2014 Annual Conference

Join us in Nashville Dec. 6-10 to experience cutting-edge keynotes and general sessions that address current issues in schools and districts.

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New leadership resource

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

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Your next must-have

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

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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.
Learn more about The Principal Story.

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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. 
Browse The Learning Catalog.

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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

  • Twitter Chat

    July 29
    Share your learning goals for the coming school year in our first ever Twitter Chat! Share your strategies, tools, and questions. Join us July 29 at 8 p.m.
  • Save $50

    October 15
    Register today to save $50 off registration for the 2014 Annual Conference Dec. 6-10 in Nashville.
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Jul 21, 2014
Nationally, schools lose between $1 billion and $2.2 billion in attrition costs each year through teachers moving or leaving the profession, according to new research from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Teachers move, according to the report, because of job dissatisfaction, including inadequate administrative support, isolated working conditions, and a lack of collective teacher influence over school decisions. Part of the remedy, according to the report, is "access to excellent peers and mentors and/or opportunities for collaboration and feedback."




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3 Lessons Learned from Race to the Top
Stephanie Hirsh considers the federal Race to the Top initiative and how it may advance stakeholders' understanding of and support for effective professional learning.
Education Fairy Tales Put to Rest Through Research
Carol François shares some popular education myths that have been debunked by John Hattie and Greg Yates in their book Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.


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

Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner
By Maria G. Dove, Andrea Honigsfeld, and Audrey Cohan

Support the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners.

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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.