A note from Denise Glyn Borders and Steve Cardwell

In a typical year, most schools would be looking at spring break in the rear-view mirror and heading toward the final lessons and celebrations that mark the satisfying and busy end to the school year. As we all know, 2020 is anything but typical.

First and foremost, we’d like to celebrate and thank every educator who is striving to serve their students in every way possible. While the current crisis is far from over, your efforts in these last few weeks demonstrate the creativity and resilience at work in schools today. We’ve always appreciated your dedication and expertise; now we’re amazed at your resourcefulness and tireless persistence in the face of huge challenges. In every conversation we have, we hear again and again that our members and friends across the globe embrace the true spirit of continuous improvement to ensure their students’ health, safety, and ongoing learning.

Learning Forward will continue to keep equity at the forefront of our work. We recognize the tremendous effort that district and school leaders and teachers are engaged in to provide technology tools and high-quality learning experiences virtually for all students—particularly those most vulnerable and at risk. And you’re accomplishing all of this while strengthening your own digital skills. We commend you.

We’d also like to make sure you know about the we have available to support you through these uncertain times.

: Each week, we’re offering a free webinar focused on specific aspects of schooling in the time of COVID-19, from SEL for educators and students, to teaching online, to leading in uncertain times.

: The chat box feature in our webinars show that what educators crave most right now is connection to other educators. Please join today to share your questions and wisdom.

: Like the webinar series, the blog posts explore specific aspects of virtual collaboration, digital teaching, and coaching from afar.

Learning Forward has developed these resources in response to what we are hearing you need, and we’re always open to your questions and ideas. For those of you who are members, your support makes this community possible. Thank you for engaging with Learning Forward, your colleagues, and most importantly, your students and communities.

Take care and be well.

With hope and optimism,

Denise Glyn Borders
President & CEO

Steve Cardwell
President, Board of Trustees

Denise Glyn Borders served as Learning Forward President and CEO from 2019 to 2022. Before that, she was president of SRI Education, a division at SRI International, where she led three centers – Learning and Development, Technology and Learning, and Education Policy. Previously, Borders was senior vice president and director of the U.S. Education and Workforce Development Group at FHI 360, a global human development organization with an evidence-based research approach.