Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs


Effective professional learning is fundamental to student learning.


All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.


Students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.


Sustainable learning cultures require skillful leadership.


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


Student learning increases when educators reflect on professional practice and student progress.



Learning Forward Virginia is an affiliate of Learning Forward, the largest professional learning membership association worldwide.



Membership is open to any person from Virginia who is interested in professional development and the achievement of students.



Learning Forward Virginia offer amazing professional learning opportunities in the area to collaborate with colleagues.

Join Learning Forward Virginia Today!

Do you what to influence state and school system policies and practices related to professional learning in Virginia?

Learning Opportunities

Learning Forward Virginia & Dr. Luvelle Brown presents:

Creating Cultures of Equity and Excellence

Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who as held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as the as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York.

Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who as held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as the as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York

Come with a Vision; Leave with a Plan

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Registration:  8 AM

Workshop: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $150

Lunch and access to all handouts and resources included.

Holiday Inn Charlottesville – University Area
1901 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 977 – 7700

This day’s learning will focus on inspiring and enhancing the capacity of district and school leaders to foster school environments and promote cultural responsiveness and inclusion to meet the needs of all learners. Workshop participants will be engaged in a series of activities designed to evoke individual and collective abilities to self-reflect, engage in productive conflict, and change policies.

Come prepared to reflect and engage with these complex topics as a community of education leaders with a singular focus on cultivating equity and excellence for all students.

Who Should Attend:

School Teams


Teacher Leaders

Division Teams

Jennifer Abrams

Creating Our Collective Genius: Coaching with Curriculum, with Jennifer Abrams

Hosted by Collaborative Classroom, Learning Forward Virginia, and Learning Forward Maryland


Friday, July 12, 2019
9:30 AM–3:30 PM


Residence Inn at National Harbor
192 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745


$125 registration fee includes all institute materials and lunch.

Please contact:
Elizabeth W. English or 571-217-0501
Maria Arnett or 757-621-8070 with questions.

PBL Virginia
PBL Works

Learning Forward Virginia (LFVA) is excited to bring the third Project Based Learning Institute to Virginia. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, challenge, or problem.


3rd Annual Institute



October 24-26, 2019


Fredericksburg Expo & Conference
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Early Bird (before July 15, 2019): $700.00
Regular (after July 15, 2019):  $750.00


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