Thought Leader Lectures
Improving the Instructional Core: Content-Rich Curriculum and Professional Learning
Learn how to improve student learning at scale by focusing on the use of high-quality curricula supported by effective professional learning. Review research-informed strategies for selecting and implementing educative instructional materials. See how to design curriculum-based professional learning that can transform teaching in the classroom. Explore how teachers can deepen their pedagogical content knowledge using…
What Have we Learned About Talent Management?
Hear how the Holdsworth Center, a Texas-based leadership development center, has partnered with seven public school districts across the state to rethink talent management. Learn how to build aligned systems and structures that identify, develop, place, and support highly effective campus leaders in all schools to better serve students. Join the conversation to share your…
Principal Talent Management: Keeping Our Principals
Get an update on the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership Initiative, where four districts are working to improve how they prepare, support, and keep their most effective school principals. Reviewing progress half way through a three-year initiative, the team will share lessons learned about readiness factors and first steps in improving principal talent management…
Reaching ALL Students: Leveraging Instructional Materials for Change
Explore the evidence that shows standards-aligned instructional materials combined with curriculum-based professional development are associated with a statistically significant increase in student learning and teachers’ understanding of academic standards. Join this session to hear how educators are leveraging professional learning anchored in a system that includes strong, high-quality instructional materials to provide access to college-…
How Can We Rethink High School for the Future and Now?
XQ’s September 2015 launch of an open call to reimagine the American high school elicited responses from more than 10,000 people from all 50 states, representing nearly 4,000 communities. Investigate their most promising ideas for innovative, student-centered designs for 21st-century learning. XQ has pledged over $115 million to actively support teams on their journeys to becoming Super Schools. Go…
In Search of Distributed Leadership
Distributed Leadership: What is it? What do we know? What is the evidence? How do we ensure quality and can this be done at scale? What else do we still need to learn? An interactive panel led by Amy Slamp of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will examine these questions and more. Join panel members…
When Districts Focus on Leadership, Teachers and Students Benefit
Learn about six school districts that set out in 2011 to develop and support a large corps of highly qualified school principals as part of The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI). Explore the highlights of the RAND Corporation’s soon-to-be-released study of the impact this work has had on student achievement and teacher retention. Leave…
British Columbia's Learning Transformation: A Glimpse of the Future?
What happens when you connect students, teachers, parents, post-secondary, and business to co-construct the future of learning? Find out why British Columbia, already a top-performing jurisdiction, felt they needed to embark on such an ambitious transformation process. What lessons can we learn? What are the professional learning implications for the K-12 system, university admissions including teacher pre-service,…
Effective Teacher Professional Development: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Triumphs
How can teacher professional learning support the complex skills students need to succeed in the 21st century? Gain insights about the elements of effective teacher professional development and consider strategies for infusing evidence-based practices in your own contexts. Leave with resources to structure evidence-based preparation and professional learning experiences for teachers to facilitate thinking and…
Love this conference. It is always the highlight of my year. The level of learning is deep and supportive of the work that I do.
— 2017 Conference Attendee
Systems for Success: Case Studies Show How Teacher
Learn how schools and districts respond to appeals to expand access for students traditionally shut out of college-level courses such as Advanced Placement (AP). Gain knowledge of effective methods of improving access and success that have included teacher voice and leadership. Explore the practices of two diverse high schools that have achieved the dual goals…
How Learning Organizations Improve and Succeed
Drawing upon a broad literature analysis, consider varied examples from multiple domains, including public education, that illustrate why and how a process we call Evolutionary Learning enables organizations to improve steadily and succeed. Achieving this progress entails new forms of both “governance” and “democracy” – i.e., new ways of (re)arranging internal operations and interactions with…
Leveraging Curriculum & Teacher Leadership to Improve Student Learning
Leading states and districts are leveraging a powerful, yet underexamined, lever for improving student outcomes that is low cost and high impact: curriculum. Emerging evidence suggests that content-rich, standards-aligned, and high-quality curricula can powerfully influence student achievement. Join this session to learn about strategies, which bold district and state education leaders are using to ensure…
How Technology and Research on Generative Change Are Transforming Brooklyn High Schools
The Brooklyn North High Schools (NYCDOE) have partnered with Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) to help teachers and students become 21stcentury learners. Leveraging the research of Arnetha Ball (Stanford University), they are utilizing the Model of Generative Change to help create sustained classroom innovation and iteration. Learn how this professional learning approach is transforming educators while…
Fulfilling Teachers: Jobs to be Done
Many initiatives to develop teachers’ practices struggle to move the needle on student outcomes. The problem is often not a lack of sound instructional approaches, but a failure to account for the actual progress that teachers are already trying to make in their lives and with their students. Learn how researchers at the Christensen Institute…
Social and Emotional Learning in Research and Practice
Outcomes – Educator and Student Learning
What are the features and best practices of effective social and emotional learning (SEL) programs? How can they be planned and carried out well, both in school and out-of-school settings? Researchers from Harvard’s EASEL Lab discuss the recommendations in the publication Preparing for Effective SEL Implementation, supported by The Wallace Foundation. Explore how to ensure sufficient staff…
Building Leadership Capacity through a Multi-System Approach
The Galveston County Learning Leaders (GCLL), sponsored by the Houston Endowment and facilitated by Learning Forward, are intensely focused on developing a district-level professional learning community of the superintendent and district leadership teams so that they develop skills in leading effective professional learning. Learn how GCLL share learning across diverse districts to improve the design…
The Good, the Bad, and the Promising
Stephanie Hirsh will reflect on her 30-year journey with Learning Forward. She will celebrate the good, acknowledge and learn from the bad, and highlight promising signs she sees for the future. Hear some untold stories and honor some unsung heroes. Expect to be engaged and challenged and contribute to the timeline for the future.
This conference was differentiated for the needs of my school leadership team. They were able to choose from a variety of sessions that addressed different areas.
— Priscilla Hopkins, Principal
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Meals & receptions
Registrants attending a preconference session or concurrent session receive morning coffee breaks and plated lunches each registered session day.
Those registered for the 3, 4, or 5 day conference may also attend the Sunday evening opening reception. Indicate special dietary requirements on the registration forms.
Earn Continuing Education Units
Saint Mary’s College of California offers you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending Learning Forward’s 2018 Annual Conference.
Ten hours of instruction equals one CEU. The cost for up to one CEU is $50. Download the CEU form here . For more information, please contact Kathy Perez, Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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