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!
Congress wrapped-up its session just before midnight on December 21 by approving two large funding packages – one covering annual appropriations for fiscal year 2021 and another being the first significant COVID-19 relief bill since the CARES Act passed last March. For professional learning and America’s schools, the news was mostly positive. In the FY21, […]
On the first Monday after Election Day and more than two months late, the Senate Appropriations Committee finally introduced its versions of all twelve FY21 Appropriations bills, including Labor HHS Education Appropriations. Overall, the Senate education spending bill provides somewhat less money for the Department of Education and its programs than does the House version, […]
The old adage “Don’t confuse motion with progress” is sadly applicable to recent efforts to pass new COVID relief legislation. Yes, the House passed last month a new version of the HEROES Act that contains an additional $175 billion in COVID relief funding for K-12 schools, with professional learning a permitted expenditure, and $12 billion […]
Two studies released this summer found that between 15 million and 16.9 million children in the United States lack adequate home internet access. Let me repeat those numbers: 15 to 16.9 million. According to the study from Common Sense Media, this means that 30% of all public K-12 students fall into a phenomenon known as […]
With school already in session in some places and most schools commencing in a few weeks, it is hard to believe that Congress and the Administration remain stalled in negotiating another COVID-19 Relief bill that is supposed to focus on education. After days of apparently fruitless talks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader […]
When the world moved online in mid-March, Learning Forward launched a series of weekly webinars to help educators navigate the new COVID-19 environment. With an emphasis on practitioners helping practitioners, the webinars are built around two goals: learning from one another’s experiences and building community. We have had a tremendous response with educators from across […]