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August 2023

Upcoming events, resources, and information to support leaders of professional development.

What's New with LFTX

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Important Dates for Fall 2023

Summer break has come and gone.  While the temperatures are still high, students and teachers prepare to return to school. Social media feeds overflow with new teacher orientation, professional learning, and classroom preparation.  

Learning Forward Texas has dates to add to your calendar.  More information about each event will be added to the website in the coming weeks. 

2024 Outstanding Professional Learning Awards 

October 18, 2023 - November 26, 2023 

Learning Forward Texas Board Member Application

November 8, 2023 - December 15, 2023 

2024 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference 

June 10 - 12, 2023 

Hurst Conference Center, Hurst, TX

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Sponsored Content

Finding Inspiration in Independence: A Beginning of Year Webinar with Zaretta Hammond
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Start the year right with an informative and inspirational webinar from noted author, literacy leader, and Collaborative Classroom board member Zaretta Hammond, who will speak about the importance of developing students as independent learners.

August 23, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central


“Coach” is a Verb: A Learning Leader’s Guide to Building Capacity in Others

A monthly Blog Series to Help Educators Grow Essential Coaching Skills

This first post in the blog series “Coach” is a Verb: A Learning Leader’s Guide to Building Capacity in Others kicks off a monthly exploration of “coaching for non-coaches,” a conversation about how educators with job titles that don’t include the word “coach” can use coaching knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be more effective in their roles.

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Regional Affiliates 

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The Learning Forward Texas Regional Affiliates are taking a break from regular meetings during the summer. Check back in September for news and meeting dates for the 2023 - 2024 school year. More information about Regional Affiliates! 

Mark your calendars!

  • LFNTX  September 22, 2023, Dallas ISD, Dallas 

  • LFCTX  September 15, 2023,  Northside ISD, San Antonio 

We are still looking for a leader for the West Texas group.

Contact Lisa Ham if you are interested in facilitating their meetings. 

Click here for more information from each of the regional affiliates. 

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Shared Resources 

  • Professional learning vs. PD: The distinction matters- Learning Forward - Some school systems distribute bits of professional development to educators a few times a year. Other systems work toward a collective vision and build staff capacity to cultivate a culture of engaged, data-driven professional learners. The article, “Professional learning vs. PD: The distinction matters,” demonstrates that when leaders shift their mindsets to professional learning, they are better positioned to foster powerful cultures of learning. Inside this article is a free tool to help you explore key components of a professional learning mindset, including questions to pose and actions to take. Read More

  • Passion-driven professional development - Edutopia - Every year, when we start end-of-year testing at our school, we flip the script on traditional professional development. Instead of meeting weekly with teams for prescribed content from our school or the district, each educator is encouraged to choose their own learning adventure in what we call iPD (independent professional development). Read More

  • Building your professional learning network- Edutopia - Finding time throughout the school year to engage in professional learning can be a challenge for educators. Being part of a learning community can help. Learning communities and professional learning networks can be a catalyst not only for professional growth, but for our personal growth as well. Read More

  • Finding time for professional learning Webinar - Learning Forward - Time is the No. 1 challenge educators report to engaging in high-quality professional learning. We can’t make more time, but we can rethink how we use it. This webinar will share strategies for prioritizing and dedicating time to educator learning, making the most of the time you have, and ensuring learning time is well spent. Presenters will draw on articles from the August issue of The Learning Professional and from the workbook Establishing Time for Professional Learning. Register for this webinar

2023- 2024 Professional Learning

Have you planned your 2022 - 2023 Professional Learning Calendar?
Contact us to help! 


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August 31, 2023, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Wylie ISD ESC, 951 S. Ballard, Wylie, TX 75098 

Click here to register

Click here to request information for district-purchased workshops.

Prices will be increasing on September 1, 2023

Call now to book your workshops with current pricing. 

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

to discuss the benefits of Tips and Tools workshops        512-266-3086 ext. 1

News from Learning Forward 


Title II-A retained in Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill

On July 27, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a full-committee markup to consider several bills, including the fiscal year 2024 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS-ED) funding bill. Bypassing a subcommittee markup, the full committee approved the bipartisan spending bill ...Read More 

2023 Annual Conference: Select Your Sessions!

Learning Forward’s 2023 Annual Conference, December 3-6, 2023, is the place for education leaders to deepen their understanding of the professional learning systems essential to implementing ongoing, evidence-based changes to teaching and learning.


Register early to ensure your participation in this highly anticipated event in Washington, D.C., that includes four days of ideas, insights, inspiration — and fun!

Click here for more information and to register! 

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Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262

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