Conference Overview


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.


All learners, many perspectives, one community

The Learning Forward’s 2018 Annual Conference offers education leaders and policy makers the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies they need to understand and implement effective professional learning in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

The theme for the 2018 Learning Forward Annual Conference, All learners, many perspectives, one community, invites education leaders and policy makers to share expertise focused on creating and sustaining excellent teaching and learning every day. The conference program offers opportunities to make connections, share and learn about tools, and strategies to understand and implement effective professional learning in classrooms, schools, and districts. The Standards for Professional Learning come to life through sessions that highlight successes and challenges.

The 2018 conference will begin with preconference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2. The Welcome Reception and Affiliate Networking will be held on Sunday, December 2 after Academy Graduation.

Content Monday through Wednesday will include 2- and 3-hour concurrent sessions, as well as a general session, networking lunch or brunch and a keynote address each day. Other session types include thought leader lectures and panels, roundtables (30 min), fast forwards, and networking sessions. Monday will feature all-day (5-hour) workshops, and Tuesday will feature 1-hour sponsor sessions immediately following the General Session.

Keynote speakers

Agenda

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Academy 2019 and 2020 Sessions
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learning Forward Foundation Board
5 p.m.– 7 p.m. Registration
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Academy 2019 and 2020 Sessions
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learning Forward Foundation Board
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Preconference Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m. Preconference Lunch
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Preconference Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m. Preconference Lunch
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Learning Forward State of Professional Learning, for Sponsors Only
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Academy 2018 Graduation & Reception
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception/Affiliate Networking
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Conference Registration
7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Conference Overview & First Timers Orientation
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee
8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Thought Leader Lectures
8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. General Session
Keynote: Janice Jackson
2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Keynote Q&A
2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Thought Leader Lectures
2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sponsor Reception
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018
7 a.m. Learning Forward Foundation Net-Walking for Learning
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Networking Meet-ups
FastForward Sessions
Roundtables
Technology Connections
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thought Leader Lectures
8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. General Session
Keynote: Glenn Singleton
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Sponsor Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Keynote Q&A
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thought Leader Lectures
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Learning Forward Business Meeting
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Morning Coffee
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration & Conference Information
 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Brunch
11:45 a.m. –12:45 p.m. General Session
Keynote: Margaret (Meg) Wheatley
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Keynote Q&A
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

 

 

The annual conference provides school leaders like myself with an opportunity to think, dialogue and learn more about the professional issues that we all face on a daily basis. We are able to recharge our passions and rejuvenate our spirit as we interact with like-minded colleagues from around the world.

— Erick Valentin, Academy Class of 2019