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PL KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW 12/11/14 VOL 1.6

February 16 Campus/Campuses Professional Learning Day

February 16 is a Campus/Campuses Professional Learning Day. Specialized departments will attend specific training. Specialized departments include:

  • Counselors
  • ​CTE
  • ESL Aides (Elem. & Sec.)
  • Fine Arts
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Literacy Dyslexia Interventionists (Elem. & Sec.)
  • Nurses
  • PE Teachers
  • Special Education (*Teachers only)
  • World Languages


*Special Education Aides will remain on campus.

Cultural Proficiency Twitter Chat - Monday, December 15

Cultural Proficiency is the topic of our next Professional Learning #LISDchat. This chat will be moderated by Angela Ward of Austin ISD. Click the link to find out more about Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness in AISD. This Twitter Chat is Monday, December 15th, from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.

December 17th Learning Leaders - Guest Facilitator John Krownapple

John Krownapple specializes in raising the cross-cultural effectiveness of clients. Since 2007, he has led the development and implementation of one the first and most comprehensive cultural proficiency programs in the United States. John continues to administer this program for the Howard County Public School System (MD) in his role of Coordinator for Cultural Proficiency. He has used the cultural proficiency framework with school system staff groups, system partners, community leaders, government officials, students, and families. Results include improved morale in schools; improved access to academic opportunities for all students; improved student engagement with learning; and greater cultural competency on the part of teachers, administrators, and staffs. As an educator for two decades, John has served as a district office administrator, professional development facilitator, curriculum specialist, and elementary teacher. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and McDaniel College and a consultant for several not-for-profit organizations.

Upcoming Events

Thinking Maps Trainer Recertification Jan. 14 (invitations will be sent to current trainers)

Elementary: Writing with 6 Traits K-5 - January 20

Crucial Conversations - Tools for Talking When Stakes are High (attend BOTH Day 1 - Feb. 2 and Day 2 - Feb. 9)

Intro to Thinking Maps (attend ONE of the sessions - Jan. 26, Feb. 10)

CHAMPS Classroom Management (attend one cohort - Cohort 2, Cohort 3)

Coaching for Results Level I - Cohort B

Coaching for Results Level II - Cohort C

Winter Online Courses begin December 12.
Spring Online Courses begin February 13.