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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The importance of understanding student misconceptions

By | June 1, 2018

Understanding why students are struggling with content can improve teaching and learning.

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Design principles guide educators in choosing and using curriculum materials

By | February 1, 2018

How teachers choose and use educative features in instructional materials.

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Our Take

By | December 1, 2017

Learning Forward is exploring ways to deepen our collective understanding about social and emotional learning and, in particular, its implications for professional learning. How can educators best be supported to assess and promote the development of students’ social and emotional skills? To that end, Learning Forward has joined with The Wallace Foundation as a dissemination […]

Evidence and Evaluation for ESSA: An In-Depth Conversation

By | November 14, 2017

Elizabeth Foster of Learning Forward, Theresa Bennett from the Delaware Department of Education, and Angela Minnici of WestEd answer questions raised in an earlier webinar discussion and provide an in-depth conversation around evidence and evaluation. This webinar will answer the following questions: How does ESSA define evidence and when should states and districts plan to […]

Report and tool kit build momentum for effective professional learning

By | August 31, 2017

Across the country, states and districts are thinking about their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans — the funding, the requirements, the changes that are in the plan that will need to be implemented in the coming years. While there is a lot to consider, ESSA can potentially create real opportunity to improve teaching and […]

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Our Take

By | August 1, 2017

New report and tool kit build momentum
for effective professional learning.
A new report from Learning Policy Institute supports Learning Forward’s theory of action that collaborative, job-embedded professional learning changes teaching practice and results for students for the better.

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