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February 2019

Webinar: Getting Started: Designing Next Generation Professional Learning

February 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If we want educators to design next generation learning experiences for students, they need to know what it feels like as learners. This webinar invites you to rethink professional development by playing an interactive game.

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Webinar: Taking the Next Step: Implementing Next Generation Professional Learning

February 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If you’re ready to reimagine professional learning in your school or district but not sure where to start, this webinar is designed to spark inspiration and help set you on your path. You’ll learn from educators across the country who are currently implementing innovative professional learning models.

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March 2019

Webinar: Hearing from Districts: Measuring the Impact of Professional Learning

March 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hear from three district leaders as they highlight strategies, interventions, and tools that are currently being used to measure the impact of professional learning in their districts.

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Deadline: Scholarships and grants application

March 15, 2019

Last day to apply for scholarships and grants.

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Webinar: Documenting your Professional Learning Story: Showing the Impact of Professional Learning

March 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for this important conversation with affiliate leaders from Learning Forward Virginia and Learning Forward New England as they describe their experiences and learnings from their advocacy visit to Washington, D.C.

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May 2019

Deadline: The Learning Professional, August 2019 Article Submissions

May 1, 2019

Personalized learning is clearly an area ripe for educator growth, but what should that look like? This issue will examine the ways that professional learning can support teachers’ skills in this area.

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Webinar: Effective Coaching for School Improvement with Joellen Killion

May 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Leading author and coaching expert Joellen Killion outlines her online course Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction. Hear how modeling effective coaching techniques at scale can lead to enduring, system-wide improvements.

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June 2019

Webinar: Building a Case for Connecting High-Quality Curricula and Team-Based Professional Learning

June 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Deepen your understanding about the research and importance of integrating instructional materials and professional learning. Consider how schools and district leaders shift how learning teams are prioritized to focus more explicitly on instructional materials.

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Twitter chat: Becoming a teacher leader for English language learners (ELLs)

June 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Learning Forward and #ELLChat, Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9 p.m. Eastern for a conversation inspired by the April issue of The Learning Professional. In this Twitter chat, we will discuss how teachers of English learner students can become resources and leaders for their schools and districts. The chat will feature special guest Sarah Ottow, who wrote about how to cultivate shared responsibility for English Learners’ success in The Learning Professional. Ottow is the director of Confianza and author…

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July 2019

Deadline: The Learning Professional, October 2019 Article Submissions

July 1, 2019

Topics may include mindfulness and self-care, making time for professional learning, leadership coaching, PLCs for administrators, and using distributed leadership effectively.

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Learning Forward Summer Institutes

July 18, 2019 - July 21, 2019

This Institute will help educators strengthen their capacity to reach all students by building strong connections among curriculum, high-quality instructional materials including Open Educational Resources, and standards-based professional learning.

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Learning Forward Affiliate Leaders Meeting, 2019

July 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Building Capacity and Growing Influence Join your fellow affiliate leaders for two full days of learning designed to increase your capacity to design, lead and influence professional learning in your state or province, provide resources and strategies to share with your board and members, and build your professional network. Friday, July 19 will be a full-day interactive discussion with Joellen Killion, focused on her new publication The Feedback Process: Transforming Professional Learning. Affiliate leaders will engage in discussions about the content and underlying research, implications for policy and strategies for affiliates…

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Deadline: Early Bird Discount

July 31, 2019

Save up to $125 on Learning Forward's 2019 Annual Conference registration. Education leaders and policy makers will gather in St. Louis, December 7-11, 2019, to share professional learning expertise focused on creating and sustaining equity and excellence in teaching and learning every day.

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August 2019

Deadline: The Learning Professional, December 2019 Article Submissions

August 15, 2019

This issue will tackle questions of fundamental importance for everyone from the newest to the most seasoned coaches and from school administrators to district and state leaders who oversee, support, and learn from coaches’ work.

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Learning Forward Career Center Sweepstakes

August 31, 2019

The Learning Forward Career Center is the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified educator talent. Upload your resume before August 31, 2019, for a chance to win one of six $50 gift cards.

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September 2019

Twitter chat: School counselors need professional learning, too

September 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On Thursday, September 19, at 2 P.M. Eastern, Learning Forward will host a Twitter chat with school counseling expert Mandy Savitz-Romer of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of Go Alliance Alice Anne Bailey of Southern Regional Education Board. The chat will build on the article “No counselor left behind” that Dr. Savitz-Romer authored in The Learning Professional. We will discuss why professional learning is so important for school counselors and how to overcome the challenges that currently leave…

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October 2019

Capitol Hill Briefing: Addressing Equity in Teaching Through Professional Learning

October 10, 2019

All too often, the teachers of the students who need the most support are in schools with the most limited resources for professional learning. This panel will focus on how Title II-A supported initiatives are making a difference in recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders and increasing student achievement.

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Empowering Teacher Learning

October 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:45 am

Twenty-first century learning requires sophisticated forms of teaching to develop student knowledge and skills. Join the Learning Policy Institute, American Federation of Teachers, Learning Forward, and National Education Association for an event showcasing innovative models of teacher-led learning and professional development. At the event, speakers including Linda Darling-Hammond, Lily Eskelsen García, and Randi Weingarten will share policy strategies that support well-designed and effective educator professional development. Register now: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/event/empowering-teacher-learning

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Webinar: Analyzing Assignments for Rigor and Equity

October 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Research from the Education Trust has revealed that nearly two decades after many states have adopted higher rigor standards, students continue to be given assignments far below the rigor demanded to be successful in college and careers. This webinar will begin a review of recent research on the quality of assignments and provide an overview of a framework for participants to analyze assignments in their schools and districts.

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Deadline: 2019 Annual Conference Early Registration

October 31, 2019

Education leaders and policy makers will gather in St. Louis, December 7-11, to share professional learning expertise focused on creating and sustaining equity and excellence in teaching and learning every day. Register before October 31 to save up to $100.

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November 2019

Application deadline: 2019 Learning Team Award

November 1, 2019

We want to celebrate the great learning taking place in your school! The Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award honors a team of teachers that engages in a cycle of continuous improvement for professional learning that improves their own teaching and their students’ learning. To apply, just submit a short video of your learning team in action, along with the award application. Learning Forward and award sponsor Corwin will celebrate the winning team at the 2019 Annual Conference in St.…

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Twitter chat: Tackling instructional mismatch

November 16, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 am

Instructional leadership is at the core of what effective school leaders do. But much of the time, leaders are working in a context of instructional mismatch, leading in content areas or grade levels unfamiliar to them. Join us Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 a.m. Eastern for a #satchat with special guests Sarah Quebec Fuentes, associate professor of mathematics education, and Jo Beth Jimerson, associate professor of educational leadership at Texas Christian University, to discuss how to bridge the mismatch gap.…

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Webinar: The Mythbusters Guide to Educational Research

November 18, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Are you a teacher, policymaker, community stakeholder, superintendent, school administrator, or technical assistance provider interested in learning how your beliefs can be reinforced or undermined by a rigorous multimethod approach to research? Join Douglas Reeves from Creative Leadership Solutions and Thomas Guskey from the University of Kentucky for a 30-minute preview of their full-day Learning Forward Annual Conference session. Reeves and Guskey will explore a variety of methods, including quantitative analysis, case studies, qualitative methods, meta-analyses, and syntheses of meta-analyses.…

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December 2019

Deadline: The Learning Professional, February 2020 Article Submissions

December 1, 2019

This issue will examine how to go beyond student records data to really put students at the center of professional learning. We’re looking for articles about what students wish teachers knew about their needs; how to get student input into planning; how to use student data in combination with student perspectives; and beyond.

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Webinar: Measuring Impact: Three Districts Share Their Experiences Collecting, Compiling, and Sharing Data

December 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Every educator is an advocate and measuring the impact of professional learning is a critical component of our work. Join us for this important conversation as three district leaders share how they are measuring impact and how they are sharing their findings.

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Learning Forward’s 2019 Annual Conference

December 7, 2019 - December 11, 2019

Education leaders and policy makers will gather in St. Louis to share professional learning expertise focused on creating and sustaining equity and excellence in teaching and learning every day. Join us as we honor the past 50 years and look forward to another 50 of creating and sustaining equity and excellence in teaching and learning.

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50th Anniversary Celebration

December 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join our Sunday evening reception to help us celebrate 50 years of building capacity and changing practice!

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January 2020

Deadline: The Learning Professional, April 2020 Article Submissions

January 15

This issue will cover “nuts and bolts” strategies for learning professionals to deepen their work and improve teaching and learning in their schools or systems. We encourage writers to draw on research and experience not only in professional learning but from the worlds of business, nonprofit management, and beyond.

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Georgia Affiliate Executive Leadership Program (Session 3)

January 17

Georgia's Executive Leadership Program: Learning Forward Georgia’s Executive Leadership Program, Transforming Professional Learning, is specifically designed to develop a leader’s capacity to leverage successful change through effective professional learning.

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Twitter chat: Coaching for equity

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Learning Forward, Thursday, January 23, at 1:00 P.M. ET for a conversation about building equity through instructional coaching. We will discuss articles from the recent coaching-themed issue of The Learning Professional and share additional resources. We’ll be joined by special guests Tonikiaa Orange, director of the Culture and Equity Project at UCLA, and Jo Ann Isken, director of the UCLA IMPACT Urban Teacher Residency Program. Follow #LearnFwdTLP to join the conversation. Add to calendar (iCal/Outlook) | Add to calendar (Google)…

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Webinar: Coaching with students at the center: The what, why, and how of coaching for student engagement

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Coaching expert Jim Knight will lead an interactive discussion about why and how coaches’ work with teachers should address student engagement. Students who are engaged are more likely to come to class, learn, and ultimately stay in school. The webinar will cover how to measure and improve three types of student engagement (behavioral, cognitive, and emotional) as part of an effective coaching cycle.

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February 2020

Learning Forward Kansas Annual Conference

February 3 - February 4


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Apply to present in Chicago

February 4

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 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, December 5-9, 2020. Our Annual Conference offers education leaders and policymakers the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies they need to understand and implement effective professional learning in their classrooms, schools, and districts. The Standards for Professional Learning come to life when you highlight…

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Webinar: Findings from a national coaching survey

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Learning Forward and Digital Promise to discuss the results and implications of a national survey about coaching. Find out what more than 1,200 respondents said about coaching workloads, supports and using technology. Please come ready with questions and energy to discuss your own reflections and experiences!

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Webinar: Collecting evidence to share impact of professional learning

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Professional learning is the key to increased student outcomes. As school districts design professional learning, it is critical to consider the specific challenge you are working to address, the professional learning interventions you will employ, and to carefully plan for how you will measure the impact of those interventions so as to know whether to continue, adjust, or try something different. Hear from three school districts as they share their professional learning data stories.

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March 2020

Twitter chat: Amplifying student voice in professional learning

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hosted by Learning Forward with members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team Conversations about students’ needs are at the center of great schools. But how often do educators listen to students’ perspectives? Join us Wednesday, March 4, at 4:00 P.M. Eastern to talk about how educators can learn from and with students, not just for them. Whether you’re a student, teacher, or administrator, come with your ideas and questions! Follow #StuVoice on Twitter to participate. Add to calendar (iCal/Outlook)…

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Learning Forward Missouri Conference

March 8 - March 9
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Deadline: Academy application

March 16

When you join the Academy, your learning journey is no longer a solo experience. Instead, you will spend 2 ½ years working with expert coaches and practitioners from around the world as you construct knowledge, improve your practice, create better learning conditions for your colleagues, and improve results for your students. Last day to apply for Learning Forward’s Academy.

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Webinar: Preparing educators for school closings and a new learning environment

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this uncertain time and with new school system closings being announced daily, Learning Forward is bringing together experts from practice, research, and policy to discuss the impact on educators and students and to offer potential resources, insights, and ideas for continuing the strong teaching and learning that our members provide every day.

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Webinar: Teaching in an online environment

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Educators across the world are being asked to implement online learning for their students as school systems close in response to COVID-19. Join this webinar to learn about strategies and resources that will make online learning manageable and productive.

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Deadline: Application for scholarships & grants

March 27

The 2020 scholarship and grant applications from the Learning Forward Foundation are available online. Please share these wonderful opportunities with those that could use the Foundation’s support. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2020. Awardees will be announced May 1.

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Twitter chat: Coaching in a time of crisis

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Instructional coaches are a trusted source of support for teachers and leaders, and that support is needed now more than ever. Every educator is navigating uncharted territory due to the Coronavirus, with varying levels of readiness for distance learning and a heap of other questions about how to meet students’ multi-faceted needs. Join us Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 P.M. Eastern to discuss how instructional coaches can support educators – and take care of themselves -  during this stressful time.…

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April 2020

Webinar: Taking care of yourself during uncertain times: Mindfulness and well-being for educators

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Educators across the world are continuing to teach and support students during this unprecedented time. Many are teaching in new ways while navigating new worries. How are we helping educators to stay strong and healthy?

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Webinar: Supporting students in stressful times

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to talk with experts on social and emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-sensitive teaching about how you can stay connected with your students and help them navigate these stressful times.

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Webinar: How to lead when the path isn’t clear

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Superintendents, principals, and other leaders on the front lines are making decisions that impact teachers, support staff, parents, and students. Although the path isn’t always clear, choices have to be made quickly. Join us as we hear national, district, and school-level leaders describe how they are working hard to ensure teaching and learning continues.

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Creativity in schools: Live Q&A featuring Frederick Brown

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What contributes to greatness? Learning Forward’s Chief Learning Officer/Deputy Frederick Brown will participate in a conversation about the documentary In Search of Greatness to explore how learning, coaches, creativity, and resilience all play a role in building expertise and excellence. Engage with the panel on Wednesday, April 22, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The documentary investigates how some of the greatest athletes of all time describe their own journeys. Make the connection to education and professional learning with several thought leaders…

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Webinar: Learning from coaches: Supporting educators in a virtual world

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Now that we are working and leading in a virtual environment, join us for an exploration of how coaches are traversing the challenges of distance professional learning, and remaining connected to the teachers they support.

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Webinar: Teaching in an online world – it’s getting real

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will focus on resources, strategies, and tangible ideas that all educators in this new online world are encouraged to borrow. Our panelists are in the midst of this right along with you and have agreed to share their own journeys and lessons learned in an effort to help build success.

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Twitter chat: Podcasts as professional learning

April 30 - May 1

1 - 2:00 P.M. Eastern Podcasts are a great way to learn something new, especially at a time when personalized and flexible professional learning is more valuable than ever. Join us for a Twitter chat about how to boost your learning with podcasts. We’ll be joined by the hosts of myPD UnPlugged from the Long Beach Unified School District, Nader Twal, Amy Pendray, and Jennifer Crockett, who were featured in the latest issue of #LearnFwdTLP. Come prepared to share your…

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May 2020

Deadline: The Learning Professional, August 2020 Article Submissions

May 1

Technology offers promising new avenues for professional learning like video consultation, “bug-in-ear” coaching, personalized professional learning “playlists,” and even virtual reality. But how do we make sure that tech-supported professional learning maintains the necessary focus on quality, that it is collaborative, sustained, job-embedded, and data-driven? How do we ensure that convenience and accessibility don’t overshadow depth and student needs? This issue will explore these questions and others, and highlight successful ways technology is enhancing and improving professional learning. Learn more:…

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Webinar: Adapting high-quality instructional materials for a virtual teaching context

May 7

Recent research affirms how critical high-quality curriculum resources are to the student learning experience. So what happens when the world of schooling changes in an instant? How do educators adapt their use of materials in a new and often uncharted virtual environment?

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Webinar: Remote but accessible: Reaching students of all abilities during distance learning

May 14
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Deadline: Free shipping on all books

May 20
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Webinar: Learning without barriers: Supporting English learners during distance learning

May 21
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Webinar: All means all: Equity challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis

May 28
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June 2020

Webinar: Learning from coaches: End strong, begin stronger!

June 4

As the school year closes, instructional coaches are still hard at work. They are taking the many lessons learned in the last quarter of this school year and using those lessons to plan for a strong, if uncertain, year ahead. Join us for an exploration of how coaches are traversing the challenges of distance professional learning, remaining connected to the teachers they support, and applying their expertise in accelerating teacher learning.

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Webinar: Minimizing the COVID slide: Extending summer learning

June 11
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Deadline: The Learning Professional, October 2020 Article Submissions

June 15

How do we create schools that are welcoming and productive learning environments for all? This issue will explore the role of professional learning in ensuring that every student feels safe, supported, and successful at school. Articles might cover topics such as inclusion of students with special needs in mainstream classrooms, increasing instructional rigor for English Learner students, addressing implicit bias among teachers and/or students, and improving social and emotional learning strategies. Priority will be given to articles that focus on…

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Webinar: Preparing for re-opening: Building resilience and flexibility

June 18
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Webinar: Preparing for re-opening – creating an instructional plan

June 25
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