For those of you in Austin yesterday at the first Summit date, it was an incredible experience! Nearly 400 educators discussing, learning and networking on how better implement the Fundamental 5 for the purpose of improving student outcomes.  I have never seen conference attendees put so much effort into session after session.  If you missed it, all is not lost.  The second (and last, until next year) Fundamental 5 National Summit date is Monday, October 14th, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  It’s not too late to make your arrangements to attend.  

And for those of you who are either not Twitter users or we not following #Fun5Summit yesterday, here are some of the highlights that were shared.

1. When you walk up to Opportunity’s door, don’t knock.  Kick it in, smile and introduce yourself! (By @Crysrommuel)

2. The good old days of instruction are today! (By @RandyMBrown)

3. Increase rigor for rigor’s sake!! (By @MFPainter)

4. Student conversations and critical writing give us windows into student brains. (By @RandyMBrown)

5. How powerful is The Fundamental 5? I’m watching a Math teacher train a group of teachers on how to use and improve Critical Writing! (By @LYSNation)

6. The person doing the talking is the person doing the learning. (By @GloffMona)

7. Essential:  Leadership has to sit in on instructional planning – not running the meeting but ensuring it happens. (By @tra_hall)

8. Take the risk and post your data! It is what it is! (By @CabidaCain)

9. Performance issues in the STAAR era will not improve unless we are on pace with our scope and sequence (By @tra_hall)

10. Grateful to be a part of The Fundamental 5 Summit today.  Ready to take the next steps towards being a Fundamental 5 campus. (By @Mrdopp88)

11. Fantastic day at The Fundamental 5 Summit. Best day of professional learning in a very long time! (By @RandyMBrown)

12. WE WILL follow #Fun5Summit today in Austin. I WILL be going next week to Allen, Texas (Dallas). (By @scot_wright)

Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! 
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  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Plans (Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Tool); PW Lite (Basic PowerWalks Tool); PW Pro (Mid-level PowerWalks Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); NASSP National Conference 
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