Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming serves as the senior vice-president for standards, states, and equity at Learning Forward. His current areas of focus include the revision of the Standards for Professional Learning and multiple consulting projects with states and districts to increase educator and leader effectiveness through equity-focused, high quality professional learning. Prior to joining Learning Forward, he served as the assistant commissioner for the Teachers and Leaders Division at the Tennessee Department of Education. He was responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation, and support of impactful policies, practices, and programs related to teacher and leader preparation institutions, licensure, evaluation and development, and educator talent.

Examples of work Paul led included the revision and implementation of the current state leadership standards and administrator evaluation rubric, the Tennessee Teacher Leader Network comprised of 62 districts, the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance that fostered nine innovative principal pipeline models with 23 districts across the state, and a three-year micro-credential pilot with 800+ teachers designed to increase personalized professional learning opportunities aligned to the state evaluation model. He also led the development of the Tennessee Leaders for Equity Playbook described in this Wallace Foundation blog post that features seven equity commitments, all selected for their strong research base that correlates with improved student outcomes, and corresponding actions for school, district, school board, and community members.

Before joining the department in 2012, he was a social studies teacher at the middle and high school levels and principal at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School in Nashville, TN. Hume-Fogg has been ranked as one of the top 50 public high schools in the United States since 2006 and was named a national Blue Ribbon School (2011) by the US Department of Education.

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How Learning Forward’s new Standards for Professional Learning intersect with Federal education policy

By Maria Hyler, Paul Katnik, Jessica Kazigian, Nader Twal, Melinda George and Paul Fleming | April 27, 2022

This special briefing will focus on how the revised standards can and should strengthen federal education policy and investment around professional learning.

The Title IIA equity multiplier

By Paul Fleming and Melinda George | February 1, 2021

Define a vision for professional learning with Learning Forward’s Professional Learning District and State Planner.

Learning Forward puts equity front and center

By Frederick Brown and Paul Fleming | December 1, 2020

In the October 2018 issue of The Learning Professional, Courageous Conversation founder Glenn Singleton reminded us not to engage in “random acts of equity.” Consistent with that message, Learning Forward aspires to develop a comprehensive approach to equity. In recent months, Learning Forward has developed an equity position statement to guide that approach and our […]