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Melinda George

melinda.george@learningforward.org

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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Title II advocacy update for January, 2018

By Melinda George | January 9, 2018

Both Houses of Congress are back in session – and a final decision on $2 billion in Title IIA professional development funding, which both President Trump and the House sought to eliminate, continues to hang in the balance. The current temporary spending resolution, which funds all federal agencies and programs, expires on January 19. Two […]

Our Take

By Melinda George | October 1, 2017

In March 2017, the education community woke to a daunting professional learning crisis: The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposed elimination of the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program (Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act).

An advocate’s resume: What qualifies you to talk to members of Congress

By Melinda George | September 29, 2017

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGiRTC5CDrE[/embedyt] In March 2017, the education community woke to a daunting professional learning crisis: The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposed elimination of the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program (Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act). As educators face increasingly higher demands for student outcomes in a more diverse population, it’s […]

Deep Dive into Learning Systems Tools for Equity and Excellence

By Stephanie Hirsh, Janice Poda, Melinda George and Jess Wood | April 24, 2017

Learning Forward and EducationCounsel share tools and strategies from our online Toolkit to help states use ESSA to advance learning and improvement systems. Toolkit authors will highlight vision-setting protocols that can be used to help state and district leaders leverage professional learning as an essential strategy in building learning systems and overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing excellence for all. […]