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MAY 2021

What's New

LFTX Consultants are READY!

Many of our current members became acquainted with Learning Forward Texas by attending one of our Tips, Tools, and Techniques workshops. Participants requested more professional learning tips and additional researched-based processes, so we developed Tips 2, Tips 3, and Cultivating Leadership.   

After the world changed last year, we modified Tips 1 and Cultivating Leadership to a virtual format. We created Amp It Up! Effectively Engaging Adult Learners Online to meet the needs of our districts. Since last September, LFTX has offered over 20 virtual workshops attended by more than 700 Texas educators. 

Like you, we are excited to be heading into a summer of relaxed restrictions. We want you to know that our consultants are ready to get out and deliver our workshops in person. How exciting is that? Of course, LFTX will work closely with districts to ensure the safety of all participants by following district pandemic protocols. However, for those who prefer, we will continue to offer virtual workshops.

We have a NEW online course to help districts develop or improve their online professional learning opportunities. This asynchronous course taught over a 6-week period will teach the LFTX Guidelines for Online Learning and help design a course that is as engaging as it is effective.  Registration for this course will open in the fall.  
Three NEW workshops will be previewed this summer and will be added to our catalog. Click the links for the full descriptions and course dates. 


Register here for virtual workshops or contact Lisa Ham at for pricing and booking an in-person workshop. 

So many NEW and exciting changes are taking place this summer. We hope you relax and enjoy your summer and possibly attend one of our new workshops. 

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registration ends June 11

Here are the answers to three questions you might have about the upcoming Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference on June 15 - 16, 2021

  • How do I access the sessions?

  • How can I win a door prize?

  • Can I still register?

Answers to these and more questions about the conference can be found on our here on our Conference website.

Conference Scholarship Winner
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Congratulations to James Cline the 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship winner. James is the Director for Teacher Development and Mentoring in Galena Park ISD. The Conference Scholarship is given annually to help an educator who wants to learn and grow professionally by attending our conference. Thank you to everyone who took this time to apply for this scholarship.

Board Member Spotlight

The Board Member Spotlight is a new feature in the Straight Forward Newsletter. Since LFTX is all about “connection,” we wanted you to get connected with your current leadership.

And, so, each board member was asked to complete a wacky survey so we could discover some fun facts about them to share with you. This month’s board member is Debi Tanton, LFTX President-Elect. Debi is the Executive Director - Professional Learning in Mesquite ISD and has served on the LFTX board for 3 years.

                                                    What is the most unusual job you have had? What did you learn from that                                                          experience? Popeye's Chicken: Cashier and Filler-bagger. I've also done a lot of                                                            waitressing. What I learned is that people are crazy when it comes to their food!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Internet shopping

What's one hobby you'd love to get into? I would love to be one of those people that loves exercising

What's a movie you can practically quote from start to finish? Grease 2

What is one thing that you include in every meeting or professional learning session you design? Not necessarily every meeting, but I love scenarios! (How would you apply the learning if this happened?)

Learning Forward Texas is better because of dedicated board members like Debi Tanton! Follow her on Twitter @debitanton

LFTX Resources

Learning Forward Texas is constantly curating resources just for you! Here are some we hope you’ll find helpful:

  • Virtual conferences feel different from attending a face to face conference. Check out these tips to get the most out of the Learning Forward Texas Annual Conference. Virtual Conference: 12 Tips to Make the Most of the Experience

  • Submit your Best of the Best Professional Learning Tip and your name will be included in a drawing for a Learning Forward Texas Swag Bag! Click here to submit your tip in this form.

  • What will you learn this summer? Attend this Twitter chat on June 14 @12:00 - 1:00 sponsored by Learning Forward to discuss how you plan to rest, reflect and grow this summer.

  • Learning Forward’s community of educators speaks up for policies that strengthen the field of professional learning.

  • Sign our petition. We call on local, state, and federal governments to appropriately devote substantial resources towards four critical education priorities. Learn more here.

  • Congress is expected to begin work on Fiscal Year 2022 spending bills in the next few weeks,

      and we need to make sure that your voice is heard on the critical importance of supporting

      professional learning programs. Please join with Learning Forward and our many allies in

      writing to ask Congress to approve $3 billion in Title II-A funding in Fiscal Year 2022. With

      our new “Voter Voice” online system, writing Congress is a snap.

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