Letter from the president

Dear Fellow Oklahoma Educators,

Summer is here!  Now is the time to begin preparing support and professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders.  Did you know that Learning Forward provides standards for professional learning focusing on learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes?   For more information, click here!

As this school year comes to an end and Learning Forward Oklahoma’s first year closes, our team reflects on steps taken to launch Learning Forward Oklahoma.  In addition to creating the necessary policies and procedures that come when creating a new organization, in May Learning Forward Oklahoma hosted its first networking and recognition meeting for professional learning providers.  With a focus on Learning Forward’s professional learning standards and advocacy, 22 leaders representing 13 organizations assembled and shared their knowledge and expertise.  It was a fun, productive, insightful day facilitated by board member Dr. Judi Barber.  As one participant said, the “activity that took us through the standards provided a clear understanding of Learning Forward’s continuum of providing intentional supports for educators.”  Learning Forward Oklahoma is looking forward to bringing everyone together again!  Are you interested?  Watch for information on our events page, and send us an email!

To facilitate our own growth, many members of LFOK’s board attended Learning Forward’s annual conference in Dallas. We met passionate educators from across the globe working to better professional learning for their teachers and leaders. Topics included coaching programs, mentoring new teachers, evaluating professional learning, designing effective professional learning, and much more!

Just after the new year, Learning Forward Oklahoma joined Learning Forward and several national organizations in signing a letter to House and Senate leaders in support of Fiscal Year 2020 funding for Title II-A, the federal program that provides $2 billion annually to support professional learning for K-12 educators. Advocating for Oklahoma’s educators is an important part of who we are. We will keep you posted as funding and resources are allocated.

As I reflect on this past year, Learning Forward Oklahoma has been busy and productive, and we are looking forward to the continued growth of our organization!

Now, as we look forward to school year 2019 – 2020, we invite you to join us and gain a network of educators sharing expertise, resources, and support; participate in local, state, and national professional learning events with recognized leaders in professional learning and education change; receive early notification of professional learning opportunities; and strengthen your own knowledge, skills, and strategies for effective professional learning.

I, and all of us and LFOK, look forward to working together for the teachers, leaders, and students in Oklahoma!


Suzie Smith, President Learning Forward Oklahoma

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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