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.
"Charging Up with Literacy"
March 29 – 31, 2017
Hunt Valley Inn–A Wyndham Grand Hotel
245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
If you are attending this year's SoMIRAC Conference, take time to meet and dialogue with members of the Executive Board of Learning Forward Maryland (LFMD). They will be there to answer questions about what's happing with professional learning in Maryland and how LFMD works to support the professional learning needs of all educators.
Learning Forward and NCTAF Announce Merger to Provide Stronger Support for the Nation's Teachers and Students
DALLAS & WASHINGTON – Jan. 24, 2017 – Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce they are joining forces to address the critical need to rethink and improve professional learning systems to support teaching and learning for all educators and students. The merger is effective immediately, and the nonprofits will operate under the Learning Forward banner moving forward. ...read more
Learning Forward Maryland congratulates Dr. Karen Salmon for being chosen as the next Maryland State Superintendent
The Maryland State Board of Education today selected Dr. Karen B. Salmon as the State's next State Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.
Dr. Salmon will begin serving as Acting Superintendent on June 1, and take the helm as State Superintendent one month later. She will succeed Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith, who earlier this year was named the next Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools. ...read more
posted on: 5.26.2016
Congratulations to Prince George's County Public Schools for its selection in Learning Forward's Redesign PD of Community of Practice.
They join 19 other school districts across the United States in this ambitious and crucial undertaking. Sharon Hodges, Supervisor in the Office of Talent Development and Dr. Lisa Spencer, Director of Instructional Technology are on the LFMD Board of Directors, and will report periodically on the progress of the work. ...read more
posted on: 5.25.2016
Seizing the Moment: State Lessons for Transforming Professional Learning
Barely into the second decade of the 21st century, education leaders are challenged as never before to increase student achievement and prepare every student for college and careers. With newly designed assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards about to be field tested on a massive scale and with educator evaluations dependent on student performance on these new assessments, educators must have the content and pedagogical knowledge to translate new standards into rigorous, authentic, and engaging learning experiences. ...read more
posted on: 5.5.2015
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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