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Stephanie Hirsh

Learning Forward Executive Director

Dr. Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to excellence in teaching and learning for all educators and students. Before her appointment as executive director, Hirsh served the association as deputy executive director. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District. In 1996 she was elected to the Richardson school board and served for three terms. Hirsh presents, writes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Her most recent books include Becoming a Learning System, co-authored with Frederick Brown and Kay Psencik and A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools, coauthored with Anne Foster. Hirsh advises policy makers and practitioners at all levels on improving student achievement and educator effectiveness through implementation of high quality systems of professional learning.


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How learning shaped my leadership

Knowing this will be my last opportunity to write this column as Learning Forward’s executive director, I want to share a few insights on habits I’ve found valuable as a leader. Not surprisingly,

By Stephanie Hirsh        April 01 2019

There are many ways to build a career path

Remember the importance of maintaining a network of colleagues with connections. Ask five people how they got their current job, and I suspect networking played a key role in a majority of

By Stephanie Hirsh        February 01 2019

Focus adult learning on high-quality instructional materials

At Learning Forward, we are embracing an emphasis on the implementation of high-quality instructional materials. As always, our work centers on building the capacity of all educators to ensure all

By Stephanie Hirsh        December 01 2018

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