Empower your coaches for success

Learning Forward’s Coaches’ Academy provides a face-to-face program at your location to give your coaches the knowledge and skills they need to excel.

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Find everything you need to create a culture of continuous improvement in your system.

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Rethinking adult learning

The PD Brain Trust is a collaborative professional learning community of individuals with demonstrated leadership in designing or supporting professional learning in education.

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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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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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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



Mar 20, 2015
Despite everything we know about effective professional learning, and despite a growing consensus about the importance of professional learning as a school improvement strategy, education stakeholders remain challenged to implement and sustain effective professional learning. Learning Forward is facilitating a diverse group of leading thinkers, designers, and practitioners to discuss this challenge. Called the PD Brain Trust, this network has been established to inspire new thinking and generate new expertise about how to create demand for — and deliver — redesigned systems of support that guarantee all educators have access to effective professional learning.

    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.

    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.




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PD Brain Trust Wants Your Input on Professional Learning Redesign
A network of leading thinkers, designers, and practitioners addresses the challenges of implementing and sustaining effective professional learning.
Choosing Between What Matters and What Counts
Let's find ways to connect relicensure policies to meaningful professional learning for all educators.


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!

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

The next in a series on implementation of the Standards for Professional Learning.

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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.