Learning Forward Nevada

Nicolette Smith

PO Box 10122
Reno, NV

Learning Forward Nevada


  1. Professional learning that improves educator effectiveness is fundamental to student learning.
  2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.
  3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.
  4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.
  5. Effective school systems commit to continuous improvement for all adults and students.

Strategic Priorities Overview

Learning Forward’s recently revised Standards for Professional Learning define the elements essential to educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students. Learning Forward’s strategic plan is designed to advance the standards both nationally and internationally. Working simultaneously to serve the members of the organization and influence the wider education field, Learning Forward will focus on the three priority areas below over the next seven years.

Standards and Impact

Learning Forward establishes standards and examines evidence to strengthen and document the impact of professional learning.

Leadership and Practice

Learning Forward builds the capacity of its members, clients, partners, and staff to establish and sustain effective professional learning.

Advocacy and Policy

Learning Forward advocates policies and practices that strengthen the field of professional learning.

Why I Love Learning Forward

The opportunity to serve as a trustee and to be a part of the Learning Forward team is an honor and professionally rewarding in so many ways. The mission of Learning Forward is directly aligned with school leadership and as a public school Superintendent, building the capacity of leaders through highly effective professional learning is key to school improvement and student achievement. Serving on the board of this prestigious organization allows for collaboration and learning that is significant to me professionally in improving my practice as an educator, and in strengthening our learning system. As a trustee, the opportunity to work alongside national and international leaders allows us to develop our passion for improving student achievement through professional learning in order to impact the future of children.

— Leigh Wall