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Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.

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    Professional learning can kickstart an uncertain school year by building knowledge about social and emotional learning strategies, fostering educators’ resilience, and cultivating the support that school communities need to thrive.
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous stress and trauma for students and educators, exacerbating existing needs for mental health support and underscoring the importance of social and emotional learning. With the new school year on the horizon, it is vital for educators to consider the social and emotional needs of […]
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    Social, emotional, and academic development are intertwined. Students benefit when educators weave social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout the school day, building, and curriculum. Download pdf here.
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    Through the lens of Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning Download fillable pdf here.
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    “Highlights from recent research.”   81% of districts use Title IIA funds for professional learning Title IIA of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides funding for the preparation, recruitment, and training of educators. A report from the U.S. Department of Education examined how states and districts spent Title IIA funds in […]
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    Each student has the right to experience rigorous and relevant teaching and learning in school. High-quality professional learning for educators is the pathway to create such a reality for students. Learning Forward opposes any effort or policy that impedes educators’ capacity to serve each student equitably, including efforts to limit […]
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    The first cohort of Learning Forward’s Design Professional Learning in a Virtual World (DPLV) Network completed its cycle of work in June, and a second one will conclude in November. The network helps schools and districts learn to navigate how remote, hybrid, and blended learning environments could accelerate and broaden […]
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    Learning Forward is launching a new network to redesign professional learning communities in a way that builds on lessons learned and opportunities found during the pandemic. The Learning & Inquiry in PLCs Network will support districts as they rethink and reinvent the ways they prioritize and facilitate collaboration to ensure […]
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    Powerful Communication Skills for Coaches, Learning Forward’s latest online course for instructional coaches, continues to sell out as fast as we can schedule it. Led by expert coaches Joellen Killion and Sharron Helmke, participants engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning and coaching practices to enhance their critical […]
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    Stephen Helgeson has joined Learning Forward as vice president, content architecture. He will support Learning Forward’s networks, professional services, and learning experiences. Most recently, he was vice president for new products and services for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where he was the architect behind Atlas, a video […]

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