Learning Forward Colorado believes the success of all students is dependent upon highly effective educators who engage in ongoing professional learning.
Learning Forward Colorado exists because we believe professional learning is the key to effective teaching, leading and student learning.
Learning Forward Colorado behaves with passion, dedication and commitment to high quality, purposeful professional learning.
Learning Forward Colorado influences and empowers educators who want to make professional learning most effective.
Learning Forward Colorado will succeed by building communities of practice focused on networking professional learning resources, modeling authentic quality professional learning and strengthening knowledge, skills and strategies to lead quality professional learning.
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2013 Conference Summary
"SB-191: Creating New Mindsets"
What does it take to get the most
from a learning experience?
Imagine spending a day with authors and experts on a particular topic, not to pique your interest in a topic or review what you already know, but to deepen your understanding in ways that makes a difference in your day-to-day practice. Imagine professional learning where your access to those experts was not the beginning nor at the ending of your learning but the center of your experience; flanked by opportunities to explore and inquire into that topic’s importance to you and your students, and followed by support for application and transfer into your practice.
Learning Forward Colorado has been exploring such ideas in the development of "bookended learning opportunities". To learn more about this concept – go to Bookended Learning on our Events page.
Colorado Annual Conference
SB 191: Creating New Mindsets
November 12, 2013
What do Bruce Wellman and
Peyton Manning have in common?
Surgeon-like precision in the way they do their work.
Participants, in their evaluations of the Learning Forward Colorado Annual Conference featuring Bruce Wellman, cited time and again the remarkable clarity and precision of language with which Bruce presents information and facilitates group conversations and actions.
Throughout the day participants had meaningful opportunities to dialogue both with their learning teams and with others from different schools and districts. Wheels turned, dendrites fired, and high energy thinking and reflecting dominated.
Read the full conference summary!
2013 - 2014
After a vote of the membership, Learning Forward Colorado is proud to announce its officers for 2013-14.
Kelley Gaskill has been elected as Co-President for the first year.
Mike Campbell will continue as Co-President for a second year.
Joan Watson will become the Past-President.
These individuals also serve LFC as the Board of Trustees for the coming year.
Thanks to all LFC members who made time to vote in this important election.
Welcome to Learning Forward Colorado (LFC)! We are an adaptive, current, and responsive professional learning organization dedicated to supporting educator effectiveness, implementing the Colorado Academic Standards, and improving student learning through effective professional learning.
We strive to influence all educators who are involved in providing professional learning opportunities to adhere to the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning. Meeting these standards empowers educators at the school, district, and state levels to develop collaborative communities engaged in continuous cycles of improving teaching, leading and learning. Further, we endeavor to honor educators and celebrate their passion for engaging in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.
We hope you will participate with us on our ongoing educational journey by becoming an involved Learning Forward Colorado member.
Joan, Mike and Kelley
Your Learning Forward
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Allyson Breyfogle worked as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and professional learning trainer. What follows is an excerpt from an article Allyson wrote about her thought-provoking educational experience in India. We invite you to read and reflect . . .
Reflections on My Fulbright Experience to India—Three Years Later
by Allyson Sudborough Breyfogle
After the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program alumni conference this past weekend, I am thinking anew about education and what it means to be globally competent—as an adult and as a student. Last week Dr. Boix-Mansilla presented us with the following definition: Global competence is the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. Given are four categories: Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, Take Action, Communicate Ideas. Each quadrant represents layers of subtlety in our understanding and our interaction with ideas, people, and situations that matter globally.