Melinda George

Melinda leads Learning Forward’s policy work on critical programs such as Title IIA, including working with Learning Forward members to be strong advocates on behalf of professional learning. She is a designer and facilitator for Learning Forward networks including the Design Professional Learning in a Virtual World (DPLV) network and the What Matters Now (WMN) network. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was president of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF). She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Washington, DC. Melinda believes that every voice should be heard and she encourages advocacy leadership for all!

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How Learning Forward’s new Standards for Professional Learning intersect with Federal education policy

By Maria Hyler, Paul Katnik, Jessica Kazigian, Nader Twal, Melinda George and Paul Fleming | April 27, 2022

This special briefing will focus on how the revised standards can and should strengthen federal education policy and investment around professional learning.

Inspiration to lean into the important work of professional learning

By Melinda George | February 9, 2022

“It is critical that every educator has access to high-quality professional learning opportunities and resources like those from Learning Forward.” – U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Learning Forward 2021 Annual Conference, December 7, 2021 The events of the last two years have been daunting. Everyone has had to dig deep to find the courage, […]

Reach across the divide for professional learning

By Melinda George | February 1, 2022

One recent early morning, I walked from my home near Washington, D.C., to the National Mall to see the U.S. Capitol. After such a tumultuous year, when divisive politics was at its worst, I was surprised at the sense of quiet in the air — almost somber. In that quiet space, I took a few […]

Advocacy begins with a story – tell yours today

By Melinda George | January 25, 2022

Imagine this. You are standing in front of your school board with an incredible professional learning plan that you have designed and begun to implement and now you want to continue and spread the implementation. You begin your presentation with the exciting components that are included. You detail the costs that would be required to […]

Announcing a new website: Powered by Title II

By Melinda George | January 18, 2022

Today, we are pleased to launch Powered by Title II, a website designed to provide: background facts and data on Title II (the largest source of federal funding for professional learning); tools to advance your professional learning advocacy efforts; the latest federal updates; and links to research outlining the impact of high-quality professional learning.   […]

Federal update for the new year

By Melinda George | January 7, 2022

The Big Picture:

As we enter the new year, Congressional leadership has a very full plate of legislative items – many of them carryovers from last year – that it must get done in a year that will be shorter because of this Fall’s mid-term elections.