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[Video] What does the American Rescue Plan mean for you as a leader of educator learning?

By Frederick Brown and Melinda George | April 14, 2021

Do you have questions about how the American Rescue Plan affects leaders of learning like yourself? Learning Forward’s Chief Strategy Officer Melinda George and Chief Learning Officer Frederick Brown have put together a short video explaining what the rescue plan means for education; how the funds can be used; and how Learning Forward’s Professional Services […]

Want to know your ARP funds are having a long-term impact? Collect data.

By Melinda George | April 2, 2021

In the coming weeks, states and districts across the U.S. will receive a huge infusion of much-needed cash, thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. As Learning Forward has shared, these funds can be used to bolster critical efforts to support educators as they attend to their students’ needs. Professional learning should be at […]

A virtual bright spot

By Melinda George | March 24, 2021

A bright spot in this pandemic year has been the planning and execution of Learning Forward’s Virtual Leading, Learning, and Teaching (ViTLL) webinar series. Little did we know one year ago that we were starting a series that would include 34 webinars (so far) and 52,000 registrations. Nor did we realize just how much support […]

American Recovery Act passed by the U.S. Senate

By Melinda George | March 10, 2021

As of this writing, the American Recovery Act has been passed by the U.S. Senate and it is on its way to the House to be passed as revised by the Senate and then it will go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. It is expected that this will happen before the […]

Congress considers COVID relief bill – your voice of support is needed!

By Melinda George | February 26, 2021

Over the next two-to-three weeks, Congress will consider a third wave of COVID-19 funding relief that will total $1.9 trillion and likely include: $130 billion in additional funding for K-12 schools, which can be used for a multitude of purposes including cleaning/sanitizing schools, PPE and professional learning, and $7 billion for devices, hotspots, and Internet […]

Secretary-nominee Miguel Cardona testifies before Senate HELP committee

By Melinda George | February 10, 2021

On February 3, the Senate HELP Committee held its confirmation hearing of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona to be US Secretary of Education. The hearing was largely uneventful and it is expected that Cardona’s nomination will proceed to full Senate confirmation as soon as this week with likely bipartisan votes to approve him. On […]