Letter from the president

Dear Fellow Oklahoma Educators,

I hope this finds you happily and successfully engaging your students as we enter the holiday season!  The first semester is almost over!

As we approach the end of a semester and prepare for another, Learning Forward Oklahoma is continuing our mission “to build the capacity of educators to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning so that every student achieves.” With this is mind, we are excited to partner with Norman Public Schools in launching BASE Camp, Building and Supporting Educators, our first networking meeting for districts, and our 2nd annual networking event for Oklahoma’s providers of professional learning.  To learn more and register, visit the events page on our website.

On Thursday, October 10, Learning Forward Oklahoma’s Beth Albert, participated in a special Capitol Hill briefing, “Addressing Equity in Teaching Through Professional Learning.”  Knowing that data matters at all levels of policy making, panelists from across the country joined together for the briefing to share impact data about the important uses of Title II-A and the gains that have been achieved as a result.  Beth Albert shared how Norman utilizes Title IIA funds and the impact of those programs.  She provided specific data on Norman’s new teacher induction program and its impact on teacher retention.  As a result of this program, funded through Title IIA, Norman continues to see a reduction in new teachers leaving the district and profession.  To see the presentation, click here.  Contact LFOK or Learning Forward for more information and tools on data collection and funding advocacy.

December 7 – 11 is Learning Forward’s annual conference in St. Louis bringing education leaders and policy makers together to share professional learning expertise.  This is an excellent opportunity to make connections and discover tools and strategies helping you understand and implement effective professional learning in classrooms, schools, and districts.  Click here to learn more and find registration information.

There are so many fun, exciting, and important things taking place for Learning Forward Oklahoma, and we would love for you to be a part of our team.  If you or your organization is interested in being a part of Learning Forward Oklahoma, please reach out.  Membership information can be found on our web page.

Thank for all you do with our students!  As we enter the holiday season, we are thankful for Oklahoma’s educators and the important work you do for your children, families, and communities.  May each of you be blessed with family and friends, and all of us at Learning Forward Oklahoma wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


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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