Learning Forward Advocacy

Advocacy update: February 8, 2019

This week Learning Forward presented the Proclamation for Professional Learning to members of Congress. Signed by more than 1,600 Learning Forward members, the proclamation states that professional learning is essential to improving teaching practice and student outcomes. The proclamation calls on all policymakers to support and fund effective, job-embedded professional learning every year.

During our Capitol Hill visits, we had the opportunity to talk about the importance of professional learning and continued investments in Title IIA. Our colleagues from Learning Forward Virginia and Learning Forward New England joined us to visit their respective Representatives and Senators. We were excited to have a conversation in the office of Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia’s 3rd district. Scott now serves as the chair of the House’s Education & Labor Committee, which oversees education policy, including ESSA and Title IIA. We were also honored to meet with Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT) who is responsible for education appropriations for the same house committee. We also visited the offices of Senator Tim Kaine (VA) and Chris Murphy (CT).

While Congress is currently focused on other topics, we know that the appropriations process for the next fiscal year will start soon, beginning with a proposed budget from the President’s office, to be shortly followed by a budget from the House of Representatives.

ICYMI: Capitol Hill Briefing

Learning Forward’s Capitol Hill briefing on September 27 was a great success as we shared data at the national, state, district, and school levels providing evidence that professional learning is making a positive impact on teacher practice and student outcomes.

We encourage all educators to watch the briefing and to join us in documenting and providing evidence as we ready for next year.


Evidence, evidence, evidence

Evidence of impact is not optional. From your ESSA plans to Title II to talking with your district superintendent, everyone wants to know when professional development is making an impact and how you know. Learning Forward is here to help. We invite you to join your peers from across the U.S. to share your successes here.

Tell us what Title II funds in your school or district, and most important, what outcomes you see as a result. Outcomes might include improved graduation rates or assessment scores, improvements for specific populations of students, or other indicators that students are experiencing more meaningful learning.

ESSA Toolkits

A New Vision For Professional Learning: A Toolkit to Help
States Use ESSA to Advance Learning and Improvement
This toolkit helps leaders leverage professional learning as
an essential tool in overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing
excellence for all.




Agents for Learning Toolkit: A Guide to Amplifying Teacher
Voice and Stakeholder Engagement.
This toolkit suggests ways to cultivate teacher voice and agency in policy decisions and the implementation of professional learning.

Webinar series: Speak up for Title II

Learning Forward hosted a series of advocacy webinars designed to help educators build their advocacy skills. Each free webinar provides background information, the legislative status of Title II, and offers practical steps for how you can engage in this critical fight.

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