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Nurturing Professional Growth at Florida User Group

By: Caroline Wynne Date: May 14, 2015


Trees provide many analogies to human development. With a little sustenance from the earth, water, air and sunlight, trees grow in stature and strength and eventually blossom into full flower and fruit.

The Tree of Life concept was the inspiration for our theme “Nurturing Professional Growth” at the Truenorthlogic 2015 Florida User Group Meeting. Central office administrators from 15 Florida school districts attended the two-day meeting held earlier this month in Orlando.

In its fourth year, the Florida User Group meets in-person annually. This region-specific group is designed for super-users and thought leaders who use the Truenorthlogic technology platform to support their districts’ professional growth needs.

Because the Florida User Group meeting piggy-backed off the Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD) Spring Forum, held prior to the user group meeting, many administrators were conveniently accessible to continue professional development conversations.

Attendees had an opportunity to hear presentations from school district leaders from all across the state and from Truenorthlogic leadership, and experience training and collaboration on using Truenorthlogic’s solutions. But most of all, they had fun!

Here’s a peek at some of the 2015 Florida User Group sessions:

Professional Learning Sessions

PD Premium LibraryVolusia County Schools shared their need for an on-demand PD library that allows them to purchase PD content based on identified needs and track internal district credit.

PD and Social Media –Participants heard how Volusia County Schools are using Truenorthlogic PD and Moodle to implement Twitter for professional development.

Performance Evaluation Sessions

Notes LibraryManatee County Public Schools uses the Notes Library tool to gather and tag evidence during an observation.

Calibrating Observers – Manatee County Public Schools described their observer calibration and certification process, explaining why it’s important to them, and demoed Truenorthlogic Calibration.

Florida-specific Requirements Sessions

Highly Qualified Master In-service PlanPasco County Schools relayed how their district is complying with Survey 5.

Survey 3 Scoring CollaborationThe School Board of Highlands County explained their code mapping process for measuring student learning growth.

Truenorthlogic Product Sessions

Enhanced Portal – Senior Trainer Justin Miller walked through upcoming enhancements to the Truenorthlogic Portal.

Building Core Reporting – This session focused on ad-hoc reporting and how to easily access data in order to make actionable decisions.

When asked about her experience at the Florida User Group, Dawn Howard, Professional Learning Resource Specialist at Manatee County Schools, enthusiastically said “You are an impressive group of professionals and it was an excellent opportunity to learn!”

Just as trees continually are nurtured by natural elements, Truenorthlogic users will continually be supported with resources and opportunities, such as the user group, to nurture their professional growth. Our goal is to see all of our clients blossom into the successful school districts they know they can be.

Keep an eye out for information about Truenorthlogic’s 2015 National User Group Meeting for school districts and states across the country, scheduled for early November in Salt Lake City. More details coming soon!