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Learning Forward is heading to New Jersey Oct. 6-7! Transform your professional learning and build key talent management skills with our Fall Institutes.

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Learning Forward members connect with each other around the globe to share knowledge and resources with like-minded colleagues.

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Come to D.C. Dec. 5-9

Connect with worldwide leaders, choose from over 300 sessions, and take home tools, protocols, and skills to improve educactor effectiveness and student success.

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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

  • Professional learning is important, but not for me!

    August 21, 2015
    I was about to facilitate professional learning with school leaders in a large, urban school district a few months ago. The topics had been planned, the content and process had been reviewed, and I was ready to go. Right before my time started, I had the opportunity to meet the central office educator who was in the room and, according to the organizational chart, in charge of school improvement, instruction, and student performance.
  • The power of words to spark positive change

    August 10, 2015
    How do you use the power of words to spark positive change? How are words being used in your setting to create a culture of caring? Words matter. They can offer perspective, insight, and understanding. Words can bring encouragement and hope.

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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.