General sessions each day include plated lunches, keynote speakers, special guests, and student performances.
Our general session keynote speakers will motivate, inform, and engage you.
Meals and Receptions
Individuals who register for a preconference program will receive a coffee break and lunch on preconference days. Individuals who register for the conference may attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening and the reception with sponsors on Monday evening. Lunch is served on Monday and Tuesday. Brunch is served on Wednesday before the general sessions.
Authors, Innovators, and Researchers
Thought leaders and panel discussions feature the biggest names in professional learning and school improvement.
Register for Q&A sessions for in-depth conversations with the keynote speakers.
Welcome Reception and Affiliate Network
Kick off the conference, mix and mingle, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as you cultivate relationships during this fun and festive informal networking event. Meet the leaders from your state or province and expand your network.
Conference Overview and First-Timers Orientation
Deepen your understanding of the conference’s format and maximize your learning experience.
Reception with Conference Sponsors
All conference attendees are invited to join us for food, drink, and conversation with our sponsors for this year’s conference. Please help us honor some of the best organizations and companies in the education industry.
Earn Continuing Education Units for the Conference
Saint Mary’s College of California offers you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending Learning Forward’s Annual Conference.
Learning Forward’s conference mobile app provides easy-to-use, interactive tools to enhance your conference experience.
1. Receive alerts to stay informed about conference updates.
2. Follow and join on conference chatter with the builtin Twitter feed.
3. Connect with conference attendees and sponsors.
4. Search for local dining and entertainment options.
Take advantage of networking opportunities to meet up with colleagues facing similar challenges in job-alike and special interest sessions. These facilitated discussion groups do not require tickets.
NW01 | Networking for Superintendents
NW02 | Networking for Principals and Assistant Principals
NW03 | Networking for District and Central Office
Professional Learning Leaders [NEW]
NW04 | Networking for Coaches and Teacher Leaders
NW05 | Networking for Urban District Leaders (formerly The Big 50 School District Systems)
NW06 | Networking for State and Provincial Education Agencies
This conference is the gold standard for high-quality professional learning because of the presenters, sessions, organization, and the quality of attendees. — 2018 Attendee