Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

Member Schools Professional Development Opportunities

The events posted on this site are sponsored, hosted, or endorsed by ISAS member schools. ISAS makes no representations concerning the listings, has no responsibility for posted events, and shall not be liable in any way for "Event Site" listings. For questions regarding an event, call the posting school directly.

February

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The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas

Making Learning Visible

LLI Southwest is a two-day professional development conference that is designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in the southwest region. Featuring fishbowl classrooms, active learning sessions, and collaborative events, LLI Southwest is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training.

Early registration ends December 20, 2018.

Click here for more information.

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The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas

Making Learning Visible

LLI Southwest is a two-day professional development conference that is designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in the southwest region. Featuring fishbowl classrooms, active learning sessions, and collaborative events, LLI Southwest is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training.

Early registration ends December 20, 2018.

Click here for more information.

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Webinar

CURRICULUM PORTFOLIOS: A DEEP DIVE INTO PORTFOLIO DESIGN


(Prerequisite: Curriculum Rerouting)

Schools are continuously seeking ways to articulate their curriculum into one cohesive model that is more robust than binders or complex curriculum mapping portals. The Monarch Experience, powered by Good Shepherd Episcopal School, invites you to join Andrea Jenkins, Director of Curriculum at Good Shepherd, for two webinars to learn about a fresh approach to curriculum articulation. Find out how to make curriculum design transparent, connected, and dynamic, placing the focus back on student learning. Participants will learn how to reroute curriculum mapping into a vibrant, innovative model. All PreK-12 educators are welcome.


March

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Good Shepherd Episcopal School

The workshop will include ideas for engaging students, classroom management strategies, and ways to guide original student compositions. Participants will learn how to create inspirational musical programs which incorporate what is being taught in the classroom. Participants will sing, dance, and play as they rotate through early childhood, lower school, and middle school lessons presented by the hosts. Attendees will also receive an example of a program that can be taken back to their own schools. Cost is $25 per registrant.


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St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Join students and educators from independent schools in ISAS and local Austin public schools for a day of learning and planning in personal identity development and equity and inclusion efforts at each school. The conference program will run from 10 am - 6:00 pm, with lunch included for students and adults. Check-in will open at 9:00 am with a continental breakfast. Students will go through a program designed by students that will be aimed at various elements of diversity and identity. The student facilitation session will be led by John Gentile, Principal Consultant of The Glasgow Group and Co-Director of the Office of Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity at The Horace Mann School, along with St. Stephen's Equity and Inclusion student leaders.

Adult educators will experience a day-long program that will mirror the student work, but in an adult space, facilitated by Dr. Rodney Glasgow, Founder and Principal Consultant of The Glasgow Group and Head of Middle School and Chief Diversity Officer at St. Andrew's School. The day for adults will be a chance to experience activities and also exchange ideas and resources to take back to their institutions. There will be time set aside for students and adults from each school to action plan for the 2019-2020 school year, as well.

**There is a limit of 15 students per school. (If a school needs to go above that number, please contact Yvonne Adams.) There is no limit on the number of adults per school.


Registration link:

https://www.sstx.org/page/event-registration/diver...

Please contact Yvonne Adams (yadams@sstx.org) for any questions.

April

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Trinity Valley School

This one-day hands-on workshop is designed for educators to explore creative, cutting-edge technology to supercharge STEM, STEAM, and creative project based learning across the curriculum.

Spend the day immersed in the what, why, and how to integrate design and making using new technology like the BBC micro:bit, Hummingbird Robotics, Makey Makey, Scratch 3, MakeCode, and more into classrooms, libraries, and makerspaces. Led by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, experts in making, makerspaces, and creative technologies for all grades and subjects.

Registration includes:

  • Hands-on workshop with exciting new coding and physical computing technologies
  • Lunch
  • A free copy of the new and revised second edition of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.

Register at: https://inventtolearn.com/texas/?mc_cid=7f5a0e064a&mc_eid=ed65d24cd3

May

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River Oaks Baptist School
Here are ROBS we have been reframing educational technology, focusing on its intersection with curriculum as opposed to it being an add on item in the classroom. Our curriculum should drive the technology we use, and not the technology driving the curriculum. Innovation Camp focuses on the innovation that happens in our classrooms whether technology is involved or not, and gives teachers the opportunity to experience or share/showcase these experiences. In many cases our teachers are doing amazing things that hardly anyone gets to see, so we have decided to showcase and celebrate our teachers' innovative ideas.


Initially this event was put on for our teachers by ROBS teachers with guest speakers. This year we are opening up the event for anyone who would like to attend or present. If there is a PD requirement for your teachers, this could check that box. If you have seen some amazing things happening in your classrooms that other teachers could learn from and would be beneficial to other students, I encourage you to share this information with your teachers. We all have a plethora of teachers who would love to learn. You also may have teachers who would love to learn new concepts and we would love to have them attend.

If you as a technology leader would like to attend or share innovative ideas, we welcome you as well. Share this information with administration as you see fit.

Last year we had the pleasure of welcoming Christine Dinh, the Instructional Technologist from The Joy School as one of our guest presenters and our teachers absolutely loved seeing what other schools are doing. The Coordinator of Technology Applications from Fort Bend ISD, Andres Chavez also shared with our teachers great information about formative assessments.


So here are the CliffsNotes:

What: InnCamp
When: May 29th
Theme: Innovation (as a presenter, we are open to anything that could be seen as innovative, whether it involves technology or not)
Where: River Oaks Baptist School
For who: Anyone involved in education
Why: An exchange of ideas and opportunities to collaborate


This is what last year's InnCamp looked like, I am in the process of building out this year's website and promotional material.

June

all day
Trinity Valley School

This event will focus on implementing, integrating, and utilizing the Google Suite for Education in your teaching practice. In your classroom, across your curriculum, and throughout the school year learn how you can leverage the tools within the Google Suite to inspire your students to create, collaborate and learn. The summit also provides ample opportunities to connect and network with like-minded educators.

Regsiter at: https://www.educollaborators.com/dfwsummit/

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Trinity Valley School

This event will focus on implementing, integrating, and utilizing the Google Suite for Education in your teaching practice. In your classroom, across your curriculum, and throughout the school year learn how you can leverage the tools within the Google Suite to inspire your students to create, collaborate and learn. The summit also provides ample opportunities to connect and network with like-minded educators.

Regsiter at: https://www.educollaborators.com/dfwsummit/