Vision, Mission, Beliefs, Priorities

Over the last several months, Learning Forward staff and board members have had multiple discussions about the mission and vision statements that serve as guideposts for the organization. We believed that the vision needed to speak to a broader audience and make a powerful statement about why professional learning is so important, while the mission needed to provide more clarity about the work of the organization.

Moving forward, the board has adopted the following to serve as the mission and vision statements of the organization.


Excellent teaching and learning every day.


Learning Forward builds the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning. 

We are hopeful that these statements will speak to members past, current, and future as a compelling aspiration for what we all strive to achieve. In the near future, we will be writing more about what the vision and mission mean for us as an organization, how they may influence our work, and the connection between the mission and vision and our beliefs and priorities. In the meantime, please let us know your thoughts on this work.


  1. Effective professional learning is fundamental to student learning.
  2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.
  3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.
  4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.
  5. Improving student learning and professional practice requires ongoing systemic and organizational change.


Strategic Priorities Overview
Learning Forward's recently revised Standards for Professional Learning define the elements essential to educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students. Learning Forward's strategic plan is designed to advance the standards both nationally and internationally. Working simultaneously to serve the members of the organization and influence the wider education field, Learning Forward will focus on the three priority areas below over the next seven years.