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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Speak up for professional learning policy

By Melinda George | August 1, 2019

Tell your story to advocate for professional learning.

Documenting your Professional Learning Story: Showing the Impact of Professional Learning

By Elizabeth Foster, Melinda George, Jon Bernstein, Sue Renehan, Barbara Patterson Oden and Judy Newhouse | March 20, 2019

Elizabeth Foster and Melinda George of Learning Forward, Jon Bernstein of Bernstein Strategy Group, Sue Renehan of Learning Forward New England, Barbara Patterson Oden of Learning Forward Virginia, and Judy Newhouse of Learning Forward Virginia describe their experiences and learnings from their advocacy visit to Washington, D.C. (more…)

Network uses improvement science to scale up change

By Melinda George, Nick Morgan and Elizabeth Foster | February 1, 2019

Learning Forward’s What Matters Now Network engages three state teams in rapid-cycle testing of innovative strategies. Each state is focusing on specific ways to support schools’ use of high-quality instructional materials.

Congratulations to educators in Office!

By Melinda George | December 11, 2018

By Melinda George Every educator is an advocate, and many are now serving as elected policymakers, with at least one former teacher going to Washington, D.C., to serve in the 116th Congress. Learning Forward couldn’t be prouder. Learning Forward is celebrating the electoral victories of more than 40 educators, including Jahana Hayes, the 2016 U.S. […]

Step by step: An educator’s path to advocacy

By Melinda George | August 16, 2018

Judy Newhouse, executive director of Learning Forward Virginia, is a passionate advocate for the power of professional learning on schools and students. When she was recently invited to a conference, she saw an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Representative Bobby Scott (VA-3), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, was […]

Haven’t we done this before?

By Melinda George | May 18, 2018

It’s finally springtime in Washington, D.C. Cherry blossoms and tulips are blooming, kids are counting down to the last day of school, and the federal appropriations process begins anew. Wait — didn’t we just finish the appropriations process? It’s true. It is time to gear up for the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process, and our […]