Our Events

The FIRST Educational Resources Conferences, Workshops, and Webinars are designed with the needs of educators and leaders in mind. Our presenters represent some of the premier thought leaders in education today.

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The Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series - Strategies for Successful Coaching 

2021-2022 School Year Dates 

Whether you are new to coaching or looking to expand your coaching resources, this ongoing series will provide you with new tools and opportunities to practice them.

Saturday Cohort Option Added!

Leveraging Small Group Instruction: 
Mathematical Tools for Scaffolding and Extending Students Conceptual Understanding

October 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27, 2021

Join our experts to learn practical small group instructional tools and activities that teachers can use instantly in their classroom to leverage student success and conceptual understanding of various mathematical concepts.

Coaching PLCs: Practical Tools and 
Strategies for Observable Impact

October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15,  December 6, 2021

Join PLC 2.0 authors, Cale Birk and Garth Larson, as they provide participants with tools and techniques from the PLC 2.0 Toolkit they can use immediately with their teams and staff. Each session will be filled with tips and tools to maximize your time with your teams.

Making Challenging Texts Accessible for All Students - Grades 5-12

October 11 and October 18, 2021

As teachers of grades 5-12, it is possible to use challenging texts and to make them accessible to all students. In this two part series, Dr. Katie McKnight will share strategies and tools that allow all students to be successful with challenging text.

Standards Based Grading Toolkit Series

Multiple cohorts available during the 2021-2022 School Year.

Whether you are a brand new teacher, or a teacher looking to expand your skill set in grading and reporting practices, the S.T.A.G.R. Toolkit Series is for you! As a result of participating in this series, teachers will develop the confidence and the strategies they need to start making grading practices more meaningful!

Standards, Targets, Assessment, Grading, and Reporting (STAGR)

October 21-22, 2021

Join colleagues and schools from around the world at the STAGR Virtual Conference. The Conference that focuses on all things related to Standards, Targets, Assessment, Grading & Reporting. This two day professional learning conference has been designed to give educators access to resources, thought-leaders, practitioners and provide solutions to help improve their ability to analyze what is important for students to learn

The Better Behavior Blueprint Series

November 9, 16, and 23, 2021

In this 3-part series, Greg Wolcott, author of the best-selling book Significant 72: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools, will provide educators with a blueprint of practical strategies, tools, and ideas to not only better the behavior of our most challenging students, but create the relationships, routines, and rituals needed for all students to excel.

Education is the New Civil Rights Movement

November 17, December 1, and December 15, 2021

Through the power of storytelling, this three part series will engage participants in an analysis of Brown v. Board of Education and assess its impact on student outcomes nearly seven decades later in a politically polarized nation.

Advanced SEL: A Master Class

November 18, December 2, and December 16, 2021

Throughout this three-part master class, Greg Wolcott, Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Excellence, will draw upon the foundational concepts of neuroscience, positive psychology, and emotional cognition that make up the underpinnings of not only student but staff well-being and flourishing.

STAGR Collaborative Community

December 1, 2021, January 26, 2022,  April 27, 2022

Whether you've already shifted to Standards or Target Based Grading, are in the process of making changes in any of these areas, or if you’re just interested in having discussion with people from around the world on STAGR topics, this collaborative is designed exactly for you.

“Help! They Don’t Know Their Facts!”
Moving Beyond Memorization by  
Developing Fact Fluency

December 2, 2021

Have you ever wondered why students don’t know their basic facts?  In this 90 minute virtual session, we will explore the difference between fluency and memorization, barriers, and how to build fact fluency through conceptual understanding and developing students’ number sense.

Math Workshop: Laying the Groundwork for Differentiation in your Math Classroom

January 11, January 18, and January 25 2022

Math workshop is a flexible instructional format that allows teachers to meet the diverse needs of students in their classroom. During this series, participants will learn the how-to’s for a math workshop model, as well as an exploration into workshop structures and classroom organization in order to meet the needs of the diverse learners in the math classroom.

Better Together 2.0 - Ensuring Action in the Partnerships Between Principals and Coaches

January 18, 2022

How can you evaluate the impact that your coaching program, and the partnership between the coach and the principal, are having on teacher success and student learning? This session will provide tools and time for teams to examine the observable impact of their actions and to plan for continued results.

Math Workshop: Next Steps for Instruction

February 1 and 3, 2022

This series will focus on the next steps for instruction when implementing a math workshop. Teachers will understand the meaning of mathematical literacy, the importance of math discourse and how to create a culture of questioning. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED: Laying the Groundwork for Differentiation in your Math Classroom through Workshop

Best Practices in Secondary Small Group Math Instruction

February 8, 15, and 22, 2022

Instruction using grouping strategies provides strategically planned lessons that promote student discourse, problem solving, risk-taking, inquiry, and increased student engagement that results in deep conceptual understanding of mathematics concepts to maximize student learning outcomes. Join us to learn how to bring small group instruction to your 6-12 Math Classroom!

Spring Learning FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit

May 3 - 4, 2022

More information coming soon! Be sure to save the dates on your calendar.

Recorded Sessions


Learner FIRST Virtual Summit

Event has concluded but access to recorded sessions is still available.

T he Learner FIRST Virtual Summit has been designed to inspire educators and leaders as they prepare for the new school year ahead. 

Engaging Literacy for the Big Kids (Grades 4-12)

Event has concluded but access to recorded sessions is still available.

Looking to freshen up your literacy classroom and engage your students more than ever? Join Dr. Katie McKnight for this 4-part series where she will provide tools and strategies for your best year of teaching yet!

Small Groups, Big Results - Reimagining Literacy Groupings

August 5, August 12, August 19, September 23, September 30, and October 14

In this 6-part series, we’ll work to redefine and refine small, flexible reading groups.  We’ll name common challenges and uncover do-it-tomorrow solutions and explore ways to curate texts that are going to get kids jazzed up about reading, both in small groups and independently.