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!
The $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Act, which may contain hundreds of billions of dollars for Biden Administration priorities like free community college, free pre-K, and teacher preparation programs, is beginning to move more quickly down the path to enactment. This week, the full House of Representatives approved a Budget Reconciliation bill that establishes the topline […]
In late July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that included Fiscal Year 2022 funding for all federal education programs. Under that bill, U.S. Department of Education programs would receive an increase of 41%, including a $2.3 billion allocation for Title IIA, a $150 million increase over last year’s appropriation. Before this bill […]
On May 5, the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee launched the FY 2022 appropriations process with a hearing to hear from US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about President Biden’s proposed FY22 budget for the Department of Education. The hearing occurred even though the Department has only publicly released a few top-line FY22 education […]
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 […]
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 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 […]