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Webinar: Being Generationally Savvy

Author Jennifer Abrams shares strategies for bridging the "generation gap" amongst baby boomers, Gen-Xers and millennials working in our schools. Learn tips for building trust and collaboration across generations. Watch this webinar.

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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.
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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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May 04, 2015
"When the faculty in my school were complacent about change, it was time to learn about the students we were leaving behind," writes Deborah Jackson, president of the Learning Forward Board of Trustees. "By looking not just at the state or systemwide data, but also what we could learn from homework and teacher-developed tests, we learned that students in a range of subgroups weren't proficient. Because those subgroups were small, our scores overall looked fine. But attaching names to the data helped the faculty realize that settling for fine was not an option. Every student had the right to strong teaching, and now we could figure out how to make that happen."

    Announcing the departure of René Islas

    • René Islas, senior vice president of research, development, and demonstration for Learning Forward, has accepted the opportunity to lead the National Association of Gifted Children as executive director.

    Galveston County teams with Learning Forward to improve professional learning

    • Learning Forward has launched a professional learning initiative that will help Galveston County, Texas, area superintendents and their leadership teams support school leaders, change educator practice, and improve student results.

    New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

    • Deborah Jackson, special projects administrator in Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools, began her term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., on December 10, 2014.




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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.

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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Implementation
By Michael Fullan, Shirley M. Hord, and Valerie von Frank

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