Bring your best work to Washington, D.C.

Submit your proposal to present a session and share your expertise at our 2015 Annual Conference Dec. 5-9, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Submit your proposal by Jan. 31.

New leadership resource

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

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Join the Academy 

The academy’s blended learning experience connects you with coaches and practitioners to help you overcome the professional learning challenges you are facing.

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Watch PLCs and Coaching: A Powerful Connection webinar

Steve Barkley discusses how how teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators can successfully combine professional learning communities with instructional and peer coaching to make a positive impact on student achievement. Watch this webinar.

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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. 
Order your copy in the Bookstore.

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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.
Read the report.

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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. 
Check out all of the reports.

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Key Dates



Dec 19, 2014
Earlier this month, more than 3,600 people participated in Learning Forward's Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They came to Music City to explore new ideas, deepen their understanding of key professional learning concepts, and engage with colleagues from all over the world. By noon on Wednesday, Dec. 10, the conference was over, and attendees returned home to their schools, districts, provinces, states, and regions. So what's the next step for people who attend a major learning event like Learning Forward's conference? Here are two options to consider.

    Vertical Dual Language Team from Tombaugh Elementary School Receives Learning Forward's Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

    • Learning Forward and Corwin announce the K-1st vertical dual language learning team at Tombaugh Elementary School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the winner of the 2014 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award is given annually to a team of teachers that demonstrates the highest quality of collaborative professional learning, as described in Learning Forward's definition of professional learning in action.

    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.




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Put Conference Learning Into Action Now
Use several strategies to implement and extend the learning from events like Learning Forward's Annual Conference.
Teachers' Needs Must Drive the Professional Learning Agenda
Teachers' input on professional learning stresses the importance of skillful collaboration and shared decision making.


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

When Treating All the Kids the Same Is the Real Problem: Educational Leadership and the 21st Century Dilemma of Difference
By Kendra Johnson and Lisa Williams

This guide shares the actions leaders can take to transform learning for all students.

Purchase your copy.

Learn - Connect - Engage

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.