• Save the Date for Summer Learning

    Mark your calendars for a summer FULL of professional learning opportunities and watch for updates with additional information throughout the spring!

  • Elementary Opportunities

  • Common Collaborative Assessment- July 15

    This session will focus on improving participants’ current assessment practices and deepening their understanding of designing and using common assessments. Participants will learn how to effectively analyze and utilize assessment data in regards to systems of support and interventions. (up to 8 seats per campus).

  • Talk Read Talk Write- July 15

    Participants will learn about a practical approach to classroom instruction that helps students meet and exceed the state standards for learning in the core classes while also developing the literacy skills needed for success in the 21st century. (Full day: 100 seats)

  • The Filter for Behavior Change- July 15

    This workshop will look at the science that points out what causes behavioral challenges and how they link to appropriate interventions.  Participants will see multiple examples of what applying best practice in behavior change looks like across a spectrum of learners. (Full day: 100 seats)

  • Common Collaborative Assessments- July 16

    This session will focus on improving participants’ current assessment practices and deepening their understanding of designing and using common assessments. Participants will learn how to effectively analyze and utilize assessment data in regards to systems of support and interventions. (up to 8 seats per campus).

  • 38 Great Academic Language Builders- July 16

    This training offers effective strategies that can be used to build academic vocabulary skills for students in an authentic and engaging way. Participants will learn how to teach core content vocabulary, how to help students navigate the academic language found in textbooks and on tests, and how to help students become independent learners of new vocabulary. (Full day: 100 seats)

  • PLC at Work (open to all levels)- July 16

    July 16th, 2019

    The session will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of the PLC at Work® processes and addressing critical next steps to further their PLC at Work® implementation. (up to 8 seats per campus) 

  • Differentiation Through Technology Integration- July 17

    This workshop provides a variety of practical instructional strategies to accommodate a broad range of learning styles, abilities, and curriculum content. Creative, ready-to-use ideas mapped to curriculum content standards will allow teachers to kickstart their use of technology in differentiating instruction.

    (Half day: 50 seats)

  • Differentiated Instruction- July 17

    Learn how to differentiate content, the classroom process, and student products according to students’ intelligences, readiness and interest in a standards driven classroom. (Full day: 50 seats)

  • PLC at Work- July 17

    July 17th, 2019

    The session will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of the PLC at Work® processes and addressing critical next steps to further their PLC at Work® implementation. (up to 8 seats per campus) 

  • Differentiation Through Technology Integration- July 18

    This workshop provides a variety of practical instructional strategies to accommodate a broad range of learning styles, abilities, and curriculum content. Creative, ready-to-use ideas mapped to curriculum content standards will allow teachers to kickstart their use of technology in differentiating instruction.

    (Half day: 50 seats)

  • Questioning Strategies (A.M.); Visual Literacy (P.M.)- July 18

    Effective Questioning Strategies:  Experience powerful questioning strategies designed to engage students, increase quality higher ordered conversations and hold students accountable for their learning. (Half day: 50 seats)

    Visual Literacy: Teach inference, main ideas, supporting details, bias, point of view and create excitement with these strategies. Participants will learn to use powerful images to teach critical content and concepts in all content.

    (Half day: 50 seats)

  • Coding K-2 (A.M.); Coding 3-5 (P.M.)- July 18

    Coding: These workshops will introduce participants to new coding manipulatives that are now on all elementary campuses. Participants will engage in activities that will  help students learn to code by targeting the foundations of programming: problem-solving, logic, and critical thinking. (Half day: 50 seats)

  • Secondary Opportunities

  • Secondary Mini-Conference (featuring ASCD): Formative Assessment- June 24

    June 24th, 2019 @ Sockwell Center from 8:30 - 3:30

    Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning

    Author: Nancy Frey

    Join Nancy Frey as she outlines a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. Using four discrete steps that work in tandem, Nancy will guide participants in understanding how to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system –one that has no beginning and no end. In this workshop experience, teachers to grow an understanding of how this ongoing approach can enhance an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and student to promote learning.

    $100 stipend or 6 Flex Hours w/ Principal ApprovalFollow up/Classroom Application Required for All Attendees

  • Secondary Mini-Conference (featuring ASCD): Student Engagement- June 25

    June 25th, 2019 @ Sockwell Center from 8:30 - 3:30

    Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement

    Author: John Antonetti

    Most educators have experiences planning instruction and determining what they will do during the course of a lesson. However, to truly engage
    students in worthwhile, rigorous cognition, and to meet their individual needs, a profound shift is necessary —a shift in emphasis from teaching to learning. Put another way, we know that whoever is doing the work is also doing the learning—and in most classrooms, teachers are working much too hard.In this session, John will guide participants in examining their instructional practices and determining the levels of thinking and engagement found in their lessons. Participants will learn how to move from simply planning instruction to responding to student needs in order to design high quality student work.


    $100 Stipend or 6 Flex Hours w/ Principal ApprovalFollow up/Classroom Application Required for All Attendees

  • Secondary Mini-Conference (featuring ASCD): Social-Emotional Learning- July 9

    July 9th, 2019 @ Sockwell Center from 8:30 - 3:30 

    THE HEART OF EDUCATION: Bringing Joy, Meaning, and Purpose Back to Teaching and Learning

    Author: Dara Feldman

    Join in on this ongoing conversation about research, best practices, resources, tools, and learning experiences that address the needs of the whole child (and the whole educator). Author Dara Feldman uses her knowledge, research, and experiences in the areas of culturally responsive teaching and learning, mindfulness, equity, social and emotional character development, poverty, and restorative practices to inform, uplift, and equip educators on practices that support high levels of academic achievement for all learners.


    $100 Stipend or 6 Flex Hours w/ Principal ApprovalFollow up/Classroom Application Required for All Attendees

  • Secondary Mini-Conference (featuring ASCD): Differentiated Instruction- July 10

    July 10th, 2019 @ Sockwell Center from 8:30 - 3:30

    PLANNING DIFFERENTIATION THAT CHALLENGES ALL STUDENTS

    Author: Dr. Robyn Jackson


    Everyone is talking about differentiation, but most teachers report that proper guidance on how to effectively differentiate for students has never been
    provided. Some misunderstood methods (such as “three levels” or “tiered assignments”) often fail to produce the results teachers are hoping for. Dr. Jackson leads this session on integrating differentiation into the core of the lesson by providing teachers guidance in translating theory into actual, realistic practice. With a focus on available strategies, Robyn will guide teachers in effective planning for differentiation through intentional and thoughtful lesson development. Participants will find that when learners experience an authentically, organically differentiated classroom, they develop confidence and find greater success.

    $100 stipend or 6 Flex Hours w/Principal ApprovalFollow up/Classroom Application Required for All Attendees

  • Plano Writing Leadership Academy- July 15 - 25

    July 15th - 25th, 2019 

    The Plano Writing Leadership Academy is structured on the belief that we teach best what we personally experience. In the non-threatening atmosphere of a writer’s workshop, teachers will develop their own writing skills and styles and learn how to teach students through similar research-based techniques. They will engage in all stages of the writing process, will practice conferring about writing, and will learn techniques to enrich literature studies through writing.

  • Secondary PLC at Work by Solution Tree- July 18

    July 18th, 2019 

    Facilitators from Solution Tree will host this one-day event with a focus on supporting teachers in growing understandings around the innovative PLC at Work process.

  • SpEd Instructional Academy for Secondary only- July 19

    July 19th, 2019

  • Invitation and Application Based Learning Opportunities

  • Elementary CW Symposium- May 28, 29

  • Secondary CW Symposium - May 28,29

    By Invitation Only (from Secondary Academics)

    District instructional designers are invited by their content area coordinators to share in this day of foundational learning. Topics this year include: Presentation Aesthetics, The Role of an Instructional Designer, Curriculum Planner as a Communication Tool, and Effective Instruction in Every Lesson.

  • New Teacher Mentor Training- May 29, June 4, 5 , 27

    This training will be held at Academy HS. 

  • ETSI: Educational Technology Success Initiative - May 30, 31

    May 30th and 31st, 2019

    Annual Professional Learning Opportunity Focusing on Tech Integration

    ETSI

  • Secondary AVID Path Training- May 30, 31

    AVID Campus Coordinators will invite campus teachers to attend one of four secondary strands that will be offered at a two-day AVID Path Training.  The strands are Critical Reading (all content areas), Writing to Learn (all content areas), Math I and Science I.

  • Elementary AVID Path Training- June 3,4

    AVID Campus Coordinators will invite campus teachers to attend one of three elementary strands that will be offered at a two-day AVID Path Training.  The strands are Elementary Foundations, Art of Inquiry and Just WICORize it. 

  • ETSI for Librarians- June 6

    Description:  (Educational Technology Success Initiative)  Annual Professional Learning Opportunity Focusing on Tech Integration

    ETSI

    Contacts:  Clara Alaniz (clara.alaniz@pisd.edu) Fern Johnson (fern.johnson@pisd.edu) Leah Heerema (Leah.Heerema@pisd.edu)

        • Registration Deadlines
          • Pre-Registration Deadline:  March 22
          • Open Enrollment Deadline:  May 24

  • Team Leader Academy- June 10 - 14

    (by Principal selection) 

  • Secondary AVID Summer Institute- June 19 - 21

    AVID Campus Coordinators at selected schools will invite campus teachers to a three-day AVID training at the Dallas Hyatt.  Participants will experience content related learning with educators from across the country during strand sessions.  In addition, a portion of each day will be spent processing and goal setting with campus site teams.

  • T-TESS Orientation for New Hires (1/2 day)- June 24, July 9, July 25

    June 24th, 2019 (Board Room) July 9th, 2019 (CDC), July 25th, 2019 (Board Room)

  • Kodaly Training (Music Teachers)- July 1 -18

    Kodaly Teacher Training - 13 days of intensive training endorsed by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in partnership with SMU. Tracks available specifically for elementary music specialists and secondary choral directors, but available for other secondary music teachers interested in improving their aural skills, score study and instructional planning. Register through the Fine Arts Office.

  • SpEd Instructional Academy for Elementary and Secondary- July 18

  • Secondary Guided Language Acquisition Design Workshop- July 18, 19

    By Principal Selection Process

  • GLAD Training- July 18, 19

    Multilingual Services is hosting a two day training on GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design), an instructional model to intentionally target and promote language skills, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills. Principals as bilingual campuses and secondary campuses with a high EL population will have the opportunity to nominate representatives from their campus for this opportunity. This will be held at Academy HS.

    For more information, please contact: 
    Talle Gomez (talle.gomez@pisd.edu)

  • SpEd Behavior Academy for Elementary and Secondary- July 23 - 25