Missed our Annual Conference? It’s not too late! You can now register for on-demand viewing of session recordings.

For the first time ever, we have recorded our annual conference sessions and made them available to view until January 10, 2021, handouts included!

Learning Forward’s Annual Conference, known for more than 40 years as THE Learning Conference for educator professional learning, is moving to virtual for 2020.

Ensuring students have equitable access to high-quality learning remains as important as ever. Learn about best practices, the latest research, and how other learning professionals are responding to challenges in their districts, but without the usual travel costs or restrictions!

Save the date to your calendar.

Join education thought leaders at all levels—policy, system, school, and classroom—for powerful networking as you gain the tools and strategies needed to understand and implement effective professional learning in classrooms, schools, and districts.

This year’s theme is Innovate for Impact, addressing questions such as:

How can professional learning solve the challenges we face in the upcoming school year?

What innovative solutions do education leaders need to know about for professional learning policies, systems, and practices?

How can we measure the impact of professional learning so that your investments are leading to equity and excellence for all students?

2020 Annual Conference Program


Amanda Lewis

John Diamond

Tom Guskey

Doug Fisher

Nancy Frey

Joellen Killion

Jim Knight

Zaretta Hammond

Kay Psencik

Jennifer Abrams

Frederick Brown

Delores Lindsey

and many more!


Dan Heath

The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen  |  Dan Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center,…

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Valerie Kinloch

Working for Equity in Education: A Dean’s Perspective  |  Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Endowed Dean of…

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Anthony Bryk

Reflections on How a City Learns to Improve its Schools  |  Anthony Bryk became president of the Carnegie Foundation for…

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Who should attend

  • Central office administrators
  • Superintendents
  • Policymakers and decision makers
  • Teacher leaders/Coaches
  • School-based teams
  • Principals/Assistant principals
  • Technical assistance providers

Earn CEUs for your attendance

Saint Mary’s College of California offers you the opportunity to earn affordable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending Learning Forward’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Ten hours of instruction equals one CEU. Learning Forward attendees enjoy exclusive pricing. For more information, learn more here.


What others are saying

Passionate educators

Presenters are familiar with adult learning strategies. Attendees are passionate educators who want to improve education for all. Great opportunities to interact with educators from all over the country.  

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The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current…

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High-quality professional learning

This conference is the gold standard for high-quality professional learning because of the presenters, sessions, organization, and the quality of attendees.

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Great mix of practitioners

The Learning Forward Conference provided a great mix of practitioners and university personnel that provided for incredible networking opportunities!  I will be there next year.

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Engaging conference

Thank you for making professional learning as engaging as possible.  Every year that I attend Learning Forward, my practice enlarges and what was once not possible becomes actionable.  Keep up the good work!

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First class conference

This conference was first class all the way.  It helped me get a better understanding of many of the various aspects of professional learning and what it looks like across the country/world.  I had heard nothing but positive comments about this conference and it did not disappoint.  I appreciate all of the learning opportunities and…

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Awesome opportunity

I would like to commend the Learning Forward Team for such an awesome opportunity to attend the conferences which provide such awesome strategies and instructional standards that my team implements at our STEM/Science Center.

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Networking opportunities

Our team came back buzzing from inspirational content, networking opportunities, and just general all-around experience. You put together a great event and we’re proud to be a partner.

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Quality speakers

Quality big name speakers during concurrent sessions. Facilitators engaged participants. Focused on professional learning.  It’s rare to attend a conference with TONS of sessions that are relevant for my work (professional developer).

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Truly belong as a professional advocate

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.

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