Learning Forward Florida

Spring Newsletter

Learning Forward Florida Spring e-Forum

Learning Forward Florida Spring e-Forum

Click here for the flyer and agenda.

Date: May 7, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EST

Location: Virtual

Live Viewing Locations:

  • Region I - PAEC/Chipley

  • Region II - NEFEC/Palatka

  • Region III - Adult Learning Center/ Kissimmee

  • Region IV - Heartland Educational Consortium/Lake Placid

  • Region V - Center for Professional Learning/ Miami

Specific information will follow from your regional directors on your viewing location.

Nominations for 2019-2020 Learning Forward Florida Board of Directors

Join our team of passionate and dynamic professional developers across the state! We focus on cutting edge trends in professional development, work with the Florida Department of Education by giving input on state initiatives for professional development for teachers and administrators, network, share ideas and problem solve challenges to professional development.

We are soliciting nominations for the 2019-2020 Learning Foward Florida Board of Directors. In order to be eligible, a person must have been an active member (as defined by the bylaws) for the previous two years (since Fall 2017). You may self-nominate or nominate someone else (please ensure the person you nominate has consented). All nominations must be received by 11:59 PM EST on May 07, 2019.

Openings include:

  • Region II Director (Nominees must be located in Region II)
  • Director at Large (3 positions)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • President Elect

Click here to submit a nomination.


2019 Call for Outstanding Learning Practices Award

Many of our Florida school and district professional development initiatives are worthy of recognition for their contributions to ensuring high-quality professional learning and increased student achievement. Since 1981, our organization has honored individuals, schools, and districts with this award.

Application/Nomination Form and Rating Rubrics are located on our website at https://fasdonline.org/awards

Completed application/nomination forms must be submitted electronically to Kati Dyer, at kbdyer@volusia.k12.us no later than Thursday, August 1, 2019. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Learning Forward Florida Fall Leadership Conference.

Past Award Winner Updates

2018 Outstanding Learning Practices Award

Mangai Neelavannan & Anderson Middle School, Martin County School District

Our 2018 award winners developed a program titled Curriculum Mapping and Design to Eliminate Achievement and Opportunity Gaps, which is a multiyear endeavor that began with math curriculum mapping and grew to include science and ELA. Mrs. Neelavannan recently shared her learning beyond Florida by co-presenting at the Learning Forward conference in Dallas in December with colleagues April Strong and Jennifer Chevalier: “The Power of Video Reflection and Collaborative Feedback”. Mangai is currently having the time of her life designing and delivering gamified professional development approaches, utilizing the Escape room design, to meet the needs of all learners! Congratulations, Mangai Neelavannan!

2018 Distinguished Service Award

Eileen McDaniel

Greetings to all!

As you have heard, my 15-year tenure at the Florida Department of Education has ended, but my zeal, enthusiasm and energy for ensuring that every student has a teacher and school leader that is as good as, or better than, the teachers and leaders each of us had remains. I am eternally grateful and humbled by the many opportunities that I have been afforded in my 40+ years as a Florida educator (teacher, principal, district and state leader). I have been inspired by so many dedicated, brilliant, hard-working individuals in both our school districts and our higher education institutions who seek the same goals as I do, i.e., to ensure that each and every one of our students is successful and safe and that together we can address the equity issues that face all of our schools throughout Florida. Please stay in touch and feel free to reach out to me at emcdanie49@gmail.com.



Learning Forward Florida Fall Conference

Conference Information

Title: Equity in Action: Cultivating Brave Spaces

Dates: September 23-25, 2019

Location: Tradewinds Islands Resort, St. Petersburg Beach, FL

We are excited to announce that John Krownapple, author of Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity, will be sharing his expertise on creating equity in education.

Member Survey

As we are planning our first Learning Forward Florida Fall Conference, we want to hear from you! Please click here to complete a brief survey to select from possible topics you would like to learn more about while attending concurrent sessions. There is also an opportunity for you to suggest additional topics that are important to you, as well as recommend presenters/facilitators who have expertise in these areas.

Learning Forward Florida Fall Conference Volunteers

Do you want to know more about the Learning Foward Florida Board of Directors? Work along side of us as we host the 2019 Fall Conference!

Contact Lindy Woythaler for more information.

About Us

Learning Forward Florida Mission

Learning Forward Florida builds capacity to establish, support, and sustain highly effective professional learning.

Learning Forward Florida Vision

Excellent teaching, learning, and leading every day.

Learning Forward Florida Beliefs

1. Effective and sustained professional learning is fundamental to student learning.

2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.

3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.

4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.

5. Improving student learning and professional practice requires ongoing systemic and organizational change.

Learning Forward Florida is an affiliate of Learning Forward.