The  Professional Learning Network in   British Columbia

– Affiliated with Learning Forward

Learning Forward BC , is an international network of learning educators committed to one purpose in K-12 education: Quality Professional Learning for all Educators that is focused on the needs of each and every student.

Learning Forward BC, bases their  Vision and Mission  as  described in the the  State of Professional Learning in Canada published in 2016. 

See copies of documents links below.

ThIs Network of BC Educators  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.

Learning Forward BC focus on equity is shown in all programs through  Professional Learning that reflect  current research and practice.

This is based on  the Canadian Study on Professional Learning Dimensions ( 2016) and  continues to develop thought current cross Canada and International work.


Professional Learning Programs and Projects  described in these documents  are  based  on a broad base of  British Columbian, .  Canadian  and Global Research.  In British  Columbia, all work was done by a Collaborative that included all the key Education Partners in BC.

British Columbia Ministry of Education

British Columbia Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association

British Columbia School Superintendents

Association British Columbia School Trustees Association

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation

Federation of Independent School Associations in British Columbia

Learning Forward British Columbia

Links to Summary Documents.

BC Case Study EX Summary


CanadaStudyExecSumm2016 final copy



Table 1: Features of Professional Learning and Key Findings from The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada study Key Components and Features of fEfective Professional Learning Identified in Review of Research Literature Key Findings from Study of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada Quality Content Evidence-informed Evidence, inquiry, and professional judgement are informing professional learning policies and practices Subject-specifc and pedagogical content knowledge The priority area identified by teachers for developing their knowledge and practices is how to support diverse learners’ needs A focus on student outcomes A focus on a broad range of students’ and professionals’ learning outcomes is important A balance of teacher voice and system coherence The appropriate balance of system-directed and self-directed professional development for teachers is complex and contested Learning Design and Implementation Active and variable learning There is no “one-size-fts-all” approach to professional learning; teachers are engaging in multiple opportunities for professional learning and inquiry with differentiation for their professional needs Collaborative learning experiences Collaborative learning experiences are highly valued and prevalent within and across schools and wider professional networks Job-embedded learning Teachers value professional learning that is relevant and practical for their work; “’job-embedded” should not mean school-based exclusively as opportunities to engage with external colleagues and learning opportunities matter also Support and Sustainability Ongoing in duration Time for sustained, cumulative professional learning integrated within educators’ work lives requires attention Resources Inequitable variations in access to funding for teachers’ selfselected professional development are problematic Supportive and engaged leadership System and school leaders have important roles in supporting Professional Learning for School


This work aligns with e  used for the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning however the in BC we follow our own Dimensions 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 theLearning 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: 2023-2024



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


Secretary-Treasurer: Corinne McCabe, Retired Superintendent, Chilliwack School District

Professional Learning, Program Design :  Rod Allen , Retired Superintendent, Ministry of Ed, BC , Harvard Programs,  

Membership, Marketing : Trudean Andrews, Retired, West Vancouver

Executive Director Administration/Operations :Audrey Hobbs Johnson , AHJ Consultants, North Vancouver 

Project Leadership

Denise Augustine,  Superintendent of Indigenous Education , Ministry of Education, BC, Trustee: Learning Forward, Dallas Texas

Tammy Renyard, Victoria School District

Denise Augustine,  Superintendent of Indigenous Education , Ministry of Education, BC, Trustee: Learning Forward, Dallas Texas

Tammy Renyard, District Principal, Victoria School District

David Manuel, Director of Instruction, Chilliwack School

Amelia Poitras, District Principal, North Vancouver School District








Sue Elliott

Co- President



Audrey Hobbs Johnson

Executive Director/ Administration/Operations


North Vancouver

Trudean Andrews



North Vancouver

Amelia Poitras

Director, Student Agency Inclusion

District Vice-Principal, Inclusion

North Vancouver School Distric

Corinne McCabe


Retired Superintendent( Retired)


David Manuel

Director Student Agency

Director of Instruction


Rod Allen

Director, Parnerships and Program

Harvard Graduate School of Education, DLD Senior Advisor

Free Range Humans Bolgs

Denise Augustinne

Director, Reconciliation, Roles and Responsibilities

Superintendent of Indigenou Education, Ministry of Education, BC

Ministry of Education, BC , Trustee, Learning Forward, Dallas TX

Tammy Renyard

Director, Peer Studies

District Principal


Katie Marren

Vice- Principal , Secondary

Nanaimo School District