Elementary Professional Learning

Spring 2019 Opportunities


Curriculum Close-Up

For Administrators

Leadership Executive Directors and Campus Leaders are invited to attend the second Curriculum Close-Up. The professional learning sessions will provide in-depth information and previews regarding upcoming curriculum and instruction. Each session is 50-minutes.

Attend as many or as few as you need; 1 SBEC credit hour per session awarded. Please sign in for each session you attend so proper credit may be awarded.

Friday, March 29
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Monday, April 15 - CANCELLED

Friday, May 3

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Location: PDC

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Doing It All with CLI Data In Mind for ADMINISTRATORS of PreK Campuses Location: Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB)

Using the most recent assessment data for their own campuses, participants will see how their teachers should maximize instruction in whole group, small group, centers and transition planning. Checking for mastery and upcoming content will also be explored. Please bring a device to pull up your summary data by campus and teacher/class.

March 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


New ELAR TEKS Overview for Administrators

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PDC, Room 240 (45-minute sessions beginning on the hour at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Please register to attend

T-TESS Manual & Orientation for Campus Administrators (Mandatory)

A comprehensive overview of DNA Regulation and a customized, in-depth T-TESS & STRIVE professional learning update will be provided for campus leaders who are directly responsible for teacher evaluation. The T-TESS Campus Orientation materials and talking points for Fall 2019 Teacher Orientation will be provided. The sessions support Standard 2 of TPESS; Indicators 2A, 2B, and 2D. Please register on Eduphoria! for your time and date preference. THIS IS A MANDATORY SESSION FOR ALL CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS.

April 24

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

April 25

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

April 26

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

May 1

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

May 2

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

May 3

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

June 11

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30

June 12


June 13

8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:30


Mandatory Training: T-TESS for New Hires

Participants will learn about the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). Teachers will have a clear understanding about the new system, the implications for teacher evaluations, and how it will support all in learning and growing as a school community, to ultimately impact our students’ performance.

All teachers new to Fort Worth ISD are required to complete T-TESS training within the first six weeks of employment (whether you attended in a previous district or not).


If you have trouble registering, please contact Nancy.Nabozny@fwisd.org.

Leading All Learners to Mastery: Differentiation with and without Technology

This session will focus on differentiation methods that can be used to meet the learning needs of students who are ELL, SPED, gifted, and /or struggling learners.

Location: Professional Development Center

April 13, 2019

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Texas SBEC: 4 hours

T-TESS Dimensions:

2.4 Differentiation

2.5 Monitor & Adjust



Early Learning

Bringing in the Spring with Outdoor Learning

Location: PDC | April 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Register

Kids are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor play. It allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Come learn about the benefits of outdoor learning helps with their overall health and well-being (physically and cognitively).

Part II - Conscious Discipline for PreK through 2nd Grade Teachers

Location: FWISD Board Room | April 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Register

What You'll Learn in this 6 hour course: Methodology - Learn and experience the transformational skills, powers and structures of Conscious Discipline in an interactive, brain-smart environment; Brain State Model - Learn how to recognize three unique brain states in children and adults, and how to help yourself and others shift into the Executive State' Self-Regulation - Explore the powers needed to change your perception of conflict and help you gain control of life, and how to impart them to adults and children; School Family - Be part of a living School Family throughout this day, and learn how to foster a caring, cooperative environment that uses daily life to build character and social skills.

HS/PreK PLUS Collaboration - Being Intentional about Professional Learning Offerings

Location: PDC | April 24, 3:30-5:00 p.m. | Register

When teachers collaborate on a regular basis within this integrated model, there is a great opportunity for jog-embedded professional learning opportunities. These ongoing professional learnings are the foundation of building a professional learning community where children and families are at the center of decision-making and continuous quality improvement efforts.

New ELAR TEKS for K-2

May 7 (8:15-11:15 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m.) - Location: Tarrant Area Food Bank

May 9 (8:15-11:15 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m.) - Location: PDC

May 14 (8:15-11:15 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m.) - Location PDC

May 16 (8:15-11:15 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m.) - Location PDC

This session is designed to explore the new ELAR Strands. Participants will engage in a close look at the new ELAR/SLAR TEKS. These new TEKS will be the new expectations for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Elementary Literacy

New ELAR TEKS Deep Dive

Location: PDC

May 7 (8:30-11:30 or 12:45-3:45)

May 16 (8:30-11:30 or 12:45-3:45)

May 20 (8:30-11:30 or 12:45-3:45)

This session is designed to explore the interconnectedness of the new ELAR Strands. Participants should anticipate to join a professional community of learners that focus on the new expectations for the 2019-2020 school year. (Space is limited so first come, first served through registration in Eduphoria) 8:30-11:30 AM or 12:45-3:45

District Student Success Initiative (SSI) Round I training will occur on April 16th, April 22nd, April 24th, and April 25th, 2019. All sessions will be at the PDC from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Please send one coach or lead teacher to attend the training and return to campus to share the information. All participants are required to register in Eduphoria which will allow us to have an accurate account of participants (no wait list will be accepted).

This session will provide an opportunity to locate the SSI information related to literacy instruction for our 5th grade students. The provided instructional support resources are research-based and are aligned to the intent of accelerated instruction.

Achieve3000 Sessions

Engaged Literacy Strategies & Achieve3000

Audience: Elementary Achieve3000 Teachers

Participants will:

  • Understand how the Achieve3000 5 Step Literacy Routine aligns with FWISD Engaged Literacy Strategies
  • Observe a modeling session on how to implement an Achieve3000 lesson/Engaged Literacy Strategies
  • Collaborate and share best practices with colleagues
Location: PDC, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Register for April 2 or April 16

Achieve3000: Reflecting and Preparing for Success Next Year

Audience: Elementary Achieve3000 Teachers

Participants will be able to:

  • Review data from this year’s implementation using Achieve3000 reports and map out action plans for the upcoming year
  • Identify key benefits and features in the product and develop plans to deepen instructional practices and accelerate student learning
  • Collaborate and share best practices with colleagues

Location: PDC, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Register for May 7

Elementary Math

Conceptual Understanding and Activities: STAAR Reporting Categories 3 & 4

Date & Time: April 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: PDC


5th Grade SSI Round 1

This training will provide an overview of SSI Round 1 materials. Resources will be provided at the end of the session.

Date & Time: April 25, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: PDC

TEXAS SBEC CPE: 1.5 credits

Elementary Science

Problem-Based Learning in the Science Classroom (FWMSH)

April 27 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Texas SBEC Credit: 3 hours

Part of a series four 3-hour sessions for teachers of grades 2-5 to learn how to create in their classrooms situations to cause reflection out of school into ordinary life, while discovering the characteristics of Problem-Based Learning as a method for teaching science.

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Our Team

Sharolyn Chitwood, Wendy Coleman-Owens, Dwight Cotton, Tyler Dean, Eva Garcia, Karen Harden, Deidra Keener, Lezley Lewis, Nancy Nabozny, & Lee Ann O'Loughlin