The Loop

PL Keeping You In The Know 4/6/16 VOL 2.8

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Critical Friends Principal Group June 13 & 14, and a follow up on November 11
Designing Online Courses for your Staff
April 12
Facilitation Skills
June 7
#LISDchat Slow Chat all day April 11 #lovemyschoolday (see below for details)
April 18 Topic: Feedback
Twitter Inspired Learning 21 Day Challenge in May
- more info coming!
Twitter Chat Book Study: Teach Like a Pirate
- June 6, June, 13, June 20, and June 27

Critical Friends Principal Group

Looking for protocols to use in PLCs? Looking for feedback from peers on your work? A small pilot group will kick off this summer on June 13 & 14. Please email Shawna Miller by April 29 if interested in participating.

  • Think reflectively to improve practice
  • Better match the use of protocols to purposes which will help reach goals
  • Resolve dilemmas related to student learning
  • Gain insight and feedback around meaningful work
  • Sharing the journey of being a principal with others who know and understand
  • Bringing items from daily work as principals, gathering feedback from respected peers
  • “Living” the tenets of professional community with other leaders
  • 3 days of training around Critical Friends work:
    June 13 &14 and a follow – up on November 11.
  • Ongoing job-embedded PL to refine practice while focusing on relevant work

Schlechty Learning Opportunites in North Texas

The Schlechty Center has some upcoming conferences near Dallas that might be of interest to you or your staff:
  • Coaching for Design Level II in Colleyville May 23 - 26
  • Schlechty Center Summer Academies in Grapevine June 20 - 22
  • Coaching for Design Level II in Grapevine June 20 - 23
  • Design Camp 2016 in Colleyville June 27 - 28
Click here for more information on The Schlechty Center website.


April 11 will be a slow chat all day instead of our normal 8 - 9 PM Twitter chat time. Post to the hashtag #lovemyschoolday to tell the world the wonderful things happening at your school. We can't wait to see our schools on this Twitter event!

2015 November Trade Credit

The deadline for earning Nov. Trade Credit for this school year has passed.
Learning must have taken place between June 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016.

In mid April individuals will receive emails if they will be docked for not completing November trade credit. Individuals will have a final opportunity to provide documentation of learning previously attended outside of their work hours prior to 3/31/16.

Principals will also receive an email with a list of staff that did not meet the requirement.

Learning Leaders

The next Learning Leaders is on April 20. We will start the day at 8 AM. Bring your data set from your campus and completed SWOC chart. A separate Learning Leaders email will be sent with details for the day.

Planning Your PL

If you would like a think partner for determining Professional Learning needs, working on an implementation plan for past learning, or writing a campus Professional Learning plan please contact us. We are here to help!