All learners, many perspectives, one community

How are you creating and sustaining excellent teaching and learning every day? Share your expertise with educators from around the world. Submit a proposal to present at the Learning Forward’s 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, December 1-5, 2018.

Our Annual Conference offers education leaders and policy makers the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies they need to understand and implement effective professional learning in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Submit your proposal to present a session and join your colleagues in exploring best practices in professional learning. The proposal deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here to submit your proposal.

The theme for the 2018 Learning Forward Annual Conference, All learners, many perspectives, one community, invites education leaders and policy makers to share expertise focused on creating and sustaining excellent teaching and learning every day. The conference program offers opportunities to make connections, share and learn about tools, and strategies to understand and implement effective professional learning in classrooms, schools, and districts. The Standards for Professional Learning come to life through sessions that highlight successes and challenges.

The 2018 conference will begin with preconference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2. The Welcome Reception and Affiliate Networking will be held on Sunday, December 2 after Academy Graduation. Content Monday through Wednesday will include 2- and 3-hour concurrent sessions, as well as a general session, networking lunch or brunch and a keynote address each day. Other session types include thought leader lectures and panels, roundtables (30-45 min), and networking sessions. Monday and Tuesday will once again feature all-day (5-hour) workshops.

If you are interested in participating with a concurrent session, please complete the online form at by February 1, 2018. We will notify you with additional details in early April.

This document  includes the guiding questions for the conference focus areas:

  1. Learning Communities
  2. Leadership/Advocacy
  3. Resources/Technology
  4. Data
  5. Learning Designs
  6. Implementation
  7. Outcomes – Educator and Student Learning
  8. Equity
  9. Global/Emerging Issues
  10. Instructional Materials/Curriculum

If you have questions, please reach out to Zach Sherburn, or call 972-421-0900.

We look forward to hearing from you and continuing our shared mission together.

Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.