At LLI Southwest, faculty leaders want to empower their colleagues through hands-on understanding of the learning process. Visible learning is seeing engaged students and teachers interacting in real time and imagining transformation in their own school.

Making learning visible means not only talking about best strategies, but actually witnessing the practice together. Come see a true PD experience where students and professionals can learn together.

What is LLI Southwest

LLI Southwest is a two-day professional development conference that is designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in the southwest region. Featuring fishbowl classrooms, active learning sessions, and collaborative events, LLI Southwest is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training.

Fishbowl Classrooms

LLI Southwest provides model classroom experience where expert teachers demonstrate active learning for conference attendees. Simply the most authentic PD available anywhere!

Active Learning Workshops

Active learning workshops follows LLI's mission of promoting student-centered learning by reducing the amount of lecture and creating hands-on learning that create artifacts for classrooms, not just ideas to research later.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

LLI Southwest will feature teachers from around the region explaining and demonstrating their best classroom practices. Authentic training from people who use these skills everyday!

Why LLI Southwest?

Observable classroom practices with expert teachers

LLI Southwest was one of the first teacher conferences to provide live classroom observation of innovative learning at work. This year, we'll have over 40 fishbowls at all age levels, focusing on content from math to science to Makerspaces. Simply the most authentic professional development possible at a conference.

Hands-on Learning for Teachers

Active learning sessions mean that we practice what we preach. Presenters are asked to limit the Powerpoint time and develop hands-on strategies for session attendees. The gives time to create plans and artifacts with an expert guide instead of leaving the heavy lifting for later. You are guaranteed to have three or four actionable items to use on day one.

Quality, Affordable Professional Development

LLI Southwest brings the quality of a national conference with the value that all schools can appreciate. Featuring hands-on professional development, breakfast and lunch for all attendees, access to top regional thought leaders, and membership in LLI's national network of educators, schools will discover what it really means to engage, empower, and transform.

Connect with Local Experts

LLI Southwest is focused on providing the best student-centered learning strategies from the best teachers in the area. Practical techniques and passionate learning create powerful networks of educators from right down the street, giving you the support you need to help transform schools.

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Individual - $ 375

Group 5+ - $ 300/per

Presenter - $150


Special discounts for LLI Southwest

Marriott Courtyard - $ 109/night
Hilton Arlington - $149/night

Conference shuttles will be available

Keynote Speakers

Matt and Ryan were born and raised in different places. They accumulated lots of degrees at different times and locations.  Fortunately, they eventually joined forces at Providence Day School.  With the help of lots of other people, they helped to form Providence Day’s Center for the Art and Science of Teaching, Learning, and Entrepreneurship.  Since then, they have both been working to mind the gap between who people are and who they aspire to be as teachers, students, and schools.

Their collective areas of expertise include, but are note limited to:

  • curriculum & instruction
  • innovation
  • digital integration
  • marrying up
  • sketchnotes
  • comic books
  • 20th century poetry and poetics
  • Pittsburgh
  • hot wings
  • craft beer
  • field hockey
  • and network optimization

Featured Sessions

For some Americans, “liking” a post on social media is their most frequent act of citizenship, their preferred method of free speech. In this social media context, though, what kinds of political language persuades, and why? In this session, students will learn how to decode & employ methods of propaganda common in political discourse.

Huge progress has been made in getting girls to study STEM topics in the K-12 realm, with record numbers of girls studying coding, engineering and other topics that were once reserved for just a few intrepid girls. What happens next? Given the statistics on the “leave rate” of women in STEM college majors and career fields, what steps can K-12 educators take to help girls thrive in these areas of study now AND in the future. Who better to ask than the girls themselves?

Experience the heart and mind behind creating designers and thinkers in the classroom through interactive experiences and thought-provoking brainstorming.

Students in the Integrated Media program at The Oakridge School have the opportunity to put real-world skills to work in a classroom environment, as well as taking authentic learning into the community through a series of work orders with local businesses and world-wide companies.

The SMU Maker Education Project is dedicated to catalyzing transformational maker-based learning experiences for students in K-12 schools. Our mission is to support a robust and sustainable maker culture in K-12 schools, to create lasting change. We do this by training educators in our innovative approach to maker education, Maker-Based Instruction.

A discussion on transforming a school’s makerspace from a silo of individual, pre-packaged STE(A)M activities that occur as an add-on to a class lesson or after school program, into a fully incorporated-into-the-curriculum educational incubator that centers on empathy and involves the local community.

Disrupt the learning and engage your students by transforming any content into a real-life adventure where students use their content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and teamwork to crack the code and escape the classroom! Join us to learn how to transform your content into an Escape the Classroom adventure and then be ready to experience the mayhem yourself!

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1381 West Massey Road
Memphis, TN  38120






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