Dallas, Texas – January 31, 2024 – Learning Forward is pleased to announce two of its leaders are making news through their participation in highly visible national events that demonstrate advocacy for critical issues shaping the future of K-12 education.

Melinda George joined national education and technology leaders at the White House for the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan release

Chief Policy Officer Melinda George took part in the U.S. Department of Education’s formal release of its 2024 National Educational Technology Plan at a Jan. 22 morning launch event at the White House. After remarks by Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and others, George served on a panel with Greg Bagby, Hamilton County Department of Education, Tennessee; Ji Soo Song, Office of Educational Technology; and Beth Holland, The Learning Accelerator. Support for creating the 2024 NETP was provided by a coalition of organizations led by SETDA, including InnovateEDU, Learning Forward, Project Tomorrow, and Whiteboard Advisors. George and Elizabeth Foster, Learning Forward’s senior vice president of research, served on the project steering committee and led the NETP listening sessions, interviews, and polls. Learning Forward CEO Frederick Brown was among the experts interviewed for the policy guide. More about the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan here.


Frederick Brown advocates for K-12 educators in new Public Schools Week 2024 resource

Frederick Brown, president and CEO, is among the leaders featured in a newly released video elevating the importance of public education. The video was produced by Learning First Alliance as a resource for the upcoming Public Schools Week events, Feb. 26-March 1, 2024. Public Schools Week is part of the #HerefortheKids campaign, an initiative that invites families, educators, and the broader community to shine a light on local public schools and tell the stories of the positive things happening in classrooms and school buildings nationwide.

At Learning Forward, Brown said being here for the kids and preparing them to find their success in life is “lived out every day through our mission and our multidimensional approach to strengthening student learning and educator practice through high-quality professional learning.” Learning Forward is a member of the Learning First Alliance, a partnership whose members represent over 10 million educators, principals, parents, and community members. Learning First Alliance will soon release details of its Public Schools Week webinar series. Honoring educators for the work they do is important, Brown said, but our accolades for educators need to be accompanied by meaningful action and ongoing support – “everyone can and must stand up for effective educator professional learning and ensure all teachers and leaders have what they need.” Watch this year’s Public Schools Week video.


About Learning Forward:

Learning Forward leads the field in making clear connections between high-quality professional learning and student success. As champions for highly effective professional learning and catalysts for change, Learning Forward demonstrates evidence and research that informs professional learning decisions. We produce, synthesize, and curate key research and reports that inform best practices. A membership association, Learning Forward provides a combination of publicly available and members-only content and professional services that assist classroom, school, and system leaders in solving their unique problems of practice. Information about the organization, its Standards for Professional Learning, its professional services, and products are all available from www.learningforward.org.

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