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Upcoming Conferences
2017 Common Ground Conference
May 4 – 5, 2017 | Ocean City, MD
Pre-Conference Event: May 3, 2017
with Jen Lara (see below)

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Edcamp Campfire Discussions
Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30 - 7pm
3200 Baltimore Avenue | Ocean City, MD

Join your colleagues for discussions on hot topics, unpacking challenging issues, and sharing ideas: Promoting Student Voice, Authentic Audience, Personalized Professional Learning, Restorative Practices, Growing as Professional, or your favorite topic!

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

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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.
Learning Opportunities
2017 SoMiRAC Conference
"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.

"Build a Team. Reach for the Stars."
July 17 – 19th, 2017
Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Philip Merrill Environmental Center
Team Applications are due: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

The Maryland Teacher Leadership Summit is a two-day summit designed to promote and develop teacher-led initiatives across the state.

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 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
Dr. Karen SalmonThe 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
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.

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