2014 Annual Conference

Join us in Nashville Dec. 6-10 to experience cutting-edge keynotes and general sessions that address current issues in schools and districts.

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Your member benefit – read JSD

Explore how educators in the district office facilitate and support effective professional learning systemwide.

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Shape our future

Members have until Nov. 6 to vote in the Board of Trustees elections. Make your choice known -- your input into the future of Learning Forward is essential.

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Watch The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching webinar

Authors Mark Wilding and Vivian Ellliott discuss how to create emotionally rich and academically rigorous classrooms.
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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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Oct 13, 2014
What are the duties of a central office staff member eager to ensure that all teachers have access to effective professional learning? The Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance.

    Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh Responds to Recent Polls

    • Like so many other educators, I am studying the recent poll results about public and educator opinions about Common Core State Standards, particularly from PDK International and Education Next, with great interest and concern. Learning Forward has consistently held the view that rigorous learning standards for students have significant potential to increase students’ equal access to engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Therefore, Learning Forward strongly supports Common Core standards and is eager to see their effective implementation in states across the nation.

    Learning Forward Releases Book Based on School Improvement Work in Fort Wayne Community Schools

    • Learning Forward, the nation’s largest professional learning membership association, is pleased to join Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) in celebrating their successful efforts to build effective leadership and learning systems that lead to improved outcomes for all students.

    Learning Forward Launches Free, Online Learning Guide to Enrich Principal Preparation Programs

    • Learning Forward, the nation’s largest professional learning membership association, today launched The Principal Story Learning Guide, a free resource of web-based lessons and activities to advance the knowledge and skills of aspiring and current K-12 school leaders.

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Top Learning Needs for Today's Central Office Staff Member
10/20/2014
How do the shifting roles and responsibilities of educators who work in central offices impact their learning needs? Consider key learning topics for helping system-level educators stay at the forefront of learning leadership.
Key Responsibilities for Central Office Staff
10/10/2014
What are the duties of a central office staff member eager to ensure that all teachers have access to effective professional learning? The Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance.

 

Build trust for professional learning

Trust is integral to educator learning and student success. From teachers to policymakers, understanding how trust contributes to professional learning and how to build it is critical at all levels.

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

Featured Corwin book

Leverage: Using PLCs to Promote Lasting Improvement in Schools
By Thomas W. Many and Susan K. Sparks-Many

Principals can use learning communities to drive lasting changes in their schools.

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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.