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.
- NSDC Policy Points, December 2009, Vol. 1, No. 4
Read about the importance of collaboration to professional development, both within and beyond education. See how a school district in Iowa uses collaborative professional learning to better serve students.
- NSDC Policy Points, July 2009, Vol. 1, No. 3
What does effective professional learning really look like in schools and what are the results? See our definition of professional learning come to life in three districts across the country.
- NSDC Policy Points, April 2009, Vol. 1, No. 2
The April issue explores specific aspects of our definition of professional development. To see three online videos illustrating the definition, visit the definition page.
- NSDC Policy Points, January 2009, Vol. 1, No. 1
The first issue establishes the importance of professional development for our nation and illuminates what we can learn from high-performing school systems in the U.S. and other countries. This issue excerpts aJSD interview with international reformer Michael Barber. Download the full JSD interview here.