Announcements

Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh Responds to Recent Polls

August 22, 2014

Like so many other educators, I am studying the recent poll results about public and educator opinions about Common Core State Standards, particularly from PDK International and Education Next, with great interest and concern. Learning Forward has consistently held the view that rigorous learning standards for students have significant potential to increase students’ equal access to engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Therefore, Learning Forward strongly supports Common Core standards and is eager to see their effective implementation in states across the nation.

Learning Forward Releases Book Based on School Improvement Work in Fort Wayne Community Schools

August 11, 2014

Learning Forward, the nation’s largest professional learning membership association, is pleased to join Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) in celebrating their successful efforts to build effective leadership and learning systems that lead to improved outcomes for all students.

Learning Forward Launches Free, Online Learning Guide to Enrich Principal Preparation Programs

May 9, 2014

Learning Forward, the nation’s largest professional learning membership association, today launched The Principal Story Learning Guide, a free resource of web-based lessons and activities to advance the knowledge and skills of aspiring and current K-12 school leaders.

New Officers and Board Members Lead Learning Forward

December 20, 2013

Julie Blaine, executive director of the Central Regional Professional Development Center at the University of Central Missouri, began her term as president of Learning Forward at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas, on December 11, 2013.

Learning Forward Releases New Guide to Help State and District Leaders Evaluate Professional Learning Investments

July 1, 2013

Learning Forward announces the release of a new workbook aimed at helping state education agencies and school system leaders make informed, bold decisions about their current investments in professional learning and repurpose resources to support preparing students for college and careers.

Learning Forward Announces Release of Meet the Promise of Content Standards: The Role of Comprehensive Induction

June 26, 2013

In a new brief, Learning Forward examines how states, districts and schools can use a more comprehensive educator induction process to build the capacity of teachers and principals to successfully implement the new college- and career-ready content standards, as well as the related student assessments and educator effectiveness systems.

Learning Forward Report Urges State Leaders To “Seize the Moment,” Establish Coherent State Professional Learning Systems for Common Core

May 22, 2013

State education leaders should take the lead in efforts to create more coherent, comprehensive, and sustained statewide professional learning systems that help educators at every level meet the promise of the Common Core, according to a new policy brief released today by Learning Forward.

Eighth-grade Math Team at Santa Fe Junior High School Receives Learning Forward’s Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

May 8, 2013

Learning Forward and Corwin announced the eighth-grade math team at Santa Fe Junior High School in Santa Fe, Texas, as the winner of the Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award is given to a team of teachers that demonstrates Learning Forward’s definition of professional learning in action.

Learning Forward Announces Release of Establishing Time for Professional Learning

April 9, 2013

Learning Forward announces the release of Establishing Time for Professional Learning, a workbook designed to guide districts and schools as they develop, assess, and implement recommendations for increasing collaborative learning time for educators.

Learning Forward Announces Release of School-Based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core

March 12, 2013

Learning Forward announces the release of School-Based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core, a set of four web-based professional learning units for school and district leaders.

Statement by Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director of Learning Forward, on the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership

February 21, 2013

Today’s release of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership provides valuable information about teacher and principal needs, highlighting the increasing importance of high-quality professional learning.

Learning Forward Announces Release of Professional Learning Policy Review: A Workbook for States and Districts

January 21, 2013

Learning Forward announces the release of Professional Learning Policy Review: A Workbook for States and Districts. The workbook is the latest product to be released as part of the organization’s ongoing initiative to develop a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. The initiative, Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is supported by Sandler Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and MetLife Foundation.