Why Learning Forward is my professional lifeline

By Beth Brockman
August 2018
Vol. 39 No. 4
When Beth Brockman transitioned from being a school leader to a district leader, she had big goals and a small staff. As the new district director of staff development, she was tasked with revamping the district’s approach to professional growth, moving it from a focus on compliance and onboarding new teachers to creating a comprehensive and coherent approach to professional learning. To serve a district with 2,500 teachers and over 45,000 students, she oversaw just two staff members and a secretary. As she faced this exciting challenge, she reached out to the Texas affiliate of Learning Forward for connection and support. Immediately, she found a group of kindred spirits and says she “saw a lot of alignment between what they were doing and what I

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Position: Assistant superintendent for employee services in the Plano Independent School District in Texas.

In education: 25 years.

Learning Forward milestones: Member since 2008. Academy Class of 2012. Two-time member of Annual Conference Host Committee.

Current role with Learning Forward: Dallas 2018 Host Committee chair.

Why she is looking forward to the 2018 Learning Forward conference:
I’m looking forward to meeting people I haven’t met yet so I can hear their stories and learn together. Learning should be a joyous process, but sometimes we lose the joy. The Learning Forward conference is a great time to celebrate learning. It’s my favorite of all conferences.

How you can connect with her at the conference in December: Find her on Twitter @BethBrockman.

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