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Powerful Practice for Professional Learning


Design and deliver professional learning that gets results

Course begins February 13

Adults have specific learning needs. As you plan professional learning for the rest of the year and for years ahead, ensure that you’re providing educators with targeted, highly engaging professional learning that develops their capacity to implement new learning in their schools and classrooms.

In this course, professional learning leaders and administrators will implement a professional learning framework, grounded in the Standards for Professional Learning, that promotes high levels of learning and retention, and increases adult learners’ capacity and desire to implement new learning.


Both new and experienced professional learning facilitators will gain knowledge, tools, and strategies for face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid professional learning as they develop their own learning designs during the course. They will engage in highly interactive sessions and networking opportunities with peers, and receive easy-to-use resources and design support from expert Learning Forward Texas facilitators Trish Hinze and Terri Iles.

Course outcomes 

  1. Implement a framework for designing and delivering powerful professional learning in both in-person and virtual environments.
  2. Foster a learning environment that meets the physical, social/relational, and learning needs of adults.
  3. Use brain-friendly strategies to capture and hold learners' attention and increase retention.
  4. Use tools to plan for implementation of professional learning.
  5. Complete a professional learning design using tools and strategies provided in the course.


The course begins February 13 with our first live session, and runs through March 5. Live sessions will take place from 2-4 p.m. Eastern.

Live session schedule:

  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 5

Who is this for?

Anyone who wishes to extend their understanding of adult learning, and deepen their skills in designing and facilitating professional learning that changes educator practice.

  • Professional learning facilitators
  • Administrators and teacher leaders who lead adult learning as part of their interactions with peers and staff
  • Instructional coaches
Participants who complete all course requirements will receive a certificate for 12 hours of professional learning.


The registration deadline for this course is Monday, February 12.
The cost is $699 for Learning Forward members, and $799 for non-members.


Trish Hinze brings more than 30 years of experience to the role of educational consultant and professional learning leader. Her areas of expertise are leadership development, andragogy, and team practices that build educator emotional intelligence and collective efficacy As owner and CEO of Hinze Consulting, Trish designs and delivers interactive and high-energy professional learning for teams, campuses, and districts across the nation. Trish has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, campus principal and district administrator in a wide variety of settings, including small rural schools, as well as suburban and large urban districts. She is a state and national presenter, and facilitates adult learning in face-to-face settings as well as the virtual environment. Trish is a consultant and trainer for Learning Forward Texas, where she previously served as a board member and conference co-chair.

Terri Iles has 42 years of educational experience as a teacher, college adjunct professor, elementary principal, director of quality learning, educational consultant, and Executive Director of Learning Forward Texas. Terri earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and has a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Texas. She taught all grade levels and designed multiple programs in elementary schools for 18 years before moving into the Principalship and District Administration. Her partnerships and consulting opportunities began with Jim Shipley and Associates upon retirement and continues, allowing her to work with educators across the US and China. Terri also currently serves on the Board of Directors for BridgesWork and as a trainer for Learning Forward Texas following her retirement as the organizations’ Executive Director.

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