Learning Forward Alabama Conference

Posted on October 21, 2015 by SARIC

25th Annual Fall Conference presented by

Learning Forward

November 19-20, 2015
Hyatt Regency –
Wynfrey Hotel
Hoover, AL


Conference Overview

Wednesday – Pre-Conference

9:00 – 3:00 – Eleanor Drago Severson


8:00 – 8:30 – Site Visit Registration

8:30 – 11:30 – Site Visits

10:00 – 12:30  - Registration

1:00 – 3:00 – Eleanor Drago Severson

3:15 – 4:15 – Concurrent Sessions


7:15 – 8:15 – Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 – Concurrent Sessions

9:45 – 12:30 – Ron Berger



Wednesday, November 18
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


Eleanor Drago Severson
Author of Helping Teachers Learn and Leading Adult Learning
Professor of Educational Leadership & Adult Learning
Teachers College, Columbia University

Participants will learn about:

  • Adult developmental theory
  • A developmentally-based model for leadership and professional learning that focuses on supporting adult learning and growth, and offers promising practices that can be implemented in principal mentors’ mentoring practices
  • A developmental approach to offering feedback so adults can best hear it, take it in, learn from it and act upon it
  • Tips and takeaways




Eleanor Drago-Severson

Author of:  Helping Educators Grow, Helping Teachers Learn  and Leading Adult Learning
Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University


Ron Berger
Chief Program Officer for Expeditionary Learning
Author of:  Leaders of Their Own Learning, An Ethic of Learning and Transformational Literacy


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.  To receive the discount rate of  $149 per night, reserve before October 30, 2015.  For reservations, call 1(800) 233-1234.



Pre-Conference, Nov. 18 - $100

2-day Conference, Nov. 19-20 - $110 pre-registration; $130 day of conference

Combination, Nov. 18-20 - $175


Mail form and check (payable to Learning Forward Alabama) to:

Terry White,
Southeast AL Inservice Center
025 Hawkins Hall
Troy University
Troy, AL   36082


The Learning Forward Alabama Conference offers:

  • Outstanding Speakers
  • Site Visits to Local Schools
  • Small group presentations by Alabama educators
  • Networking

Site Visits

Buses will depart from the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel at 8:30 A.M. and return by 11:30 A.M.  Please list your preferences in order on your registration form.

Greystone Elementary School  - A Hoover City K-5 school with 542 students.  The active learning environment leads to a deep understanding of all core subjects, along with collaboration, communication and critical thinking.  The physical education, specials, and special education programs enhance the core curriculum and  the talents of each child. 

Helena High School – Visitors will observe student-centered instructional practices with an emphasis on preparing students for success in college and/or their future career.  Specifically, guests will have the opportunity to observe our Health Science Program made possible through our partnership with Lemak Sports Medicine.

Hayes K-8 School  embraces problem-based learning, design thinking, and a one-to-one technology initiative.  Hayes participates in the Straight A’s (Arts Advance Academic Achievement) program as well as partners with the A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in the Center for a New Generation (CNG).  This urban school is one of five participating in WIN (Woodlawn Innovation Network).

Bumpus Middle School – Hoover’s Engaged Learning Initiative is the highlight of this high quality middle school.  Participants will observe a 1 to 1 Dell Chromebook program and an emphasis on improving the school’s culture by focusing on Respecting…The Bumpus Way.  Students, teachers and stakeholders demonstrate 

R – Respect The Bumpus Way, meet E – Expectations… Know Your Job, show S – Spirit of Bumpus @ Every Level, follow all P – Procedures with Purpose, believe  E – Everyone is a Stakeholder, work at   C – Communication with Clarity,                     and strive to be T – Tenaciously Consistent.

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