2014 Annual Conference

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Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville. Whether you were a first-time attendee or someone who has attended our conferences for years, we appreciate your commitment to sustained professional learning to improve student success!



Learning Forward's 2014 Annual Conference brought outstanding content, invaluable tools, and the most powerful forms of professional learning. Special features of the conference included meals and receptions, keynote Q&As and thought leaders, extended learning before and after the conference, a conference mobile app, a benefit concert, and the opportunity to earn CEUs. PaulinaPam
Paulina Pam shares her favorite thing about conference.

WATCH CLIPS FROM TWO KEYNOTE SPEECHES:

John HattieJohn Hattie shares how his study of more than a quarter of a billion students revealed that 90-95% of the work teachers do enhances student achievement, and the real challenge in education is knowing our impact. Download his presentation. 
 Barrington IrvingBarrington Irving discusses how his flying classroom challenged students from failing schools, but still needed to empower teachers who may not have been subject matter experts.

 

 

Keynotes


Our cutting-edge keynotes during general sessions addressed current issues in schools and districts.


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Barrington Irving
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Pearl Arredondo
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Ungar
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John
Hattie
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Steve
Gross


 

Thought Leaders/Q&As


Leaders and visionaries in the field of professional learning examine the latest research and findings.


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Joseph
Murphy
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Kathi
Littman



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Michael
Fullan
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Andy Hargreaves

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Michael
Casserly

TL03_Elia
MaryEllen
Elia



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Jamie
Woodson
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Tammy
Grisson



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Gregg
Morton
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Philip
Bredsen





OTHER CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS  
  • The Redesign Challenge: The Redesign Challenge is a new online action network where teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders will share, shape, and try ideas to redesign professional learning.  
  • Cocktail Hour in the EdSurge PD Tech Playground: EdSurge shared a framework for choosing different tools that can be used for professional development.  
  • iPD Showcase: iPD Showcase sessions featured vendors and providers presenting 25-minute demonstrations on leveraging the power of technology to implement innovative solutions addressing professional development needs.
  • Learning Hangout: Discover free or low-cost tools and get solutions to the challenges you face in your school, classroom or organization. Bring your mobile device and engage in these 25-minute hands-on sessions near the Exhibit Hall.
  • FastForward: These fast-paced, concise presentations are also known as PechaKucha, Ignite, or Byte sessions. Each presentation is 7 minutes long and features 15-18 slides.
  • Networking Meet Ups: Meet up with colleagues and nationally known facilitators around shared interests or in job-alike sessions.
  • Music Concert: The Learning Forward Foundation's concert featured the Little River Band, with proceeds directly funding scholarships and grants. 
  • PD Redesign Toolkit: The PD redesign toolkit, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, promoted professional development redesign and set conditions that foster innovation. 


EXTEND YOUR LEARNING DIGITALLY:


Attendees are participating in post-conference webinars, e-learning programs, and ongoing discussions with session presenters and fellow attendees in the Learning Exchange.
  • Share conference takeaways and engage in follow-up conversations around key conference features and content in the 2014 Annual Conference community;
  • Join Session PLUS communities that keep the conversation going throughout the year; and
  • Engage with thought leaders all year long with our e-learning programs and webinars.

Come to Washington, D.C.

2015-acbannergraphic Learning Forward's 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 5-9 promises you outstanding content and invaluable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back to your workplace.

Learn from the innovative work of your peers and the perspectives of national leaders. Become skilled in data-driven decision making and implementing effective school improvement. Gain deep insight into the attributes of high-functioning school teams and learning communities, and the actions you can take as leaders to put these principles into practice.

Learning Forward's  
is in Washington, D.C. 
Dec. 5-9.