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Suzanne Bouffard

Senior Vice President, Communications & Publications

Suzanne Bouffard is senior vice president of communications and publications at Learning Forward. She is the editor of The Learning Professional, Learning Forward’s flagship publication. She also contributes to the Learning Forward blog and webinars. With a background in child development, she has a passion for making research and best practices accessible to educators, policymakers, and families. She has written for many national publications including The New York Times and the Atlantic, and previously worked as a writer and researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She loves working with authors to help them develop their ideas and voices for publication.

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    Have you ever had a great idea or a critical need and no one seems to be listening? You are not alone, but you do have the power to change your influence. Every educator needs to have strong storytelling in their repertoire. Whether it is advocating for one of your […]
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    What professional learning topics resonated most with you in 2022? If you’re like many readers of The Learning Professional, building collaboration in divisive times and implementing revised Standards for Professional Learning are on your list. Half of this year’s 10 most-read articles were published in the February issue on the […]
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    As you read the articles in this issue, it is my hope that you will not think of this as an “equity issue” of the journal. That’s because equity is embedded in every issue of The Learning Professional. According to columnist Baruti Kafele, equity means meeting every student where they […]
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    Educators often feel pulled in multiple directions, but for many, that feeling is especially acute right now. Navigating schools’ competing priorities, students’ increasing needs, and intense public pressures can feel like trying to travel across the cover of this issue — on winding roads, with confusing signs and no clear […]
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    Most educators believe that social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are a fundamental part of good teaching and learning (Education Week, n.d.; Hamilton et al., 2019) because they help children and adults set and reach goals, navigate their environments, and thrive in community. SEL includes skills such as paying attention, […]
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    Each year, The Learning Professional team announces a slate of themes for the following year’s issues. We consider the field’s pressing needs, members’ roles and interests, and emerging research. We also look for areas where our staff and readers have unique insights to share. The Learning Professional themes speak to […]
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    Throughout the production of this issue, I have heard outstanding educators lament their first years of teaching. Pointing to their past shortcomings, they blame themselves, saying things like: “I had no idea what I was doing,” “My students deserved better,” or “I wish I could go back and apologize to […]
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    With teacher shortages plaguing schools across the country, districts and states are trying a range of approaches to fill the gaps. Many are looking to alternative certification programs, hiring teachers with bachelor’s degrees in fields outside education who are simultaneously enrolled in teacher education coursework and preparing for licensure exams. […]
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    Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is an expert in neuroscience and the science of learning, and the founder of Connections: The Learning Sciences Platform, which provides evidence-based support for educators in over 40 countries. She will be a keynote speaker at the 2022 Learning Forward Annual Conference Dec. 4-7 in Nashville, Tennessee. Hers […]
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    Standards for Professional Learning drive everything we do at Learning Forward and in this journal. But this issue is special because it is entirely devoted to the recently revised 2022 iteration of the standards. It peeks under the hood of the standards revision process that took place over more than […]
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