Two-day Master Class

Join us in Indianapolis to learn from experts in system turnaround, featuring Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools!

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Apply for the Shirley Hord Award

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

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2014 Annual Conference

Save $50 when you register by Oct. 15 -- invest in your own learning and impact the learning of educators and students in your school, district, state, or organization.

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Learn how video can transform teaching

Hear author Jim Knight discuss how video can improve our teaching methods. Explore how you can use video to promote professional growth and teacher effectiveness.
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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



Sep 22, 2014
Where should a school invest effort, time, and resources to help students? Invest in either finding the best teachers or providing exceptional professional development to help them become the best. If we want students to learn, the most critical element is the teacher. So professional development is the overall most important thing we can do to help students learn.

    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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Can Conferences Be Effective Professional Learning?
Consider how conferences can align with Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning to ensure that conference attendance advances attendees' learning goals.
7 Leadership Actions that Support Staff Members
Take these steps to support individual growth and foster a trusting culture focused on improvement.


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

Student Voice: The Instrument of Change
By Russell J. Quaglia and Michael J. Corso

Learn how student aspirations can drive your school toward exciting new goals.

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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.