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  • 1. Learning by Design
    Principals’ Summer 2011 Workshop
  • 2. Academic and Technology Services
    Business Services
    Campus Services
    District Services
  • 3.
  • 4. Learning by Design
    Moving from illuminating learners to learning by design
    Moving from using a floodlight to illuminate the fact that all of us are learners…
    To using a spotlight to provide intense insight into what each child needs to maximize their learning
    Last year I ended my conversation by asking you “are you ready?” and are you willing to be “architects of the future?”
  • 5. Are You Ready?
    To reinvent, redesign and reshape the learning experience for your students and teachers?
  • 6. The New Norm
    Fewer dollars
    Fewer staff
    New accountability
    New collaborations
    North Texas Visioning Consortium
    Western States Benchmarking Consortium
    Focus on learning in addition to teaching
    More virtual/digital access to resources
  • 7. Leading change (again)
    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new modelthat makes theexisting model obsolete.” —R. Buckminster Fuller, American inventor and futurist
  • 8. Learning by Design
    Learning by design implies paying attention to the little things that make learning personal for students or any of us as learners.
    Are you able to focus clearly enough to determine what each child needs to experience maximum learning?
  • 9. Selective Attention
    Do you really see the potential and needs of each student?
    Daniel Simons video at
  • 10. Who Are We?
  • 11. The “man on the street”
    What is the image of Plano ISD?
    Large, single-family residences
    High performing
  • 12. What is the image of Plano ISD?
  • 13. What is the image of Plano ISD?
    Free and reduced lunch
  • 14. What is the image of Plano ISD?
    Enrollment vs Multi-family housing
  • 15. What is the image of Plano ISD?
    ACT and SAT results
  • 16. What is the image of Plano ISD?
    2010 and 2011 TAKS Ratings
    (both without TPM)
  • 17. Are we paying attention…
    Accountability creep
    None of these schools currently have enough students in the subgroup to “count”, but the middle school will aggregate enough within the next two years to affect their rating.
  • 18. Are we paying attention…
    Accountability creep
    The middle school subgroup has enough students to count for ratings, but none of the elementary schools have large enough numbers to count yet.
  • 19. Time of Transition
    From who we are to who we want to be
    We need to be poised tore-imagine the story
    What do we need to be paying attention to during the 2011-12 school year?
  • 20. Expectations
    “Work the system”
    Use the support of our academic and technology, campus, and district services teams to help identify and design action plans to maximize the level ofachievement of all students
    Access, understand, and act on the information available for each student’s achievement to design meaningful, individual learning experiences
    Structure tutorial sessions to meet areas of targeted learning rather than broad areas and ensure each need is met
  • 21. Expectations
    “Work the system”
    Leverage the ability to work more directly with schools of like characteristics in their learners without worry of geographic boundaries (clusters) through professional learning communities
    Continue the focus of building capacity within our principal cadre towards master principals with an emphasis on instructional leadership through our iLead meetings, 2nd Wednesday Virtual meetings, and other learning opportunities
  • 22. Expectations
    “Work the system”
    Continue and expand the use of student owned devices to personalize, and make more relevant, learning opportunities for students
    Continue and expand collaborative learning experiences so students actively contribute to a broader effort of building knowledge
    Use the Plano Walk-Through process to ensure student engagement and ownership of learning is present in each classroom
  • 23. So here is the “system”
    We have flattened the system to have all of the major support divisions working with fewer boundaries to support you and keep you “in the loop”
    Academic and Technology Services
    Campus Services
    District Services
    Business Services
    Government and Community Relations
  • 24. Learning by Design
    Design is an ongoing process where we will often learn by failure, even with the best intentions and preparation
    Video at
  • 25. Are You Ready?
    To reinvent, redesign and reshape the learning experience for each student?