Preconference (PCXXX)

Saturday Preconference (PC1XX), 9:00am–4:00pm
Sunday Preconference (PC2XX), 9:00am–4:00pm


Cindy Harrison
Learning Forward
Heather Clifton

Learning Forward

PC01 | Coaching Matters

Learn what needs to be in place for a coaching program to impact student learning. Examine the essential characteristics of effective building-level instructional coaching programs. Walk away with examples and practical tools from a variety of districts, including protocols for providing feedback to coaches, ways to assess the impact of coaching, and sample documents defining the roles of coaches and the role of the coach champion. Presenters will model virtual learning strategies and provide examples of ways to support the social and emotional needs of teachers and coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participants will receive a discount to purchase  Coaching Matters online via Learning Forward's bookstore.

Area Focus: Coaching
Topics: Coaching Practices/Programs, Instructional Improvement, Models of Professional Learning
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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John Krownapple
Dignity Consulting
Floyd Cobb
Cobb Consulting

PC02 | Equity Implementation Through Belonging, Dignity, and Improvement Science

Too often, implementation of educational equity reinforces a vicious cycle of failure, largely because the keys to success are missing. Among the things in their place are equity workshops, jargon, and public statements that do not lead to responsible action that move the needle on results. In this session, learn how to make equity actionable through the concepts of dignity and belonging. Explore the importance of improvement science in developing and executing a plan of action that embeds these concepts into a variety of contexts: Instruction, curriculum, environment, family engagement, policy development, and more.  Learn from case studies and experience a framework that helps districts, schools, and educators get equity implementation right.

Area Focus: Equity & Excellence
Topics: Change Management, Collaborative Inquiry, Cultural/Gender/Learning Differences/Racial Equity, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Equitable Access and Outcomes, Implementation, Social Emotional Learning/Health (SEL/SEH), Title I / Economically Disadvantaged Population
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Val Brown
Professional Learning Manager and Facilitator
Teaching Tolerance
Byron Durias
Principal
Seminole County Public Schools

PC03 | Social Justice Teaching 101

Learn how to effectively implement anti-bias instruction in classrooms. Discover practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social and emotional goals side by side. Discuss learning conditions that honor all identities and reflect diversity, equity, and justice. Explore ready-to-use materials and see how to apply rigorous standards and ways to incorporate research-based teaching practices. Leave with ideas and tools for transforming classrooms and schools.
Area Focus: Equity & Excellence
Topics: Cultural/Gender/Learning Differences/Racial Equity, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Culture and Climate, Equitable Access and Outcomes, Social Emotional Learning/Health (SEL/SEH)
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Douglas Fisher
Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University and Health Sciences High and Middle College
Nancy Frey
Professor in Educational Leadership
San Diego State University and Health Sciences High and Middle College

PC04 | Engagement by Design: The Impact of Relationships, Clarity, and Challenge

Focus on ways to engage students and ensure they are learning more. Explore ways in which leaders can help teachers build and maintain healthy, growth-producing relationships with students. Ensure teachers know what students need to learn, communicate learning expectations to students, and reach agreements on what learning success looks like. Explore the role of challenging learning tasks and understand the role difficulty and complexity play in students' learning.
Area Focus: High Quality Curriculum
Topics: Curricular Rigor, Educator Effectiveness, Engagement and Motivation of Disenfranchised Learners, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Leadership and Supervision, Literacy
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Frederick Brown
Learning Forward
Kay Psencik
Learning Forward

PC05 | The Learning Principal: Becoming a Learning Leader

What does it mean to be an authentic learning principal and learning leader? Apply a learning and improvement lens to the principal’s major responsibilities. Assess your current state and consider reasons to invest in new learning and new actions. Dig into cases of high-performing and low-performing schools to distinguish effective principal practices. Examine how investing in learning and improvement produces higher levels of performance and impact for staff and students. Participants will receive a copy of the newly released The Learning Principal, co-authored by the session facilitators.

Area Focus: Leadership Practices
Topics: Instructional Improvement, Instructional Leadership and Supervision, Learning Networks, Principal Pathways/Pipelines
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Laura Lipton
Mira Via
Pati Falk
Training Associate
MiraVia LLC

PC06 | Leading Groups Virtually: Creating High-Engagement Meetings and Work Sessions (FULL)

This interactive seminar presents practical strategies for structuring and conducting engaging learning experiences for adults in a virtual environment. Examine tested principles of learning and teaching that involve adult learners in meaningful explorations of concepts, ideas, and information using online learning tools. Explore theory and practice using an effective design template and accessible presentation strategies for connecting groups to you, one another, and important content.

Area Focus: Leadership Practices
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Facilitation, Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches

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Donna Micheaux
Senior Consultant
Learning Forward
Rochelle Herring
Senior Program Officer
The Wallace Foundation
Jennifer Parvin
Owner and Consultant
Parvin and Associates Coaching and Consulting

PC07 | Leading When the Path Isn’t Clear (funded by The Wallace Foundation)

The teaching and learning landscape has dramatically changed in schools and districts across the country. Leaders on the front lines are making decisions that impact teachers, support staff, parents, and students. Engage with superintendents and principals as they share their experiences and the leadership lessons learned while navigating in uncharted territory. Learn how they are working hard to ensure all students have access to a high-quality educational experience in spite of a not-so-clear path.

Invited guests include: Dr. Jill Baker, superintendent (Long Beach Unified School District, CA); Dr. Joseph McFarland, superintendent (Derry Township, PA); Dr. Calvin Watts, superintendent (Kent School District, WA); Dr. Kenneth Salim, superintendent (Cambridge Public Schools, MA); and Steven D. Holmes (Sunnyside Unified School District, AZ); Paul Kelly, 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year finalist (Township High School District 214, IL); Dr. Crystal Cooper, principal (Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA); and the 2021 NASSP National Principal of the Year.

Area Focus: Leadership Practices
Topics: Distributed/Shared Leadership, Equitable Access and Outcomes
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Jennifer Abrams
Jennifer Abrams Consulting
Bill Sommers

PC08 | Intentionally Developing Educators: Effectively Accelerating Adult Learning

The research is solid: Adults working together effectively can increase student achievement. Learn individual and group strategies that increase collective efficacy. Assess yourself, your department, grade level, or school's ability to collaborate effectively. Explore specific, focused strategies to help you build a repertoire for addressing individual and group needs to support ongoing learning for the adults in schools.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Networks
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Assessment Practices, Learning Networks, Models of Professional Learning
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Joellen Killion
Learning Forward

PC09 | Assessing Impact: Evaluating Professional Learning

Measuring the quality, effectiveness, and impact of professional learning requires thoughtful planning and implementation of an evaluation process and is more crucial now than ever given the multiple complexities of education today. Educators’ professional learning is the primary vehicle for developing their capacity to meet the daily expectations of teaching and leading in adaptive times. Acquire a process for assessing the effectiveness and results of professional learning to create a plan for evaluating your own professional learning programs. Participants will receive a copy of Assessing Impact: Evaluating Professional Learning, 3rd ed. (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2018).

Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Assessment Practices, Data-Driven Decision Making, Evaluation and Impact
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Shannon Terry
Director of Program Integration Strategy
Texas Education Agency
Tammy Snively
Independent Consultant

PC10 | Designing and Facilitating Virtual Professional Learning

With students and educators learning in virtual or blended environments, professional learning design and implementation must reflect best online design practices and meet the needs and desired outcomes for adult learners. Explore strategies for designing and facilitating virtual professional learning that is aligned to the Standards for Professional Learning, is supported by research on adult learning theory, and uses best practices in a virtual context.

Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Blended/Online Learning
Session Length: 4-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches

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