top of page

May 2023

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

What's New with LFTX

Learning Forward Academy Scholarship Award Winners

Learning Forward Texas annually provides a scholarship for a member of our Texas affiliate to participate in the Learning Forward Academy. The LFTX board renamed the scholarship, the Terri Iles Academy Scholarship, to honor Terri's years of dedicated service as Executive Director, Board Member, and Consultant. This year due to a generous donation from a retired group of educators, the Star Learners, Learning Forward Texas, can provide a second scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition for the three-year program, which includes face-to-face meetings, virtual coaching, and annual conference participation. 


The Terri Iles Academy Scholarship recipient is Jessica Cain, Instructional Technology Specialist in Ferris ISD. In Jessica's application, she stated, "My hope in joining this academy is to develop further the skills needed to help transform what professional learning looks like for educators."  The Star Learner Scholarship recipient is Kathryn Laster, a Digital Learning Consultant at Region X Education Service Center. "Participating allows me to invest in my personal growth, connect with educators worldwide, and gain a deeper understanding of the new Learning Forward Standards. I want to be part of the transformation in designing and facilitating professional learning post-pandemic, and the Learning Forward Academy will equip me to be part of that change", said Kathryn in her application. 

Applicants applied to the Academy and were accepted after interviews by cohort leaders. The Learning Foward Texas board selected academy scholarships recipient from the accepted applicants based on need and application responses. Congratulations to Jessica and Kathryn, and the other Texas members of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2025.

Jessica Cain.jpg

Jessica Cain, Instructional Technology Specialist, Ferris ISD 

kathryn Laster.jpeg

Kathryn Laster, Digital Learning Consultant, ESC Region X  

Sponsored Content

Webinar: Texas Literacy Leaders Close the

Reading Achievement Gap

Screenshot 2023-05-02 at 2.12.53 PM.png

In this spotlight, SIPPS READING INTERVENTION SUCCESS IN TEXAS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LITERACY NOW, we’re honored to feature our Texas-based partner Literacy Now and their Chief Operating Officer Jacklyn Minimah-Wilson, who discusses the organization’s use of SIPPS® (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) in their Reading Intervention program, which serves striving readers at 20 schools in Houston and Aldine ISDs.

collaborative classroom logo.png

Professional Learning Award Winner 

Learning Forward Texas Executive Director, Lisa Ham, presented Monica Shallenberger, Director of Professional Learning, Caitlin Cloyd, Professional Learning Program Coordinator, and Dr. Jessica Tovar-Hilbert, Professional Learning Program Coordinator, with the 2023 Outstanding Professional Learning Award at a Klein ISD school board meeting this week. This team developed the Teacher Leadership Development Academy. The TLD is a year-long cohort developed with stakeholder input that includes skills, knowledge, and components necessary to successfully build and grow new leaders. Click here to view their award presentation

Klein ISD PL Award

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.

Why should you attend the

2023 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference?


Inspiring Keynote Speakers 

  • Todd Whitaker "What Great Educators Do Differently"

  • Fredrick Brown, Learning Forward President/CEO - "Meeting the Needs of Each and Every Learner "

Five Learning Tracks 

  • Climate and Culture 

  • Coaching 

  • Leadership 

  • New Teacher Support, Retention, and Mentoring  Examples 

  • Professional Learning 

Innovative Learning Opportunities 

  • Book Tasting

  • Food for Thought 

  • Three-hour sessions and one-and-a-half-hour sessions

  • Full day Pre-conference sessions 

Networking Opportunities

  • Exhibitor Reception 

  • Regional Affiliate Meet-ups 

  • Conference App

 Texas Stars are our Featured Speakers 

  • Meredith Akers

  • Dr. Michelle Bowman

  • Dr. Sue Chapman

  • Trish Hinze

  • Lizzy Perez

  • Amber Teamann

  • Dr. Rob Thornell

  • Destiny Wagner

Time Is Running Out 
Online Registration closes June 2, 2023 


Learning in Bloom: Growing Collective Efficacy
in Your School Community

Flowers 1.png

Learning Forward Texas’s course Cultivating Leadership: Facilitation Skills that Foster Collaborative Practices promotes growth and productivity within your community. This course equips school and district leaders, including teacher leaders, to nurture and develop learning-focused collaborative relationships within their schools, allowing collective efficacy to bloom with spectacular results for student learning and organizational well-being.

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. 

LFSETX Sticker.png
LFNTX Sticker.png
LFWTX Sticker.png
LFCTTX Sticker.png

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. 


Richardson ISD wilhost the April meeting for a day of problem-solving, learning, and networking at their Spring Valley Campus on Friday, May 12, 2023.  Click here for more information. Thank you to everyone who attended and Region X for hosting the April meeting.  



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 

  • How professional learning supports teacher retention - Learning Forward  - Learning Forward created this infographic to provide an easy-to-read data source that supports the importance of professional learning as it relates to teacher retention. Download the pdf here.

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

Photos fromTips workshops in Irving ISD and El Paso ISD 

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

Learning Forward
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! 

LF conference logo.jpeg

Standards for Professional Learning Week 2023


April 2023 marked one year since Learning Forward released revised Standards for Professional Learning. Over the past year, thousands of educators have learned about standards through webinars, networks, and professional learning communities; used standards tools, publications, and Innovation Configuration maps; and shared with us how they are changing their practices as a result. For these reasons, Learning Forward established the last week in April as Standards for Professional Learning Week. Click here to watch the video recordings of the Standards Week webinars. 

Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262

bottom of page