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Join us in Washington, D.C. Dec. 5-9 to experience cutting-edge keynotes and general sessions that address current issues in professional learning for schools and districts.

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Learning Forward helps you stay current on new research and information so that you can lead your educators in high-quality professional learning.

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Show us how your school engages in professional learning that reflects the cycle of continuous improvement.

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From the JSD: Focus Your Coaching Conversations

Building teachers’ skills to explore and design protocols can enhance their implementation and effectiveness as tools for professional learning. Learn how you can enrich coaching conversations. Download this article.

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Download The Principal Story Learning Guide

Learning Forward has developed a professional learning guide using excerpts from the award-winning PBS documentary film, The Principal Story to illustrate the five key practices of effective principals.
Learn more about The Principal Story.

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Order Becoming a Learning System

In a learning system, every educator in the district focuses intently on learning - at whatever level they serve. Becoming a Learning System offers district leaders a framework to guide decisions that promote continuous improvement. 
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Read the "Designing Professional Learning" report

Whether you're developing professional learning from scratch or enhancing an existing program this report provides detailed guidance on how to configure and evaluate learning models. Published by Learning Forward and AITSL.
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Be a professional learning advocate

How can policymakers ensure that every child experiences great teaching every day? Our Transforming Professional Learning initiative describes a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans from the statehouse to the classroom. 
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Key Dates

  • Senate's version of ESEA affirms professional learning principles

    August 01, 2015
    Learning Forward's advocacy efforts on behalf of the reauthorization of ESEA have concentrated solely on professional development. If you've had a chance to comb through the bill, which just passed with an 81-17 vote in the Senate late last week, you may have noticed that the words "professional development" appear several times in relation to a wide range of federal and school improvement initiatives.
  • A new way to recognize and support new learning

    July 23, 2015
    Teachers earn credentials at the beginning of their careers and may go on to earn a master's degree or National Board Certification, but these degrees don't capture or articulate the full range of skills that teachers learn every day, week, and year. Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization that works to accelerate innovation in education through technology and research, is building a coalition of educators and partners to develop a microcredential system through which teachers can gain recognition for the skills they master throughout their careers.

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