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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Professional development vouchers are not what educators need

By Melinda George | April 20, 2020

Learning Forward has long worked to ensure that all educators, particularly those serving students with the highest needs, have access to high-quality professional learning that aligns to the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning. Because of our efforts to educate the field about what works, professional learning is shifting away from workshops and one-off sessions […]

Unprecedented Times Call for Stop Gap Measures – But That Can’t Be the 'New Normal'

Unprecedented Times Call for Stop Gap Measures – But That Can’t Be the ‘New Normal’

By Melinda George | April 9, 2020

Over the past several weeks, Learning Forward has listened as educators in our COVID-19 webinars, our online community, and individual conversations have shared that they need support. They need support in teaching online, they need support in connecting virtually, they need support in fulfilling their students’ needs. And this support is needed now. We hear […]

For professional learning budgets, more of the same is not enough

By Melinda George | February 3, 2020

There are some things in this world that require annual care and feeding. Upgrading and increasing professional learning budgets are one of those things. For most school districts, though, the professional learning budget is often not growing to keep pace with educator needs. This needs to change. More of the same is not enough. At […]

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.