A Professional Learning Network

– An affiliate of 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: Every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves. The name is noteworthy: learning is first, reminding us that learning is at the heart of our purpose and that learning creates our future; forward signifies forward action as we address adult learning, policy and advocacy, research and practice in order to ensure quality professional learning that impacts student learning.

The Learning Forward BC affiliate, [formerly the National Staff Development Council of BC (SDCBC)], is a cross-role educator group – a network who park their titles at the door. The affiliate supports those who research, teach,support  and facilitate adult professional learning. We bring content, your context, tools, and high-quality process to the table, using the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning as a foundation of our work.

Download 2011-12 Constitution

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
    • Connecting with ‘thought leaders’
    • Growing our virtual community
    • Working with Canadian affiliates toward Conference 2016

Learning Forward BC aims to

  • To promote the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
  • To provide forums to engage others in relevant conversations about topics of keen interest by marrying research with innovative practice
  • To share expertise and experiences in effective professional learning that enhances student learning
  • To promote and facilitate networking among those who teach, train, and facilitate adult professional learning
  • To collaborate and provide tools to support effective professional learning

Learning Forward BC Board Members: 2015-2016


Sue Elliott



Lives in Sechelt

Audrey Hobbs Johnson

Treasurer/Communications Co-ordinator


North Vancouver

Shelley Lammie


York House School

Trudean Andrews

Membership Coordinator


North Vancouver

Leanna Garner




Kirsten Deasey

Member At Large

Early Learning Coordinator

Sunshine Coast School District

Jessica Antosz

Member At Large

Manager -Professional Learning

British Columbia Princpals,Vice-Principals Association

Karen Fadum

Member At Large

Curriculum Helping Teacher

Surrey School District

Steve Cardwell

Member At Large

Former Superintendent of Schools

Director of UBC T.E.L.P