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July 2023

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

2023 Conference Highlights 

Focusing on the Future through connecting, sharing, and learning together. 

The 2023 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference is now a memory. There were over 400 participants, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors participating in three days of learning, with many participating in the pre-conference. The opening keynote with Todd Whitaker was entertaining, motivating, and insightful.  We hope you will mark your calendar for June 10 - 12, 2024, and invite your friends to attend in Hurst, Texas!  Enjoy the short video with pictures from the conference. 

2023 Sticker Winner Announced

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The winner of the 2023 sticker contest is Natachia Olivo-Ortiz, Early Childhood Coordinator from Fort Bend ISD.  Natachia's slogan was selected from all of the applicants submitted in February.  The slogan "Professional learning is bigger and better in Texas!" was selected by the board to be the sticker to be shared at the 2023 conference. Natachia will receive a gift card from Learning Forward Texas!   Congratulations Natachia! 

Thank You to our Sponsors 

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Webinars: Powerful Interventions to Support the Foundational Skills Standards
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Texas literacy educators, join us in July to learn how SIPPS® (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) helps striving readers quickly develop the accuracy and automaticity needed for fluent, independent reading. 


Learn about the systematic decoding instruction and coordinated lesson structure and explore the consistent, level-specific instructional routines that allow students to focus their attention on decoding to develop accuracy and automaticity.


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Top 5 Blog Posts From This Past Year 

July is a great month to refresh and reset. Perhaps you want to do some light professional reading to catch up with what’s going on. Or maybe you’re setting out to explore new ideas to spark innovative thinking in preparation for the new school year. Learning Forward Texas’s most read blogs of 2022-2023 are a great place to start. How might you use these blogs with your team? Which colleagues might also find them valuable?

Learning Forward Texas wishes you a restful and rejuvenating summer! Enjoy!

Regional Affiliates 

The Learning Forward Texas Regional Affiliates are taking a break from regular meetings during the summer. Check back in August 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 

  • Tips for Tech-Savvy Professional Development- Tech and Learning - Mike Arsenault is a self-professed “techie” who shares his passion and enthusiasm for professional development with educators in his district and others. The Director of Instructional Technology for Yarmouth Schools has found success in leading PD in his district through collaboration, edtech partnerships, and teacher empowerment.

  • Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso - Edutopia - Ted Lasso, the leading character in the popular Apple+ series by the same name, provides an excellent model of exceptional organizational leadership. The leadership lessons from Lasso are about coaching, changing and character-building.  This new Smartbrief on Leadership video by leadership keynote speaker Denise Lee Yohn provides explains how Lasso shows what great leaders do. 

  • 15 pieces of advice for first-time professional learning facilitators - Learning Forward - On LinkedIn, we reached out to veteran professional learning facilitators and asked them to share their advice with first-timers. Whether you're an experienced leader in learning or new to guiding educators in professional development, we hope you find inspiration from this collection of advice.

  •  Leaders Must Keep Up Their Learning -- This is how! - The Main Idea - Free one-hour workshop on  July 12 at 11:00 CST.  This workshop is for anyone who has ever struggled to keep up their professional reading. They will share some very practical hacks and a few tools to get others you work with (teachers, leaders, colleagues) to do more professional learning as well.  Click here to register.  

2023- 2024 Professional Learning

Have you planned your 2022 - 2023 Professional Learning Calendar?
Does it include Cultivating Leadership?  

Tips and Tools for Professional Learning 1

July 26, 2023, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Granbury ISD, 217 N. Jones St. Granbury, Texas 76048

Click here to register


Tips and Tools for Professional Learning 2

August 31, 2023, 8:30 am - 3:30 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 

Powerful Practice for Professional Learning

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Design and deliver professional learning that gets results.

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As you plan professional learning for the summer and for the 2023-24 school year, ensure that you’re providing educators with targeted, highly engaging professional learning that increases their capacity and desire to implement new learning in their schools and classrooms.

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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