Learning Forward and Frontline Research & Learning Institute Launch Collaborative Study on Impact of Professional Learning

February 10, 2017

Learning Forward and the Frontline Research & Learning Institute today announced the launch of their new year-long study measuring the impact of professional learning in K-12 public school systems.

Learning Forward and NCTAF Announce Merger to Provide Stronger Support for the Nation’s Teachers and Students

January 24, 2017

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce they are merging and will operate under the Learning Forward banner moving forward.

Re-imagining the Learning Forward journal

December 13, 2016

Learning Forward’s journal is undergoing a redesign and improvement process. One major change will be the name of the magazine. JSD will become The Learning Professional.

Findings from a Study of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada Released Today

December 5, 2016

Coinciding with Learning Forward’s 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward today releases the findings from a new study, The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada. Accompanying the study is a call to action by Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves.

New Study Will Examine Professional Learning in Canada

August 10, 2016

In collaboration with Canadian researchers and education stakeholders, Learning Forward announces that it has launched a research study examining the state of professional learning across Canada. The purpose of the study is to understand the current landscape of educator professional learning throughout Canada and to advance a priority focus on the elements of and conditions for effective professional learning in Canada and across the world.

Learning Forward and NCTAF Name 12 Finalist Teams in Agents for Learning Challenge

June 23, 2016

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) today announced 12 finalists in its Agents for Learning challenge, a nationwide call to action designed to engage educator teams in advocating for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Learning Forward statement on the ESSA draft regulations from the U.S. Department of Education

May 31, 2016

Learning Forward is pleased to see that the draft regulations for ESSA implementation from the U.S. Department of Education include a requirement for consolidated state plans to describe states’ systems for educator development, retention, and advancement, including how the state will “ensure that each LEA has and is implementing a system of professional growth and improvement for teachers, principals, and other school leaders….”

Carver Middle School Receives First Learning School Designation

May 27, 2016

Learning Forward announces that Carver Middle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the first recipient of the Learning School Designation, in recognition of its commitment to effective and continuous professional learning. Learning Forward collaborates with AdvancED®, a non-profit organization that provides products, services and support for education providers of all types around the world, to offer this designation. The Learning School Designation identifies a school as a model for results-driven, standards-based and job-embedded professional learning. Schools pursue the recognition to demonstrate their commitment to quality professional learning as a key strategy for school improvement.

Learning Forward Launches Community of Practice to Support 20 Leading School Systems

May 12, 2016

Learning Forward has launched the Redesign PD Community of Practice to support 20 of the nation’s leading school districts and charter management organizations in addressing systemwide educator and student learning priorities. The community engages teams from the districts in identifying their local professional learning challenges and then creating scalable solutions. Learning Forward serves as the facilitator and coordinator of the community, offering expertise and support during face-to-face and virtual meetings.

Learning Forward and NCTAF sponsor competition to spur teacher engagement in ESSA implementation

March 11, 2016

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) announced a competition yesterday that will invite teachers to submit written proposals for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As part of their effort to highlight the critical role of teacher agency in professional learning, Learning Forward and NCTAF will use the competition to amplify and support teachers in understanding the provisions of ESSA aligning the allowable uses of funds under the law with their learning needs.

New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

March 7, 2016

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) released a white paper today on the role that teacher agency plays in creating successful professional learning opportunities.

The white paper, “Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work,” defines teacher agency as “the capacity of teachers to act purposefully and constructively to direct their professional growth and contribute to the growth of their colleagues.”

New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

January 27, 2016

John Eyolfson, district science coordinator at Cherry Creek School District (CO), began his term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in National Harbor, MD, on December 10, 2015.