ESSA includes improved definition of professional development

December 10, 2015

President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, offered comments on the law, focusing specifically on the definition of professional development included in the legislation.

Learning Forward gathers 3,500 learning leaders in DC

December 7, 2015

Learning Forward launched its 2015 Annual Conference this weekend at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Focusing on the theme Lead Change, Maximize Impact, more than 350 session presenters, keynoters, and thought leaders are facilitating inspirational learning with educators responsible for leading professional learning across the country and the world.

Instructional Leadership Team from Braulio Alonso High School Receives Learning Forward’s 2015 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

November 18, 2015

Learning Forward and Corwin announce the Instructional Leadership Team from Braulio Alonso School in Tampa, Florida, as the winner of the 2015 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award is given annually to a team of teachers that demonstrates Learning Forward’s definition of professional learning in action.

Learning Forward welcomes Michelle King as associate director of communities

October 12, 2015

Learning Forward announces that Michelle King now serves the organization as associate director of communities. King will help to coordinate Learning Forward’s online communities of practice, supporting a network of districts committed to professional development redesign.

Learning Forward With Arizona State Department of Education Wins AMEX-NASSP Principals Path to Leadership Grant

October 6, 2015

American Express and the National Association of Secondary School Principals named Learning Forward, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, one of five recipients of nearly $2.5 million in the Principals Path to Leadership grant program, which is designed to expand effective principal preparation programs and share their best practices broadly to impact education reform.

Learning Forward and 8 Galveston County School Districts Kick Off Houston Endowment-Funded “Learning Leaders” Program

September 24, 2015

Learning Forward, the professional learning association, is proud to announce that its three-year Galveston County Learning Leaders initiative, which is funded by a $420,000 grant from the Houston Endowment, began last Thursday in Santa Fe ISD with eight Galveston County superintendents and their leadership teams who plan to improve teaching and learning across the county.

Learning Forward and NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor and Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

September 16, 2015

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce that Laurie Calvert will serve the organizations as education policy advisor, effective immediately. The full-time joint position will leverage Calvert’s considerable education and communications expertise in the development of research publications and coordinating policy and advocacy initiatives for both organizations.

From mirage to reality: Redesign professional learning to improve classroom teaching

August 4, 2015

We know with greater clarity than ever before: Unless teacher development is shaped by individual teacher and student needs and part of a coherent system of support, educator practices won’t change and students won’t have access to the great teaching they deserve.

Announcing the departure of René Islas

April 14, 2015

René Islas, senior vice president of research, development, and demonstration for Learning Forward, has accepted the opportunity to lead the National Association of Gifted Children as executive director.

Galveston County teams with Learning Forward to improve professional learning

April 14, 2015

Learning Forward has launched a professional learning initiative that will help Galveston County, Texas, area superintendents and their leadership teams support school leaders, change educator practice, and improve student results.

New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

January 15, 2015

Deborah Jackson, special projects administrator in Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools, began her term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., on December 10, 2014.

Vertical Dual Language Team from Tombaugh Elementary School Receives Learning Forward’s Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

November 10, 2014

Learning Forward and Corwin announce the K-1st vertical dual language learning team at Tombaugh Elementary School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the winner of the 2014 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award is given annually to a team of teachers that demonstrates the highest quality of collaborative professional learning, as described in Learning Forward’s definition of professional learning in action.