Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
Learning Forward

Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to increasing student achievement and educator effectiveness through standards-based professional learning.

Before her appointment as executive director, Hirsh served the association as deputy executive director for 18 years. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District. In 1996 she was elected to the Richardson school board and served for three terms. Today, Hirsh advises policymakers, state and local superintendents, foundation leaders, and other thought leaders on improving student learning through effective professional learning and school improvement. 

Hirsh also presents, publishes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Her recent books include A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools (2013), coauthored with Anne Foster; A Playbook for Professional Learning (2011), co-authored with Shirley Hord, The Learning Educator (2009), co-authored with Joellen Killion, and Transforming Schools Through Powerful Planning (2006), co-authored with Kay Psencik. Hirsh writes a regular column for JSD, Learning Forward’s bimonthly magazine. She has also written articles for Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, The Record, The School Administrator, American School Board Journal, The High School Magazine, and Education Week.

Hirsh serves on advisory boards for several organizations including Learning First Alliance, University of Texas College of Education, National Stem Equity Pipeline, Great Teachers and Leaders Center, Chief Learning Officer, and AdvancED. She has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Learning Forward Texas; as a Distinguished Alumnae from the University of North Texas; and as Master Trustee and member of an Honor Board from the Texas School Boards Association.

Hirsh earned her masters and doctorate degrees from The University of North Texas and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas. She and her husband, Michael, recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. They have a son, Brian, and a daughter, Leslie, who is an elementary school instructional coach in Dallas, Texas.

Contact information
Stephanie Hirsh
Learning Forward
17330 Preston Road, Suite 106-D
Dallas, TX 75252

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