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The 2015 Annual Conference is the best investment you can make to promote professional learning that advances educator and student performance.

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What do effective leaders do

Support aspiring and current principals with this exploration of key leadership practices using video and learning activities.

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Plan and design professional learning that gets results for your students.

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Learning Forward helps you grow into the successful learning leader you were meant to be.

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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

  • Save $75

    May 31
    Register today to save $75 off registration for the 2015 Annual Conference Dec. 5-9 in Washington, D.C.
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  • Summer Institute

    July 16
    Come to Toronto for an institute that will strengthen your capacity to implement effective professional learning that gets results for teachers and students.
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  • Fall Institute

    October 6
    Learning Forward’s Institutes offer intensive learning that digs deeper into the topics that matter to you.
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  • Vision problems? Using context, process, and product to align your team’s work

    May 15, 2015
    It started with a simple statement: “We need a vision.” As the director of staff development for Gwinnett County Public Schools, I realized I was in trouble when similar sentiments echoed throughout our staff development team.
  • Are you learning forward or backward?

    May 11, 2015
    Followers of the Learning Forward blog know that we changed our name several years ago from the National Staff Development Council to Learning Forward. Later this year, we'll reach the five-year anniversary of the new name. As I reflect on those years, I think about some of the learning I've seen in schools and districts that leads me to ask, "Are you learning forward or backward?"

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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.

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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.