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June 2023

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

What's New with LFTX

Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference Updates 

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, 2023, at the Irving Convention Center, Irving, Texas.

Pre-registration is closed - Onsite Registration available

Online pre-registration is closed, but have no fear. You can still attend the conference by registering onsite.  Onsite registration will be available June 20 at 7:30 am on the 4th floor of the Irving Convention Center. Bring a check or credit card, and we can send you on your way to an unforgettable learning experience. 

Don't miss out on the exciting keynote speakers, engaging sessions, innovative learning opportunities, fabulous featured speakers, and networking with the brightest learning professionals in Texas.  For more information... 

Watch for the Know Before You Go email to be sent out on June 14.  It will contain all the important information you will need to know before you leave to attend the conference; where to go, what to bring, and who can help. 

Sponsored Content

Science of Reading Resource Guide for Leaders and PLCs


Whether you’re new to the Science of Reading or deepening your knowledge, this complimentary 65-page guide will support you on your journey.

Collaborative Conversations about the Science of Reading features:

  • Articles on topics including phonological and phonemic awareness, orthographic mapping, comprehension, and knowledge-building

  • White papers that unpack the research

  • Interviews with experts, including Dr. Louisa Moats

  • Reflection questions for individual learning or team discussion 


Join our breakout session, Where the Science of Learning Meets the Science of Reading, at the Learning Forward Texas conference in Irving, Texas on June 19-21. Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Workshop

A free workshop for LFTX members -- Leaders Must Keep Up Their Learning -- This is how!

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.  

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Recharge Your Positivity Ratio at the Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference

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The sessions and keynotes I attend at the Learning Forward Texas conference remind me of why I love my job.  The learning I experience at the conference reminds me of my why.  I have the privilege of helping our educators impact thousands of students each day.  What's not to love!

                  ~ Natalie Gray, Director of Professional Learning

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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Regional affiliates will be honored at the Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference Exhibitor Reception on Tuesday, June 20, at 4:30 pm.  Gather with others from your region, sign up for door prizes, and get information about next year's meetings. 


Northside ISD will be hosting our first Face-2-Face meeting on Friday, September 15th, 11:00 - 1:00pm. 


Thank you to everyone who attended the final LFNTX meeting of the year hosted by Richardson ISD.   Mark your calendars, the 2023 - 2024 meeting dates have been set.    Click here for more information.

Photos from LFNTX learning journey hosted by Richardson ISD. 


LFSETX does not have any more meetings scheduled for this school year.   Click for more information


LFWTX is looking for a person or persons who might be interested in leading this group for the 2023- 2024 school year.  Contact Lisa Ham for more information.   

Shared Resources 

  • Now Open: NETP Educator Poll - NETP  - As part of the formalized process to collect input for the National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a series of national polls will allow stakeholders to provide input to the development of a new NETP. Your voice is important to this process. These short surveys will take you less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to read more.

  • Free tool: Advancing outcomes for all learners Learning Forward - The Standards for Professional Learning describe the critical components of that system, and when a standard is missing, the system is incomplete and specific challenges arise. This tool lists challenges that develop when standards are absent and the resulting improved outcomes when those standards are addressed. Download the tool now.

2023 Professional Learning

Open Enrollment Opportunities 

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

What can have the biggest impact on your district? 
Effective Professional Learning


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Tips and Tools Learning Series 

Quality professional learning will:

  • Increase teacher retention

  • Support new teachers 

  • Improve classroom instruction

Cultivating Leadership    

Quality leadership training will:

  • Grow new leaders' skills

  • Provide a leadership pipeline

  • Build confidence in new leaders

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

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

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Learning Forward
Powerful Practice for Professional Learning

Design and deliver professional learning that gets results.

Begins July 18

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 Registration Now Open

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 assure 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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Title II-A is at a crossroads; it’s time to get loud with support

Policy makers need to hear from the education community — not in general terms but with specific examples of where Title II-A and high-quality professional learning is making a difference in an educational setting. To get the attention of policymakers for Title II-A, we must show them that professional learning is a critical use of federal funds — one that increases teacher retention, improves workplace conditions, and meets the needs of all students.  Read More 

Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262

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