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Learning Forward Texas Awards

2024 Outstanding Professional Learning Awards


Learning Forward Texas annually recognizes teams, campuses, or districts that utilize high-quality professional learning to impact student achievement. LFTX wants to recognize the great work of educational leaders that have used innovation, flexibility, and creativity to continue to lead professional learning during a time of ever-changing schedules and diverse needs. 


Applications will be accepted from October 18th - November 26th, 2023      


The award winner(s) will be recognized at their local school board meeting and at the Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference in June. Learning Forward Texas will include photos and additional award information on the Learning Forward Texas website. This award is available to Learning Forward Texas members only.  

Applicants must:

  • Complete the online awards application form and include a public link to the Google Slides deck or Powerpoint presentation. 

Click here to complete the application form.  *Winners from the previous year are ineligible.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact Vicki Arrington


Professional Learning Award Winners

2023 Learning Forward Texas Outstanding Professional Learning Award Winners

  • Klein ISD, Monica Shallenberger, Director of Professional Learning

  • Ferris ISD, Jessica Cain, Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist

2022 Learning Forward Texas Outstanding Professional Learning Award Winners

  • Humble ISD, Deborah Perez, and Carolyn Finley, Teaching and Learning Department​​

     Department of Professional Learning Award Application 

  • Midway ISD, Dr. Becky Odajima, Innovation and Learning Department

     Department of Innovation & Learning Award Application​


2021 Award Winners​

District Excellence  

  • Keller ISD, Valerie Minor and Suzanne McGahey 

  • Klein ISD, Monica Shallenberger and Carrie Douglass

2020 Award Winners​

Campus Excellence  

  • Clear Creek ISD, Wedgewood Elementary, Buffie Johnson 

District Excellence  

  • Frisco ISD, Professional Development, Sherri Wakeland

Team Excellence 

  • Dallas ISD, Professional & Digital Learning Team, Shannon Terry

2019 Award Winners​

Campus Excellence  

  • Lewisville ISD, Degan Elementary, Vanessa Stuart 

District Excellence 

  • Keller ISD, Professional Development, Jennifer Love, Sarra Smith, Kristie Herald

  • Plano ISD, Professional Learning, Ashley Helms, Edna Phythian, Marcus Miller, Michelle Ribeiro

Team Excellence 

  • Huntsville ISD Intermediate, Ashley Murray, Johanna Ullrich, and Marlie Shepperd

2018 Award Winners​

Campus Excellence  

  • Prosper ISD, Westlawn Elementary, Garry Gorman 

District Excellence  

  • Arlington ISD, Shannon Terry 

Superintendent Excellence

  • Irving ISD, Dr. DeAnn Powell

Team Excellence 

  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Professional Learning, Shea Stanfield-McGarrah

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