Justify Your Attendance

Get employer support for attending the Learning Forward Annual Conference

Even in tough economic times, effective professional learning remains the single most powerful lever for improving educator effectiveness to increase student achievement. Attendance at Learning Forward’s Annual Conference is the best investment you can make to learn about professional learning that advances educator and student performance. The conference offers education leaders the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and resources they need to understand high-quality professional learning and embed it in the school day. However, we know that making the case to attend conferences can be difficult. Here are some tips to help those with the authority to make decisions about resource allocation understand how your attendance will help you, your colleagues, and the students you impact.

Thank you so much! This is by far the most highly motivating and amazing conference I have had the privilege to attend.

— Georgia Wierengo

Justification of Value Conversation Model

1. Explain specifically what you plan to learn by attending the conference and how that will benefit your peers and the students in your school or district.
2. Show how you will share the learning with your team and when you return.
  • Share session presentations and handouts;
  • Write summaries and analyses;
  • Create a slideshow presentation or video;
  • Develop poster presentations;
  • Utilize technology that you learn about at the conference;
  • Model learning strategies you discover;
  • Volunteer to host mini workshops; or
  • Plan sharing opportunities across grade levels, subject areas, and schools.
3. Be proactive
  • Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses;
  • Book your travel early; and
  • Avoid the nonmember registration fee by joining Learning Forward or renewing your Learning Forward membership.