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Get inspired for the school year

Explore the August JSD for ideas and inspiration to fuel your professional learning. You’ll find a focus on conference learning along with tools, news from the field, and more.

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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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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.
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Pre-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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Aug 15, 2014
Tens of thousands of teachers go to big conferences and conventions every year for professional development. They watch webinars, too. They take part in Twitter chats. They try out ed camps and unconferences. Sometimes, teachers even get the benefit of in-school professional development. But routinely, teachers attest to the fact that they like having the chance to just sit down with their peers and learn from each other.

    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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Help Teachers Succeed with Content Standards
8/19/2014
Teachers are clear about their need for more professional learning to implement college- and career-ready standards. Consider four essential steps to build support for sustained continuous learning.
Are You Learning With Blinders On?
8/14/2014
Chance encounters can give you great inspiration and meaningful connections for the future. Take these steps to court the unexpected in your professional learning.

 

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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The Focus Model: Systematic School Improvement for All Schools
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Explore the idea that less is more in school improvement.

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