A Professional Learning Network

– 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: 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.


Professional Learning Research based on the following British Columbia and Canadian Research.


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
    • Connecting with ‘thought leaders’
    • Growing our virtual community

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 marrying research with innovative practice
  • Sharing  expertise and experiences in effective professional learning that enhances student learning
  • Promoting and facilitating  networking among those who teach, train, and facilitate adult professional learning
  • Collaborating  and providing  tools to support quality  professional learning

Learning Forward BC Board of Directors: 2020-2021




Chair:  Suzanne Elliott, Consultant, and Sunshine Coast, BC                                              srichards.elliott@gmail.com

Vice-Chair: Executive Committee

Secretary: Sandra Lynne Shortall, Director of Instruction, West Vancouver Schools            sshortall@wvschools.ca

Treasurer:  Audrey Hobbs Johnson, Consultant, North Vancouver                                         audreyhj@shaw.ca

Professional Learning , April Lowe,  BCTF Local President, Sea to Sky  School District        lp48@bctf.ca

Membership: Trudean Andrews, Retired, West Vancouver                                                     taandrews@shaw.ca

Communications: Audrey Hobbs Johnson                                                                             audreyhj@shaw.ca


Members at Large

Reno Ciofli: Assistant Superintendent, Coquitlam School District                                       Rciolfi@sd43.bc.ca

Ian Kennedy: Director of Instruction, West Vancouver Schools                                             Ikennedy@wvschools.ca

Andrea McComb: District Principal, Coquitlam Schools District                                           AMcComb@sd43.bc.ca

Amelia Poitras: Vice-Principal, North Vancouver School District                                            apoitras@sd44.ca

Beth Applewhite: District Vice-Principalm Equity, Diversity and Inclusion                             beth.applewhite@burnabyschools.ca

Riley Mcmitchell, Vice-Principal, George Weir Elementary School                                           rmcmitchell@vsb.bc.ca

David Manual: District Principal, Inclusion, Chilliwack School District                                    David_manuel@sd33.bc.ca

Corrine McCabe: Retired Superintendent, Chilliwack School District                                      mccabecor@gmail.com

Richard Stewart, Richmond School District                                                                              rsteward@sd38.bc.ca   

Marie Ratcliffe,  Richmond School District                                                                                mratcliffe@sd38.bc.ca




Assistant Dean, Kwantlen polytechnic University, Surrey, BC                                                   scardwell@telus.net


Working Committees


Leadership  Chair, Sue Elliott

Professional Learning Chair, April Lowe, 

Sandralynn Shortall, Ian Kennedy, David Manuel , Lynn Chartres, AndreaMcComb, Marie Ratcliffe

Membership/Engagement Chair, Trudean Andrews

Amelia Poitras, Beth Applewhite, Riley Mcmitchell,  Richard Stewart

Communication Chair   Audrey Hobbs- Johnson,  Corinne McCabe,  Reno Ciolfi

Operations: Audrey Hobbs Johnson, Corinne McCabe

Partnerships, the BC Collaborative: Chair, Audrey Hobbs Johnson

Note: LFBC hold the funds for the BC Collaborative in a special trust fund






Sue Elliott



Lives in Sechelt

Audrey Hobbs Johnson

Communications Coordinaator


North Vancouver

Lynn Chartres

Member at Large


Choices Independent School

Trudean Andrews

Membership Coordinator


North Vancouver

Ian Kennedy

Member at Large

Director of Instruction

West Vancouver

Riley Mcmitchell

Member at Large

Vice-Principal, George Weir Elementary

Vancouver School District

Sandra-Lynn Shortall


District Principal

West Vancouver School District

Steve Cardwell


President, Learning Forward Board of Trustees

Delta, BC

Reno Ciolfi

Member at Large

Assistant Superintendent

Coquitlam School District

Beth Applewhite

Member At Large

District Vice-Principal , Equity,Diversity and Inclusion

Burnaby School District

April Lowe

Professional Learning

Local BCTF President

Sea to Sky School District

Andrea McComb

Member at Large

District Administrator


Amelia Poitras

Member At Large

Vice- Principal

North Vancouver

Corinne McCabe

Member At Large

Superintendent( Retired)


David Manuel

Member At Large

Director of Instruction


Richard Stewart

Member at Large

Director of Instuction


Marie Ratcliffe

Member at Large

District Administrator