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.
In my view, no learning model has captured educators’ attention more than collaborative learning structures. Over the last few decades, they’ve had many names, starting with professional learning
In a learning system, central office personnel assume collective responsibility for schools and go about their work very differently. They are responsible not only for departments and programs, but al
Research has found that high-quality curricula have a significant impact on student achievement (Steiner, 2017; Chingos & Whitehurst, 2012). But a curriculum is not effective on its own. It requir