Our Story

FIRST Educational Resources is committed to providing educators throughout North America with the most comprehensive and affordable support available to help improve the overall educational process of Teaching, Learning, and Leading. School districts partner with FIRST Educational Resources to help all students achieve high levels of learning. We listen to the unique challenges of each district and collectively customize a sustainable solution for support, providing access to world class presenters at a fraction of the price of other companies. Over the course of the past five years, over 1500 school districts throughout North America have worked with our company as partnership districts. As an organization, we are committed to providing a quality professional learning experience with outstanding service and delivery. Please let us know how we can assist in your professional learning experience.

Our Story

FIRST Educational Resources is committed to providing current and future educators throughout the United States with the most comprehensive and affordable support available to help improve the overall educational process of Teaching, Learning, and Leading. School districts partner with FIRST Educational Resources to help all students achieve high levels of learning. We listen to the unique challenges of each district to collectively customize a sustainable solution for support, providing access to world class presenters at a fraction of the price of other companies.

Over the course of the past five years, over 1500 school districts throughout the United States have worked with our company as partnership districts. As an organization, we are committed to providing a quality professional learning experience with outstanding service and delivery. Please let us know how we can assist in your professional learning experience.Our professional learning and development is based off two questions: can our partnership districts take what they learned from us and put into practice immediately, and does this help keep the focus on high levels of learning for ALL students?

Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy

Entrenched beliefs are often a large barrier to implementation efforts in schools and school districts.  At the Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy, we help to dispel this myth by equipping teams to think differently about the impact they can have on student outcomes.

Professional Learning Communities 2.0

PLC 2.0 is a process that is designed to help educators create a vision of the learning that they want in their classrooms for their students and to then use tools and protocols to make that vision observable for all learners. PLC 2.0 helps teachers, school administrators and district leaders answer six guiding questions in THEIR context…

Flex Farm Curriculum and Resources

FIRST Educational Resources is proud to announce it’s partnership with Fork Farms, LLC as the developer of ALL curricular related materials for the Flex Farm. Flex Farms are fully self-contained hydroponic growing systems. Educational institutions, culinary operations, healthcare organizations, nonprofits and families everywhere are using Flex Farms to produce harvest after harvest of nutritious vegetables, herbs and more!

Learning FIRST Literacy Center

The Learning FIRST Literacy Center provides training, coaching, and resources to leaders and teachers so that literacy instruction in partner districts is systemically aligned and intentionally designed to meet the needs of all learners. We will develop teachers and leaders who have confidence in their literacy skills, and who implement literacy best practices, allowing all students to experience high levels of growth and to achieve at high levels.

Coaching

FIRST Educational Resources provides extensive coaching to leaders and leadership teams all over the United States to support higher levels of learning for ALL students. We recognize in order for meaningful and last change to occur, the building leadership team is vital to the success of any change. Through our sustainable coaching model, we can provide the right support to you or your building leaders to ensure you providing the best learning opportunities for your students possible.

On-Site Solutions

Let FIRST Educational Resources become your partner in On-Site Solutions to best support the professional learning needs within your district. Our On-Site Solutions are provided by the top experts in the field of education with a history of proven success in working with school districts all over the world. Our On-Site Solutions consist of keynotes, trainings, workshops, consultation, webinars, meeting with collaborative teams in a fully customized experience.

Books/Resources

FIRST Educational Resources is focused on helping you find the necessary books and resources for your district to experience higher levels of success.

Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy

Entrenched beliefs are often a large barrier to implementation efforts in schools and school districts. One misguided belief

PLC 2.0

Join us this summer at a FIRST PLC 2.0 Institute near you to learn more about using the PLC 2.0 to moving your collaborative work not just from research to practice

Flex Farm Curriculum

FIRST Educational Resources is proud to announce it’s partnership with Fork Farms, LLC as the developer of ALL curricular related materials

On-Site Solutions

Let FIRST Educational Resources become your partner in On-Site Solutions to best support the professional learning needs right in your district.

Coaching

FIRST Educational Resources provides extensive coaching and support school districts to better support high levels of learning for ALL students!

Learning FIRST Literacy Center

The Learning FIRST Literacy Center provides support targeted to meet your needs. From coaching to workshops to data analysis, we will be your partner in systemic literacy improvement and student learning growth.

Graduate Programs

FIRST Educational Resources can bring graduate degree programs right to you district, focused on your goals and initiatives.

Administrator Searches

Let FIRST Educational Resources assist your district in finding the right person to become your next Superintendent, Director or Principal!

Books/Resources

FIRST Educational Resources is focused on helping you find the necessary books and resources for your district to experience higher levels of success.

Upcoming Events

Learning FIRST
PLC 2.0 Institute

June 4-5, 2019 in Normal, Illinois

Keynote Presenters
Michael McDowell
James Nottingham
Marcia Tate
Rick Wormeli

Learning FIRST
PLC 2.0 Institute

June 6-7, 2019 in Aurora, IL

Keynote Presenters
Tammy Heflebower
James Nottingham
Greg Wolcott

Collective Efficacy Institute

February 12-13,2020

Presenters
Jenni Donohoo
Garth Larson
Stefani Hite
Don Smith

Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Institute

June 3-4, 2020

Keynote Presenters
Cale Birk
Jimmy Casas
Rufus Lott III
Dedra Stafford

Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Institute

August 3-4, 2020

Keynote Presenters
Cale Birk
Rufus Lott III
Marcia Tate

Orlando, FL

Collective Efficacy Institute

February 12-13,2020

Presenters
Jenni Donohoo
Stefani Hite
Garth Larson
Don Smith
Moses Velasco

Kennesaw, Georgia

Practical Strategies to Support SEL and Promote Productive Struggle

February 27, 2020

Presenters
James Nottingham

Normal, IL

ENGAGE 2020

(A PLC 2.0 Summer Institute)

June 3-4, 2020

Keynote Presenters
Cale Birk
Jimmy Casas
Rufus Lott III
Dedra Stafford

Orlando, FL

Collective Efficacy Institute

February 12-13,2020

Presenters
Jenni Donohoo
Stefani Hite
Garth Larson
Don Smith
Moses Velasco

Appleton, WI

Closing the Relationship Gap Workshop

February 20, 2020

Presenters
Greg Wolcott

Kennesaw, Georgia

Practical Strategies to Support SEL and Promote Productive Struggle

February 27, 2020

Presenters
James Nottingham

Appleton, WI

Closing the Relationship Gap Workshop

February 20, 2020

Presenters
Greg Wolcott

Fox Valley Technical College

Six Keys to Leading for Literacy Success

February 27, 2020

Presenters
Danica Lewis,
Amy Lubben

Austin, TX

ENGAGE 2020:A SEL in Action Institute

April 30 – May 1, 2020

Presenters
Garth Larson,
Rufus Lott III,
LaVonna Roth,
Dominique Smith,
Greg Wolcott

Fox Valley Technical College

Six Keys to Leading for Literacy Success

February 27, 2020

Presenters
Danica Lewis
Amy Lubben

Austin, TX

ENGAGE 2020:A SEL in Action Institute

April 30 – May 1, 2020

Presenters
Garth Larson
Rufus Lott III
LaVonna Roth
Dominique Smith
Greg Wolcott

Normal, IL

ENGAGE 2020: A PLC 2.0 Summer Institute

June 3-4, 2020

Presenters

Cale Birk

Jimmy Casas

Rufus Lott III

Dedra Stafford

Normal, IL

ENGAGE 2020: A PLC 2.0 Summer Institute

June 3-4, 2020

Presenters
Cale Birk
Jimmy Casas
Rufus Lott III
Dedra Stafford

Brookfield, WI

ENGAGE 2020: A Collective Efficacy and PLC 2.0 Institute

June 17-18, 2020

Presenters
Cale Birk
Jenni Donohoo
Garth Larson

Wisconsin Dells, WI

ENGAGE 2020: A PLC 2.0 Summer Institute

August 3-4, 2020

Presenters
Cale Birk
Marc Brackett
Rufus Lott III
Marcia Tate

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ALL EVENTS

What are Previous Learning FIRST Attendees
Saying About their Experience?

  • “This was honestly the best conference that I have attended over the past 15 years. Incredible speakers, inspiring ideas, perfect format, well-planned and smooth operating. ”

  • “After attending First 2017 not only did I leave with content that I can transfer to my classroom, but I left feeling enlightened and ready to start the school year.”

  • “I have been to many conferences throughout my 28 years in education. This was the most well-organized I have been to.”

  • The keynotes were amazing! This conference is invaluable and super timely-a fantastic way to get energized for another school year. Thank you!

  • Absolutely fantastic event! So many great speakers and wonderful ideas. It really made love my profession again-and I’ve been questioning it. THANK YOU!

“Without a doubt, Learning FIRST is one of the strongest professional learning opportunities our School District has been a part of. The positive energy in each session was contagious and the powerful messages developed by FIRST Educational Resources each year are inspirational and relevant to our entire staff. Kasson-Mantorville Schools are excited to continue hosting this learning opportunity for all of SE Minnesota and its surrounding communities.”

Mark Matuska- Superintendent of Schools for Kasson-Mantorville Schools, MN

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