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January 2023

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

What's New with LFTX

Annual Conference Registration is now OPEN
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Texas educators gather at the Learning Forward Texas Conference each June to connect, collaborate, and cultivate new learning! The conference will begin with a Pre-Conference on Monday, June 19, and conclude on Wednesday, June 21. 

Features of this year's conference:

  • The optional Pre-Conference is a full day of learning from professional learning superstars.  The Pre-Conference can be bundled with the conference for additional savings! 

  • LFTX also stands for Leave Full Texas.  Breakfast snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided each day. 

  • Learning Forward Texas will pay for your parking garage tab at the Irving Convention Center.

  • Texas ISDs are full of professional learning rock stars, and the best in Texas have been selected to present breakout sessions.     

  • The conference app will give you a list of all sessions and a way to make your learning plan.  The app will be available to download in May.

Pre-conference Workshops - June 19, 2023

Visit our Conference Website

for updates and additional information. 

Sponsored Content

Scholarships for Educators: Applications Opened January 10th

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Every year the nonprofit Center for the Collaborative Classroom awards curricula and professional learning to K–12 educators at no cost. In 2023, we will award 500+ scholarships through our Teacher Scholarship Program.

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The application window for 2023 Teacher Scholarships opens on January 10, 2023. Classroom teachers, reading specialists, special educators, and interventionists are encouraged to apply.

Learn about the 2023 Teacher Scholarship Program.

Texas Graduates from Learning Forward Academy

The Learning Forward Academy Class of 2021 participated in their Commencement Ceremony during the Learning Forward Annual Conference this past December in Nashville, TN. Learning Forward Texas was well represented as nine of the forty-two graduates are from Texas.  

The Academy is Learning Forward's flagship learning experience. Over a 2½-year period, Academy members come together with colleagues from around the world to dive deep into a problem of practice. They learn about and apply innovative, equity-centered professional learning practices with the support of expert coaches and professional learning leaders. 

Texas 2021 Academy Graduates include Mandy Alexander, Kim Becan, Joe Clark, Walter Clinton, M’Cheryl Herrera, Shauna Hittle, Valerie Minor, Leigh Anne Romer, and Ashley White

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Congratulations to 2021 Texas graduates - (L-R ) Leigh Anne Romer, Valerie Minor, and Kim Becan 

Learning Forward Texas offers the Terri Iles Learning Forward Texas Academy Scholarship to financially support a member of the Texas affiliate's participation in the Academy. 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


Turning Toward Learning: Helping Educators Pivot from Resistance to Engagement


Professional learning is a choice. We can’t force teachers to master and then choose to implement the complex instructional practices required to support student learning effectively. Educators responsible for supporting professional learning must understand the root causes of resistance and have a toolkit of moves to address resistance productively.

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 will meet this Friday, 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) will provide lunch. Due to limited space, this meeting has sold out! 


Keller ISD will host the January meeting at their Administration Building this Friday, January 13, 2023. The meeting will start at 9:00 am with Problems of Practice, and at 1:00 Keller ISD will lead a deeper dive into the Learning Forward Standards implementation. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 


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 

  • Top 15 blogs reflect high-quality professional learning priorities - Learning Forward - Throughout the year, our blog covers a range of professional learning topics and news about our organization. We strive to keep readers connected to meaningful work, committed as professional learning advocates, and inspired by educators and school professionals who ensure all kids have access to meaningful learning that helps them achieve their potential.

2023 Professional Learning

Do you have new or aspiring leaders in your district?


Cultivating Leadership:  Facilitation Strategies to Foster Collaborative Practices with Adults

  • Explore communication practices 

  • Leverage Emotional intelligence

  • Conduct difficult conversations

Intended Audience:

  • School and district leaders

  • Coaches and mentors

  • Teacher leaders 

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 

Powerful Practices in Professional Learning  - Begins January 26, 2023 

This course for professional learning leaders and facilitators will help you design and deliver highly effective adult learning in both in-person and virtual environments. Ensure your learning designs promote the highest levels of learning and retention and increase adult learners’ capacity to implement new learning. Expert Learning Forward Texas facilitators Trish Hinze and Terri Iles will lead live learning sessions.

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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