Michelle Bowman

Michelle A. Bowman is vice president of networks and continuous improvement at Learning Forward. She leads the networks strategy that supports state and local education agencies committed to professional development redesign and oversees the development of content and learning designs that support organizations capacity to engage in continuous improvement processes. With nearly 30 years in public education, prior to joining Learning Forward Michelle served in leadership at the district, campus, and classroom levels.

In December 2021, Michelle will complete her Ed.D. in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University. Her dissertation investigates how school district teams engaging in a community of practice impacts school district leaders’ professional learning efficacy. She co-authored Teacher Professional Development in the Digital Age: Design and Implementation of Learning without Limits in Technology in the Classroom: How It Can Improve Teaching and Student Learning in American Schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) with Learning Forward Executive Director (retired) Stephanie Hirsh. Michelle refreshes her soul, mind, and body by singing songs of worship and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys great coffee and long walks.

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6 key features of a successful community of practice

By Michelle Bowman | December 1, 2016

Most educators probably know what it feels like to be part of an unproductive professional learning community — one where the topics range from last night’s TV episodes to everyone’s weekend plans before coming around to instructional issues. Other communities might just feel like another staff meeting with a list of announcements. But there are […]

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Professional learning for a virtual world

By Michelle Bowman | October 1, 2021

Learning Forward’s network helps districts navigate challenging times.

A new paradigm for collaboration

By Rohini McKee and Michelle Bowman | December 1, 2020

Create an online space focused on continuous improvement and equity with the Virtual Network Support Tool.

Network connects 15 districts focused on college and career readiness

By Michelle Bowman | June 12, 2018

By Michelle Bowman The Student Success Learning Network, a collaboration of 15 school districts facilitated by Learning Forward, is focused on supporting students in college and career readiness. Districts participating in the network learn strategies and tactics to effect change on a chosen readiness indicator. After an initial planning session with each system’s team lead […]

Building Educator Capacity to Implement High-Quality Curricula: The Role of Teacher Leaders, Open Education Resources, and Evidence-Centered Design

By Patricia Conner, Megan Simmons, Cynthia Jimes and Michelle Bowman | May 21, 2018

Michelle Bowman of Learning Forward, Patricia Conner from CenterPoint Education Solutions, Megan Simmons and Cynthia Jimes from Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) consider the role of teacher leaders and how to use their expertise where it matters most. Deepen your understanding about the research and importance of institutionalizing a coherent […]

A new template for identifying goals, planning learning for teachers, and recognizing success

By Michelle Bowman | November 30, 2017

To make professional learning more relevant to teachers—and to make sure learning opportunities are driven by data—the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida has given all schools a new template for identifying their goals, planning learning for teachers and recognizing when the targets have been reached. Read more to see how the district has put professional learning on everyone’s radar.


By Michelle Bowman | October 1, 2017

In our district we have been redefining what professional learning looks like, transitioning to more job-embedded, school-based learning supported by coaches or in some cases school leaders or lead teachers.