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Visible Learning Plus

Visible Learningplus Foundation Day

February 19, 2016

Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center
13900 Hull Street Road, Richmond, VA

Registration: $399 per person
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Measure Your Impact at the Virginia Visible Learning Foundation Day

This one-day institute introduces you to the core concepts and research of Visible Learningplus. Through the lens of Visible Learningplus evidence, attendees will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to make the greatest impact on student achievement and learning.

Institute Outcomes

During this Institute, participants will learn:
  • The key philosophy of Visible Learningplus and the major factors that infuence student learning and achievement

  • The importance of effect sizes as a useful way to measure progress

  • The key characteristics of assessment capable learners

  • The mind frames leaders need to have in order to impact student achievement and instruction

  • The role of feedback
Thank you for a wonderful conference!
With much gratitude to the DC host committee, conference sponsors and exhibitors, and most importantly, our attendees, Learning Forward celebrates the 2015 Annual Conference.

Highlights this year included:
  • Inspirational keynotes each day at lunch and engaging learning sessions in multiple formats, including day-long preconference sessions, shorter concurrent sessions, field trips, networking sessions, and FastForward (6-minute) presentations.

  • The graduation of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2015,
    39 members strong.

  • A bustling exhibit hall with 57 vendors.

  • A visit from outgoing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just two days before the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law. See his remarks here.
Browse #learnfwd15 to see learners' quick takeaways, and then plan your 2016 trip to Vancouver.

Apply to present at next year's conference by Feb. 1, 2016
and save Dec. 3-7, 2016 on your calendar. Read more.
ESSA Includes Improved Definition of Professional Development
Stephanie Hirsh - Director of LFToday President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, offered these comments on the law:

"Learning Forward's focus in this new law is its improved definition of professional learning. We've long advocated for a definition of professional development in federal policy that aligns with our Standards for Professional Learning. We concentrated our advocacy energy on this element of the legislation because that definition applies to the references to professional development that appear throughout the law."

"I am pleased that the definition of professional development says at the outset that educator learning is an integral local strategy for building educator capacity to help students succeed with high academic standards. Just as important, the definition says that professional development must be 'sustained, (not stand-alone, 1-day, and short-term workshops), intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, classroom focused....'" Our standards have outlined these elements for close to two decades. Sadly, the professional development that many educators in our country experience doesn't include these components, nor the other conditions and structures essential to professional learning that ultimately helps the students in our schools."

"Interestingly, perhaps the most important word in the rest of the definition is 'may.' The law lists many types of professional learning that 'may' be what an educator experiences; we're glad the wording recognizes that educators will need to determine precisely what that learning is. In our vision for effective learning, educators will identify their needs collaboratively and locally, based on the needs of their students, and in a cycle of continuous improvement."

"Finally, when it comes to actually implementing meaningful professional learning, educators require so much more than what is articulated in the definition in the law. I urge education leaders and stakeholders to be bold in demanding the resources and conditions that support professional learning and in holding themselves accountable for doing their part to build educator capacity to meet all students' needs."

Learning Forward Virginia hosted:
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From Seatwork to Feetwork Second Edition
From Seatwork to Feetwork Second EditionWell-known Virginia author and speaker, Ron Nash has written the second edition of the Corwin best seller, From Seatwork to Feetwork. This second edition includes two new chapters:
  1. Feedback and praise
  2. Importance of perspective and empathy in classroom communication and collaboration
Also included are two new appendices:
  • Appendix A: Providing support for speakers and listeners
  • Appendix B: Maximizing the use of time in classrooms
With more than 60 additional pages, From Seatwork to Feetwork shows teachers how to shift students from passive observers to active participants in their own learning.

Through the end of January 2016, Ron will sell copies of his new book at $22.50 each, a 25% discount. Contact Ron at ronsonsult@cox.net to order books for your teacher leaders or your entire staff. Email Ron or call him at 757-567-6999 with questions.
Other Conferences in Virginia

Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Virginia Literacy Workshops
Join us to experience interactive learning and deep conversations designed for K-6 educators, coaches, and administrators. Participants will explore the instructional shifts necessary to meet the rigorous demands of the standards, and to ensure students become engaged and proficient readers as well as prolific and thoughtful writers. Save the Date Flyer

October 14, 2015
Best Practices in Writing Instruction
Fairfax, VA

October 15, 2015
Powerful Intervention to Support RtI & ELL Students
Fairfax, VA

October 20, 2015
Best Practices in Writing Instruction
Charlottesville, VA

November 12, 2015
Best Practices in Writing Instruction
Williamsburg, VA

December 2, 2015
Best Practices in Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Instruction
Alexandria, VA

January 7, 2016
Best Practices in Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Instruction
Richmond, VA

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Learning Forward Virginia recently launched its Executive Leadership Program, with over 20 participants. This 30-hour yearlong leadership program is offered in a blended, collaborative format. Participants acquire skills, practices, strategies, and resources to develop their expertise as agents of change, create cultures of continuous improvement, build collective responsibility, and provide individual and team support for acquiring and implementing new practices. Read more...
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Best Practices in Reading Comprehension Instruction Institute
Center for Collaborative Classroom
Are your students able to read proficiently and understand complex text?

Can they convey their understanding orally and in writing?

Do classroom practices match the research on teaching effectiveness?
WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016
TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Hilton Richmond Short Pump – Richmond, VA
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Thank you to our 2015 Conference Sponsors!
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F2F 2016 Meetings:

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Richmond, VA
1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Fairfax, VA
1:00 p.m.

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