The  Professional Learning Network in British Columbia

– Affiliated with Learning Forward

Learning Forward, formerly the National Staff Development Council [NSDC], is an international association of learning educators committed to one purpose in K-12 education: Quality Professional Learning for all Educators

Learning Forward BC provides:


  • Models of Professional Learning that reflect research and practice found in the Canadian Study on Professional Learning Dimensions ( 2016) and Learning Forward Standards for Learning

The Learning Forward BC affiliate, , is a cross-role educator group who work together collaboratively  to support  adult educators with the  skills, strategies and resources that will lead to student engagement and success.

Professional Learning Research based  on a broad base of  British Columbia.  Canadian  and Global Research that includes the following.


BC Case Study EX Summary


CanadaStudyExecSumm2016 final copy


This work aligns with the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning.

Goals of Learning Forward BC

  1. To explore and develop a shared understanding of learning in the 21st Century
  2. To provide support for leadership in/of professional learning leaders by:
    • Exploring intentions and responsibilities across different roles
    • Engaging leaders in effective strategies to build and sustain capacity in schools and districts
  3. To expand the Learning Forward BC networks through:
    • Engaging and building partnerships through Professional Learning opportunities for all Educators in BC
    • Connecting with ‘thought leaders’ in BC,  across Canada and in an International Context
    • Growing our virtual community along with promoting  face-face sessions in a local context along with provincial sessions and conferences.

Learning Forward BC has a focus on :

  • Promoting  the Professional Learning Dimensions for Canada as  stated in the Canadian Study Research on Professional Learning 2016
  • Aligning with Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
  • Providing  forums to engage others in relevant conversations about topics of keen interest by connecting  research with innovative practice
  • Sharing  expertise and experiences in effective professional learning that enhances student learning
  • Promoting and facilitating  networking among those who teach and facilitate adult professional learning
  • Collaborating  and providing  tools to support quality  professional learning

Learning Forward BC Board of Directors: 2021-2022




Chair:  Suzanne Elliott, Consultant, and Sunshine Coast, BC                                    

Vice-Chair: April Lowe, BCTF Local President, Sea to Sky School District , 

Secretary: David Manuel , Director of Instruction, Chilliwack School District

Treasurer:  Corinne McCabe, Retired Superintendent, Chilliwack School District                                          a

Professional Learning, Amelia Poitras, Vice-Principal, North Vancouver School District

Membership: Trudean Andrews, Retired, West Vancouver

Communications, Administration, Business Office:Audrey Hobbs Johnson , AHJ Consultants, North Vancouver                                                                  


Members at Large

Reno Ciofli: Assistant Superintendent, Coquitlam School District

Sandralynn Shorthall, Director of Instruction, West Vancouver Schools

Andrea McComb: BC Principals and Vice-Principals Association

Richard Stewart, Retired, Richmond School District

Rod Allen,Harvard Graduate School of Education, DLD, Senior Advisor

Denise Augustine, Ministry of Education, Ind

Tammy Renyard, Victoria School District

Willow Mumford, North Vancouver School District, Teacher Leader, Carson Family of Schools, Queen Mary

Tamela  Davison Manery, Princiipal, Surrey School District


Steve Cardwell: Past President, Learning Forward International  

Assistant Dean, Kwantlen polytechnic University, Surrey, BC







Sue Elliott



Lives in Sechelt

Audrey Hobbs Johnson

Communications Coordinaator


North Vancouver

Willow Mumford

Member At Large

Teacher Leaders

North Vancouver

Trudean Andrews

Membership Coordinator


North Vancouver

Tamela Davison Manery

Member At Large



Sandra-Lynn Shortall

Member At Large

District Principal

West Vancouver School District

Steve Cardwell


Past-President, Learning Forward Board of Trustees

Delta, BC

Reno Ciolfi

Member at Large

Assistant Superintendent

Coquitlam School District

April Lowe

Vice Chair/President Elect

Local BCTF President

Sea to Sky School District

Amelia Poitras

Chair: Professional Learning

Vice- Principal

North Vancouver

Corinne McCabe


Superintendent( Retired)


David Manuel


Director of Instruction


Richard Steward

Member at Large

Retired Director of Instruction


Rod Allen

Member at Large

Harvard Graduate School of Education, DLD Senior Advisor

Free Range Humans

Denise Augustinne

Member At Large

Ministry of Education


Tammy Renyard

District Principal, Special Education, Classroom based Learning Rounds

Victoria School District


Katie Marren

District Principall

Prince George SD #57

Prince George