Affiliate leadership meeting


Note: This event is exclusively for Affiliate leaders only.

Expanding the Possibilities: Learning Forward Affiliate Leaders Meeting

Friday, July 20 – Saturday, July 21

Meeting Purpose: To support affiliates as they continue to advance the Learning Forward mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

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Detailed agenda

Friday, July 20th, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 Time  Topic Speaker
1-1:30 pm
Welcome and Affiliate Introductions Elizabeth Foster, Associate Director of Standards, Research, and Strategy
1:30-2:15 pm
Greetings and Board Introductions
The “State of the Association” Message
Stephanie Hirsh, Learning Forward Executive Director
Frederick Brown, Learning Forward Deputy Executive Director
2:15-3:30 pm
Affiliate Panel Discussion Affiliate Leaders
3:45-4:15 pm
Policy and Advocacy Update Melinda George, Director of Policy and Partnerships 
4:15-4:30 pm
Reflections Elizabeth Foster & Affiliate Leaders 
4:30-5:30 pm
Fireside Chat: The Power of Integrating Instructional Materials and Professional Learning Eric Hirsch, EdReports 

Saturday, July 21st, 7:30am – 4:00pm

7:30-8:30 am  Breakfast   
8:30-9 am  Reflections  Elizabeth Foster 
9-9:30 am  Foundation Update  Heather Lageman, Chair, Learning Forward Foundation 
9:30-10:30 am  Implementing and Contextualizing the Standards of Professional Learning  Tracy Crow, Director of Communications 
10:30-10:45 am  Break   
10:45-11 am  Website Updates  Niki Gamble 
11-11:30 am  Invitation to Dallas  2018 Annual Conference Host Committee 
11:30-Noon  Learning Forward 50th Anniversary Update  Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director 
Noon – 1 pm  Lunch   
1-4 pm
(choose one) 
Option 1:
Becoming a Learning Principal
Learning Forward will soon be adding to its “learning series” with the release of Becoming a Learning Principal. This text will outline what we believe are key characteristics and behaviors of principals who are “learning leaders” and “leaders of learning” in their schools. The book will also address the system elements that enable these types of principals to be the norm in a district or charter management organization. Participants in this session will receive a coupon for a copy of the book once it is released. 
Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director 
  Option 2:
Becoming a Learning System 
Stephanie Hirsh will discuss strategies from the newly-updated Becoming a Learning System book that will help affiliates in their efforts to implement sustained, standards-based professional learning grounded in a cycle of continuous improvement. Together the group will discuss systems change research, adult learning, the attributes of a comprehensive learning system, responsibilities of key stakeholders, and steps toward establishing a vision for building toward a true learning system. Attendees will receive a copy of the updated book prior to the meeting.
Stephanie Hirsh 
  Option 3:
Becoming a Learning Team 

Tracy Crow will engage affiliate leaders in a discussion about Becoming a Learning Team, which is written for grade level and/or subject matter teams at the school level and has recently been updated to include a focus on the selection and effective use of high quality curriculum and instructional materials. The tools and protocols have applicability for these same teams across a district or a region, because of the focus on the five-stage learning cycle that promotes deeper learning, powerful lessons, appropriate assessments, and continuous improvement. Tracy will pay special attention to how affiliate leaders can utilize the book and its tools for book studies, workshops, and other affiliate activities. Participants will:

·         Develop a deeper understanding of the learning cycle and the five stages;

·         Discuss implications for their work in schools;

·         Develop an agenda for a book study and determine appropriate uses by an affiliate;

·         Consider other key ideas for supporting affiliate members.

Tracy Crow 
4:15-4:30 pm  Wrap-up & Recognitions  Elizabeth Foster and Niki Gamble 

Summer Institutes invitation

Affiliate Leaders are also invited to attend day one and/or day four of the Summer Institutes (the day before and the day after the Affiliate Leaders Meeting):

  • Day one – Thursday, July 19
    Expanding Awareness: Advancing Equity and Excellence through Professional Learning Tied to Curriculum Implementation

    Learning Forward, EdReports, UnBoundEd, Carnegie Foundation

    • Day four – Sunday, July 22
      Pulling it Together: Professional Learning and Instructional Materials 
      Learning Forward staff and Becoming a Learning Team practitioners


    Hilton Portland Downtown & Portland Marriott City Center

    Both hotels are conveniently located in the heart of the city just a short walk to the business district, which provides exclusive tax-free shopping, exciting entertainment venues, and the MAX Light Rail. Enjoy easy access to nearby attractions like the Portland Saturday Market, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the Portland Art Museum.

    Hilton Portland Downtown (Location of Institutes and meetings)

    921 SW Sixth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204

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    Portland Marriott City Center

    520 SW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97205

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    Learning Forward Hotels and Rates

    Hilton rates
    Marriott rates
     Single Occupancy  $199.00  $229.00
     Double Occupancy  $199.00  $229.00
     Triple Occupancy  $219.00  $229.00
     Quad Occupancy  $239.00  $229.00

    Learning Forward hotel guest room rates are available for reserving through Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

    These special rates will be offered for stay dates from July 18, 2018 through July 22, 2018 and are subject to the availability of rooms at the time of reservation.