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November 2023

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

What's New with LFTX

Shape the Future of Professional Learning
at the 2024 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference!
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Learning Forward Texas is now accepting applications for its 2024 Outstanding Professional Learning Award, which honors teams, campuses, or districts that have made significant strides in student achievement through providing exceptional professional learning programs.

This award aims to spotlight educational leaders who have effectively implemented professional learning initiatives that yield positive outcomes for both staff and students. Applications are open until November 28, 2023. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your impactful work in the field of education.

Applicants must:

  • Develop a Google Slides or PowerPoint presentation using the 2024 Learning Forward Texas Award Rubric as a guide.  The scoring has changed with an increased emphasis on the impact of professional learning. 

2023 Outstanding Professional Learning Award Winners 


Ferris ISD 

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Klein ISD

Need an idea for a Community Builder?


Building community helps create a sense of belonging and connection among members. This can lead to increased social interaction and engagement, as well as making members feel welcomed. 

Learning Forward Texas has curated a list of Community Building Strategies to help while planning your next meeting or learning session.  There are also other lists for Engaging Processes, Energizers, Groupings ideas, and Reflections.

Click here to see all the resource lists.

Sponsored Content

White Paper: Small-Group Reading Instruction
and Mastery Learning
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While whole-class instruction is useful for building knowledge and for reading comprehension, it is markedly less effective — and less equitable —  for developing word recognition skills.


To ensure success, educators must implement two research-supported practices: small-group instruction and mastery learning.


This white paper unpacks the research and explores how small-group, mastery-based instruction is a crucial missing ingredient in many core reading curricula.


Keeping Hope Alive

This month's post is from former Learning Forward Board Member Dr. William Sommers. Bill shares that while we cannot control the things that trigger our emotions and cause us to descend into the Doom Loop. Through HOPE, we can change our routines to combat the negative thoughts. 


Learning Forward Texas is looking for monthly guest bloggers for our newsletter. Email Lisa Ham at if you are interested; include your name, title, topic, and the month you would like to contribute.

Regional Affiliates 

The Learning Forward Texas Regional Affiliates are ready to go with meetings scheduled throughout the year. More information about Regional Affiliates! Regional affiliates or meetings hosted and planned by local school district professional learning leaders. 

Invite a friend to these upcoming meetings! 

  • LFNTX - October 20, ​9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Region 10 will be hosting this month's LFNTX meeting of the school year at their location on 400 E. Spring Valley Rd., Richardson, TX 75081. During the morning session, 9:00-11:30 am, participants will collaborate around problems of practice, and Region 10 will host a learning experience from 1:00-3:00 pm.

  • LFCTX  - November 14, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Virtual session,  Swimming in the Deep End:  Successfully Rolling Out a School Initiative  Join us for a lunch-time virtual learning event with Jennifer Abrams, author and international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, and others on new teacher/employee support having hard conversations, collaboration skills, and being your best adult self at work.  Click here for more information. 

  • LFSETX -  Has not planned meeting dates for this fall.

  • LFWTX - We are still looking for a leader to schedule and facilitate several virtual meetings for the West Texas group. Contact Lisa Ham if you are interested in facilitating their meetings. 

Click here for more information from each of the regional affiliates. 


Images from the Learning Forward North Texas Meeting

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Shared Resources 

Regional Affilate
  • Yes, a conference can lead to sustained learning. Here’s how. -  The Learning Professional - A team of educators used Learning Forward’s Annual Conference as the cornerstone of their yearlong professional learning strategy. How did they do it? They had a plan in place for before, during, and immediately after the conference. They also designed a longer-term follow-up process that included live virtual touchpoints, a shared asynchronous digital space, and embedded 10-minute professional learning conversations into every team meeting. By organizing their learning and revisiting it, the light from their new ideas continued to shine. Read More

  • Try it on: Less talking, more impact - The Bright Morning podcast - Elena Aguilar focuses on the skill of speaking as little as possible in her latest podcast for coaches. "Zaretta Hammond, who is my friend, used to say all the time, whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning," Aguilar said. "And I love that. I don't know if she came up with that, but whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning. In a coaching conversation, how do you give your client even more opportunities to talk and to do their own learning?" Click here to Listen

  • Here is what's needed to improve measuring teacher professional learning- Research Partnership for Professional Learning- Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) just released a white paper, Measuring Teacher Professional Learning: Why It's Hard and What We Can Do About It. Despite the importance of measuring teacher professional learning, practitioners agree the field lacks the tools needed to effectively evaluate the implementation and outcomes of professional learning programs.  The organization calls the publication "a call to action for the entire professional learning field to shift how we think about, develop, deploy, and fund teacher professional learning measurement effort." Read More

  • Best Sites for Educator Professional Development - Tech & Learning - The learning never stops for teachers. Even if continuing education were not required by law, educators would still strive toward deepening their subject knowledge, keeping up with the latest research, sharpening their classroom skills, and learning to use education technology tools. Read More

Important Dates 

Important Dates for Fall 2023

Learning Forward Texas has dates to add to your calendar.  More information about each event will be added to the website in the coming weeks. 

2024 Outstanding Professional Learning Awards 

October 18, 2023 - November 26, 2023 


Learning Forward Texas Board Member Application

November 8, 2023 - December 15, 2023 

2024 Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference 

June 10 - 12, 2024 

Hurst Conference Center, Hurst, TX

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Have you planned your spring Professional Learning Calendar?
Contact us to help! 

Click here to request information for district-purchased workshops.

Call now to book your workshops with current pricing. 

Contact Lisa Ham, Executive Director,

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

News from Learning Forward 

These 6 themes will anchor The Learning Professional in 2024 - Writers wanted

Learning Forward is pleased to announce the themes for the upcoming year of Learning Forward's magazine, The Learning Professional. Narrowing down the collection of topics to six is always a challenge, but we did it with help from our readers and authors, through following thought leaders, and by constantly gathering ideas from the dynamic field of education. Read More

2023 Annual Conference: Select Your Sessions!

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 ensure your participation in this highly anticipated event in Washington, D.C., that includes four days of ideas, insights, inspiration — and fun!

*Register for all four days to receive a $100 discount.*

Click here for more information and to register! 

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Learning Forward Texas 

516 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., #1279

Roanoke, TX 76262

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