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, Teacher Learning Reports, 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-HS)

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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
  • How to implement process strategies in the content areas

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 June – September

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Audience: For leadership teams (principals and teacher leaders)

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. In this class, we will explore ways to link campus content priorities to the Campus Improvement Plan and embed them in T-TESS/T-PESS conversations.

You will learn to:

  • Explore standards using lead4ward resources including the new ELAR leadership report card
  • Initiate conversations with students
  • Reflect on instructional practices, resources, and approaches that help explain performance and progress data in PLCs
  • Leverage the lead4ward data module to create Leadership Report Cards
  • Select campus priorities in each content area to create a professional development plan

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 your 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 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

Connected Content Sessions

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 first.

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!

Intervention for All for Leaders – Recommended Summer, Fall, Early Spring

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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 the unique learning needs of particular students. In this class, campus leaders and teacher leaders learn how to leverage local assessment data in the moment, at the end of instruction, and over time to plan intervention that supports all students. We will explore the intervention concept of “pulling the string” and how it can ensure that no one goes backward.

What you will learn:

  • Use data to inform areas for intervention
  • Explore the lead4ward Subcluster Intervention Tool
  • Review the lead4ward Field Guides and their role in intervention
  • Connect the process and content standards to assessment
  • Facilitate student goal setting and monitoring
  • Use instructional strategies to check for understanding

Your solution for:

  • Understanding the role intervention plays throughout instruction
  • Addressing intervention in the general classroom at a subcluster level
  • Identifying manageable ways to respond to all kids that need intervention

Connected Content Sessions

Accountability for Leaders

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Audience: For district and campus leaders

Texas has transitioned to the “new” A-F Accountability System. This workshop explains the data measures and indicators that TEA uses in the A-F Accountability System – and the impact those data measures have on instruction. The focus of the session is to help leaders connect the concepts and performance measures included in the accountability system 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. This year, in addition to planning instruction, lead4ward is excited to include a focus on intervention and process standards to assist campus leaders in developing their expertise in leading learning! This year, campus leaders will have access to all three webinar series!

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

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 competence to lead. Coaching session topics may include:

  • Assistance in implementing knowledge gained through lead4ward services
  • 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

Leaders – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended for Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

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

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 – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2
  • Reading – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2
  • Writing – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2
  • Social Studies – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2
  • Science – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2

 

CSI (Connecting Standards to Instruction)

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Audience: Campus Teams (Special Education/Classroom 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 TEKS structure and design, 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

The Power of Process (This is a repeat of the 2019 Power of Process Workshop)

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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 the process standards help student learning in all content areas
  • Understand how process standards will be assessed on STAAR and how to best prepare students for the rigor of dual-coded questions

 

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

How do we support students with disabilities with the complex learning demands of the content standards? High-yield instructional strategies, concrete representations, and metacognitive skill development are some of the evidence-based methodologies found to help students meet the high expectations of a rigorous curriculum. Join us to fill your instructional toolbox with ideas for reaching struggling learners in high-impact content standards across content areas.

In this workshop, participants will

  • Get ideas for effectively planning and collaborating with content/classroom teachers
  • Explore strategies to support struggling students in the areas of reading, math, science, and social studies
  • Practice methods for teaching strategies to students, helping students evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy, and helping 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

Unlocking Achievement: Developing Independent Thinking in Students with Disabilities (K-HS)

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Target Audience: Special Education teachers, leaders, and/or instructional teams

How do we help students with disabilities develop independence? How can we support the thinking skills required to make meaningful progress in the standards? What if special educators committed to becoming champions of the process standards? The process standards are consistent across grade levels, highly correlate with overall performance on statewide assessment, and help teachers differentiate for learners. They serve as high-impact standards to assist teachers with instructional focus, effective progress monitoring, and selection of standards for aligning IEP goals and objectives.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of the process standards in the learning process
  • Instructional strategies to support the implementation of process standards across content areas
  • Tools for assessing student mastery of the process standards to inform the IEP
  • A plan for focusing the role of the special educator in the PLC

Achieving Fluency: Supporting Struggling Secondary Readers (6-HS)

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Target Audience: Secondary Special Education teachers, Special Education leaders, and/or instructional teams

Many students with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, still do not read fluently after elementary school. When students are fluent, comprehension improves. How do we build reading fluency while still helping our students meet the complex demands of secondary content instruction? This workshop teaches a framework for understanding fluency and word study in the context of secondary content. Participants will learn practical strategies to give students with disabilities access to text that connects to grade-level standards and can be implemented in a variety of service delivery models to best meet the needs of individual students.

What you will learn:

  • Assessment strategies
  • Introduction to a reading process framework
  • Low-prep ways to teach, practice, and transfer
  • Strategies that integrate intervention with content instruction
  • Integration of lead4ward resources

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.

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

Reading & Writing

Connect, Integrate and Mix it Up (3-5) and (6-HS) – Offered starting in June 2020

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The English Language Arts and Reading TEKS offer an opportunity for a more connected and integrated approach to literacy. During this session we will explore the prospect of approaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking as one process. Ideas will be offered on how to connect multiple genres using an authentic, integrated approach. The interactive notebook will be utilized to bring literacy to life. We will explore how the processes of literacy work together to promote readers and writers.

This workshop will include:

  • Literacy as a connected discipline
  • Exploration of how the processes of literacy work together
  • Theme approach to literacy while honoring the process of reading and writing
  • Collection of instructional strategies and response prompts
  • Take-home interactive notebook example

Literacy Academy for ELAR (3-5) or (6-HS) – 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-HS)

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TEKS Cluster: 2017 TEKS

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

Reading – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

Note: For Tested Grades
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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!

Writing – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

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Let’s rock review for STAAR! 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 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 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 (3-HS)

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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 focuses on effective planning with 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

Instruction

Planning for Math Instruction (3-HS) – Offered starting in June 2020

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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?

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

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TEKS Clusters:
Representing and Comparing Whole Numbers (Grades 1-3)
Representing and Comparing Whole Numbers/Decimals (Grade 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

Studying the Parts that Make Up the Whole of Fractions (2-4) – Recommended Fall

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TEKS Clusters:
Fractions (Grades 2-4)
All Operations with Fractions (Grade 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

Intervention

Math Intervention for ALL (3-EOC)

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Prerequisite: Problem Solving in the Math Classroom is suggested.

We know that the growth of all learners is critical (and state accountability now advocates for it too)! Targeted math intervention for ALL learners can be the game changer. Let’s capitalize on the use of data to drive the “who/what/when” of math intervention and experience some lead4ward resources that can support the “how” of it all! This session will model structures that will enable all students to get a piece of the intervention PIE!

In this workshop we will address:

  • Prevention: Effective use of lead4ward’s TEKS Scaffold, released STAAR items, and lead4ward’s teacher guides to proactively approach math intervention prior to instruction
  • Intervention: Effective use of lead4ward’s new intervention tool as the vehicle to establish math intervention groups and identify specific math content needed to grow ALL learners
  • Extension: Effective use of lead4ward strategies to intervene with mathematical content and process standards to move ALL students to their next level of potential

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 –>

 

Review

Math – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

Note: For Tested Grades
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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!

Process

The Power of Process in Science (K-5) or (6-EOC) (This is a repeat of the 2019 Power of Process Workshop)

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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 the process standards help student learning in all content areas
  • Understand how process standards will be assessed on STAAR and how to best prepare students for the rigor of dual-coded questions

Review

Science – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

Note: For Tested Grades
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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!

Streamlined TEKS

Full Streamlining Ahead with the Social Studies TEKS (K-5) – Offered starting in June 2020

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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?

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)

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The streamlined 6-12th Grade Social Studies TEKS are being implemented in the 2019-20 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

Process Standards

Power of Process in the Social Studies Classroom (4-EOC) – Offered starting in June 2020

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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 focuses on effective planning with 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 the 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

Planning Instruction

Planning for Social Studies Instruction (Grades 4-EOC) – Offered starting June 2020

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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?

Social Studies ePLC – A Series of Prerecorded Webinars (8th & USH)

Social Studies ePLC – A Webinar Series for PLCs

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The 8th Grade & USH 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.

Review

Social Studies – Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 – Recommended Spring (This is a repeat of the 2020 Rockin’ Review: Volume 2 Workshop)

Note: For Tested Grades (Grade 8 and USH)
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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!

Teacher Induction

Induction Training-of-Trainers

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 Training-of-Trainers
  • Day 3 – Mentoring & Coaching Training-of-Trainers

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Mentor Training

Audience: For 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

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

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Audience: For aspiring district mentors

The Mentoring ePLC explores the tools and skills needed to effectively coach and mentor new teachers.

 

General Instruction

lead4ward 101

Audience: Leaders and teachers new to lead4ward

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

Participants will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the lead4ward resources including snapshots, scaffold, academic vocabulary, IQ released tests, teacher learning reports, 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

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 first.

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!