Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thanks for the Feedback and Enjoy Your Pen/Stylus!

We received 428 responses to the 2014 Summer PD Conference Participant Survey and are busy crunching the numbers and looking at ways we can make it an even better experience of summer learning for everyone next year.

And a quick congratulations to the 20 of you who received the happy news today that you won a pen for completing the survey. I would list your names, but don't want your friends, co-workers and families too jealous.

We always encourage feedback and would love to hear from you in the comments below or at professional_development@roundrockisd.org

Monday, September 8, 2014

Second Chance to Unlock Your Immunity to Change - And Earn PD Credit


Everyone wants to change something about themselves. Personal changes, professional changes, and dietary changes are usually high on everyone's list and yet we still struggle. But why can't we make those changes? What is getting in the way? Join us to find out.

Several Round Rock ISD folks were lucky enough to attend the Harvard Learning Lab over the last few years and spend time with many great thinkers and learning sessions. One session though set itself apart from what you expect as a traditional education session. Simply put, it was Dr. Bob Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey's Immunity to Change protocol. Click here to read an account: http://goo.gl/KanfmS from one session.

Sign-up for the online course on EdX at: http://goo.gl/OlkCTB and eCampus (4770.27788) complete the Honor Code Certificate program at EdX. It is a 15-week course, with an expected work-load of two-hours each week. Turn in the certificate at the end for 30 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits. It's as simple as that.

Class starts Sept. 16th, but you can start the course a week or two late and still have time to catch up to earn the Honor Code Certificate.

Leave any questions in the comments or send them to professional_development@roundrockisd.org.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

See You All Next Year at the Summer PD Conference. How About Some Feedback?

It does not seem quite real yet that the eight-day 2014 Round Rock ISD Summer Professional Development Conference has come to an end. So many individuals and department come together to offer exceptional training and development for every guest we welcomed through the doors the last two weeks.

But I must point out the work of two individuals who continually go beyond the requirements of their roles to make sure every single educator who chooses to put their learning in our hands has an exceptional experience. +Flo Bussell and +Dianna Guyette value customer service beyond everything else and while I get much of the public credit, they are behind the scenes making it all happen.

So, let's look forward. How can we get better next year? There are a lot of moving parts with more than 300 sessions, 200 presenters, 3,000 guests over the eight days so we need your help to make sure we are always improving. We want your opinion on everything from session content to parking and signage. We thank you for your time and will be randomly giving away 20 bamboo RRISD pen/stylus to the group who completes the survey before Aug. 26th.

 

Monday, August 4, 2014

EdCamp RRISD Summer. Let's Make it a Tradition.


So, we are adding an EdCamp into the annual Round Rock ISD Summer Professional Development Conference. It's a massive undertaking in itself over eight days with more than 300 session and over 5,000 attendees. More of a marathon than a sprint. But, this EdCamp is important.

It's important because it's a bridge. As of 7:36 on August 4th, we have 70 educators registered. And close to 75% of the registered attendees are not from Round Rock ISD. That is a huge celebration for us. Our goal is to become a destination for professional development for all of Texas. Guests at the EdCamp will get a free pass to the afternoon classes that are part of the regular conference so they can experience the level of professionalism Round Rock ISD presenters bring to their sessions.

We will be using the Round Rock ISD Professional Development Google+ Community to create the session board and you can watch it in real time. Attendees will make suggestions and +1 others suggestions to help us create the session board.

Even if you are not with us tomorrow, follow #rrisdpd on Twitter, check in with the RRISD PD G+ Community, even check out our introduction document to get to know the attendees, and look at the session board to see the shared notes documents for the true vicarious experience.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heading Into Day 3 of the 2014 Round Rock ISD Summer PD Conference

The first two days of the Round Rock ISD Summer PD Conference has already seen over 500 teachers come through the doors of Stony Point High School. Classes have ranged from Writing in Science in Action with +Betsy Fulwiler to The Effort Effect looking at student and teacher mindset and grit. Check out this video to learn more about the ideas covered in The Effort Effect class.



These first two days have been incredible and there is so much more to come. Check your room numbers online before arriving or check one of the 10 postings in the mall area of Stony Point before heading to your class. Only one or two changes for tomorrow. There will be plenty of coffee for sale in the cafeteria.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Round Rock ISD Summer Professional Development Conference kicks off Monday! Here Are Some Updates.

Greetings!

We can't wait for everyone to join us the next two weeks for the Round Rock ISD Summer Professional Development Conference. Due to a variety of reasons a few classes over the next two weeks have either been added, cancelled, rooms may have changed so may sure you check your schedule before arriving to your class. All room numbers are always up to date in the catalog: http://rrisdpd2014.sched.org/

Also, be sure you signed up in eCampus for your classes. Simply signing up in SCHED will not register you for the class.

The cafeteria will be open for snacks at 10:00 and 2:00. Lunch will be available for purchase each day in the cafeteria from 11:30-12:30. The cafeteria will not be open for breakfast or coffee in the morning.

Please go directly to your class upon arrival. You will sign-in there.

Feel free to send any questions our way at the info table in the mall area and stay tuned to this blog and site for all information.

See you soon.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Check out this Twitter Story and Photos from the 2014 Round Rock ISD World Class Summit

Inaugural World Class Summit unites, prepares campus leaders for 2014-15
Approximately 250 Round Rock ISD principals, directors and other district and campus leaders learned valuable leadership skills and shared best practices at the inaugural World Class Summit July 22 through 24 at Stony Point High School. The summit featured Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores providing opening and closing remarks and Peter Noonan from Solution Tree and Fairfax City Schools in Virginia giving the keynote address. Participants then attended the World Class Showcase, with a set up similar to that of a vendor fair, in which they met with RRISD’s various departments, learning about the services provided at the district level in supporting schools. The World Class Summit ended with multiple training sessions focused on the needs of campus leaders on topics including technology, leadership, data analysis and policy updates. The weeklong event also included sessions for the newly formed Professional Learning Communities to meet, collaborate and organize in order to better serve students as they develop through Round Rock ISD elementary, middle and high schools. 
Pictures from World Class Summit – Day one | Pictures from World Class Summit – Day two | Pictures from July 22 World Class Showcase


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spend the Next Month Learning with Round Rock ISD. Join From Afar With #rrisdpd or In-Person

Round Rock ISD is about to embark on a four-week journey of professional development that will kick off with the World Class Summit July 22nd-24th, the Summer Professional Development Conference July 28th-Aug. 7th, and finally the New Teacher Orientation on Aug. 12th-13th.

Follow along and participate in the learning by following #rrisdpd on Twitter or joining the Round Rock ISD Google+ Community. And if you would like to join us for your summer learning, see below.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Complete this MOOC from Harvardx and earn 24 hrs of CPE credit. Starts July 8th.


Why not try your first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) this summer? Leaders of Learning is being taught by Dr. Richard Elmore from Harvard University and promises to bring together thoughts on how learning will look in the next 10 years. Here is the description from EdX:

Explore and understand your own theories of learning and leadership. Gain the tools to imagine and build the future of learning.

About this Course


All of us carry explicit or implicit theories of learning. They manifest themselves in the ways we learn, the ways we teach, and the ways we think about leadership and learning.
In Leaders of Learning, you will identify and develop your personal theory of learning, and explore how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning. This isn’t just about schools, it’s about the broader and bigger world of learning.
The education sector is undergoing great transformation, and in the coming decades will continue to change. How we learn, what we learn, where we learn, and why we learn — all these questions will be reexamined. In Leaders of Learning we will explore learning, leadership, organizational structure, and physical design.
The only requirements for Leaders of Learning are:
  • an interest in the evolving world of learning;
  • a curiosity about leadership in this new world;
  • a willingness to examine your own beliefs about learning; and
  • an openness to sharing your thoughts with and responding to others
Ready to sign-up? Earn a certificate from EdX and earn your PD credit from Round Rock ISD. It's that simple. Here is the link to register with EdX: 

Also to help us keep track of the RRISD teachers who are participating and help up learn how best to work with MOOCs and our new Google Classroom preview, please email ryan_smith@roundrockisd.org if you sign up for the MOOC. You will be added to a RRISD exclusive class to help with collaboration and accountability to help with completion of the class. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Missing TEPSA or TASSP? Follow #TEPSA14 & #TASSP14

I can't attend the 2014 TEPSA and TASSP Conferences this week, but I won't be totally left out because I perused and followed #TEPSA14 and #TASSP14 on Twitter.
Those who were lucky enough to attend were not only busy sharing pictures of themselves with Clifford,

but were also sharing valuable resources shared in sessions and quotes from the speakers.

All summer long we will be posting conference hashtags here on the blog. Check them out and do some vicarious learning.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Learn more about online Masters degrees at info sessions this week! Hopewell today, Deerpark tomorrow.






NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL ROUND ROCK ISD EMPLOYEES

100% Online and Affordable Career Advancing Degrees

Drop by and learn more
WHEN: Monday, June 2nd
WHERE: Hopewell Middle School - LIBRARY (1535 Gulf Way, Round Rock, TX 78664)
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00
OR
WHEN: Tuesday, June 3rd
WHERE: Deerpark Middle School – LIBRARY
(8849 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78729)
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00

Multiple Programs Offered
(Many Additional programs listed on link below)

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Literacy Studies **
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education **
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education **
EC-6: Bachelor Completion w/ Teaching Certification
M.Ed. Special Education** (2 separate tracks)
M.Ed. Teacher Leadership (5 separate tracks)
M.Ed. Technology Leadership
Principal Certification


For More Information and to RSVP, please contact
And include the following information

Name | School | Email | Phone | Program of Interest

Learn more on the District Employees Information Link

**TEACH Grant Eligible

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Apply for 2014-15 Excellence in Education Grants from the RRISD Partners in Education Foundation

This is a guest post from the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation. The Foundation is an incredible supporter of Round Rock ISD and is excited to announce its Excellence in Education grant opportunities for 2014-2015.

We are happy to invite you to apply for one of the 2014-15 Excellence in Education Grants from the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation.  The PIE Foundation has been a tremendous partner to our district since 1985. This school year alone, the 32 member, volunteer PIE Foundation Board of Directors gave students and staff $304,600 to pay for programs not funded by traditional tax dollars!

In the coming year, the Foundation plans to fund $65,000 in grants and your fantastic idea could be one of the winners!  Attached you will find everything you need to apply, along with a summary of the 32 funded projects totaling $66,043 that impacted 38 campuses and a total of 15,858 students and teachers in the 2013-14 school year.

Please make note of this very important change.  In order to get funding to educators as early in the school year as possible, winners will be notified on August 19, 2014 and funds will be immediately available. As a result, the deadline for applications has been moved to August 5.  That will allow educators the entire summer and the first week of Summer Professional Development to solidify ideas, finalize plans and submit the streamlined application. 

As in past years, grants will be awarded only for grade-level, campus, multi-campus, or district projects. (Grant applications for individual classroom projects will not be accepted.) Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to groups of educators and/or administrators to obtain resources and tools that can most significantly and positively impact student achievement and learning.

We look forward to hearing your exciting plans.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to begin planning your application for funding to enhance teaching and learning.

You can also find the application and all supporting documents at http://www.rrisdeducationfoundation.org/  Please feel free to contact the foundation at with any questions and connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Writing in Science in Action with Betsy Rupp Fulwiler Coming Back to RRISD July 29th & 30th

Betsy Rupp Fulwiler will be bringing her Writing in Science in Action training back to Round Rock ISD as part of the summer professional development conference. Sign-up for this training quickly as it will surely sell out.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Round Rock ISD's This Week in PD #2 5.23.14

This Week in RRISD Professional Development
Hello everyone, this is our second weekly update feature to our Professional Development. Check this site every Friday for the latest information on adult learning in Round Rock ISD as well as highlights from the world of training and development at large. We will follow a consistent format, but in the next few weeks please give us feedback in the comments below about what to keep, add, or ditch. Here we go.

RRISD Professional Development Update:

Here is your weekly update of upcoming opportunities for educators in Round Rock ISD and around Texas.
  • Don't miss the final PD in Your PJs of the 2013-2014 school year. The Round Rock ISD Instructional Technology team will be focusing on Getting Organized in Goolge: Drive and Email Tips and Tricks. This is an interactive Hangout where you can get all your questions answered. Click the photo below to register and watch.

Podcast of the Week:

Here we will highlight our favorite podcasts. These could come from the worlds of education, health, business, or personal development. Make suggestions in the comments below.

Check out this Talks with Teachers Podcast with Dave Burgess - Teach Like a Pirate.
http://talkswithteachers.com/daveburgess/
http://daveburgess.com/

Site/Blog of the Week:

Out site/blog suggestions this week come from +Karon Henderson, coordinator of Bilingual and ESL Services. She is sharing three excellent resources for teachers

This site includes many strategies and ideas for teaching ELLs and differentiates elementary from secondary
classroom settings.
http://www.theteachertoolkit.com/

Great videos of real teachers teaching real ELLs. All grade levels.https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/ell-essay-structure-lesson?

Region 13 sends this out about once a month and it includes articles, tools, and resources for teachers of ELLs.
http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/ell/

Article/Book of the Week:

We will also highlight our favorite article or book that is being talked about around Round Rock ISD. Comment below for suggestions, and enjoy our selection this week: Several sessions during our Summer Professional Development Conference are focusing on student mindset specifically when it comes to performance in math. The concepts touched upon in those classes come from Mindset, by Carol Dweck.


Tweet of the Week

We will also pick our favorite Tweet from the last week that included #rrisdpd. This week's comes from +Vanessa Trevino from Bluebonnet Elementary who is excited to be her campus representative in the Next Generation Digital Classroom pilot starting next school year.
Thanks for reading our second weekly update. We hope this will allow you to stay current with everything going on with Round Rock ISD Professional Development.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Round Rock ISD's "This Week in PD" or #TWIPD

This Week in RRISD Professional Development
Hello everyone, we are starting a weekly update feature to our Professional Development. That way you can know to check this site every Friday for the latest information on adult learning in Round Rock ISD as well as highlights from the world of training and development at large. We will follow a consistent format, but in the next few weeks please give us feedback in the comments below about what to keep, add, or ditch. Here we go.

RRISD Professional Development Update:

We will be giving a weekly update of upcoming opportunities for educators in Round Rock ISD and around Texas.
  • Mark your calendar for Aug. 12th if you would like to join us for a special keynote and seminar from Marc Prensky. Click the button below to register.
         Eventbrite - New Teacher Kick-Off with Marc Prensky
  • Think about presenting a session at next October's second annual Round Rock ISD Ninja Academy. Be the first from your campus and get a visit from the official RRISD Ninja to your class. Find more info to register or apply to present here: http://techsummit.roundrockisd.org/

Podcast of the Week:

Here we will highlight our favorite podcasts. These could come from the worlds of education, health, business, or personal development. Make suggestions in the comments below.

The Three Hardest Words in the English Language: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast


Site/Blog of the Week:

A district leadership team has had the opportunity to join Alan November and other Region 13 districts to learn how successful districts around the country are incorporating technology into learning, communication, and daily work. Join in on the learning at 

Article/Book of the Week:

We will also highlight our favorite article or book that is being talked about around Round Rock ISD. Comment below for suggestions, and enjoy our first one: Leaders from campuses and district-level departments will be studying Leaders of Learning, by Richard Dufour and Robert Marzano over the next year. Pick up a copy for yourself to stay in the know.

 

Tweet of the Week

We will also pick our favorite Tweet from the last week that included #rrisdpd.  
Thanks for reading our first weekly update. We hope this will allow you to stay current with everything going on with Round Rock ISD Professional Development.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Round Rock ISD Job-Fair This Saturday

Intrigued by what you've been reading about the innovations in learning taking place in Round Rock ISD? Come join the team.
Round Rock ISD will be hosting its Teacher Job Fair highly qualified, certified teachers to join the district Saturday, May 17 at Stony Point High School, 1801 Tiger Trail, Round Rock.
Interested applicants need to bring multiple copies of their résumé, college transcripts and certifications. Round Rock ISD encourages all applicants to complete an employment application prior to the Teacher Job Fair at www.roundrockisd.org.
Round Rock ISD is seeking teachers in all areas, including special education, bilingual, SLP, librarian, health science technology, LSSP, American Sign Language and counselor.
The Teacher Job Fair starts at 9:30 a.m. with candidates meeting principals. The campuses will then host scheduled interviews in the afternoon for qualified applicants.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Ninja Has Risen. Register Now for the Round Rock ISD Ninja Academy. Oct. 25th, 2014.



Are you ready for it?! The Round Rock ISD Ninja Academy is back on October 25, 2014 for the second annual learning extravaganza. We are excited to offer a range of presentations from student presenters to hands-on immersive workshops. The focus will be on learning and practical classroom applications. So, join us and, while you’re at it, encourage a friend or two to join! How do you register? Simply go to our website and follow the instructions. If you would like to pay by PO, please contact Ryan Smith. You will be given a code to use on our RRISD Ninja Academy Eventbrite page. Presenters will receive a code once they are approved, to use for Eventbrite. Be sure to follow us on our website, @rrisdninja on Twitter, and http://goo.gl/7OhuSV on Google +. You will receive important announcements as we get closer to the event! We look forward to learning with you! Thank you, The RRISD Ninja Team

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time to Realize We Are All in Sales and Learn From One Another - Check Out Our Video of the Month

Whether we are teachers, principals, instructional coaches, or professional development supervisors, we are all in the business of selling our ideas and persuading others to follow our vision. Enjoy this video and please share your thoughts in the comments.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

RRISD Podcast Episode #1 - Maria Green and Karon Henderson at the NABE Conference


We are proud to share our first Round Rock ISD Professional Development podcast. Each episode we will be interviewing RRISD employees about the trends and topics concerning professional learning in our district. We will also be visiting with folks after they attend training and conferences to see what they have to share with the rest of us.

Our first episode is featuring the Director of Bilingual Education, +Maria Green and the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, +Karon Henderson. Both recently attended and presented at the National Association of Bilingual Education Conference in San Diego, CA. Here is their story.



Notes:


Join the discussion on our Video of the Month!

SXSWedu 2014 Keynote - Jeffrey Tambor: Performing Your Life in the Classroom from SXSWedu on Vimeo.

For many, Jeffrey Tambor's closing lecture at the 2014 SXSW EDU conference was the highlight of the conference. Anyone involved in working with students, supporting those who work with students, or have kids of their own should watch the video.

Please join the conversation surrounding this video in the Round Rock ISD PD Google+ Community. All are welcome.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Summer Professional Development Conference Catalog is live! Sign-up for your classes now!

The 2014 Round Rock ISD Summer Professional Development Conference is shaping up to be the best attended and most well-rounded event in the history of the conference. There are already close to 300 sessions planned over the 8 days and several nationally-known presenters will be named in the next couple weeks.

Educators from around Texas are invited to attend and make this event a highlight of their summer learning. Check out the introduction video below and follow the links to the conference web site. Classes will be continue to be added each week. To stay current, make sure you follow this blog, bookmark the site, follow us on Twitter, join the RRISD Professional Development Community, and/or sign up for updates on Remind 101.


Official Round Rock Summer Professional Development Conference web site: http://goo.gl/uuEEgu

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Put EdCamp Leander and Playdate ATX on Your PD Calendar This Spring

It's Spring. Birds are chirping. Colors seem a little brighter. It's a time for adventure and discovery. Perhaps it's time to try something new with your professional development. How about an EdCamp and a Playdate?


Leander ISD is hosting it's first EdCamp on April 12th at Running Brushy Middle School. If you missed RRISD's EdCamp on Feb. 1st, here is you chance to find out what the craze is all about. It will be a day of learning driven by the participants. If you are a RRISD teacher, just make sure you sign in that morning and we will make sure you get PD credit. Click here to register. Follow #edcampleander that day to share in the learning.


Another upcoming opportunity Playdate ATX being organized by Manor ISD. A Playdate is an event with an education technology focus and an opportunity for attendees to share and learn more about their favorite. There are no presenters or set sessions, so click here to see a video that tells more about what to expect at a PLAYDATE. 

Playdate ATX will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at Decker Elementary in Manor. And likewise, Round Rock ISD teachers will get PD credit for attending. If you can't make it, follow #playdate14 that day.

If you have any questions about these upcoming opportunities, please post your questions in the RRISD PD Google+ Community

Monday, March 3, 2014

What is Your Immunity to Change? Join Us in Your Journey to Discovery. Earn PD Credit for a MOOC.




Everyone wants to change something about themselves. Personal changes, professional changes, and dietary changes are usually high on everyone's list and yet we still struggle. But why can't we make those changes? What is getting in the way?  Join us to find out.

Several Round Rock ISD folks were lucky enough to attend the Harvard Learning Lab over the last few years and spend time with many great thinkers and learning sessions. One session though set itself apart from what you expect as a traditional education session. Simply put, it was Dr. Bob Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey's Immunity to Change protocol. Click here to read an account: http://goo.gl/KanfmS from last Spring's session.

We believe the learning from that session was important enough to bring it back to everyone in Round Rock ISD. +Anna Warren+Rebecca Haynes, and +Ryan Smith will be facilitating the Immunity to Change Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with EdX and HarvardX for RRISD. We will host a Google+ Hangout every two weeks for RRISD students to check in and talk about their work.

Sign-up for the online course on EdX at: http://goo.gl/LPHrl0 and eCampus (4561.26321) complete the Honor Code Certificate program at EdX. It is a 15-week course, with an expected work-load of two-hours each week. Turn in the certificate at the end for 30 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits.

Class starts March 11th, but you can still take your Spring Break and get caught up in time to earn the certificate through EdX.

Your RRISD facilitators will be taking the course with you and checking in with you in Round Rock ISD PD Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/TsFTxA

Dr. Kegan will also be delivering the training in RRISD on Saturday, March 29th for RRISE participants. If you are a RRISE participant, click here for more information on the training.

The first Hangout check-in will be Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00. Sign-Up Here! And please email ryan_smith@roundrockisd.org for any questions.
  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning everywhere with Round Rock ISD Instructional Technology

Wish you had more opportunities to learn the latest ways to better integrate technology into your teaching, but don't want to take time away from your students to attend a workshop? The Round Rock ISD Instructional Technology department is bringing the learning to you with two new differentiated professional development opportunities utilizing Google Hangouts (GHO).

The first opportunity is called "PD in Your PJs" and will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be an opportunity to earn CPE credit by reflecting on your learning. Check out the RRISD Instructional Technology PD blog for more information.

The first topic will look at technology tools for writing and ideas will be shared by +Kris Korfanta+Krista Tyler+Christy Fennewald, and moderated by +Robin Young.
                   
If you watch the GHO live, then you will be able to post questions for the panel to answer. There will also be shared notes and resources on each of their event pages.

Lunch and Learn sessions will be held most Tuesdays at 11:45 and cover topics geared toward other ITSs and teachers with an above average comfort level using technology. They will be sharing numerous tools, apps, and extensions that will help you integrate technology into your daily teaching as well as increase your productivity. To watch some of their previous sessions, and learn about all the other valuable professional development efforts from the RRISD Instructional Technology department, please bookmark: http://rrisditpd.blogspot.com/ - it's the place to be.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#rrisdpdchat Thursday 7-8 pm. Let's chat about finishing the year even stronger than we started.

The idea of finishing strong is ripe for cliches. From legendary coaches, to philosophers, to Hollywood writers, everyone agrees that it is important to finish any game, story, or project at least as strong as you began. But how do we make it happen? What concepts or strategies work best for you? Are you looking to learn from others? Join the second monthly #rrisdpdchat on Twitter this Thursday and every third Thursday for an hour of collaboration and learning. Sign-in and sign-out sheets will be tweeted out for all RRISD folks to get PD credit.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Round Rock ISD Celebration of Families March 1st at McNeil High School

The annual Round Rock ISD Celebration of Families on March 1st will feature several nationally-known speakers and provide opportunities for families to learn more about a wide variety of topics.
Keynote presentations will be given by +Kevin Karschnik and Russ Peterson, former Round Rock ISD students and current owners of iSpeakRuss and Kevin will discuss the importance of developing the character of our kids through coaching and the foundation it provides for their future. Actively listening to our children, asking the right questions, and providing the appropriate guidance will have a positive impact on how they interact with others.

Executive Director of WatchDOGS, Eric Snow, will be delivering another keynote address where he will talk about how WatchDOGS have been supporting schools in RRISD and across the country.

John Robinson will be giving the third keynote option. He is the Director of Education & Youth Development for the Houston Area Urban League. John believes that too many families wait to later to begin their efforts to develop their children’s literacy and learning skills, which causes them to start behind and they struggle to catch up.

There will also be a vendor fair, on-site childcare and activities for the whole family. For more information on the event, click here.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reflection on Inaugural EdCamp RRISD from Director of Curriculum and PD, Dr. Lora Darden

It's time to share the learning from our first EdCamp last Saturday. To read the shared notes from every session, just click on the description on this session board. If you want to watch a live feed of three sessions, check out our YouTube channel here. If you want to learn a little more about some of those who attended, take a look at our introduction sheet where everyone learned a little more about one another: http://goo.gl/RMWgkV. We had plenty of RRISD folks as well as numerous educators from as far as Waco and beyond. 

Round Rock ISD's Director of Curriculum and Professional Development attended and shared the following thoughts:

Saturday's EdCamp was a really fascinating departure from traditional professional development! A huge thank you to +Ryan Smith, our fabulous Supervisor of Professional Development, for launching us into uncharted territory.  And another thank you to our inaugural group of EdCamp Campers!

What made the day such an exciting adventure? The group sizes were intimate (no larger than about 10-12 people), and as small as three. Because everyone had choice about which sessions to attend, all attendees were invested in what they were learning about. People shared a great deal of satisfaction with that aspect. The people in the room drove the conversation as it ebbed and flowed based on what the group wanted to talk about. Learning was organic and professional relationships were fostered as all participants had the chance to lead the learning.

I hope you'll join us for EdCamp #2 - more details are coming soon! Stay tuned for more details on how you, too, can become an EdCamp Camper with Round Rock ISD!

Thank you +Lora Darden for sharing. Our plan is to keep our EdCamps small and frequent, so stay tuned for the next one which will probably come around in April or May. If you have any thoughts on structure, venues, anything at all, please comment below or post to the EdCamp Round Rock ISD section of the RRISD PD G+ Community. And make sure you are making your plans for our Summer PD Conference starting July 28th - see you there.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Can't make it to EdCamp Round Rock ISD tomorrow? Watch and participate from home!

Even if you can't make it to the inaugural EdCamp Round Rock ISD tomorrow, we have many options for you to share in the learning and make connections. Three of our sessions will be streamed in the Hangout below. Just click play and take a look starting at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to ask any questions of the group, there is a Q&A option in the Hangout if you click here. 

Here is a link to the session board and all sessions will have shared notes if you would like to see what is being shared at each session.

Follow #rrisdpd during the day tomorrow to read the tweets going out from EdCamp Round Rock ISD. Also, you can check out the RRISD Professional Development G+ Community to see what people are sharing during the day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Still time to sign-up or just show up for EdCamp Round Rock ISD Saturday, 8:30 at Walsh MS.

Over the last month, attendees of the inaugurals EdCamp Round Rock ISD have been suggesting sessions and voting on their peers recommendation's in the RRISD Professional Development G+ Community. It is shaping up to be a very well-rounded day of learning that is driven by the participants. About 60 RRISD teachers and principals are expected 25 non-RRISD teachers have signed up. If you want to attend, feel free to just show up and sign in that morning.

Click Here for the Session Board


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where Does Your Creativity Come From?

Here is our latest video put up for discussion. Where do we find our ideas? We can't discount some simple ideas and Adam Savage @donttrythis shows us how some simple ideas have inspired him. Comment below or in the Google+ community on your thoughts on this video.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Looking for your first Twitter Chat? Join The Buck Institute for a Hip Hop Ed and PBL chat Tuesday night at 8:00. Get an hour of PD credit!


@RRISDPD will Tweet out a sign-in sheet at 8:00 Central on Jan. 28th. Sign in and then sign out when the chat is over and you will receive one hour of PD credit in eCampus. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jumping Into the Twitter Chat Game with #rrisdpdchat. Third Thursday, 7-8 PM.

Let's take your Twitter experience to the next level.

Most of you probably have a Twitter account and know how to follow interesting people. You may even re-tweet (RT) from time to time. Perhaps you use a Twitter account to make announcements. That is all great, but it's time to take advantage of the learning opportunities your Twitter account provides.

Round Rock ISD has always been on the forefront of technology application. We were one of the first to incorporate Google+ into staff Google accounts. We host an annual district-led Google Summit and employ more Google-certified teachers than any other district in Texas.

Now, we are heading down the Twitter Chat path. And we are making it official. Round Rock ISD folks who participate, contribute or even just lurk will get one-hour of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.

If you have never participated in a Twitter Chat, you will need to use the right tools. It takes a bit more than your basic Twitter account. I prefer Tweetchat.com. It will allow you to simply follow #rrisdpdchat and not get lost in anything else happening on Twitter. Just log into Tweetchat with your regular Twitter account and follow #rrisdpdchat.

At 7:00 p.m. I will tweet out a sign-in sheet from the #rrisdpd account. In order to get your one-hour of CPE credit, sign in by 7:05 pm and sign out no earlier than 8:00 pm. Stay tuned to the RRISD PD Google+ Community for other tutorials on how to use Twitter and Twitter Chats in particular. Please direct any questions to the community.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hang Out with Buck Institute and Learn about Project Based Learning Wednesday Night

One of Round Rock ISD's key partners in our Project Based Learning initiatives will be featured in this week's Buck Institute Google Hangout Wednesday night at 7:00. +Jennifer Cruz will be holding a discussion among campus principals and other leaders who have recently initiated PBL focuses on their campus. If you would like to watch and comment among other Round Rock ISD folks, watch the Hangout in the RRISD Google+ Community. It will be playing live and the recording will be placed there following the Hangout as well.