Conference Overview

Learning Forward’s Annual Conference offers many ways to collaborate, network, study, and reflect. Come to be inspired and connect with new peers.

General sessions

General sessions begin after lunch on Monday and Tuesday and after brunch on Wednesday. General sessions feature Learning Forward leaders, special guests, and student performances.

Keynote speakers

Our general session keynote speakers will motivate, inform, and engage you. Monday’s keynote features Fernando Reimer’s presentation about empowering global citizens through education, innovation, and reform. Tuesday’s keynote address by Kaya Henderson will speak to leading and learning from partnerships and relationships that achieve transformation. Close out the conference on Wednesday with Hahrie Han who will discuss moving to action through change, agency, and learning.

Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education

Harvard University

Hahrie Han

Hahrie Han

Anton Vonk Associate Professor

University of California, Santa Barbara

Thought Leader lectures/ Keynote Q&As

Thought Leader lectures and panel discussions feature selected leaders in professional learning, school improvement, and other areas of interest. Register for TL11, TL12, etc., or select the Thought Leader track to attend all lectures and panels. A Question and Answer session with keynote speakers follows each general session. Register for sessions QA01, QA02, or QA03 for a more in-depth conversation with conference keynotes.

Welcome reception

Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Kick off the conference with old friends and new colleagues! All conference attendees are invited to mix and mingle while munching on sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres.

Conference preview and first-timers’ orientation

Monday, December 4, 2017, 8:00am – 8:30am

New to Learning Forward, or a first-time attendee? This session will familiarize you with the conference’s format and help you maximize your learning experience. Come to discover the many ways to network and take advantage of all Learning Forward has to offer.

Exhibit hall reception

Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

All attendees are invited to the Exhibit Hall Reception. Browse booths featuring the latest technology in the field of professional learning, pick up souvenirs to take home, and mingle over drinks and appetizers.

Exhibit Booth

Learning Forward has built a foundation of professional excellence and it is this foundation that supports so many professionals who strive daily to pursue teaching and learning excellence in our schools.

— Dean Lindquist


Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:45pm – 5:45pm

Attend these fast-paced presentations, also known as PechaKucha or Ignite. Each presentation includes 20 slides at 20 seconds each. Stop in for some or all of the presentations during the exhibit hall reception.

Networking sessions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:45pm – 5:45pm

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.

  • Networking meet-up for superintendents
  • Networking and sharing with principals and assistant principals
  • Networking session for teacher leaders
  • Networking meet-up for state or provincial education agencies
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:00am – 12Noon

Technology Connection

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Register for Technology Connection (TC) sessions and experience vendor demonstration in the Exhibit Hall classroom. Explore the latest in tools, resources, and strategies to help develop and support educators in implementation efforts.