Transformational Turbulence: Redesigning Learning During a District Closure

Tory Hill, Superintendent, Sweeny ISD
Charolet Kremmer, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Sweeny ISD
Amy Pope, Assistant Superintendent, Sweeny ISD
Amber Stowers, Coordinator of Academic Services and Instructional Technology, Sweeny ISD

The perfect storm creates turbulence that disrupts an organization. Participants will gain insights into the ways in which Sweeny ISD, a small school district, transformed learning during COVID-19. SISD will share their journey of how a bottom-up transformational approach created the conditions most conducive for leaders, teachers, and students to reinvent themselves to reach their greatest potential.

Reimagining School

Stephanie Williams, Executive Director, Organizational Transformation, Fort Bend ISD
Ashley Causey, Director-STEM Curriculum and Instruction, Fort Bend ISD
Melissa Hubbard, Executive Director, Teaching & Learning, Fort Bend ISD
Kwabena Mensah, Assistant Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD

Strategy, systems for communication and collaboration, and a cross-functional design team supported Fort Bend ISD’s transition during COVID-19 to an online work and learning environment. This session will provide participants an opportunity to analyze the district’s transformation efforts through the design team. Participants will engage with leaders, review expectations, systems, and support structures that led to success while reflecting on components that can influence future change efforts.

PD during a Pandemic: How is it Possible?

Colette Pledger, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Robinson ISD
Willie Thomas, Director, Media Services & Integration, Robinson ISD

Is professional development during a pandemic possible? With careful planning, teacher feedback, and analysis of needs, PD is possible. Robinson ISD will share the moves they made during the spring closure, as well as their strategies for the 2020-2021 school year.

Multi-tiered Systems of Support to Optimize Learning During the Pandemic

Cynthia Jaird, Executive Director, Irving ISD

Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that empowers educators to support students in the areas of prevention, enrichment, and intervention. During the pandemic, it became critical to implement MTSS to ensure that students who were engaging remotely and in-person were successful. The session will focus on proactive approaches to ensure that schools are serving all of their vulnerable students with equity and excellence.

Educational Equity Through Professional Learning Redesign

Marie Mendoza, Executive Director, Professional Development, Spring ISD
Stacey Baughn-Hunt, Professional Development Facilitator, Spring ISD
Karol Guillum, Professional Development Facilitator, Spring ISD
Taylor Guilley, Lead Development Specialist, Spring ISD

This session describes one district’s professional development cycle redesigned to support the need for teachers to engage in critical reflection on praxis. Attendees will learn how the model supports eradicating pockets of inequitable student outcomes by embedding support systems including purposeful phases of implementation, and feedback through a growth mindset lens.