Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster is vice president, standards & research at Learning Forward. She leads Learning Forward’s research efforts and contributes to the development of the revised Standards for Professional Learning. She also leads the Affiliate program and contributes to the coaching and facilitation of other networks.

Prior to Learning Forward, Foster served as the vice president of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF), where she led the research and writing for What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning. She previously worked at Recruiting New Teachers, the Harvard Responsive Advocacy for Life and Learning in Youth (RALLY) project and was a middle school inclusion teacher. She started her career at the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children in New York City. Foster holds degrees in political science from Trinity College (CT) and adolescent risk and prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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What’s next for schools?

By Elizabeth Foster | October 1, 2021

Researchers explore what students and teachers have learned from the pandemic about how to improve schools.

Study shows the impact of project-based learning

By Elizabeth Foster | August 1, 2021

Project-based learning works when implemented with high-quality professional learning.

Data inform our progress toward equity

By Elizabeth Foster | June 1, 2021

Recent publications help us understand where we are and how far we need to go to ensure opportunity for all students.

Investing in principals offers big returns for students and schools

By Elizabeth Foster | April 1, 2021

A new report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation updates the evidence base about school leadership.

An extraordinary time for innovation

By Elizabeth Foster | February 1, 2021

A conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond about how today’s innovations will benefit schools after the pandemic.

A new network for a changed world

By Nick Morgan, Elizabeth Foster and Melinda George | February 1, 2021

The Design Professional Learning for a Virtual World network supports districts and states navigating today’s challenges.