Conference Overview

General Sessions

General sessions each day include plated lunches, keynote speakers, special guests, and student performances.

Keynote Speakers

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.

Keynote Q&A

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.

Mobile App

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.

This app will provide important information about the conference and exciting ways for you to engage with us. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play.

Networking Meetups

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

Of all the professional organizations, Learning Forward is the only one where I truly belong as a professional learning advocate. Here, I know that my growth truly matters as it impacts the success of the students in my district and beyond. — Amanada Ball