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Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference | Dallas, TX

Coaching, Planning, and Video Artifacts Within a System

Victoria Bill, Dena Zook-Howell, Rosita Apodaca

December 1, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Planning for instruction and conferring are at the heart of content-focused coaching-the time during which two professionals collaboratively study artifacts of practice to glean insights that advance pedagogy. Research studies show evidence of the effectiveness of IFL's Content-Focused Coaching program in increasing student achievement. English learners demonstrated even larger gains than their native English-speaking classmates. Join us to study key coaching practices that lay the groundwork for deep and specific planning conferences.

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Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference | Dallas, TX

Tools and Training: Leveraging Video for Powerful Coaching Conversations

Annine Crystal, Dena Zook-Howell

December 3, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM

Learn how structures, tools, and technology are combined to prepare school-based coaches to enhance their coaching cycles using videos of lessons as a powerful artifact of practice. Witness how one coach-initiated video-as-catalyst in her school to assist teachers' study and facilitation of rigorous text discussion. Engage in analysis of coach-teacher conferring based on video, examine coaching tools, and practice coaching moves that foster collaboration and reflection. Leave with knowledge of how to use video to leverage powerful coaching conversations.

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Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference | Dallas, TX

Professional Learning Through Curriculum: Promise of Educative Curriculum

Sara DeMartino, Allison Escher, Jacob Minsinger

December 4, 8:30-11:30 AM

Most curricula are designed to promote student learning, but what if we also designed curricula to enhance teacher learning? Learn the features of educative curriculum, how it differs from typical fare, and how it can be a vehicle for school and district improvement. You'll have the opportunity to compare educative and non-educative curriculum, hear a teacher's experience with educative curricula, and try your hand at developing your own educative lessons.

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Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference | Dallas, TX

Continuous Improvement: An Introduction to Root Cause Analysis

Allison Escher, Kerri Messler

December 4, 3:30-5:30 PM

Learn how to determine the root causes of district and school problems of practice by experiencing an important part of continuous improvement: root cause analysis. Engage in an interactive case study where we study one district's problem of practice by examining summative and formative data. Create a driver diagram to best understand how to make decisions and changes that improve student learning and achievement.

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Learning Forward 2018 Annual Conference | Dallas, TX

Building Comprehension Muscle for English Learners

Sara DeMartino, Rosita Apodaca

December 5, 2018, 7:45-10:45 AM

This research-based interactive session will engage participants in building an understanding of the features of complex and engaging texts for English learner students, including what makes a text rich and worthy of study. Participants will experience selecting and evaluating texts and crafting a comprehension lesson that utilizes questioning and vocabulary instruction to build a foundation to support additional analysis and interpretation work.

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Tennessee SOAR Mathematics Workshops

Supporting Ongoing Achievement Responsively

Victoria Bill

Chattagnooga - February 19 & 20, 2019
Nasvhille - February 21 & 22, 2019

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the design and use of the SOAR survey tools to accurately identify what a student knows and their area(s) of unfinished learning. We will engage with SOAR activities and associated materials to determine a starting point for a student's additional learning opportunities. During the SOAR workshop, participants will identify a learning progression through which students travel when studying a domain and engage deeply with the required mathematics of a domain. Domains offered in these workshops include:

  • Fractions (Gr 3 and up)
  • Ratios & Proportions (Gr 6 and up)
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Supporting Early Literacy Through Text, Task, and Talk

Cheryl Sandora

January 29, February 26, March 27, 2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us for a new professional development series focused on productive classroom talk, high-quality comprehension and robust vocabulary instruction in New Jersey early education classrooms. The three-part series of sessions, taken together, provides a deep professional learning experience where participants will grow both pedagogical and content knowledge.


Past Events

Coherence, Continuous Improvement and Agency: Building Better Systems to Support Diverse Learners

May 8-11, 2018

Improving learning opportunities and ensuring equity and access to quality teaching for every student begins with creating a coherent, system-wide vision of instruction and learning. The 2018 IFL National Conference will engage educational leaders from across the country in conversations built around the coherence needed in systems to bring about school improvement for a diverse student population, which includes a focus on the development of student and teacher agency. We will provide opportunities for leaders to engage in sessions to thoughtfully examine how districts identify problems of practice and implement and refine solutions that consider and benefit every student and the rich experiences they bring with them into the classroom.

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences in Texas Classrooms

November 2017-March 2018

Since 1995, the Institute for Learning has partnered with Texas school districts to work together in improving the education and achievement of all students - especially students of color and English learners. In fact, research has shown that IFL programs and materials not only increase student achievement, but also that English learners showed even larger gains than their native English-speaking classmates.

Developing an Essay Writing Repertoire

October 4-5, 2017

This two-day professional learning experience emphasizes the importance of building students' writing repertoires so that they are able to write in flexible and effective ways. Throughout these two days, teachers develop ways to bring authenticity to student writing by expanding their notions about essay format, understand the role of mentor texts and the important role they play in writing instruction, and use mentor texts (both professional and student written) as learning tools. Teachers will leave this session with a toolkit to increase authenticity in student writing and for supporting students' revision.