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May 2022

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

What's New with LFTX

Summer Learning Around Texas 

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Tips and Tools for Professional Learning 1 is a one-day interactive workshop that takes a deep dive into the attributes of results-driven professional learning. Leave with actionable strategies to create an engaging learning experience for adults. 

  • What do adults want and need from professional learning? 

  • How can you improve your professional learning design? 

  • What are the "must-have" strategies to include in professional learning?

  • How can you increase retention from professional learning? 

Answer these questions and more!

Who should attend? 

Anyone who is new to leading professional learning or who would like to refresh and update their skills.

Where is it offered?

This summer Tips and Tools 1 is offered in Grand Prairie, Houston, and San Antonio.  

Sign up today! Workshops are filling up!

Sponsored Content

On-Demand Webinar: The Science of Reading and English Learners
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How does a structured literacy framework support English Learners? In this roundtable webinar from the nonprofit Center for the Collaborative Classroom, learn from:

  • Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Academic Language Therapist

  • Dr. Claude Goldenberg, Professor of Education, Stanford University

  • Linda Diamond, co-author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook

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Terri Iles Academy Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Winner

Learning Forward Texas provides a scholarship for a member of our Texas affiliate to participate in the Learning Forward Academy. In June 2020, the Learning Forward Texas Board unanimously voted to rename the award the Terri Iles Academy Scholarship.  The board wanted to celebrate Terri's years of dedicated service as Executive Director, Board Member, and consultant by naming this scholarship in her honor. We are proud to announce Janie Stach, Director of Digital Learning in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, as this year's recipient. 

Janie is the Director of Digital Learning, her primary responsibility is to lead the team of digital learning coaches who provide professional learning for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals. She has been in education for 23 years and has worked at GCISD for 18 years.  When told she was this year's scholarship recipient Janie said, "It is an honor to be awarded the Terri Iles Academy Scholarship. I'm excited to join a network of passionate educators and am looking forward to the opportunity to bring professional learning best practices back to my district." Learning Forward Texas is proud to support Janie in her journey in the Learning Forward Academy!


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Growing as a Leader: Five Key Actions for
Great School Leadership 

The need for effective school leadership has never been greater. Dr. Robert Thornell, co-author of Inside the Principal’s Office: A Leadership Guide to Inspire Reflection and Growth, tells us that great school leaders, both principals and teacher leaders, are grown, not born.

Click here to read the May Blog

April Survey Says

How do you Optimize Your Impact During the Summer?

Summer is a time for self-reflection and goal setting. This month we asked how you use the summer months to reflect and set goals for the following year to optimize your impact. 


41.2 % - I set aside time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and identify the next steps in my learning journey.

7.8% - I journal about my learning and commit to writing specific professional learning goals for myself.

23.5% - I talk with a mentor or trusted friend about what I am learning from my work as an educator and how I want to continue growing.

23.5% - I ask for feedback from those I work with to support my reflection and personal goal setting for the upcoming school year.

3.9% - I review/revise my personal mission and vision statements.

May Survey

Five Key Actions for Great School Leadership 
In this month's blog, Dr. Rob Thornell elaborates on the 5 key actions for effective school leadership.  Which actions are the EASIEST to implement and which are MOST DIFFICULT? 
Click here to take the Survey


2022 Conference Updates

Visit the Conference Website

Conference proposals have been reviewed, selected, and added to the conference website.  Visit the Conference website and click on the Sessions tab to see a searchable list of sessions.  Click on the Speakers tab for a list of speakers.   The conference app will launch in May, and you can save your sessions to a schedule in the app.  Online registration closes June 12, 2022. 

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Stars At Night - 30th Anniversary Reception

The 30th Anniversary committee continues to plan the celebration of our 30th Conference. We will honor the "giants who came before us."  If you are a former board member and are interested in attending the reception, contact Terri Iles.

LFTX is looking for Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Sponsor and Exhibitor information is now available on the

2022 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference Website. 

Click here for Sponsorship Packages and Exhibitor Information.

Regional Affliates 

What are Regional Affiliates?


All Learning Forward Texas Regional Affiliates meet regularly to discuss professional learning topics that are relevant to their context and leadership responsibility is shared among participants.  

LFSETX - For districts in the Houston area, including ESC Regions 4, 5, and 6. 

No more Meetings this year. Click here for more information about LFSETX.


LFNTX - For districts in North Texas, including ESC Regions 10, 11, and 12.

Learning Forward North Texas will be meeting at Richardson ISD on May 13, 2022

at 9:00 am. Click here for more information about LFNTX

LFWTX -  For districts in West Texas, including ESC Regions 14, 15, 17, and 18.

No more Meetings this year. Contact Anna Jackson at to be added to their email list. 

LFCTX - For districts in Central Texas, including ESC Regions 13 and 20. The LFCTX steering committee met last week and is making plans this spring for a launch later this year.  Look for more news from the Central Texas steering committee. 

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Shared Resources 

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Upcoming Events from Learning Forward Texas  

Summer Workshop Registration Now Open!

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director, to book a workshop in your district.

512-266-3086 ext. 1

News from Learning Forward 

Frederick Brown named Learning Forward President & CEO

The Learning Forward Board of Trustees announced that Frederick Brown will serve as Learning Forward’s new President & CEO. Brown will succeed Denise Glyn Borders, effective July 1. Brown, who currently serves as Learning Forward’s Chief Learning Officer/Deputy, said that the opportunity to lead Learning Forward in its work to bring high-quality professional learning to every educator is an honor.

Denise Glyn Borders applauded the Board’s decision and emphasized Brown’s extensive grounding in systems work and equity as critical for Learning Forward and the field today. “Fred has demonstrated his dedication to working in partnership with system and school leaders to understand their highest priorities and respond with adaptive, high-quality professional learning solutions. Internally, Fred’s commitment to shared leadership and support for all staff members will encourage the organization’s continued growth. I know that Learning Forward will continue to thrive as Fred takes the reins of this influential organization.” Borders will retire from Learning Forward at the end of June.

Learn More 

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