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June 2022 - LFTX Conference EDition

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

Summer Learning Made Easy

Podcasts About Books

Want to do your professional reading on the go (in the car, at the pool, etc.)? Now, in addition to writing 8-page summaries of education and leadership books, Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea has also started recording podcast conversations with Mike Doughty about each month’s books. Listen and learn below!

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Learning Forward Texas’ Top Pick Episodes

THE MAIN IDEA is a subscription service for busy school leaders. Each month you receive a summary of a current education or leadership book. This summary contains the core ideas of the book and organizes those ideas with enough details and examples so you can have a working knowledge of its content. THE MAIN IDEA also includes a full page of PD suggestions so you can introduce the book’s ideas to your staff.

A year-long subscription to THE MAIN IDEA also includes free access to over 150 book summaries and workshops in a searchable archive. 

Sponsored Content

Texas Educator Spotlight: Arcadia Longoria, Weslaco ISD
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Arcadia Longoria, Elementary Reading Language Arts Strategist, describes how the SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) program “has become an integral part of our early educational literacy focus at WISD,” providing an explicit and systematic phonics continuum for K–3 students. 

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30th Annual Conference Celebration 

Scholarship Winner

"Congratulations to everyone at Learning Forward Texas for celebrating the Annual Conference being three decades old! This is a huge milestone, and it’s time to go out and celebrate in style. So much impactful learning throughout the years and so many great educators gathered together. 

From our outstanding presenters and Board of Directors to our attendees, what epic fun learning we have experienced. Over the thirty years, we have built such a huge, terrific LFTX family.  I am so proud of what that family has created and continues to create." 

Terri Iles, Former Executive Director and Board Member

Join us for the 30th Celebration

The Stars at Night are Big and LFTX! 

June 20, 2022    5:30pm - 6:30pm

We have always dreamed big and focused on the future.

May our thirtieth year exceed all of our expectations!


Conference Updates 

Featured Speakers are excited to be presenting at our conference!

Dr. Sue Chapman - Trish Hinze - Jim Knight - Amy Mayer - Lizzy Perez - Jamila Thomas 

Amber Teamann - Dr. Rob Thornell - Thomas Van Soelen - Vernon Wright

Keynote - Ken Shelton

  • Registration Monday, June 20, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

  • The General Session and Keynote with Ken Shelton begin at 12:30 pm and are in the Grand Ballroom on the 4th Floor

  • Registration is located on the 4th floor of the Irving Convention Center

  • Park FREE at the Irving Convention Center Parking Garage

  • Stay for the 30th Annual Conference Celebration, Monday, 5:30pm - 6:30 pm

  • Irving Convention Center - Irving Convention Center 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039

Pre-conference Registration is now closed. 

​On-site registration will be available on the 4th floor of the Irving Convention Center and can be paid by check or credit card.On-site registration is $499.

Thank You to our Silver Sponsors 



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Standards Matter: Taking Action Toward Equity Through Professional Learning

Learning Forward sets the standard for professional learning and builds the capacity of educators to equitably serve all students.


Learning Forward’s mission statement affirms its commitment to actively promoting equity. Now, Learning Forward’s newly revised Standards for Professional Learning provide a roadmap for achieving equity in, for, and through professional learning. Learn more about the standards and how you can use them to promote equity and excellence in your own learning organization.

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 2022 - 2023 school year. 

While they will not be meeting this summer, the regional affiliates will have tables and giveaways during the 30th Annual Conference Reception after the conference on Monday, June 20.  Stay for the reception and represent your region! 

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Shared Resources 

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2022- 2023 Professional Learning

Have you planned your 2022 - 2023 Professional Learning Calendar?
Does it include one of our Tips and Tools Workshops?  

Let's fix that!  We have dates available for this fall.  Tips and Tools is a must-have for any district interested in increasing engagement and creating a real impact on classroom instruction. 

Y'all were truly amazing.

So engaging and I am leaving with so many valuable takeaways.

I actually had FUN at this training (and not just because it was required!)! Thank you!"

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

to discuss the benefits of Tips and Tools workshops

at         512-266-3086 ext. 1

News from Learning Forward 

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** Discounted pricing deadline is approaching. **

Register by June 30, 2022, to take full advantage of early bird and members-only discounts, which combined can total $620 in savings!

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