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    • Learning Forward Launches Community of Practice to Support 20 Leading School Systems

      5/12/2016 3:14:28 PM

      Learning Forward has launched the Redesign PD Community of Practice to support 20 of the nation’s leading school districts and charter management organizations in addressing systemwide educator and student learning priorities. The community engages teams from the districts in identifying their local professional learning challenges and then creating scalable solutions. Learning Forward serves as the facilitator and coordinator of the community, offering expertise and support during face-to-face and virtual meetings.

    • Learning Forward and NCTAF sponsor competition to spur teacher engagement in ESSA implementation

      3/11/2016 12:24:38 AM

      Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) announced a competition yesterday that will invite teachers to submit written proposals for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As part of their effort to highlight the critical role of teacher agency in professional learning, Learning Forward and NCTAF will use the competition to amplify and support teachers in understanding the provisions of ESSA aligning the allowable uses of funds under the law with their learning needs.

    • New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

      3/7/2016 4:53:59 PM

      Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) released a white paper today on the role that teacher agency plays in creating successful professional learning opportunities.

      The white paper, “Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work,” defines teacher agency as “the capacity of teachers to act purposefully and constructively to direct their professional growth and contribute to the growth of their colleagues.”

    • New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

      1/27/2016 2:36:17 PM

      John Eyolfson, district science coordinator at Cherry Creek School District (CO), began his term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association's annual conference in National Harbor, MD, on December 10, 2015.

    • ESSA includes improved definition of professional development

      12/10/2015 9:25:03 PM

      President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, offered comments on the law, focusing specifically on the definition of professional development included in the legislation.

    • Learning Forward gathers 3,500 learning leaders in DC

      12/7/2015 1:07:00 PM

      Learning Forward launched its 2015 Annual Conference this weekend at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Focusing on the theme Lead Change, Maximize Impact, more than 350 session presenters, keynoters, and thought leaders are facilitating inspirational learning with educators responsible for leading professional learning across the country and the world.

    • Learning Forward and NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor and Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

      9/16/2015 4:25:38 PM

      Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce that Laurie Calvert will serve the organizations as education policy advisor, effective immediately. The full-time joint position will leverage Calvert’s considerable education and communications expertise in the development of research publications and coordinating policy and advocacy initiatives for both organizations.

    • Announcing the departure of René Islas

      4/14/2015 3:43:07 PM

      René Islas, senior vice president of research, development, and demonstration for Learning Forward, has accepted the opportunity to lead the National Association of Gifted Children as executive director.
    • New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

      1/15/2015 10:20:38 PM

      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.
    • Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh Responds to Recent Polls

      8/22/2014 2:08:30 PM

      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.
    • New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

      12/20/2013 2:50:02 PM

      Julie Blaine, executive director of the Central Regional Professional Development Center at the University of Central Missouri, began her term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association's annual conference in Dallas, Texas, on December 11, 2013.