For Principals and Assistant Principals

There are more student expectations in the curriculum than most of us can wrap our heads around; and, as a principal, it’s almost impossible to be an expert in all content areas. What if we committed to becoming champions of the process standards? The process standards are consistent across grade levels, highly correlate with overall performance on assessments, and help teachers differentiate for learners. Not only are the process standards foundational to T-TESS, they can also serve as an awesome way for developing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).

What you will learn:

  • The importance of the process standards in learning
  • How to support teachers in effective planning using the process standards
  • Classroom observation tips for supporting process standards during instruction

Your solution for:

  • Focusing a principal’s role in the PLC
  • Being more intentional about planning using the process standards
  • Providing better feedback and support for teachers

Connected Content Sessions

Data: Analysis to Action – Recommended Summer/Fall

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Audience: For leadership teams (principals and teacher leaders)
Note: Combination of Data 411 and Diggin’ Data Sessions

Leading learning requires strategic, focused, and meaningful use of multiple measures of data (STAAR, local tests, and evidence other than tests); using those data to set priorities; and mapping those priorities onto a professional plan.

What you will learn:

  • Use the lead4ward data module in eduphoria or DMAC to create Leadership Report Cards for each grade level and content area
  • Analyze and interpret multiple measures of state and local assessment data
  • Select campus priorities in each content area to create a professional development plan
  • Develop a data plan for the year

Your solution for:

  • Using data to inform the campus or district improvement plan
  • Developing TAIS/school improvement plan
  • Meeting the T-PESS standards
  • Developing a data-based professional development plan

 

Data Optics: Integrating Data Types and Data Visualizations
This workshop is offered for schools subscribing to the lead4ward data tools module in systems such as eduphoria, DMAC, or schoolcity.

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Audience: For district, campus, and/or teacher-level leaders responsible for generating, analyzing, and interpreting data reports

Data Optics is a hands-on workshop where participants generate lead4ward reports using their own data. For those just starting out with lead4ward tools, the workshop focuses on understanding and using the data tools throughout the school year. An advanced version is available that encourages more purposeful data conversations and response opportunities through customization. The workshop also explores local assessment programs and ways to integrate data types and data visualizations.

What you will learn:

  • Overall design and purpose of each tool/report
  • Integration with other lead4ward resources for planning instruction
  • How to generate custom reports and apply filters
  • Methods of connecting and synthesizing student performance and progress data
  • Targeted use of frequency distribution and descriptive data in assessment and instruction
  • Deeper and more purposeful analytics by blending data types and lead4ward visualizations

Your solution for:

  • Maximizing lead4ward data tools to inform instruction
  • Improving the way data is organized and analyzed for better decision-making
  • Developing a comprehensive data “plan”

Note: contact lead4ward for workshop options based on level of understanding or experience with lead4ward data tools.

Planning Instruction: Building the Capacity of the PLC

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Audience: For campus teams:

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

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. 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 (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? How will we respond when they don’t learn it? How will we respond if they already know it?)
  • 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

Rules of Engagement: Making Every Moment Count Through the Strategies Playlist

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Audience: For administrators, leaders, and teachers wanting to increase student engagement
Prerequisite: While not required, we strongly encourage participants to have gone through the planning instruction class before rules of engagement.

We know that learning is not a spectator sport, but how do we teach the standards, prepare students for high-stakes testing, and keep them engaged all at the same time? lead4ward’s Rules of Engagement helps educators acquire the tools to succeed in all these areas!
Through lead4ward’s Strategies Playlist and resources on our APP, participants will better understand how to engage students behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively in the learning process by strengthening their desire to learn, motivation to participate, and academic success.

What you will learn:

  • Why do students need to move and talk?
  • How do you ensure students are learning?
  • How do you “think up” instructional strategies?
  • How do you manage an active classroom?
  • What is the connection between strategies and lead4ward’s Planning Guide?

Your solution for increasing student engagement through:

  • Movement and discourse
  • Rehearsal and practice
  • Extended thinking
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Evidence of learning

Get ready to move around, rehearse strategies first hand, and leave totally inspired as we learn how to teach, reach, and engage students like never before!

Intentional Intervention: Evidence to Action – Recommended Fall

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Audience: For campus teams:

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

Campuses accommodate a wide range of student abilities in their classrooms. As students struggle with learning, teachers and PLCs need structures and strategies to meet their unique learning needs of particular students. In this class campus/district leaders and teacher leaders learn on how to leverage local assessment and classroom evidence and/or STAAR data to strategically plan for intervention that supports all students.

What you will learn:

  • Use data to inform areas for intervention
  • Explore the new lead4ward Tier 1 intervention tool
  • Create a Tier I intervention plan
  • Connect the process and content standards to assessments
  • Facilitate student goal setting and monitoring
  • Instructional strategies to check for understanding

Your solution for:

  • Addressing intervention in the general classroom
  • Identifying manageable ways to respond when kids don’t get it
  • Building the capacity of teachers to respond to student errors

Expanding Assessment

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Audience: For leadership teams (principals and teacher leaders)

Whether it is a teacher-created test, district benchmark, classroom project, or informal check for understanding, teachers use assessments to determine success in learning. In this class, learn ways to use evidence of learning to inform instruction, help students learn from their mistakes, rethink the design of tests, and explore ways PLCs can use evidence other than tests to evaluate progress.

What you will learn:

  • Use multiple measures to gauge learning
  • Create structures for the PLC to collect and evaluate evidence of learning
  • Use strategies for maximizing the instructional value of tests
  • Collect and evaluate evidence of learning other than tests
  • Explain ways to check for understanding

Your solution for:

  • Building assessment literacy
  • Building better assessment

Accountability 2018: It’s Here!

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Audience: For district and campus leaders

Texas is transitioning from the “old” accountability system (which was based on 4 Performance Indexes) to a “new” accountability system (based on 3 Domains). This workshop explains the data measures and indicators that TEA uses in the new 2018 Accountability System. Its emphasis is on helping leaders connect the concepts and performance measures included in accountability with sound, professional-development practices and strong instructional systems that support learning for all students.

What you will learn:

  • Understand current accountability system indicators and measures
  • Connect accountability with professional development and student learning
  • Interpret accountability reports

Your solution for:

  • Understanding accountability indicators and measures
  • Interpreting and taking action based on data

accountabilityconnect

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Audience: For district and campus leaders

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

  • Understand the state accountability system
  • Interpret accountability reports and identify key data measures that can help focus improvement planning
  • Fulfill reporting and campus or district improvement requirements
  • Access and utilize the process for appealing accountability ratings (if applicable)
  • Connect accountability to instruction

Participants receive:

  • Monthly webinars (with additional webinars added on an as-needed basis)
  • Telephone, email or GoToMeeting on-request support
  • Presentation Templates for public hearings/school board meetings
  • Data tools and resources
  • Additional materials designed to synthesize and summarize accountability measures and requirements

leading learning series

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The leading learning series provides structure, tools, and implementation support to campus leaders throughout the school year. lead4ward is excited to offer two support solutions to campus leaders as they develop their expertise in leading learning:

  • planning instruction – Is your campus new to lead4ward or learning how to use lead4ward resources to plan instruction?
  • evidence of learning – (formerly staar4ward) – Is your campus applying lead4ward resources to plan instruction and ready to evaluate for evidence of learning?

What is Leadership Coaching?

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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. Coaching session topics may include:

  • Assistance in implementing knowledge gained through lead4ward services (staar4ward, etc.)
  • Anticipating challenges to leading change and action steps around conquering those challenges
  • Planning for facilitation of productive meetings
  • Campus, team, and personal goal setting

As well as:

  • Planning for upcoming difficult conversations with parents
  • Role playing conversations regarding evaluation of employees
  • Follow through on commitments and changing habits
  • Prioritizing and scheduling

What is the Heart of Teaching Induction?

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lead4ward is excited to offer the Heart of Teaching Induction program! Beginning teachers are our most valuable and precious resources! Helping these teachers to flourish and grow can be some of the most important work we do as educators. Creating an effective induction program will surround new teachers with the support they need to be successful. Induction programs can also contribute to:

  • Higher teacher retention
  • Lower attrition
  • Increased teacher effectiveness
  • Happier teachers

Offerings:

  • Induction Trainer-of-Trainers
  • Mentor Training
  • First-Year Teacher Academy

 

CSI (Connecting Standards to Instruction)

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Audience: Special Education Leaders and Teachers

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 covered:

  • 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

IEP to Action

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Prerequisite: CSI: Connecting Standards to Instruction – Audience: Special Education Teachers and Leaders

Participants will apply the knowledge learned in CSI: Connecting Standards to Informed Decision-Making to the IEP planning process. This hands-on training takes a deeper look into the process, readiness, and supporting standards and the role they play in our curriculum. We will focus our attention on the long strand standards — content standards that build across grade levels and have relevance in future learning and in life — that will provide your students with special needs multiple access points to the rigor of the curriculum.

Participants will:

  • Practice and learn how to write meaningful PLAAFPS based on effective instructional strategies and student’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum
  • Use an informed decision-making process to select high-impact standards for IEP goals and objectives
  • Select, practice, and write measureable, high-impact standards-based goals
  • Select instructional strategies to support IEP goals and help students access the rigor of the standards
  • Practice, develop, and select progress-monitoring models to support IEP goals and inform PLAAFP statements
  • Build a plan for your Special Education PLC to learn the strategies for intervention and enrichment

Reaching Rigor: Creating Success for Special Education Students

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Prerequisite: CSI: Connecting Standards to Instruction – Audience: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, or Both (K-12)

Strategy instruction is the only instructional method that has been shown through research to enable and prepare students with disabilities and other “at-risk” students to meet the complex learning demands of secondary and post-secondary schools.

In this workshop, participants will

  • Explore various strategies to support struggling students in the areas of reading, math, science, and social studies
  • Practice methods for teaching strategies to students, help students evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy, and help students generalize and transfer the use of the strategy
  • Develop an implementation plan for embedding strategy instruction throughout the school year to prepare students for accessing rigor and achieving self-determination

Special Education Academy

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Are you looking for innovative ways to provide Intervention Instruction? 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.

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 your students
  • Plan instruction
  • Explore strategies for K-12 students who are struggling to access the content and rigor of the TEKS

Review

Reading – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring

Note: For Tested Grades
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Let’s rock review for STAAR! A new 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 NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start 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!

Writing – Rockin’ Review – Recommended Spring

Note: For Tested Grades
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Let’s rock review for STAAR! A brand- new Writing Rockin’ Review will focus on how to motivate your students to engage with aspects of the writing process they may have struggled with earlier in the year. We will anchor on the features of writing that are essential for kids to learn and address the highly tested concepts.

Using Writing examples, we will model NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start guides, and deepen understanding of lead4ward resources that specifically facilitate effective review.

Teachers will learn how to: 

  • focus review on priority TEKS clusters
  • leverage 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!

Reading

Comprehension Strategies in Action (K-5) or (6-HS)

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TEKS Clusters: Process, Figure 19

The ability to apply the cognitively demanding comprehension strategies is critical for understanding what is read. This session focuses on providing a framework for implementing learning and leveraging comprehension strategies that support the understanding of what is read and provide a foundation for analyzing what authors do.

This workshop includes:

  • Turning theory into action
  • Building an interactive reading notebook
  • Integrating multiple texts and genres
  • Finding low-prep ways to teach, practice, and transfer

Reading & Writing Academy (6-EOC) – A Year-Long Service

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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

New TEKS

Wave Goodbye, Say Hello: New ELAR TEKS (K-5) or (6-EOC)

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TEKS Cluster: 2017 TEKS

Is it that time already? 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

Review

Math – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring

Note: For Tested Grades
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Let’s rock review for STAAR! A new 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 NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start 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!

Process

Problem Solving in the Math Classroom (K-HS)

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Workshop available beginning June 2018
Do you want to develop self-sufficient, independent thinkers? Are your students struggling with how to start a math problem or effectively communicate their understanding of the content? This session will focus on the effective planning of the process standards to support students with “Tools to Know” to initiate the problem-solving process and “Ways to Show” their understanding of the content.

This workshop includes:

  • Rubric for evaluating students’ use of the process standards
  • Identification of the different types of mathematical thinkers and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of ALL students
  • Instructional strategies for supporting students with how to start the problem-solving process and/or communicate their understanding of mathematics

Whole Numbers

Number Sense (1-4) – Recommended Summer/Early Fall

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TEKS Clusters:
Representing and Comparing Whole Numbers (Gr. 1-3)
Representing and Comparing Whole Numbers/Decimals (Gr. 4)

As place value is the foundation of all that grows in Mathematics, it is essential that our students have a rock-solid understanding of how to represent and compare whole numbers. This session focuses on the place value progression throughout the grades–how the conceptual understanding of place value extends to a better understanding of comparison of values as well as how to support a student’s ability to develop their own algorithms and effectively employ the use of properties of operations when adding and subtracting.

This workshop includes:

  • Student-level activities that build conceptual and procedural fluency within the base-10 system
  • Spiraling activities to continue reinforcing place value understanding throughout the year
  • Strategies that use efficient, accurate, and generalizable methods to add and subtract two-digit whole numbers

Algebra for the Young Minds: It’s Elementary (3-5) – Recommended Fall

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TEKS Clusters: Addition/Subtraction of Whole Numbers (Gr. 3)
Multiplication/Division of Whole Numbers (Gr. 3)
Whole Number Operations (Gr. 4-5)

Being able to select the appropriate operation(s) and represent real-world situations with an appropriate number sentence/equation are foundational for young learners in securing their understanding of whole number operations. This session focuses on how to move students from concrete to abstract representations of math problems to build that algebraic mindset.
This workshop includes:

  • Using strip diagrams effectively as a means of representing math problems
  • Creating activities that allow students to connect the use of strip diagrams to the selection of appropriate mathematical operation and identification of the number of steps in a problem
  • Adjusting existing instructional materials to reach more transfer and rigor

Fractions

Studying the Parts that Make Up the Whole of Fractions (2-5) – Recommended Fall

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Workshop available beginning June 2017

TEKS Clusters:
Fractions (Gr. 2-4)
All Operations with Fractions (Gr. 5)

Is the sum of all your parts not equaling the whole when it comes to the Fractions strand of Mathematics? Fractions can be very complex for young learners until they understand the value of a “whole” and experience the “parts of the whole” through a variety of concrete representations. Spend a day experiencing the verticality of Fractions in the elementary curriculum.

This workshop includes:

  • Engaging in activities that vertically align to the developmental acquisition of fractional understanding
  • Connecting the concrete, pictorial, and abstract thinking of fractions
  • Unveiling what released STAAR items demonstrate about the expectations of fractional understanding

Geometry and Measurement

The Long and Short of Measurement (3-5) – Recommended Spring

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TEKS Clusters:
Measurement (Gr. 3-4)
Geometry and Measurement (Gr. 5)

Measurement can be complex for young learners without having those hands-on experiences and relation to real life. Come lengthen your knowledge of the measurement standards, build capacity within your instructional practices, and weigh in on some new ideas.

This workshop includes:

  • Keeping, tweaking, or trashing measurement lessons based on the study of the standards
  • Unlocking the hidden messages found with the realigned/newly released STAAR items
  • Recrafting some of our instructional practices to support a more conceptual understanding of measurement

Review

Science – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring

Note: For Tested Grades
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Let’s rock review for STAAR! A new 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 NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start 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!

Process

The Power of Process in Science! (K-5) or (6-EOC)

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Process = Engagement + Thinking – That’s the Power of Process!
Process standards are all about “how” we learn! Explore how to go beyond basic-level thinking and help foster life-long learners and problem solvers through teaching the process standards.

Participants will:

  • Discover how to easily plan and incorporate the process standards in daily instruction
  • Learn ways to help foster scientific questioning and communication
  • Learn how process standards help student learning in all content areas
  • Understand how process standards will be assessed on the STAAR Assessments and how to best prepare students for the rigor of dual-coded questions

Physical Science

Physical Science Matters: Matter and Energy (6-8) – Recommended Summer/Early Fall

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Workshop available beginning June 2018

TEKS Clusters:
Elements and Compounds (Gr. 6)
Physical Characteristics of Matter (Gr. 6)
Interactions of Matter and Energy (Gr. 7)
Properties of Atoms, Chemical Formulas and Reactions (Gr. 8)

Exploring matter and energy is usually the first big unit of instruction for the school year. These concepts are sometimes difficult for students, and yet they are essential to an overall understanding of physical science. This workshop digs deep into the content that helps support conceptual understandings and how it plays a crucial role in middle school grades.

This workshop includes:

  • Investigating what concepts are hard for students to understand at each grade level and ways to support learning
  • Identifying specific grade-level lab investigations that address the difficult concepts of physical science
  • Integrating Instructional Strategies that help support the transfer of learning from the taught to the tested
  • Providing an in-depth look at how these concepts are tested on STAAR and how to address them in instruction

Physical Science: Force, Motion, and Energy (6-8) – Recommended Summer/Fall

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Workshop available beginning June 2017

TEKS Clusters:
Force, Motion, Potential, and Kinetic Energy (Gr. 6)
Law of Conservation of Energy (Gr. 6)
Force, Motion, and Energy Relationships (Gr.7)
Force, Motion, and Energy (Gr. 8)

From investigating potential and kinetic energy to learning about Newton’s Laws–middle school is jam-packed with force, motion, and energy! It is important that students build on the basic understandings of force, motion, and energy to gain the competencies necessary for physics.

This workshop includes:

  • Learning ways to engage and build strong content understanding
  • Exploring the important role each grade level plays in the development of the TEKS Cluster
  • Identifying specific grade-level lab investigations that enhance learning
  • Focusing on how STAAR items can inform our instruction and support learning

Earth Science

Earth Science: Exploring Space and Weather (6-8) – Recommended Late Fall/January

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Workshop available beginning June 2017

TEKS Clusters:
Organization of Solar System (Gr. 6)
Sun, Earth, and Moon (Gr. 8)
Characteristics of the Universe (Gr. 8)
Climatic Interactions (Gr. 8)

It is important for students to build on their understanding of space through understanding the organization of our solar system and how our atmosphere impacts the oceans and weather of our planet. This workshop is geared for 6th and 8th grades, which focus on space and weather.

This workshop includes:

  • Exploring ways to connect the important content to everyday investigations and strategies to support conceptual understanding
  • Focusing on how STAAR interesting items inform instruction
  • Identifying grade-specific, hands-on lab investigations and activities that can enhance learning

 

Review

Social Studies – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring

Note: For Tested Grades (Grade 8 and USH)
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Let’s rock review for STAAR! A new 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 NEW strategies, plan with the updated 1-2-3 plan, review the updated quick start 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!

Process, Strategies, and Spiral Standards

Power of Process in the Social Studies Classroom (4-EOC)

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starting June 2018

Do you want to develop self-sufficient, independent thinkers? Are your students struggling with how to apply their understanding of the content to a variety of stimuli? This session will focus on the effective planning of the process standards to support students with “Tools to Know” to initiate the critical-thinking process and “Ways to Show” their understanding of the content.

This workshop includes:

  • Engaging activities that reveal ways to analyze and interpret social studies information (primary sources, secondary sources, and visuals)
  • Ways to foster social studies reasoning skills and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of ALL students
  • Instructional strategies for supporting students with how to start the critical-thinking process and/or communicate their understanding of social studies content
  • Comprehension strategies that will enable the successful acquisition of new content knowledge
  • An understanding of how process standards are assessed on STAAR and how to best prepare students for the rigor of dual-coded questions in tested and non tested courses

Social Studies Playlist: Strategies and Routines (4-EOC)

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TEKS Clusters:
All clusters.

Move beyond the lecture and liven up your Social Studies classroom. Engaging students in the learning process is mandatory for content retention. How can you do that when there is so little time and so much content? Discover historical analysis routines and practices for students to embed and internalize for transfer to independent analysis of primary and secondary sources. Experience effective strategies from the lead4ward playlist that include rigorous thinking and rich content! Effective social studies routines and engaged strategies will enrich all social studies classrooms.

This workshop includes:

  • Discovering historical analysis routines and practices you can use that will help students embed and internalize their learning and transfer it to independent analysis of primary and secondary sources
  • Experiencing effective strategies from the lead4ward playlist that include rigorous thinking and rich content

Social Studies ePLC (8th and U.S. History)

Social Studies ePLC – A Series of Prerecorded Webinars for PLCs

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The Social Studies Professional Learning Community is designed to offer time for Social Studies teachers who teach 8th grade Social Studies or US History to collaborate, learn what’s new, and discuss issues related to content, curriculum alignment, standards, and testing.

Teachers often struggle to translate the unit bundle of TEKS into lesson themes and then to daily lesson plans. The goal of these webinars is to facilitate constructive conversations about how to make the content in the TEKS comprehensible for students and provide methods for students to develop pathways for recall.

The ePLC will include:

  • Fifteen to twenty 30-minute recorded webinars to facilitate a PLC session for each major topic or era
  • A platform to collaborate with other Social Studies teachers throughout the state
  • Resources at your fingertips

General

lead4ward 101

Audience: Leaders and Teachers New to lead4ward 

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New to lead4ward? Come join us for a day of fantastic fun and amazing learning as we help you launch your lead4ward work! You will learn how to use the student-centered, teacher-friendly tools, resources, and strategies from lead4ward to make learning meaningful and engaging.

Our goal is that you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the lead4ward resources including snapshots, scaffold, academic vocabulary, IQ released tests, student learning reports and much more
  • Use the lead4ward tools and resources in the planning routine
  • Create a playlist of instructional strategies to engage learners

What is the Heart of Teaching Induction?

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lead4ward is excited to offer the Heart of Teaching Induction program! Beginning teachers are our most valuable and precious resources! Helping these teachers to flourish and grow can be some of the most important work we do as educators. Creating an effective induction program will surround new teachers with the support they need to be successful. Induction programs can also contribute to:

  • Higher teacher retention
  • Lower attrition
  • Increased teacher effectiveness
  • Happier teachers