Advocating for High-Quality Professional Development

Learning Forward advocates for changes in policy and practices that advance effective professional learning.

ESEA Reauthorization

The U.S. Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. We need your help to make sure the law includes funds focused solely on effective professional learning for teachers and school leaders. Sign our petition.


NSDC Policy Points

Made possible through funding from College Board, NSDC Policy Points, a four-page newsletter, was created to help members of Congress and their staffs develop greater understanding of government's role in supporting teacher learning that directly affects student achievement. We invite members to share these newsletters with state-level policy makers and other key decision makers within their own spheres of influence.



Learning Forward's Definition of Professional Development

Working with our allies and advocates, we created a new definition of professional development for use in the reauthorized version of ESEA. Federal policy makers have the opportunity to promote a significant improvement in teaching quality in American schools by supporting legislation that will strengthen the quality of educators’ professional learning.

Read the full definition here.