2015 Annual Conference

2015 Annual Conference: Lead change. Maximize impact.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

What makes a Learning Forward conference different?

  • Family-style sit-down meals encourage conversation and promote relationship building.
  • Ticketed sessions mean your presenter is expecting you and has materials ready.
  • One-, two-, three-, and four-hour sessions to promote deeper learning.
  • More than 60 exhibitors offer valuable products and resources specific to professional learning.

For Presenters

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Conference Program PDF

Registration Form

Exhibitor Brochure

Learning Forward's 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 5-9 provides educators with outstanding content and valuable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back home to the educators with whom they work.

Gain practical solutions to the challenges you face in your classroom, school, or district every day. Our conference offers powerful strategies to build school leader capacity.

Keynote Speakers

Experience a great lineup of keynote speakers including Rehema Ellis with Irvin Scott, Michael Horn, and Yong Zhao.

Thought leaders

Explore emerging trends in professional learning with Ben Jensen and Marc Tucker; Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen Garcia; Irvin Scott; S. Dallas Dance, Karen Garza, and Jennifer Cunningham; and Sean McComb; among others.


Learn from innovative practitioners and experts in the field in more than 350 concurrent sessions on topics including implementing college — and career-ready standards, coaching, teacher leadership, presentation and facilitation skills, online and blended learning, educator evaluation, and more.

These suggestions may help you decide on the sessions that best meet your needs:


Dig deeply into one-day sessions presented by experts such as Carol Ann Tomlinson and Michael Murphy; Jay McTighe; Marcia Tate; Steven Katz and Lisa Ain Dack; Jonathon Saphier; Jim Knight; Aaron Sams; and others.


PD Redesign Track

Learn with and from leaders and practitioners in the PD Redesign Track who are rethinking and reimagining professional learning in new ways by tapping technology and innovation to create more effective support for educator growth.


Visit the exhibit hall for the latest tools, resources, and technologies that will impact teacher and student learning.