Melinda George

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Closing the homework gap is more important than ever

By Melinda George | August 21, 2020

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…

K-12 spending a nettlesome issue as the House and Senate diverge greatly

By Melinda George | August 12, 2020

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…

House approves education funding including Title II-A increase

By Melinda George | July 15, 2020

On July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2021 education funding bill, voting to support a $22.5 million increase for Title II-A. This is a win for Learning Forward as it not only preserves last year’s $76 million increase for this critical professional learning program but adds money in…

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’

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…

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…

Our Take

By Melinda George | February 1, 2018

It might seem obvious to say that Learning Forward believes that education is the learning profession. Yet as obvious as that seems, it isn’t the norm, particularly for educators in the U.S. The concept of a learning profession combines the ideals of a continuously improving organization and the aspiration that educators be recognized and supported…