Preconference Sessions

Saturday Preconference Sessions

PC 101

Taking The Lead

Joellen Killion, Learning Forward, Lakeway, TX

Cindy Harrison, Learning Forward, Broomfield, CO

Leadership

Coaches and teacher leaders assume significant roles in schools and school systems today. Learn about the 10 roles described in the second edition of Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-based Coaches, how the roles contribute to teaching quality and student learning, and the knowledge, skills, practices, and challenges associated with each role….

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PC 102

THE SKILLS OF MAKING STUDENT THINKING VISIBLE

Jonathon Saphier, Research for Better Teaching, Acton, MA

Equity

Join us to hear about the concepts, embedded values, and operating principles of Making Student Thinking Visible. Explore these principles and practice creating a robust talk environment that builds student confidence and extends their capacity to manage discussions. Learn the skills needed to ignite student discourse, cultivate student-led learning, and guide students to articulate their…

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PC 103

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF GRADING REFORM

Thomas R. Guskey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Data

What makes grading reforms successful? What typically leads to problems and difficulties? Join this session to hear about factors that research and evaluation reports have shown to contribute to implementation success and failure. Learn about the non-negotiables of grading reform that ensure meaningful communication between school and home. Examine procedures for implementing new reporting structures,…

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PC 104

UNPACKING THE STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Jacqueline Kennedy, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX

Implementation

The Standards for Professional Learning define the attributes and essential components of effective professional learning. This session will focus on what the Standards look like in practice. Deepen your understanding of the Standards and how effective professional learning leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Explore Innovation Configuration (IC) maps that…

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PC 105

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF POSITIVE DIFFERENCES

Jane Kise, Differentiated Coaching Associates, Minneapolis, MN

Equity

Learn to examine new initiatives and strategies, such as nurturing growth mindsets or curriculum changes, for polarities — conflicting set of values that over time need each other. Understand how to map the values and concerns of various stakeholders. Experience using that information to plan professional development, determine action steps, and identify potential implementation imbalances….

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PC 106

Becoming A Learning Principal

Kay Psencik, Learning Forward, Cypress, TX

Stephanie McBride, Clear Creek ISD, League City, TX

Leadership

School leaders matter. Next to the classroom teacher, the principal has the greatest impact on student achievement. Gain a deeper understanding of the ways that principals work with others in their schools, the expectations they have of students and staff, and their views of themselves as leaders of teaching, learning, and professional learning. See how…

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PC 107

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING: DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP TO DESIGN, SUPPORT, COMMUNICATE AND IMPLEMENT THE WHY, WHAT, AND HOW FOR STUDENT LEARNING

Deborah Childs-Bowen, Creative Mind Enterprise, Decatur, GA

Ann M. Delehant, Learning Forward, Webster, NY

Debra Lane, Lane Leadership Group, Fairfax, VA

Learning Communities

Successful educators understand that collaborative professional learning strengthens educator practice and increases student results. We are, however, frequently challenged by how to make this collaborative culture happen. Learn how one district partnered with Learning Forward to design a districtwide system of collaborative learning focusing on professional learning communities (PLC) integrated with a deep coaching practice…

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PC 108

LEADING GROWTH: DEVELOPMENTAL STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING CAPACITY SYSTEMWIDE

Ellie Drago-Severson,Columbia Univeristy, New York, NY

Learning Designs

The mounting imperatives of educational reform, social justice, collaboration, and leadership—as well as the promising connections between adult and student learning—underscore the vital importance of building capacity in our schools and systems. In this session participants will explore adult developmental theory as a lens for leadership and leadership development (internal capacity building) and learn about…

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PC 110

A NEW WAY OF BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES

Luz Santana, Right Question Institute, Cambridge, MA

Outcomes – Educator and Student Learning

Parents and family members can partner more effectively with schools to insure student success when they first develop key skills to support their children’s education, monitor progress, and advocate for them when necessary. Join us to learn how the Right Question Institute’s evidence-based strategy can help parents learn these key skills. Experience the strategy, explore…

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PC 111

WAYS TO DEVELOP EVERY TEACHER AS A LEADER

Barbara Levin, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Lynne Schrum, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Leadership

Broaden and deepen your understanding of teacher leadership as we discuss what teachers and school leaders should know and be able to do to create conditions in which teacher leadership may develop and thrive. We include ways to engage and reward teacher leaders, and models for advancing and sustaining teacher leadership professional learning through policy…

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PC 112

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF IMPLEMENTATION

Val Olekshy, Edmonton, AB

Implementation

Students cannot benefit from the interventions they do not receive. See how planning for successful implementation requires an understanding of the characteristics of successful implementation, coherence among plans and priorities, and the intentional efforts by education stakeholders to collaboratively address the essential conditions. Develop an implementation plan that makes more efficient and effective use of…

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PC 114

WHAT TEACHER TEAMS DO TO MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Nancy Love, Research for Better Teaching, Acton, MA

Nina Smith, Research for Better Teaching, Santa Fe, NM

Robin Whitacre, Idaho Springs, CO

Data

Formative assessment has the potential to effectively double the speed of learning, but only if it is understood and applied as a process, and not a test. Learn how to unleash the power of teacher teams by facilitating their deep learning and application of a four-step formative assessment cycle, in which teachers: 1) clarify learning…

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PC 116

BUILDING A BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM FROM THE GROUND UP

Clayton Christensen Institute, Redwood City, CA

Technology

Effectively  implementing  blended  learning  is a process, not an event. In this session learn not only how to design a successful blended learning program, but also how to refine and improve your program. Leave understanding how to select a blended learning model based on existing resources, infrastructure, and core challenges; evaluate student, teacher, and technology…

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PC 117

MICROSKILLS FOR PRESENTING AND FACILITATING

Carol Brooks Simoneau, Thinking Collaborative, Derby, KS

Doreen Miori-Merola, Thinking Collaborative, Syracuse, NY

Learning Designs

Increase your effectiveness as a presenter and facilitator.  Learn ways to promote your presentations, manage groups, effectively give directions, scaffold strategies for interesting presentations and effective facilitation. Extend your personal skills and repertoire for delivering important content and navigating group dialogues and discussions.

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This was my first Learning Forward conference experience. I was able to attend with 5 other colleagues. From the moment it started we felt welcomed and a part of a much larger community of teachers/coaches and learners. The sessions were directly relevant to my work and not only gave me new ideas, theories or frameworks but gave me the opportunity to truly reflect on my own practice.

— Heidi Wilhelm

Sunday Preconference Sessions

PC 201

BECOMING A LEARNING TEAM

Clara Howitt, Greater Essex County District Schools, Windsor, Ontario

Tanya Batzel, Cherry Creek Schools, Cherry Creek, CO

Kellie Randall, Cherry Creek Schools / Learning Forward Colorado, Cherry Creek, CO

Leadership

Based on the latest book in Learning Forward’s “learning series,” this session focuses on the actions of the teacher team in the application of a cycle of continuous learning. The five-stage team learning cycle offers teacher teams the steps toward intentional, collaborative professional learning. Participants will explore case studies and learn ideas and actions that…

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PC 202

DEEP COLLABORATION: WORKING WELL TOGETHER FOR ALL STUDENTS' SUCCESS

Andy Hargreaves, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Michael O’Connor, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Leadership

Lesson study, job-alike networks, professional learning communities, data-teams, peer reviews: what are the different ways for teachers to collaborate to improve student learning? Which ones are better or worse than the others? How do teachers collaborate differently across systems, countries and cultures? This engaging session explores Hargreaves and O’Connor’s research on collaborative practice in 2…

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PC 203

MAXIMIZING THE IMPACT OF MICRO-CREDENTIALS

Jim Beeler, Digital Promise, Washington, DC

Jennifer Cohen Kabaker, Digital Promise, Washington, DC

Technology

Explore the educator micro- credential ecosystem and how it can be leveraged to personalize learning for professional educators in your school, district, or state. Learn about the theory of change supporting micro- credentials, examples and lessons learned from the field, and potential incentives for earning micro-credentials. Then, using the Challenge-Based Learning framework, design an implementation…

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PC 204

COHERENCE AND DEEP LEARNING: LEADING TRANSFORMATION IN SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, AND SYSTEMS

Michael Fullan, Michael Fullan Enterprises, Toronto, ON

Joanne Quinn, Quinn Consultants, Toronto, ON

Leadership

Leaders who thrive in turbulent, complex times develop learners who can innovate, apply thinking to new situations, and contribute to the betterment of humanity. Explore a coherence framework for building your team’s capacity to deepen student learning. Consider the right drivers for leading coherent change: Focusing direction that gets you into the game; cultivating collaborative…

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PC 205

THE MYTHBUSTERS GUIDE TO EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

Doug Reeves, Creative Leadership Solutions, Boston, MA

Thomas R. Guskey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Data

What do we know, and how do we know it? This interactive session will consider the use of alternative educational research  methods and explore how educators’ beliefs can be reinforced or undermined by a rigorous multi-method approach to the research. Explore a variety of methods, including quantitative analysis, case studies, qualitative methods, meta-analyses, and syntheses…

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PC 206

IGNITING THE LEARNING ENGINE: ACCELERATING TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS AND STUDENT GROWTH THROUGH“CONNECTED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING”

David Rosenberg, Education Resource Strategies, Watertown, MA

Genevieve Green, Education Resource Strategies, Watertown, MA

Resources

With the introduction of rigorous college and career-ready standards like Common Core, teachers must radically improve student learning and their own professional growth. Findings from PISA, Learning First, and others included clarity on what strong professional development looks like in practice, but few U.S. systems have effectively tackled the challenge. However, some systems are dramatically…

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PC 207

GUIDING TEAMS TO EXCELLENCE WITH EQUITY

John Krownapple, Howard County Public Schools, Fulton, MD

Franklin CampbellJones, CampbellJones & Associates, West Friendship, MD

Equity

Despite well-intentioned efforts, schools continue to suffer from persistent inequities. Move beyond good intentions by developing what it takes to guide the transformation of a school or district into one that is inclusive, equitable, and excellent for students in all demographic and identity groups. Explore the shift in mindset required to achieve excellence with equity….

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PC 208

MAKING DECISIONS WITH DIFFERENT KINDS OF STUDENT ASSESSMENT DATA

Susan M. Brookhart, Duquesne University, Helena, MT

Data

Increase your effectiveness in using data to make decisions about instruction, professional development, and resource allocation. Examine different kinds of data available in schools, focusing on a framework for considering the relationships among different kinds of student achievement data because understanding the balance among different kinds of data is critical to good decision making. Experience…

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PC 209

BETTER CONVERSATIONS: THE BELIEFS AND HABITS THAT HELP ANYONE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE AS A COMMUNICATOR

Jim Knight, Instructional Improvement Group, Lawrence, KS

Leadership

Much of our joy and sorrow in life, and our success and failure at work, are the direct result of our relationships. Our relationships flourish or fail depending on how well we communicate. Learn how to listen and communicate with empathy, find common bonds, and build emotional connections. Develop the beliefs and habits that lead…

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PC 210

FACILITATION AND PRESENTATION STRATEGIES THAT IMPROVE ADULT LEARNING

Diana Ely, Northside ISD, Roanoke, TX

Terri Iles, Learning Forward Texas, Roanoke, TX

Learning Designs

Explore practical strategies that support leaders in creating collaborative professional learning processes through more effective facilitation and presentation skills. Improve the quality of meetings and decision-making on your teams by exploring strategies and tools for designing effective agendas; preparing and following norms; designing adult learning experiences; having difficult conversations; and overcoming resistance.

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PC 211

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT IN THE BRAIN-COMPATIBLE CLASSROOM

Marcia Tate, Developing Minds, Inc, Conyers, GA

Data

Whether they are called multiple intelligences or gifts, students come to class with many different ways of knowing. Gain strategies that help move you from deciding what you want students to know and be able to do to knowing when they have mastered essential learning. Consider both traditional and more authentic forms of assessing a…

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PC 212

SUPPORTING TEACHER LEADERSHIP SYSTEMS FOR TRANSFORMATIVE RESULTS

Alesha Daughtrey, Center for Teacher Quality, Carrboro, NC

Leadership

Teacher leadership is an innovative idea for leveraging the capacity within schools to drive professional development, fill leadership pipelines, diversify career pathways, and build collective efficacy. But how do you turn those ideas into impact? Learn research-based approaches to design and support teacher leadership aligned with—rather than separate from—other leadership efforts. Experience guided practice in…

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PC 213

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: HOW TO FACILITATE MATH CONVERSATIONS THAT IMPROVE LEARNING AT ALL LEVELS OF THE SYSTEM

Lucy West, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities, New York, NY

Have you seen the avalanche of books, articles, and research reports advocating the importance of student discussion in the mathematics class? Are you finding that many of the teachers in your school are willing to increase student discourse but they don’t know how to? Or perhaps they believe that student discussion will slow them down…

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PC 214

FROM DOING PROTOCOLS TO USING THEM

Thomas Van Soelen, Van Soelen & Associates, Lawrenceville, GA

Learning Designs

Using protocols in schools isn’t a new concept, but it has become more commonplace in the past few years. Unfortunately, many users of protocols have been protocoled in a district or school gathering and the residual effect isn’t positive or productive. Experience well-facilitated protocols and leave with the necessary skills to match the purpose with…

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PC 217

CREATING MASTERPIECES: ART OF DESIGN THINKING FOR EDUCATORS

Nader Twal, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA

Amy Pendray, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA

Jennifer Crockett, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA

Implementation

Implement high-impact systems and site-based reforms by listening first and designing second. Experience the power and transformative potential of Design Thinking (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test) in a simulation designed to help internalize design mindsets and processes. Innovate applications for your district/site by learning how LBUSD applies design principles to key district initiatives and lessons…

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I think the conference was fantastic – as a first timer, I was so impressed with the level of organization and inclusion from registration to finding a seat in the very large general sessions. The presenters were exemplary, the location was lovely and I enjoyed spending time with so many like-minded colleagues. I was beyond pleased with the conference from start to finish and absolutely hope to attend again in the future.

— Kristin Roy