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.
A New Vision For Professional Learning: A Toolkit to Help
States Use ESSA to Advance Learning and ImprovementSystems. 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.
Build your skills to advocate for professional learning during this federal budget season and beyond. Our immediate advocacy priority is urging policymakers to restore Title IIA funding, which is the primary source of federal funds for professional learning. This free webinar will cover Learning Forward’s policy efforts overall, and offer an update on the federal budget process and timeline. Also, attendees will learn how to advocate for Title II, including: Creating an elevator speech Contacting your senator Arranging site visits…Find out more »
Congress has been busy and Title II appropriations are moving. Join us for an A-Team Action Call on Thursday, June 28 at 3 pm ET to hear the up-to-the-minute federal update and to get some tips on sharing your professional learning story.Find out more »
This webinar will focus on state and district approaches to measuring the impact of professional learning. In addition, this webinar will provide information on impact requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how these requirements can be leveraged to strengthen professional learning in your school or district.Find out more »
Watch the live stream of today's special Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, DC, at noon - 1:30 p.m. ET. “Professional Learning: Practice and Impact” will provide information for Congress, the Administration, and K-12 education stakeholders about the impact of Title II-A funds in schools and districts across the country. The event will bring together nationally recognized professional development practitioner experts to focus on how Title II-A supported initiatives in instructional coaching, mentoring, and team teaching are making a difference in teacher practice…Find out more »
With the U.S. Department of Education having approved all state Every Student Succeeds Act plans, states and districts are busy translating those plans into practice. This webinar will feature an opportunity to hear how two key states are implementing Title II and to learn what resources, tools, and messaging they are using to support districts and to build evidence on behalf of the program.Find out more »
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