Principals, Assistant Principals
1101 | Designing Learning Differently: Reimaging Professional Learning
Reimagine professional development with students at the center by designing collaborative adult learning that ignites curiosity and shared responsibility and accelerates student achievement. Experience a new approach to professional learning using Lead by Learning’s playbook. Reflect on your current vision for adult learning and walk away with concrete practices to implement tomorrow.
1102 | Equity Coaching: Creating Culturally Responsive Communities
Explore equity coaching, a leadership stance that supports the idea that practice is what changes behaviors and behaviors are what change systems. Consider how improving educators’ coaching skills can help them lead others to embrace change and replace current reproductive practices with new relational approaches. Learn about listening as the central skill in coaching and creating culturally responsive communities. Delve into the topics of race, culture, and schema to contextualize cultural responsiveness and imagine new ways for adults and students to be in community with one another.
1103 | Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: 12 Brain-Based Principles to Avoid Burnout, Increase Optimism, and Support Physical Well-Being
Learn how to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of your students while also maintaining a quality personal life. Identify the factors that contribute to teacher burnout. Explore how to determine purpose and restore your passion for teaching. Consider 12 specific ways to support your physical and mental well-being.
1104 | The Principal: Leading Learning
Explore how principals are redesigning their leadership based on the new Standards for Professional Learning and the roles they play in leading learning of adults and students. Examine the new standards from the role of the principal and leave with a plan of action to move forward with authentic implementation in our schools.
1105 | Reimaging How We Grade and Report Student Learning
1106 | Thinking Through Evaluation
Explore ways to integrate knowledge and skills into any evaluation system to bring a growth-producing dimension often missing from traditional evaluation. Enhance your listening skills as well as your knowledge of how to support thinking during the evaluation process. Learn how to support growth in others through an evaluation conversation. Identify and practice the skills of authentic paraphrasing and posing thoughtful questions.
1107 | What Teacher Teams Do to Maximize the Power of Formative Assessment
Unleash the power of teacher teams to maximize the impact of formative assessment on student achievement, engagement, and equity. Apply a four-step Formative Assessment for Results cycle, where teachers: clarify learning targets and success criteria; infuse formative assessment throughout instruction; analyze student work frequently and in-depth; and provide timely, targeted feedback, reteaching, and extension. Travel around the FAR cycle and experience activities that build teachers' expertise in these high-impact steps.
1201 | Agenda-Building With Purpose: Meetings That Meet Goals
Discover how to make your meetings meet explicit goals. Examine ways to construct a meeting agenda with clear outcomes, leading to a positive, productive culture in your school or district. Consider your own assumptions about meetings and their effectiveness, then focus on protocols that lead to effective and efficient meetings characterized by equity and excellence.
1202 | Building an Evidenced-Based Principal Pipeline That Gets Results
Explore processes to prepare candidates to step into school leadership roles. Learn the essential components of a sound principal pipeline. See a model for how a principal pipeline was built for an urban school district, and brainstorm with others to apply these ideas to your own school district.
1204 | The Coach Is the Catalyst
Discover how one literacy coach transformed instructional practices across the district, in all grade levels and content areas, to improve student achievement. Learn to build your coaching capacity to use data, facilitate teacher work, and lead literacy efforts in your school. Enhance your skillful use of protocols and data sources to lead teachers to greater understanding of students’ literacy needs.
1205 | Comprehension Strategies for High School English Learner Students
Reimagine the integration of scaffolds in curriculum reading and writing strategies for English learner students through professional learning. Create assignments that meet the needs of all English learner students without compromising the rigor or the content knowledge necessary to achieve mastery of the class objectives and maintain high-quality instruction. Learn how to disseminate these strategies to colleagues using activities founded in professional learning principles.
1206 | Connections: Teaching & Learning About Social Justice in Predominantly White Schools
Explore what anti-bias/anti-racist education is and why it is essential. Learn why it is critical for all schools to engage in and support social justice work. Identify programs and practices you can put in place to support students and teachers, and determine how to take steps in engaging the community in becoming partners in this work.
1209 | Distributed School Leadership Through Liberatory School Vision Design
Explore how school communities can align on what liberated learning looks like for students while unlocking the collective leadership potential of administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Learn how school leaders in Fort Worth and Tulsa have locked arms with their communities using liberatory design to rally around inspiring visions for the student experience. Come away with practical schemas to cultivate empowered leaders and community-wide vision alignment.
1211 | Engaging Instructional Support Teams to Increase Student Achievement
Explore and interact with an innovative approach to paraeducator professional learning that has a direct impact on student achievement through the effective engagement of a school’s instructional paraeducator team. Examine how your school or organization can maximize workforce engagement to benefit students within special populations. Develop a vision and action plan for your school.
1212 | Fearless Schools
Explore how leaders and teachers build and maintain trust and psychological safety and how sometimes these ideals are inadvertently destroyed. Gain an understanding of the impact of psychological safety on the learning environment for adults and students. Engage in rich discussion and reflection based on a large body of 21st-century evidence. Focus on resilience and the ability to bounce back from physical and emotional injury.
1214 | Growing Leaders: Building a Pipeline to Leadership
Explore the framework for a dynamic leadership development program. Discover and experience how Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s series of seven leadership institutes invites, develops, and supports its leaders to take on the next job role in the leadership pipeline. Walk away with ideas for designing content, creating syllabi, and advancing leadership development.
1215 | Growing Your Professional Learning Team Facilitators
Explore ways to invest in the professional capital of teacher leaders, who do the work of moving learning teams to a place where the focus is on the success of students as well as ways to increase the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the members of the team. Develop a deeper understanding of the importance of building the capacity of school-based learning team facilitators. Explore a variety of tools and protocols to help your facilitators plan and execute effective team meetings.
1221 | The Next Chapter: Stonger Curriculum, Better Teaching
Examine the research, professional learning, and strategies one district used to transform the instructional materials adoption process, reimagine the possibilities for students with highly aligned curriculum, and structure curriculum-based professional learning. Develop knowledge and resources to implement a rigorous, equitable materials review and selection process. Analyze your current system regarding possible obstacles or catalysts toward high-quality curriculum.
1224 | Recruitment Reimagined: Developing Diverse Male Educators
Explore how Miami Dade County Public Schools elevates recruitment efforts to amplify and diversify the education profession through Project REDI: Project Recruiting, Empowering and Developing Inclusive Male Teachers and Leaders to increase and build the men of color educator talent pool. Learn how this innovative initiative is a pipeline to building teacher and leadership capacity with men of color educators.
1225 | Reignite, Reimagine, Reinvigorate: One Division’s Journey Redefining PLCs
Explore highlights of one division’s journey in moving K-8 schools from weak or nonexistent professional learning community (PLC) cultures to collaborative inquiry and reimagined practices. Learn about division goals and nonnegotiables that foster the systematic development of both leader and teacher collective efficacy for student benefit. Collaborate with others to assess your current PLC culture and determine an action plan for reigniting your schools to higher levels of teacher and student success.
1228 | Schoolwide SEL: Driving Decisions With Inclusive Data Practices
Learn to create a sustainable approach to schoolwide social and emotional learning (SEL) with clear goals and an aligned plan to measure and reflect on impact. Hear from practitioners who collect and reflect on SEL data in partnership with students and families. Experience a simulated SEL team meeting, shape an SEL goal and aligned evaluation plan, and leave with tools to facilitate discussions about SEL data.
1229 | Strengthening Adult Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Thorough Professional Learning, PLCs, and Coaching
Learn how social and emotional learning (SEL) can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. Examine one district's steps to build capacity districtwide through implementation of a comprehensive and scaffolded professional learning plan to strengthen adult SEL. Follow the district's implementation of CASEL's focus area 2 (strengthen adult SEL competencies and capacity), which includes central office expertise, professional learning for all staff, adult SEL and cultural competence and alignment of initiatives, and staff trust, community, and efficacy.
1230 | Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in White-Majority Settings
Explore how white-majority settings present unique challenges to professional learning on diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to mitigate limitations that exist in these settings. Determine how to use constructivist learning theory to support deeper understanding about race and racism. Examine how emotive and narrative experiences build racial literacy.
1401 | The Administrator as Instructional Coach
Explore how being a coach can allow today's leader to combine evaluation, management, and being an instructional leader. Gain an understanding of higher levels of effectiveness and the principles of instructional coaching to support school improvement. Develop a foundational understanding of student-centered coaching and the critical role it plays in instructional leadership. Learn how to lead with a coach's hat and use data to drive instruction. Engage in self-assessment that can drive changes in leadership practice.
1404 | The Battle for Dopamine: Winning Our Students’ Attention Back
Deep dive into practical strategies that stimulate dopamine release and win back students. Explore the research and brain science behind distracted students. Investigate different strategies you can use in numerous learning settings to increase engagement. Plan action steps to implement these strategies.
1405 | Beyond Breathing & Bubble Baths: Coaching for Educator Resilience
Examine current barriers to educator wellness and resilience. Explore ways to alleviate educator stress and guide teachers off the path to burnout. Discover the tools you need to help teachers on their own wellness journey, providing strategies and resources to cultivate resilience in our schools. Collaborate with your peers to develop a resilience coaching plan.
1406 | Building a Culture of Coaching: Success Through Partnership
Learn how district and school-based administrators partner to implement a successful student-centered instructional coaching program. Understand how using varied lenses provides support to instructional coaches. Develop a plan of action to bolster a culture that thrives on coaching.
1407 | Building Equitable Practices Through Disciplinary Literacy
Imagine students reading, writing, and speaking in all contents with deep understanding in discipline-specific ways. Learn how to meld literacy and content to help students become apprentices in all disciplines while impacting and increasing student engagement. Partake in high expectations and structured routines that support students in taking charge of their own learning. Leave with equitable, research-based instructional practices, connections with colleagues, and an action plan to grow your disciplinary literacy communities.
1408 | Creating Consistency in Coaching Practices
Learn how a collective, unified approach to instructional coaching leads to high levels of teaching and learning. Explore how Virginia Beach Schools developed a comprehensive instructional coaching model to build teacher capacity for high-impact instructional practice. Practice coaching conversations using tools that build a common language and leave with a sample coaching model that focuses on research-based competencies instructional coaches may use to yield teacher growth and student achievement.
1409 | Designing Professional Learning for Equitable Instruction
Develop an actionable understanding of how to design professional learning to foster equitable instruction and drive continuous improvement in learning. View professional learning and system design through three lenses: a review of the common components of the world’s highest-performing education systems; a real-world discussion with a district actively implementing professional learning lessons gleaned from this research; and a self-analysis of a district as it relates to these principles.
1411 | District Leadership Strategies for Improving Teacher Diversity
Explore why teachers of color leave schools based on evidence collected by a team of researchers and teacher leaders. Consider school- and district-focused solutions for better supporting and retaining teachers of color, and learn how a cohort of district teams are taking a learning sciences approach to addressing teacher diversity. Engage in small-group discussions with other participants on what their schools and districts are doing and could be doing to better support teachers of color. Develop action plans for better recruiting, supporting, growing, and retaining teachers of color.
1412 | Equity-Driven SEL Competencies for Student Self-Efficacy & Identity Safety
Learn about the equity-driven social-emotional learning competencies of the My Brother’s Keeper Scholars Program in central Texas. Review the student self-report and observation tool to understand how each can provide information to students, staff, and teachers to nurture student growth. Explore identity, thinking, and action themes to begin a personal understanding of the competencies and what use might look, sound, and feel like in your local context.
1413 | Getting Better Together: Student Voice-Powered Inquiry Cycles
Explore how collaborative teacher teams, when leading student-focused inquiry cycles, have the potential to reimagine and improve student experience. Engage with the story of teacher leaders who integrate student voice as they guide grade-level teams to determine an instructional problem to solve and how to solve it, then analyze its impact. Analyze your own inquiry-based teamwork in light of artifacts from the field, student interview protocols, and a research-based inquiry tool.
1414 | High-Quality Instructional Materials: Light the Way
Evaluate what research says about the importance of using high-quality instructional resources and understand where teacher choice exists in teaching and learning. Understand the impact of using high-quality instructional resources on student achievement and equity. Prepare a plan to be able to implement and lead a high-quality materials focus in your own district or campus.
1416 | Inspiration to Implementation: One District’s Journey
Explore how building administrators and instructional coaches can build teacher capacity and raise student achievement through a comprehensive, collaborative approach to professional learning. Examine a district’s grassroots efforts to positively impact professional learning by starting with building-level leadership and instructional coaches at the elementary level. Learn about the Learning Forward Academy and how it has changed the way this Midwest district approaches professional learning for all at the elementary level.
1418 | Leading Early Learning and the Early Grades (Pre-K-3rd Grade)
Explore strategies for principal leadership in pre-K to 3rd grade. Gain an understanding of developmentally appropriate practice and identify ways to enhance instructional leadership capacity to align pre-K programs or early childhood education with K-3 learning.
1420 | Multiplying Opportunities: Reimagining High-Dosage Mathematics Tutoring
Learn how districts can overcome the challenge of providing just-in-time support for students who have fallen behind mathematically. Experience how Lenoir City Schools is capturing additional opportunities during the school day to provide support by highly effective teachers, well-trained tutors, and the use of high-quality materials. Leave with a sample of a clearly defined program structure, including a protocol for the selection of students, tutors, and materials.
1421 | Professional Development Reimagined Through an Assessment Lens
Learn how one district provides teachers with embedded professional learning and equitable practice during the teacher workday. Explore how Washoe County School District’s implementation of district common assessments impacts classroom, school, and district learning communities. Discover the learning committee’s use of common assessments to study instructional practice, evaluate program efficacy, deepen understanding of content standards, gain exposure to assessment literacy, and, above all, identify professional learning needs.
1423 | Reimagining Resistance: Presenting
Surface the nonverbal and verbal patterns you might consider using to open a meeting or professional learning when you know resistance is in the way. Explore a series of moves intended to surface the emotions, the values driving the emotions, and then decrease their intensity so that oxygen returns to participants' brains and they can think and be present.
1424 | Shifting Participation and Power Through Student Voice
Learn how leaders and educators shift power and participation to students through maximizing their voices in their classrooms, schools, and broader communities. Understand how to center student voices in service of creating learning environments that are inclusive of and responsive to students’ needs. Leave equipped to take action steps to strengthen student voices in their learning, about their learning, and for change.
1425 | Show, Don't Tell: Professional Learning That Shifts Practice
Learn about the transformative professional learning practices taking place in Lexington School District One, which is taking a "show, don't tell" approach and leveraging model classrooms, lab sites, learning walks, and professional learning clinics. Leave with ideas of how to revitalize professional learning in your district so the professional learning results in shifts in instructional practice.
1428 | Transform Classroom Practice Through an Improvement Network
Explore the user-centered design component of Dr. Bryk's improvement science. Experience open-source tools to analyze curriculum for vertical and horizontal standards coherence and alignment. Identify effective formative data measurement. Apply improvement science concepts and resources to your own problem of practice. Leave with practical open education resources tools that integrate professional learning, curriculum, and assessment.
1429 | Transforming Schools for Learning: Creating the Culture
Create a culture that can transform your school. Learn about and analyze key elements of schools that honor the worth of each person and experience high levels of student learning and success. Explore strategies that have made school transformation possible at the deepest levels through the development of school leaders and professional learning. Develop an action plan to address both culture and promising initiatives.
2102 | The Feedback Process
Examine the attributes of effective feedback as well as the various types, purposes, and sources of feedback. Gain a deeper understanding of the feedback process and how to apply it to promote increased educator effectiveness. Learn how to create a culture in which educators routinely engage in the feedback process. Participants will receive a copy of The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning (Learning Forward, 2019, 2nd ed.) by Joellen Killion.
2103 | One District, One Vision, Success for ALL!
Learn how aligning a district vision of instruction and success for all students begins at the top and permeates throughout the district. Engage with the research, process, and professional learning used to move one district toward excellence for all schools and students with a common vision of instruction. Collaborate with your fellow participants to develop a path toward a singular united focus centered around districtwide collective efficacy.
2104 | Strategic Action: Are Your Stakeholders Goal-Setters or Goal-Getters?
Learn how collaborative and reflective structures impact the outcome of any districtwide initiative. Build your knowledge around the journey of one district and access processes and tools that allow innovative change management to happen effectively. Explore inclusive environments and discover ways to build stronger communities and create learning cycles that impact the implementation of a strategic plan.
2105 | System Within a System: Instructional Leadership & Coaching Model
Accelerate learning in your district by creating systems for connected professional learning communities with a focus on instructional coaching and district leadership. Learn how Santa Fe ISD used a systems approach using long-range vision, instructional coaching model, and learner model that developed common language, and instruments for impacting the system resulting in dynamic growth in teachers and students. Leave with a plan for implementing a system for growth.
2106 | Yes, I Can! Leveraging Human-Centered Design to Problem-Solve
Rebuild, reinvest, and reimagine coaching and leading. Learn about the human-centered design model in conjunction with structural tension to strengthen your repertoire of strategies as leaders. Create a plan of action and receive feedback to actively work through current and relevant constraints in your work. Use the principles of structural tension and human-centered design, along with the expertise of your fellow participants, to connect, inspire, create, and learn from one another through empathetic interviews, peer review, and other interactive networking opportunities.
2201 | Academy Grads: A Learning Community Where You Belong
Build belonging in your professional learning. Explore the importance of belonging and the connection to Standards for Professional Learning. Learn to design the moments of belonging and the kinds of experiences that offer opportunities for people to contribute in the learning community. Bring a current professional learning opportunity you want to reimagine with and not for participants. This session leverages the Design for Belonging Framework and tool kit from the Stanford d.school.
2206 | Connecting Pre-K to K-12 for a Better Future
Explore ways an early childhood program can build a more integrated and cohesive approach to supporting a district's pre-K-12 graduation plan. Learn how to connect an engaging and culturally relevant early childhood program to your K-12 pathway using research-based methods. Prepare to address the professional needs of early childhood educators and build an academic foundation for young children and their families to raise performance in later grades.
2208 | Creating Clear and Compelling Communications to Support the Launch of a New Curriculum
Learn to craft compelling messages, articulate needs, and develop simple strategies to keep educators informed during the launch of a new curriculum. Develop your verbal and written communication skills and your understanding of high-quality instructional materials and professional learning. Examine communication biases and learn how to calibrate strategic messages to account for them.
2209 | Cultivating the 8 Dimensions of Educator Wellness
Investigate accessible strategies for your own well-being in eight key areas, including emotional, occupational, social, environmental, intellectual, financial, spiritual, and physical wellness, through a personal self-assessment, educator video vignettes, and discussion with fellow learners. Develop a personal wellness plan that supports your own self-care, and share strategies that transfer to your school, team, and community.
2213 | Equity at the Core: Empower Through Professional Learning
Reimagine professional learning for equitable outcomes within your district. Engage in mini-sessions on how language matters, coaching for equity, and analyzing the work through equity instructional rounds. Leave with practical strategies to implement professional learning aligned with a vision of equity for sustainable impact in your district.
2214 | Establishing a Culture of High-Quality Professional Learning
Learn how to take your district from compliance to high-quality professional learning. Use a problem-based learning approach, research, and evidence-based practices (adult learning theory) to improve your school's or district's professional learning, educator practice, and student outcomes. Apply the structures, processes, and tools used by two districts to identify a problem of practice and generate a plan to trace the impact of intentional comprehensive professional learning planning.
2216 | Human-Centered Approach to School Improvement and Professional Learning
Learn how human-centered improvement processes engage community to design impactful professional learning toward more equitable education. Explore how Dallas ISD used this approach to address problems of race and racism. Identify tools and practices of human-centered improvement that you can apply to your own problems of practice.
2217 | Integrative Leadership Development: Rest as Radical Resistance
Acknowledge the trauma of the pandemic and begin the process of healing by engaging in activities that support deep rest. Explore integrative leadership development, which empowers educational leaders to thrive and centers wellness for teachers and students. Learn how this professional learning increases the effectiveness of educators and demonstrates the connection between social-emotional wellness and Standards for Professional Learning.
2219 | Leading Equitable Early Literacy Instruction
See how Haywood County Schools approached improving literacy and long-term outcomes of young learners by grounding instruction in what we know works for all students. Engage with field-tested practices for early literacy that move the needle on student outcomes. Understand how these practices are rooted in a systematic and explicit foundational skills program as well as content-rich knowledge building and are responsive to challenges resulting from unprecedented schooling disruptions.
2221 | Leveraging the Power of Instructional Frameworks For Learning
Join two districts that created multiyear embedded professional learning using a collaborative process, designing and implementing new instructional frameworks in alignment with their vision for all learners. Learn strategies to ensure every touchpoint – classroom visit, feedback conversation, meeting – becomes a learning opportunity focused on district goals and impact on learners.
2225 | Practical Tools to Put the C in PLC
Develop an understanding of the 10 elements for building a collaborative environment for teachers that results in improved teacher effectiveness and results for students. Gain skills for building relationships and engaging in productive conflict. Leave with an expanded repertoire of practical tools for engaging with individuals and groups.
2229 | Teaching Reimagined: Hope for Teacher Retention
Learn how two large school districts in Texas are rebuilding teachers' confidence, respect, creativity, passion, and hope as a means to address teacher morale, teacher retention, and the post-pandemic teacher shortage. Explore responsive strategies to address teacher needs that provide a stable foundation for improved job satisfaction, effectiveness, healing, and hope among teachers and teacher leaders.
2401 | Build a Culturally Relevant Leadership Framework: Why and How
Learn how Rockdale County Public Schools' leadership team collaboratively built a culturally relevant leadership framework aligned to its leadership evaluation tool. Identify your school's or district's readiness to begin the process and determine a timeline. Develop an action plan to create and then systematically and systemically implement culturally relevant leadership in your school or district.
2402 | Build the House: Implementation Structures for Continuous Improvement
Explore the topic of continuous improvement through small-group discussions, video demonstrations, and application activities designed to grow structures for continuous improvement in your home district. Identify important considerations when establishing a continuous improvement team, how to create a sense of urgency around continuous improvement, and the benefits of embracing high levels of collective efficacy among team members. Examine specific examples of continuous improvement structures and apply them to your own setting.
2403 | Building Trust Through Micro-Credentials
Engage in a slice of the Project I4 micro-credential experience for school leaders in which we cultivated relational trust with engaging protocols, used common tools for observation and having post-observation conversations, and supported leaders through coaching and peer networks. Leave with tools, protocols, and an understanding of the Project I4 coaching model and data on leader and teacher impact.
2404 | DataLAB: Professional Learning Communities Reimagined Through the Use of Warm Data and Social-Emotional Learning
Experience DataLAB, a framework for professional learning communities, in which we will identify “warm” and “cool” data to leverage and make actionable. Incorporate the collection of warm data to design responsive strategies for your school and district based on qualitative trends over time. Highlight how social-emotional learning can provide fruitful streams of qualitative data and support instruction, engagement, and retention.
2405 | Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge
Learn how depth of knowledge clarifies what exactly and how deeply academic standards, curricular activities, and test items demand that students understand and use their learning. Explore how to use depth of knowledge levels as a method and model for planning and providing teaching and learning experiences that are standards-based, socially and emotionally supportive, and student responsive.
2406 | Developing Capacity to Reach Multilingual Learners in Math
Learn how one district increased student outcomes by leveraging hands-on practice and rapid cycles of improvement to solidify deep understanding of math. Explore an innovative iteration of traditional lesson study that emphasizes collaborative planning, high-quality instructional materials, and rapid cycles of improvement grounded in student outputs. Become familiar with high-leverage language instructional routines for mathematics and how to use them well, and identify how to replicate components of the model in your own system.
2407 | Engaging Teachers With 'Micro' Professional Learning
Learn how one school district created flexible, innovative learning opportunities that teachers can engage with on-demand. Identify the attributes of quality teaching and learning you want to see in your context. Engage with a framework for designing or adapting innovative "micro" professional learning. Leave with a plan to implement at your site.
2408 | Equity in Standards for Professional Learning
Unpack the relationship between equity and educator learning using Standards for Professional Learning. Examine how Standards for Professional Learning support equity in teaching and learning. Engage in collaborative activities to explore what it means to have equity in professional learning, and discover how the standards support leading, teaching, and learning to achieve equitable outcomes for students. Apply the concepts of equity to your context by engaging in an informal assessment of the current system.
2410 | Executive Functioning: Connecting to Success in School and Life
Explore the latest neuroscience research on executive functioning, which impacts goal-oriented behaviors that are the foundation of learning and success in life. Identify the cognitive and emotional components of executive functioning skills, and gain insight into how they impact learning and development. Learn practical and effective strategies to develop every student’s executive functioning skills.
2411 | Fostering Resilience: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms and Schools
Explore childhood trauma, an urgent and growing issue in schools, and its profound impact on learning and teaching. Learn practical techniques grounded in research-based practices to help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment that fosters resiliency for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish during challenging times.
2412 | Instructional Leadership Focused on Teacher Learning and Action
2413 | Leveraging the Principal-Instructional Coach Partnership for Continuous Improvement
Explore how central administrators, principals, and instructional coaches work together to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning. Examine findings from a 2021 study that explored partnership agreements regarding roles and responsibilities, shared understandings of coaching work, and structures and conditions that support equitable access to professional learning. Learn how one district is leveraging the partnership to impact educator practices and promote a culture of learning. Identify ways to strengthen the principal-coach partnership and professional learning in schools, districts, or agencies.
2415 | Personalized Professional Learning: A Systems Thinking Approach to Andragogy
Experience how a suburban school district used systems thinking and gap analysis to increase personalized professional learning within the district’s comprehensive plan. Identify key guiding principles of your local organization that guide your professional learning. Construct and clarify your vision to build structures of support that increase personalized professional learning within your local organization. Leave with a self-created plan that increases personalized professional learning for the staff within your organization.
2420 | Reimagining Professional Learning: The Districtwide Collaborative Classroom Walk-Through Process
Discover ways to ensure that high-quality instruction is occurring in all the classrooms in your district. Take a walk with Memphis-Shelby County leaders as they share their process for building teacher and leader capacity through collaborative classroom walk-throughs focused on high-quality instructional practices to improve student academic achievement. Leave with a model and resources to support implementation of a classroom walk-through process in your district.
2424 | Student Thinking at the Center of Teacher Learning
Experience a protocol for looking at student work that has transformed teaching and learning of teachers, administrators, and students in one district through deep reflection on student mathematical thinking. Connect student thinking to classroom practice. Acquire tools to implement a collaborative protocol in your setting that affords student and teacher learning.
2425 | The Students' Six Process: Students Teaching Teachers
Explore the Students' Six process, which engages groups of high school students in a process designed to provide high-quality professional learning to their teachers. Interact with a panel of students who have benefited from this process. Learn how to encourage collaboration between students and educators and discuss ways to implement the Students' Six process in your district.
2429 | We Got This! Personalized Learning and High-Quality Instructional Materials
Learn how high-quality instructional materials and personalized teaching and learning can intersect to improve student outcomes. Examine promising data from districts across the region that shows teachers are using high-quality instructional materials with integrity, having positive effects on student achievement, educator performance, and school or district improvement. Walk away with practical strategies and practices for those who coach and support teachers.
3202 | 12 Angry Men: The Power of Productive Conflict
Explore three types of conflict present in the classic film 12 Angry Men and make connections to conflict present in collaborative teams today. Examine techniques of consensus-building among a group of men whose diverse personalities create intense conflict. Learn about high-leverage best practices that help teams face and overcome similar challenges to collaborate and succeed.
3203 | Advancing Equity in Educator Coaching
Explore two models of coaching that situate instructional coaching within a culture of care and include specific coaching questions and equity-based practices for coaches or mentors who routinely engage with Black educators. Engage with coaches who are currently enacting these racial equity coaching approaches. Use these adapted models, practice-based examples, and teacher-voiced definitions to inform the quality, design, and implementation of instructional coaching for Black educators.
3207 | Centering Student Experience: Leadership Practice for Equity
Consider stories from the field that tie research to practice and amplify the role students play in creating an equitable school experience. Illuminate leadership practices tied to listening to students furthest from justice as critical data that informs a reimagined vision for your school. Discover ways to understand student experience using student-designed tools influenced by research, analyzing artifacts from school systems, and self-assessing your leadership practice.
3208 | The Challenge of Change: School Leadership in Changing Times
Learn how to engage and lead your staff more effectively, encourage teacher leadership, and develop a greater sense of culture and climate in your building. Gain practical and functional ways to use specific leadership strategies that can help shape an organization. Brainstorm leadership strengths and areas of growth in your own building or organization. Determine and prioritize issues to attack and focus on once you return to your school or building.
3209 | Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Learning
Learn how an urban school district has created cohesive professional learning that uses continuous improvement to define and reach equitable outcomes for all learners. Gain insights into the importance of embedding social and emotional learning into the classroom. Explore a professional learning model that includes micro-credential courses.
3210 | Climate, Expectations, and Data: Diving Deeper
Dive deep and unpack data from a culturally inclusive perspective. Identify ways to develop skills that are applicable to the ongoing analysis of data while crafting a culture and climate based on evidence-based practices, research, and experience. Learn how to cultivate the relationships necessary to implement change.
3211 | Creative Solutions for Schoolwide Observation and Feedback
Engage in a powerful session where leaders discover a common-sense approach to engaging all educators in the work of observation and feedback rounds. Learn how we gradually built the capacity of teacher leaders to fill the role of coach because a principal and one coach didn’t cut it. Explore the tools and structures that built a strong team for schoolwide coaching, and develop a plan specific to your building.
3212 | Curriculum Learning Labs as Job-Embedded Professional Development
Explore how Science Hill High School uses curriculum learning labs as the platform for job-embedded professional learning by enacting real-time instruction, collecting and analyzing evidence of student learning through structured walk-throughs, and planning for next steps to meet all student needs. Leave with a sample year-long implementation plan focused on what’s important to your school or district.
3219 | How Deep Is Your Bench: Developing Leadership Pipelines
Gain insight into how investing in administrator pipelines is an evidence-based school improvement strategy shown to improve educator retention and student outcomes. Learn how a state education agency, an institution of higher education, and local education agencies collaborated to complete self-studies and create sustainable pipeline plans based on The Wallace Foundation model for developing principal pipelines. Replicate these strategies to ensure qualified leaders are in every role, from the classroom to the superintendent's office.
3221 | Intentional and Aligned Learning Walks = Student Success
Learn how to develop an aligned system of learning walks that includes students, teachers, campus administration, and educational services. Explore how one district reimagined learning walks through collaboration across campuses and departments. Examine the data analysis of the learning walks using the plan-do-study-act cycle, which provides real-time, actionable feedback on the current reality, allowing each department to provide support for teachers and students.
3222 | Lessons Learned: Impact of Implementation Science on Literacy Development
Expand your knowledge of implementation science and its benefit as a lever for school improvement through the implementation of a structured literacy program. Hear from school leaders and the lessons learned through a year-long study focusing on supporting leaders in four diverse districts that led to improved practice and feelings of efficacy. Engage in a virtual mind map exercise to organize your thinking, and consider the next steps in your own school’s implementation efforts.
3223 | Look, Listen, Learn, Leap
Shift your concept of traditional professional learning for educators away from a tabula rasa model of filling teachers with knowledge. Create professional learning that allows educators to engage in experiential learning and enhance their perspectives. Connect with the communities where your students live, and develop community-based relationships.
3224 | Making Engagement Visible
Hear South Knox Elementary's journey to strengthen engagement as a way to intensify student agency, student voice, and student efficacy. Gain insight on how learning walks build capacity by identifying areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Adapt a learning walk template to increase capacity to move learning forward in your context and create next steps to transfer new learning.
3225 | Preservice and Inservice Educator Collaboration for STEM Instruction
Explore how partnerships and on-site training between educator programs and local elementary STEM programs create authentic STEM mindsets for preservice and inservice teachers. See how using the engineering design process and 5E instructional model facilitates equitable learning and critical thinking teacher development in authentic STEM pedagogy so the teacher candidates will be prepared to effectively implment STEM planning, instruction, and assessment for enhanced student learning. Explore how professors are collaborating with local schools in using grant funding to create a state-of-the-art STEM lab on campus.
3227 | Professional Learning Norms to Disrupt the Status Quo
Examine how traditional norms silence BIPOC educators and those who are eager for organizational change and professional growth that dismantles structural inequities that continue to oppress diverse communities in our schools. Collaboratively craft group norms that cultivate the necessary relationships for transformative adult learning. Generate a variety of facilitation skills to call colleagues into reflection by protecting and maximizing norms, particularly within moments of conflict. Practice using these skills within scenarios from school settings where the status quo typically prevails.
3232 | They've Given Me the Keys to the Building. Now What?
Explore a mentoring program for new principals in their journey into school leadership that districts can use for new -- and not-so-new -- professionals. Learn about resources that can help all system and school leaders make the smooth transition into school leadership’s challenges found in 2022 and beyond.
3233 | Triaging Teacher Burnout: Coaching, Individualized Professional Learning, & Self-Care
Examine the steps one Title I school used to support its staff culture, combat teacher burnout for new and experienced teachers, and avoid high turnover rates to become a National School of Character and a National ESEA Distinguished School. Leave with resources and practical strategies for coaching, providing feedback, individualized professional learning, and self-care you can implement today to support yourself and your own staff culture.
3236 | What Do You See?
Examine those subtle perceptions or biases that we all face when looking at our students, parents, colleagues, and, the hardest of all, at ourselves. Reflect, reconsider, and self-examine how your perceptions might influence your expectations for not only your students, but also your fellow teachers, parents, school, and community -- and, subsequently, the ways you teach. Identify strategies to assist you in creating action plans in your context.
PC02 | Becoming a Learning Team
Gain step-by-step guidance in using collaborative learning time for teachers to solve specific student learning challenges. Examine a process for using student data to craft student and educator learning goals leading to learning plans, implementation steps, and progress monitoring. Focus on the role of learning teams in implementing high-quality instructional materials and what that means for student and educator learning goals and agendas. Participants will receive a copy of Becoming a Learning Team (Learning Forward, 2018, 2nd ed.).
PC03 | Coaching for Instructional Equity
Leverage the science of learning through a culturally responsive lens. Identify instructional practices that accelerate students’ ability to complete unfinished learning. Examine the teacher moves to become a stronger cognitive mediator and support productive struggle that grows student brainpower. Connect equity goals to improving the instructional core, and understand the role of instructional coaches in ensuring instruction leads to more equitable outcomes.
PC04 | Coaching Matters
Examine the essential characteristics of effective building-level instructional coaching programs, using a coaching framework to examine all aspects of the program. Explore ways to move coaching from a focus on teacher behaviors to a focus on student results. Leave with examples and practical tools from a variety of districts, including protocols for building relationships with teachers and principals, ways to assess the impact of coaching, sample documents defining the roles of coaches and the role of the coach champion, and more.
PC05 | Compassionate Coaching: Navigating Barriers to Professional Growth
Dive into a framework for compassionate coaching that helps coaches avoid the distractions, obstacles, and detours that can take educators off course. Examine the components of the three-phase coaching cycle tailored to each individual and understand the conditions for implementing them. Identify barriers that educators face and explore techniques to address them. Get ready to reimagine instructional coaching with compassion, with strategies to adjust coaching moves to meet educator needs.
PC06 | Creating Equitable Environments Where (Most) Teachers Can Supervise Themselves
Examine your beliefs and experiences about written feedback, and use an Innovation Configuration map to assess your own feedback skills. Learn how to create an evaluation process that helps teachers see their practice clearly and develop a personalized plan for growth.
PC07 | Curriculum-Based Professional Learning Transforms Teaching
Learn how to shift from traditional professional learning to curriculum-based professional learning. Examine a set of research-based actions, approaches, and enabling conditions that effective schools and systems have put in place to reinforce and amplify the power of high-quality curriculum and skillful teaching. Consider strategies for applying them to your plans for professional learning.
PC08 | Equity Isn’t Just a Word - It’s an Action
Learn about the antiracist professional learning series offered to principals in the Austin Independent School District at the height of the global health crisis and racial violence in the U.S. Engage with a community of learners to reflect on your personal influence as an educator. Create a plan of action to build personal and collective capacity to disrupt systemic inequity in your school and district.
PC10 | Leading From the Inside Out
Explore an approach to school improvement and innovation that works from the inside out, unleashing not only student curiosity, but teacher curiosity as well by creating a culture of collaborative inquiry. Discover the power of peer-to-peer coaching in triads for school improvement and identify next steps for implementing them in your school. Use evidence-based pathways to improvement to identify your school’s next step toward innovation and improvement and focus for your professional learning.
PC13 | Reimagining Leading and Coaching for Everyone’s Well-Being
Develop knowledge, insights, and skills related to the well-being needs of students, staff, and yourself in a volatile world. Reimagine how to engage with practical well-being strategies not usually considered in social and emotional learning practices, such as learning outdoors, developing ethical guidelines for technology use, and addressing controversial issues through the curriculum. Leave with an ability to lead deep educator reflection about issues such as how well-being is part of learning and how emotions like anger and disgust shouldn’t just be managed but reimagined in terms of their positive value for changing the world.
PC14 | Reimagining School Leadership: Understanding Adult Resistance to Change
Reimagine a style of leadership designed to address resistance to change while simultaneously supporting staff members. Explore ways to assemble a collective leadership approach that addresses both logical and illogical forms of resistance to change. Learn to use transformational leadership approaches that support staff and hold them accountable to change.
PC15 | Reimagining the Way We Plan and Evaluate Professional Learning
Explore factors that contribute to the effectiveness of professional learning and the levels of evidence most crucial to planning, implementation, and evaluation. Learn how to design and implement more effective professional learning experiences using these levels, how to gather quantitative and qualitative evidence on effects, and how to present that evidence in meaningful ways.
PC19 | Teacher Clarity for High Expectations and Accelerated Learning
Identify the components of teacher clarity, which requires that teachers understand what students need to learn, communicate learning intentions to students, develop with students an understanding of success criteria, deliver lessons in relevant and engaging ways, and ensure that assessment drives instruction. Examine methods for promoting teacher clarity, assessing student knowledge, and fostering ownership in learning. Understand how high expectations are infused in every instructional decision.
QA01 | Monday Keynote Q&A with Jessyca Matthews
QA02 | Tuesday Keynote Q&A with Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
RT05 | Leading With Justice for All: Are You Prepared?
Learn about your implicit bias as we discuss how to assist your school in providing equity and social justice for LGBTQ students. Examine the research behind the important five areas that create a welcoming climate, and use rubrics to help you determine your school's scores for ensuring a safe climate for LGBTQ students.
RT09 | Professional Learning Pathways: A Personalized Approach
Learn how to develop effective professional learning that gives teachers time to enhance their roles and responsibilities without making them feel their to-do list is growing. Explore ways to give flexibility, encourage curiosity, and offer meaningful learning through choice boards, coaching menus, and goal setting. Leave with resources you can implement immediately.
RT10 | Reimagining Family Engagement and Student Success
Learn how one district improved student learning by creating the essential conditions for effective family engagement, using online tools to develop a needs assessment and monitor progress. Examine how district and school family engagement teams implemented processes, strategies, and aligned practices that promote improved focus on learning, communication, relationships, and advocacy. Analyze your own school or district using a self-assessment tool.
RT21 | Accelerating Teacher Learning With Evidence of Classroom Dynamics
RT24 | Collective Leadership Efficacy & Equity Through Collaborative Principal Inquiry
Join colleagues and leaders in an interactive and facilitated discussion on the intersectionality of the key elements to promote collective leadership efficacy through collaborative principal inquiry. Listen to effective research-based practices that will help build coherence across schools to promote equitable and sustainable student outcomes. Engage in conversations to formulate your own bridge-to-practice to implement strategic goals and tiered action plans to support principal leadership development.
RT25 | Empowering Teacher Leaders to Lead Teacher Learning
Examine the cognitive and affective characteristics of teacher leaders and how to nurture these in job-embedded professional learning. Discover opportunities to expand and deepen pedagogical content knowledge through teacher leadership and teacher collaboration. Investigate the pitfalls and hurdles in efforts to improve teacher expertise, teacher collaboration, and pedagogical content knowledge in the most challenging educational settings.
RT26 | Helping Leaders Lead Through Grief
Explore the mental health and emotional crises affecting educators and students today, and chart a course to lead our schools through grief. Determine action steps you can take to improve and enhance school culture, based on medical and military research in disaster psychology and rooted in best educational practices to properly support students and educators in new and meaningful ways.
RT29 | A Model for Evaluating Professional Learning
Explore methods to determine whether your professional learning is contributing to school improvement and student achievement. Gather tips and takeaways from the evaluation of a professional learning experience in which teachers conducted action research in classrooms and presented findings to colleagues. Learn about a framework you can use to gather actionable feedback from any professional learning initiative.
RT30 | Pathway 2 Teaching: The GATE Model for Alternative Teacher Success
Explore the GATE Program, a district-based, job-embedded alternative certification program, as an innovative solution designed to address teacher recruitment and retention needs. Learn how and why this program has proven effective as an alternative pathway for successful entry into the teaching profession. Examine a model that leverages the community’s support to attract career-changers to teaching and provides the unique support needed for these teachers to thrive in the profession for years to come.
RT31 | Rethinking Social-Emotional Learning for the Modern Day
Learn how innovative school leaders are reimagining social-emotional learning (SEL) in a post-COVID-19 world. Explore actionable strategies for building a systematic approach to modern SEL that also address one of the biggest influences on students: social media.
RT32 | Social Media: Rethinking Professional Learning
Ignite your understanding of how social media can be implemented within an educational setting to build an online community. Break into differentiated roundtable discussions to create or elevate your current model, whether your social media platform is just starting out or is well-established. Walk away with tools and resources for bite-sized professional learning, spotlights, and events, and connect with others who are interested in reimagining professional learning.
RT33 | Student Privacy Reimagined in Today's Digital World
Improve student data privacy practices in your school or district. Learn how the Franklin Special School District in Tennessee ensures student data privacy while removing the burden from teachers, administrators, and families. Become familiar with privacy legislation and how it affects educators, as well as online terms of service and privacy policies. Consider how you can apply this to your context.
SP01 | Exploring Professional Learning Through Two Education Technology Platforms
Avanti, a Solution Tree education technology product, is the first of its kind: a teacher-first, self-paced, subscription-based professional learning platform that helps teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels gain ideas and actionable strategies for teaching and honing their craft. Content includes short inspirational videos made by teachers, for teachers, on a variety of relevant, timely topics.
SP02 | Reaching Educators and Influencing Educational Practice Through Book Publishing
Learning Forward’s vision is: Every educator engages in exemplary professional learning so every student excels. In most education settings, this professional learning begins with a book. Join a panel of authors who will share their writing experiences and the impact their books are making on educators and, ultimately, student success. Ask questions of the panel and pitch your own book ideas.
SP03 | Implementing Mastery Learning
Review the big ideas of mastery learning and gain practical guidance on its implementation across the range of grade levels or subject areas. Develop a working knowledge of the principles of mastery learning, including responding to learner differences and frequent use of feedback on learner progress. Apply this working knowledge to implementing mastery learning in both in-person and online settings. Harness mastery learning principles to the work of helping nearly all students become successful learners and gain the many positive benefits of that success.
SP04 | Culturally Fortifying Environments That Are Visible
Learn ways to create learning communities that work together through a collectivist lens of shared accountability with a focus on equity, and discover how these learning communities are empowered to explore how their collaborative actions and decisions propel learning forward. Explore the Visible Learning research that supports the identified pathways and pavers for designing fortifying learning communities.
SP07 | Virtual Professional Learning for Teacher and Student Success
Wilson Language Training's fully virtual professional learning, launched in 2009, is designed to certify teachers to teach students with dyslexia in a Tier 3 instructional setting. Wilson has since expanded the program to include a virtual implementation support program that helps teachers improve their literacy teaching practice for students in Tier 1 and 2 settings. Learn how these programs support an engaged community of educators, provide easy access to instructional resources, and offer ways to connect teachers to expert literacy specialists and coaches for individual support.
SP09 | Professional Learning for Morally Troubled Times
Learn how to help educators face the world we live in and respond to it. Explore professional learning developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to address this challenge, including Schooling for Critical Consciousness of Racism and Racial Injustice, which draws on the research of Harvard Professor Daren Graves' work in applying Paolo Freire's concept of critical consciousness to work with high school students, and Moral Leadership in a Troubled Time, which uses foundational work in moral development done at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
TL01 | How Principals Affect Students and Schools
Discuss with Jason Grissom, professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, a major review from The Wallace Foundation of 20 years of research, which confirms that principals are even more important for student achievement than previously believed. Find out which skills and practices among principals are linked to positive outcomes for students and why diversifying the leadership pipeline is vital to achieving equity goals.
TL04 | Learning is Social and Emotional and Inequitable
Discover how to align the efforts of schools and out-of-school-time providers to support social and emotional learning (SEL) as a foundation of success for all youth. Learn with Karen Pittman, partner at KP Catalysts, how an aligned approach to SEL can reduce inequity and optimize learning. Explore how to leverage the unique strengths of these two systems and how to overcome the challenges of bringing them together.