Summer Institute

Come to Chicago July 17-20 to strengthen your commitment to implementing collaborative professional learning that gets results for teachers and students.

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Everyone in school is a learner

Explore how schools and systems prioritize learning for educators and connect it to student learning.

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New webinar series

Transforming Professional Learning webinars run throughout April and May. Join us each Thursday and explore key professional learning topics.

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Meet your classroom challenges

Teachers learn best when they work together to solve common problems. Join Learning Forward’s network of teacher leaders and get resources, tools, strategies, and access to committed colleagues willing to share their expertise and experience to develop solutions to the issues you're facing in your school and classroom.

Tools for Learning Schools  •  Learning Exchange  •  Learn more

Create a culture of continuous improvement

Effective school leaders create environments where professional learning is embedded in the school’s culture, and everyone holds collective responsibility for student success. Ensure your school is committed to continuous improvement and achieving shared goals.

Transform Professional Learning  •  LSA  •  Learn more

Become a learning system

Standards-based professional learning is built into the fabric of a school system through skillful leadership. From supporting school leaders to aligning outcomes with educator performance to establishing strong community partnerships, system leaders lead long-term change efforts that benefit all teachers and students. 

JSD  •  PD Watch blog  •  Learn more

Hone your skills, strengthen your relationships

External partners play a valuable role in strengthening the instructional and pedagogical expertise needed in schools and systems. Learn how external partners can best support and facilitate learning side by side with school-based practitioners and central office staff.

Knowledge Briefs  •  Standards Facilitator Guide  •  Learn more

Be a professional learning advocate

What does effective professional learning look like, and what are the results? How can policymakers ensure that every child experiences great teaching every day? See examples of professional learning in action and learn how you can impact teaching and learning at the local, state, regional, and national levels. 

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Key Dates



Apr 11, 2014
While school districts and companies alike may use different names — educator effectiveness, performance management, human capital, or professional learning systems — these systems share a common goal: using technology to advance both educator and student performance. And while these systems may address a range of school system needs — from educator recruitment, selection, placement, induction, to growth and development, support, recognition, collaboration, retention — what is core to each is the cycle of teaching and learning.




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Professional Learning for Parents
Schools will have more success in addressing the issues of public education in their school systems (such as student performance, funding, school closures, and bond elections) when there is a strong group of parents who partner with their children's schools as well as with the school system as a whole, says Stephanie Hirsh.
Forge a New Path for Better Adult Learning
The shifting landscape of adult learning requires that we address how learning for educators must transform in these times. And in the end, says Tracy Crow, it still requires the same fundamentals to be effective.


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Evaluating professional learning: Measuring educator and student outcomes

All educators have the ability and responsibility to gather evidence and participate in the evaluation of professional learning. Read about seven core elements that encourage continuous evaluation, no matter what the context.

Members only: Read this article from our current issue of Transform Professional Learning!

Your next must-have

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities
By Shirley M. Hord, Patricia Roy, Ann Lieberman, Lynne Miller & Valerie von Frank

The first in a series that explores each of the Standards for Professional Learning.

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Learn - Connect - Engage

Join the Conversation

Be part of an online community of learners dedicated to continuous improvement and sharing best practices. Join the discussion and develop solutions to the issues facing today’s educators.

Connect with Colleagues

Join a worldwide learning network committed to ensuring every student experiences great teaching every day. Connect with colleagues from your own back yard and around the world on the Learning Exchange.