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The Summer Learning Summit is a professional learning conference designed to specifically serve the needs of teachers at Little Elm ISD as well as partner schools. In previous years, the Summit has been exclusive to Little Elm ISD staff. This year, teachers from Pilot Point attended the event. "This is what I envision the Summit to be in the future. I want to be able to open this up to more districts in our area," said Amanda Ball, director for Professional Learning.
Ball has been part of planning the Summit for the last four years and every year it gets better and better. "This year, we had our Aspiring Leaders Institute teacher-students present. For some, this was their first time to be in that role. And that's really the purpose. Teachers should be sharing with each other because they are a wealth of knowledge. The Summit is unique in that it's the only time teachers can learn from teachers at other campuses, which is a hard thing to do during the school year," said Ball.
The Summer Learning Summit offered 77 sessions, had 111 Little Elm ISD teachers leading sessions, with nearly 200 hours of professional learning opportunities during a three-day span. Sessions included understanding MAP reports, classroom planning, student learning styles, incorporating technology in lesson planning, building strong professional learning communities, developing classroom leadership, using the engineering design process in the classroom, and even a mid-day yoga break.
All sessions provided at Summit align to the District core values and its cornerstone of rigor, relevance, learner engagement and professional learning.
See the pictures from #lobosummit.