A Note from the Host Committee Chair
Welcome to St. Louis, the proud home of the Gateway Arch and the premier learning experience of 2019 — Learning Forward’s Annual Conference. It is an honor to welcome lead learners from all over the world to our wonderful city to celebrate 50 years of professional learning.
For the past two years, the host committee has worked tirelessly to create a learning experience for you that is second to none. We are confident that each day of the conference will leave you seeking answers to more questions than you did the day before. Embrace this moment, and challenge yourself to think beyond what is to what can be.
The theme for this year’s conference is Gateway to Success: Our Learning. Their Future. As educational leaders, our personal commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth has a profound impact on the communities we serve and, most importantly, the students we teach. Learning Forward has once again assembled an outstanding program with thought-provoking keynote speakers, interactive sessions, and many opportunities to network and collaborate with others. We trust that your learning experience over the next few days will leave you inspired and motivated to lead change today in an effort to positively impact students’ tomorrow.
Again, welcome to St. Louis and to the 2019 Learning Forward Annual Conference. We trust that this will be an unforgettable experience. It’s time to get your “learn” on!
Jason Adams, Chair
St. Louis Host Committee
St. Louis Host Committee Philanthropic Project
Breaking down barriers to learning
The Little Bit Foundation is a nonprofit organization in St. Louis whose mission is to remove obstacles to education — the greatest opportunity students have to end the cycle of poverty. That means providing for students’ basic needs, such as shoes, coats, uniforms, underwear and socks, books and school supplies.
The foundation also ensures students have a nutritious meal after the school day, receive instruction in personal and dental hygiene, and have access to medical screenings and mental health intervention. The foundation helps students see and present themselves in a positive light, ensuring they are comfortable and content in the classroom and uplifting them with words of encouragement and the knowledge that someone cares and believes in them.
As this year’s philanthropic effort, the 2019 Learning Forward Annual Conference Host Committee is raising funds to support the work of the Little Bit Foundation. Please stop by the St. Louis Hospitality Table to make a donation.