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Message from LF's Executive Director
Stephanie HirshWe had a productive board meeting in Denver and look forward to sharing our strategic plan priorities after follow up with staff this month. I also was honored to meet new and ongoing Academy members, talk to our committed affiliate leaders, and work with several passionate learners at our summer institutes. ...read more

Upcoming Conferences
Virginia is For PBL

Project-Based Learning coming to Virginia!!

Sponsored by Learning Forward Virginia, Buck Institute,
and Chesterfield County Public Schools

October 12-14, 2017
Chesterfield County, Virginia

CTC@Hull 13900 Hull Street Rd. Midlothian, Virginia 23112

@lf_virginia #LFVApbl

Learning Forward Virginia (LFVA) is excited to bring Project Based Learning to Virginia. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, challenge, or problem.

PBL cares about our mission to educate all by integrating knowing and doing. Students work to uncover understandings of content as opposed to serving as bystanders while the teacher covers curriculum through lectures, worksheets, and disconnected tasks.

For updates visit: Learning Forward Virginia (LFVA)
2017 Annual Conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando Florida

2017 Annual Conference:
Learning Beyond the Horizon
December 2 – 6, 2017
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando Florida

Learning Forward's Annual Conference is the best investment you can make in your own professional learning. Our conference attendees become part of a community of learners developing new knowledge and honing their skills, engaging in meaningful collaboration, and learning from leaders in the field of professional learning.
Educational Systems FCU
High School Senior Scholarships & Professional Development Award for Educators
Educational Systems FCU is honored to support educators and students who continually strive to learn and grow. I am pleased to announce that once again, Educational Systems FCU will be awarding a $3,000 Dorothy Marvil Memorial Scholarship to a college-bound high school senior; a $500 Business Management and Finance Scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has completed all of the Business Management and Finance course requirements; and a $1,000 Maurice Erly Professional Development Award to educators continuing their education.

Learn more: 2017 High School Scholarships
Learn more: Maurice Erly Professional Development Award
Learning Opportunities
Join us for our Annual Dinner Meeting!
Join us for our Annual Dinner Meeting!
Please join us for our annual dinner meeting to celebrate our accomplishments for this past year, network with colleagues, learn about upcoming events and leadership opportunities.

October 18, 2017
Hellas Restaurant and Lounge
8498 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, MD 21108

The dinner is $25 for non-members and includes a one-year membership to Learning Forward Maryland.
  • 4:30 PM - Cash Bar & Light Appetizers
  • 5:00 PM - Welcome
  • 5:30 PM - Dinner Buffet
  • 6:15 PM - Guest Speaker & Upcoming Opportunities
Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals
Call for proposals for 2017 MASSP's signature Assistant Principal's Conference
October 17, 2017 at Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, MD
Registration will be available at the MASSP website in August.
Our focus this year is Leadership for Personalizing Instruction: Blended Learning, Engaging Students, and Differentiating Instruction

In addition to the keynoter, we want administrators (either principals or assistant principals) to present concurrent sessions of approximately 45 minutes in length where they will share ideas of innovative leadership practices at their school related to our themes. Feel free to bring a team. Presenters will be asked to register for the conference but will receive a discount.

Our planning committee will review proposals in mid-September and we will notify presenters if their proposals are accepted at that time.

Deadline for proposal submission is Thursday, September 14, 2017. We will consider any topic that you believe fits into our theme. It can relate to instruction, scheduling, discipline, technology–you name it.

Please submit your request via email to Executive Director Scott Pfeifer. Include the following information:
Other presenters:
Session Name for Program:
Description of the session (please be as detailed as possible):
List of other conferences/settings where you have presented THIS topic or others:
University of Maryland University College
Insights and Opportunities in Urban Education Webinar
Please consider having your teacher candidates participate in this webinar on:

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland University College, the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators, and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The Webinar will feature Sia Kyriakakos, the 2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year, speaking about her experiences as an art teacher in Baltimore city. Mrs. Kyriakakos will share strategies for managing classrooms and ways to promote social emotional learning. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for teacher candidates to ask questions.

We invite teacher education classes from across Maryland and the metropolitan area to participate in the Urban Education event. The participants may attend either virtually or in person (at the UMUC Largo campus - 1616 McCormick Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD) A reception will be provided at 6:00 pm in Largo as an opportunity to meet with Sia and other teacher candidates.

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union
Learning Forward Maryland is thankful for the sponsorship of the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union -
our partner in providing leadership and support for the professional learning needs and development of educators throughout Maryland.

Learning Forward Maryland Newsletter
Coach, Communicate, Collaborate: Everybody Needs a Coach!
Peer coaching allows an educator to reflect on their own practice in an informal non-evaluative process with a colleague. Working collaboratively with a peer provide an opportunity for discussion and growth for the educator.
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