All learners, many perspectives, one community

December 1-5, 2018 Dallas, Texas

Mrs. Laura Bush to speak at Annual Conference

Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will lead off the general session on Monday Dec. 3. Mrs. Bush is a former teacher and librarian at public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Much admired for her commitment to literacy in the U.S. and around the world, Mrs. Bush’s accomplishments also encompass women’s health issues and the concerns of women in Afghanistan. President and Mrs. Bush continue their commitment to educational improvement through the Education Reform Initiative at The George W. Bush Institute within the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

THE learning conference

Learning Forward’s 2018 Annual Conference puts educator learning at the forefront. Join colleagues, inspiring practitioners, and thought leaders in Dallas, Texas as you find answers to your most pressing teaching and learning challenges here.

2018 Annual Conference Program

Download the conference program to learn more about conference details, keynote speakers, thought leaders, and preconference and concurrent sessions, special events, and more! Early registration prices end October 31.

Session selection available now.

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Return home from this educational conference with strategies for strengthening learning systems and solid practices for leading capacity-building efforts at all levels. Your network of peers will expand to include learning leaders from around the world.

Keynote speakers

Janice K. Jackson

Chicago Public Schools

Glenn E. Singleton

Pacific Educational Group

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley

Writer, Teacher, Leader

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Who should attend

  • Central office administrators
  • Superintendents
  • Policymakers and decision makers
  • Teacher leaders/Coaches
  • School-based teams
  • Principals/Assistant principals
  • Technical assistance providers

The content you need

Choose from more than 300 concurrent sessions addressing the most pressing issues for education leaders including improving instruction, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, applying data-driven decision making, understanding professional development redesign, developing leadership capacity, learning facilitation skills, supporting new teachers and principals, implementing effective school improvement, and much more.

Hotel and travel

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center will serve as conference central this year. With 4.5 acres of indoor gardens featuring the rugged canyons of the Texas Hill Country and a meandering replica of San Antonio’s Legendary Riverwalk, the Gaylord Texan offers a beautiful backdrop for learning and reflection.

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What others are saying

This conference is an invaluable experience for anyone involved in promoting professional learning! I commend Learning Forward for their attention to detail and ensuring that a variety of professional perspectives were well-represented in the session offerings!

—David Holden

I think the conference was fantastic - as a first timer, I was so impressed with the level of organization and inclusion from registration to finding a seat in the very large general sessions. The presenters were exemplary, the location was lovely and I enjoyed spending time with so many like-minded colleagues. I was beyond pleased with the conference from start to finish and absolutely hope to attend again in the future.

—Kristin Roy


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