What is the academy?

MikeMurphy-VidImage The Learning Forward Academy is an extended and profound learning experience that immerses members in a model of inquiry- and problem-based learning. Academy members work collaboratively to gain knowledge to solve significant student learning problems in their schools, districts, or organizations.

The Learning Forward Academy seeks to understand individual members' needs and then assist them in meeting objectives through a collaborative learning environment and the support of experienced coaches.

The academy provides an integrated toolbox that empowers members to:


  • Construct knowledge and develop strategies for improved educator practice;
  • Become the professional learning subject-matter experts for their organizations;
  • Successfully implement professional learning in their environment; and ultimately
  • Increase student achievement.

Benefits to participating members of the Academy:

  • Share 2 1/2 years of learning with educators from around the world;
  • Experience 12 face-to-face, team-based learning days for in-depth instruction and to build relationships and foster community;
  • Attend Learning Forward’s 2015 and 2016 Annual
    Conferences on us and be inspired by and network with industry experts and peers (complimentary registration--a $1,390 value!);
  • Participate and collaborate by phone and virtually to extend learning and for continuous process improvement;
  • Ongoing support from an experienced coach who is also an Academy graduate;
  • Gain access to resources, relationships and real results with a complimentary Learning Forward membership for 3 years—to advance the professional development journey (a $447 value!); and
  • Celebrate successful completion with a formal graduation at Learning Forward's Annual Conference.

Team-based community learning days and graduation:

  • Session One: July 17-19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada
  • Session Two: Dec. 4-6, 2015 and Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Session Three: July 22-24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Session Four: Dec. 2-4, 2016 at Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Session Five & Graduation: Dec. 3, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

A special thanks to our partners

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For questions, contact:
Kristin Buehrig
Programs Specialist

Watch the Academy video.