Learning Forward Advocacy
December 9, 2019
Calling all advocates! We are calling for an annual increase in funding for professional learning every year. Join us at the Learning Forward advocacy booth in St. Louis to sign the “Preparing Educators to Prepare Students Increase” petition:
We, the undersigned educators, call on federal, state and local policy makers to commit to an annual increase of at least 2% in funding for PreK-12 professional learning programs.
We are deeply concerned that professional learning is underfunded at the federal level and many states and local districts provide little or no funding for professional learning.
For many U.S. states and districts, Title IIA represents the only source of funding for professional learning. Yet, it has not received a funding increase in more than a decade.
Increase professional learning investments at every level.
If you are unable to join us in St. Louis, please click here to sign the petition.
LEARNING FORWARD CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING:
Addressing Equity in Teaching Through Professional Learning
Click here to download the Capitol Hill Briefing PPT slides.
All of America’s teachers need access to high-quality professional learning and support to address students’ cultural contexts, social-emotional development and an ability to engage with demanding academic content. All too often, the teachers of the students who need the most support are in schools with the most limited resources for professional learning. We can turn the tide by providing ongoing, collaborative and job-embedded professional learning for all teachers and leaders.
Hear from the field about the challenges schools and districts are facing, how they have intervened with professional learning and what the impact has been. Specifically, this panel focused on how Title II-A supported initiatives are making a difference in recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders and increasing student achievement.
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.
Past Learning Forward Events › Advocacy
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 »
All too often, the teachers of the students who need the most support are in schools with the most limited resources for professional learning. This panel will focus on how Title II-A supported initiatives are making a difference in recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders and increasing student achievement.Find out more »
Webinar: Measuring Impact: Three Districts Share Their Experiences Collecting, Compiling, and Sharing Data
Every educator is an advocate and measuring the impact of professional learning is a critical component of our work. Join us for this important conversation as three district leaders share how they are measuring impact and how they are sharing their findings.Find out more »
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