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February 2023

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

What's New with LFTX

2023 Professional Learning Award Winners 

Learning Forward Texas named the Ferris ISD Instructional Technology Department and the Klein ISD Professional Learning Department winners of the 2023 Outstanding Professional Learning Award. The annual award recognizes exemplary districts, teams, or campuses that utilize high-quality, results-driven professional learning designed to impact student achievement. 

Jessica Cain, Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist in Ferris ISD, submitted Mastermind Learning, a combination of asynchronous learning opportunities, coaching cycles, and collaboration to provide teachers with the time, space, relationships, and resources to help grow their teaching craft

Director of Professional Learning Monica Shallenberger submitted the TLD Academy (Teacher Leadership Development Academy) program at Klein ISD. The TLD is a one-year cohort program for teachers in new leadership positions to receive targeted professional learning that will help them maximize their impact and empower them to inspire, encourage and develop others. Other members of the professional learning team are Caitlin Cloyd, Professional Learning Program Coordinator,  and Dr. Jessica Tovar-Hilbert, Professional Learning Program Coordinator.

“These two award recipients are a testament to the skill, ingenuity, innovation, and vision of professional learning at its best to support educators.  As a Board, we are thrilled to celebrate these two outstanding professional learning departments and their accomplishments,” says Vicki Arrington, President of Learning Forward Texas


These programs will be honored at the TASA Mid-Winter Conference in Austin, TX, on January 31.  They will also receive their award from Learning Forward Texas at a school board meeting in their district. The Learning Forward Texas Board congratulates these two exceptional professional learning departments! Click here to view their application presentations.

Annual Conference Registration is now OPEN

Learning Forward Texas will Focus on the Future through Leading and Learning at the 31st Annual Conference. The only conference in Texas focused on Professional Learning will be held on June 19 - 21 at the Irving Convention Center, Irving, Texas.

Pre-conference Workshops are a new feature for this year.  A full day of learning with our exciting speakers to help improve leadership skills. Purchase the pre-conference alone or bundle it with the conference registration. 

Pre-conference Workshops - June 19, 2023
Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce our Keynote Speakers for this year's conference.  Todd Whitaker will open the conference with "What Great Educators Do Differently".  Fred Brown, Learning Forward President/CEO, will be closing the conference with a message from Learning Forward. 

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Visit our Conference Website

for updates and additional information. 

Conference Scholarship 

Looking for individuals who are: 

  • Passionate about professional learning

  • Interested in attending the Learning Forward Texas Conference

  • Lacking the financial support to attend

Click here for more information about the 

Annual Conference Scholarship 

Deadline March 3, 2023

Sponsored Content

Webinar: Choosing a Curriculum That Supports the Science of Reading—What Administrators Need to Know

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Date: Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 pm CT


As leaders, how can we ensure the effective implementation of research-based practices that will develop students’ critical literacy skills so they go on to become proficient readers? How do we select the instructional materials that best serve our students’ needs?

This complimentary professional learning webinar will share practical strategies for evaluating and choosing appropriate reading instructional materials that support the science of reading.

Can’t attend live? Register to receive the webinar recording.

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Terri Iles Learning Forward Academy Scholarship

The Learning Forward Academy provides a forum for educators to analyze their practices and engage in dedicated, uninterrupted think tank-type experiences with individuals from all facets of education. Learning Forward Texas annually provides a scholarship for a member of our Texas affiliate to participate in the Learning Forward Academy.

In June of 2020, Terri Iles retired after five years as Executive Director of Learning Forward Texas.  Terri has a passion for professional learning, and she loves Texas.  She wanted to ensure that LFTX supported the Academy by providing support and funding for a Texan to participate. At the June Board meeting, the LFTX board unanimously voted to name our academy scholarship the Terri Iles Learning Forward Texas Academy Scholarship

We encourage LFTX members to explore the benefits of participating in the Learning Forward Academy and consider applying.  Once the 2025 cohort has been announced, Learning Forward Texas will select its scholarship winner.

Learning Forward is recruiting candidates for the Academy Class of 2025, and the Scholarship recipient will be selected from those candidates. Application deadline: March 15, 2023

Click here to find out more information.


The Heart of Teaching: Quick Activities to Reconnect Educators with their Whys

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February is a good month to reflect on our personal whys, our reasons for choosing to work in the important field of education. In this post you will find a selection of activities to help teachers reconnect with their whys.

Regional Affiliates 

Learning Forward Texas regional affiliates build capacity to design, facilitate, and assess professional learning that aligns with the Standards for Professional Learning and improves educator and student outcomes.  Click here for more information about TEXAS Regional Affiliates. 

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LFCTX met on January 13, 2023. Fort Sam Houston ISD will host us (Face-to-Face) at ESC 20 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Lizzy Perez (Dare to Lead facilitator and LFCTX Steering Committee member)  provided lunch.
Their next virtual meeting will be March 21, 11:30 - 1:30 Click here to join their email list

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Keller ISD hosted the January meeting at their Administration Building last Friday, January 13, 2023. The meeting started with Problems of Practice, and during the afternoon, Keller ISD led a deeper dive into the Learning Forward Standards implementation. The next meeting is on February 10 in Plano ISD. Click here for more information.


For the '22-23 school year, LFSETX will be engaging in a book study using Elena Aguilar's newest book, The PD Book, 7 Habits that Transform Professional DevelopmentThe next meeting will be on February 3, 9:00 - 10:00 am, as they continue to explore Chapters 4 and 5.  Click for more information and to RSVP 

Shared Resources 

  • Podcast episode: Improving Adult Learning in Schools - Learning Forward In a recent High Tech High’s Unboxed podcast episode, Michelle Bowman and Elizabeth Foster of Learning Forward share how they have incorporated continuous improvement into adult learning in schools and the importance of professional learning. Listen Now

2023 Professional Learning

Learning Foward Texas  - Two Ways to Attend

Open Enrollment Workshops 

  • For individuals and small teams​

  • ​Less expensive than district purchased 

  • Workshops and dates are posted on our website

 District Purchased Workshops    

  • For teams bigger than 27

  • Team members learn together

  • Set a date that works for your school calendar

Tips and Tools for Professional Learning Series  

Tips and Tools 1 Open enrollment 

February 8, 2023, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm  Mesquite ISD 

Click here for more information and to register.

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

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

News from Learning Forward 

Key Roles for Coaches  - Begins February 13, 2023 

In a rapidly changing learning environment, clearly defined roles for instructional coaches is more critical than ever. “Key Roles for Coaches” is a 15-hour, three-week online course exploring practical and powerful roles for instructional coaches responsible for helping teachers increase their capacity to serve all students. Facilitated by expert Learning Forward coaches Heather Clifton and Andy Mendelsberg, the course will include tools that support deep exploration and implementation of the roles of coaches...

Learn more and register

Apply to Present at the 2023 Annual Conference

Interested in submitting a proposal to present at Learning Forward's 2023 Annual Conference at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC? The 2023 Call for Proposals is open and will close at noon EST on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, log in to the Conference Proposal System and select Instructions in the menu. 

Deadline to submit a proposal: January 31, 2023

Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262

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