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 our schools.

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 experiences where expert teachers demonstrate active learning for conference attendees. It's a truly authentic PD experience with practical takeaways for all educators.

Active Learning Workshops

Active learning workshops follow LLI's mission of promoting student-centered learning by reducing the amount of lecture and creating hands-on learning opportunities to create and share artifacts, 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. Attendees receive practical 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.

Our Educational Partners

Keynote Speaker

Composer Anthony Brandt is a Professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the new music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two national awards for adventurous programming.   He and neuroscientist David Eagleman have co-authored The Runaway Species; How Human Creativity Remakes the WorldThe book is the official selection of the 2018-19 Common Experience at Texas State University; it is being released in ten countries and is the basis for the upcoming documentary “The Creative Brain,” hosted by Dr. Eagleman.  Dr. Brandt’s musical compositions include two chamber operas, as well as orchestral, chamber, vocal, theater, dance and television scores.  He has co-authored articles for the journals Frontiers and Brain Connectivity and an upcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology.  With Musiqa, he presents inter-disciplinary public concerts and free educational programming that have served over 50,000 students at over 200 Houston area public schools. Dr. Brandt has organized three international conferences at Rice on “Exploring the Mind through Music.” He has been awarded Rice University’s George R. Brown and Phi Beta Kappa teaching prizes.

Special Guests

Google Certified Trainer

Cassie Sanders

Classroom Technology Coach
DeSoto County Schools

A native of New Albany, MS, I graduated with the same number of classmates in my class as the number of schools I now work hand in hand with to provide technology training and support. I am a proud graduate of Blue Mountain College, a wife to an amazing man, and a mother to 3 beautifully, keep me on my toes children who range in ages from 18 to 4. My education journey began as a Special Education teacher who transitioned into the General Education classroom, and then was given the opportunity to feed my passion for technology by becoming a Classroom Technology Coach. I have served the district of DeSoto County for over 12 years. I offer trainings to teachers in the form of PD sessions before, during, and after school. I also help with the implementation of instructional technology within the classroom. My services also include trouble shooting, managing devices, and providing support in any way needed. I have a heart for teaching and a passion for technology! I work with a great team to provide the best that we can to our teachers and our students.

Google Certified Trainer

Jennifer Klinger

Classroom Technology Coach
DeSoto County Schools

Born and raised in Southaven, MS, I serve the same school district in DeSoto County where I attended first through twelfth grade.  I graduated from the University of Mississippi, have been married for 17 years, and together we have one 8-year-old boy who loves Legos, baseball and dogs.  Before taking on my current role four years ago as an Instructional Technology Coach, I taught the intellectually gifted for 15 years and third grade for one year.   I now share my love of technology by working alongside teachers to provide support with their interactive technology, and offer professional development sessions to motivate and inspire the implementation of software, apps, devices, and Google Apps for Education into their lessons plans.


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Individual - $ 385

Group 5+ - $ 300/per

Presenter - $160


Special discounts for LLI Southwest

Marriott Courtyard - $ 109/night
Hilton Arlington - $139/night

Conference shuttles will be available!

What Do Teachers Say?

Over 700 schools from around the world have attended LLI events.
Are you on the list?

Survey results from over 900 attendees at LLI events in 2017-2018

"This was so fun, we stayed for about 40 minutes afterward. Half an hour into the activity I said to myself,"Oh yeah. I'm at a teacher's conference!"


Academy of the Sacred Heart
"This was awesome!!! They did a great job! I came out so excited about doing this at our school!! Bravo!!!"


Fort Worth Christian Academy
"Very hands on. Loved the new framework we discussed."


Sunnyvale ISD
"This was amazing! Thank you so much. I cannot wait to take these ideas back to my school and classroom!"


Greenhill School
"I heard a student pass by, saying to other students, 'I love this, this is so great,' and there is really no better compliment than that."


The Oakridge School

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