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Executive Leadership Program: Transforming Professional Learning

Teacher leaders, building administrators, district leaders, and other leaders influence the success of any initiative. Skillful education leaders in schools, school systems, and other agencies are needed to manage, lead, and facilitate full implementation of the multiple complex reforms occurring today. The Executive Leadership Program (ELP): Transforming Professional Learning is specifically designed to develop leaders’ capacity to leverage successful change through effective professional learning. Learning Forward Nebraska has 3 ELP sites this school year: Hastings, Fremont/ESU2 and ESU3 with over 50 participants learning together and growing their professional learning. Stay tuned to hear how this program has affected our leaders here in Nebraska and how you can get involved next year.

HIghlights from Learning Forward Vancouver


News From Stephanie Hirsh- Executive Director for Learning Forward.


This month I’d like to look back a bit at our successes with the conference as we all plan for ambitious goals in 2017.

Annual Conference – The Numbers

Registered participants: 3,382

First-time attendees: 1,556

Exhibitors: 53

Sponsors: 12

U.S. states represented: 47

Countries represented: 17

Number of Canadian participants: 1,424

Titles/professional categories with highest number of participants:

District/central office (837)Teacher/teacher leader/coach (590)Principal/assistant principal (583)


Annual Conference – Selected Survey Results

Each year we ask conference participants to respond to a rather lengthy survey to inform our planning. I’m sure you’ve all seen the survey at one time or another. Here are a few results and selected comments from respondents. So far we’ve received 960 responses.

  • More than 47% of respondents learned about the conference from a colleague, while just under 10% said they heard about it from a Learning Forward email.
  • Just over 41% answered that the content of the conference program influenced their decision to attend.
  • Almost 80% of respondents said they visited the exhibit hall.
  • More than 60% of respondents reported that keynoters Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, and Pasi Sahlberg were “outstanding” or “very good.”
  • On a question asking for input on several aspects of the conference, these two aspects scored the most favorable responses: “The preconference sessions were pertinent and will be useful in my practice,” and “I am leaving with ideas I will implement or apply.”


I’d also like to include a few positive comments from the open-ended responses where we ask respondents to include their name if we can publish their comments. We get a few critical comments each year as well and take those seriously as we consider ongoing improvements to our annual learning experience.

“It is a rare case when leaders have an opportunity to be students again and refuel their "tanks" with effective strategies to lead organizational change. This was my first time attending Learning Forward and I am very glad I did. All the sessions I attended, especially pre conference sessions, were highly relevant and engaging. I was able to take away specific strategies I needed in my toolbox in order for me to be more effective in my role. Also, being able to have conversations with other leaders from different parts of the world is extremely helpful in shifting my perspectives and keeping my heart and mind open to embrace new ideas and think ‘outside of my box.’” Liliya Stefoglo Tukwila School District, WA

"Learning Forward is like energy rush of the first 25 seconds of when you enter Costco. It makes you excited, makes you curious, and you are always looking around.” Nick Bertani

This conference absolutely invigorated me, head to toe, and reassured me that I am in the right position, in the right profession. A lot to ask of a single conference, but Learning Forward definitely delivered.” Jill Sonnenberg

I've been attending Learning Forward for a couple of years now, but coupling it with the Academy has transformed the way I learn. I walked away from each session with something that I could implement, and the way I approach my learning has shifted with the work that we have been doing with the Academy 2018.” Katy Allamong

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