Will we meet you in St. Louis? Ways to connect with KickUp at Learning Forward 2019

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By Julia Ramsey

2019’s Learning Forward Annual Conference is almost here! KickUp is thrilled to once again power the conference evaluation and present sessions with our innovative K-12 PD partners from across the country. Check out all the ways to connect with us over four days of building capacity and changing practice:

Throughout the Week

– Declare yourself a Certified PD Data Nerd

Drop by KickUp’s table to strike a pose at our PD-prop-equipped photobooth, and wear your PD Data Nerd flag proudly!

– Take the Professional Learning Improvement Index

Where do your organization’s PD priorities, methods, and goals fall against best practices? Visit KickUp’s booth in the general registration area at any point during the conference to take the Professional Learning (PL) Improvement Index and view your results benchmarked against from districts around the country.

– Presenters: Walk through your session’s feedback with a data review

Get a complimentary review of your session’s impact, courtesy of Learning Forward and KickUp. Every 2019 Annual Conference presenter will receive a post-session feedback report that organizes and breaks down audience reactions to your presentation with dynamic data visualizations and analytic insights.

During the conference, KickUp is also providing session presenters 10-minute data reviews. We’ll walk you through your report, troubleshoot any questions you have, and provide you with a custom link so that you can share the dashboard with your team.

The first 400 presenters (up to 3 per session) to schedule or complete a data review will get a free “Certified PD Data Nerd” travel mug. Reserve your spot before they’re gone!

– Feedback raffle

KickUp will be holding daily gift card drawings for presenters and attendees throughout the conference. Don’t forget to fill out those feedback forms — for every attended session you evaluate, you’ll be entered to win!

Presenters, you don’t miss out on the fun either: enter your own drawing by having 10+ attendees submit feedback for your session. Winners will be announced via the conference app each evening.

KickUp Sessions & In-Conference Events

Monday December 9

9:45-11:45am

1212 | Rethinking Teacher Evaluation

Fred Shaykis, KickUp; Ryan Neal, Camdenton R-III School District; Douglas Starkey, Camdenton R-III School District

The push to tie teacher evaluations to high-stakes decision-making can diminish teacher trust. Learn how one district is reframing teacher evaluation, positioning it as the natural product of ongoing supports. Identify strategies for leveraging professional growth plans and formative data to power instructional coaching. Design ongoing supports that build an environment of trust, alignment, and educator buy-in around professional learning.

2:30-4:30pm

1423 | Using Improvement Science to Improve Science

Victoria Kinzig, KickUp; Godfrey Rangasammy, Prince Georges County Public Schools; Jean Snell, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland

Implementing continuous improvement cycles can be equally exciting and daunting. Learn how a university-district partnership with Learning Forward’s What Matters Now Network is examining the alignment of teachers’ instructional practice with the Next Generation Science Standards within their regular school-level professional learning communities. Hone your data evaluation skills in a simulated plan-do-study-act cycle using formative data. Leave with simple and adaptable protocols that make getting started manageable in your district or organization.

Tuesday December 10

7:30-8:30am

SP06 | Professional Learning Data: How to Do Checkups, Not Autopsies

Jeremy Rogoff, KickUp; Anna Jackson, Lubbock ISD

Professional learning requires an investment in time and resources. How do you ensure a return on that investment before it’s too late to make course corrections? In this session, learn how three districts have implemented a job-embedded learning system to streamline professional learning workflows, understand teacher progress toward organizational priorities, and power continuous improvement with actionable data. Leave with strategies for ensuring your district is using professional learning data for checkups, not autopsies.

8:45-11:45am

2326 | Assessing Impact: From Research to Practice

Joellen Killion, Learning Forward Senior Advisor; Victoria Kinzig, KickUp; Tina Maksche, Special School District St. Louis County

Learn how to construct an evaluation framework for professional learning using best practices from Joellen Killion’s Assessing Impact. Practice developing an aligned data plan that defines the when, what, and how of data collection. Build evaluation muscle by using one district’s real-life framework to analyze and interpret data from its new teacher induction program.

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