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Learning Forward’s summer reads

By Tracy Crow | May 24, 2019

Educators love a good beach read, and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season! We know you’ll also fit in a professional title or two as the summer progresses, so here are a few suggestions for where to start.

Give your brain a summer stretch

By Tracy Crow | June 1, 2018

Explore new opportunities for learning.

They Do The Right Thing For Students

By Tracy Crow | April 1, 2018

The educators highlighted in this issue embody Learning Forward’s belief that all educators have an obligation to improve their practice.

Here We Go

By Tracy Crow | February 1, 2018

Whenever we explore particular aspects of leadership, as we do in this issue of The Learning Professional, our intent is to help educators build their capacity to lead effectively, offer insights to district leaders responsible for developing leadership in others, and help all educators understand the critical role that leadership at all levels plays in…

Implementing learning teams? You have options

By Tracy Crow | October 5, 2017

“Should we be rolling out our new learning teams with every teacher across the school or start with just one or two teams?” This question led to an interesting conversation at Learning Forward’s Summer Institutes in Denver, Colorado. The educator who asked had spent the previous two days studying Becoming a Learning Team (Learning Forward, 2017), a book we…

Bring your best evidence forward to show professional learning’s worth

By Tracy Crow | April 20, 2017

Budget cuts have sliced into professional learning spending. Why? Because sometimes administrations do not see the evidence that it can really increase student achievement. Read more from Tracy Crow about how we can prove that a professional learning budget is necessary.

The Perfect Recipe For Improvement

By Tracy Crow | December 1, 2016

I was talking to my sister-in-law about butternut squash the other night. As we did some meal planning for Thanksgiving, I let her know that a) we had way too much last year; and b) preparing it always takes longer than she thinks. I don’t know that she appreciated hearing that, but my goal was…

What We Say And What We Mean

By Tracy Crow | October 4, 2016

Director of Communications Tracy Crow explains how collaboration, communities, networks, and time for learning are only useful when learners employ them with purpose and are most likely to lead to change with sustained support and effort.

What We Say And What We Mean

By Tracy Crow | August 1, 2016

We use a lot of jargon and shorthand in education, just as other professions do. Our shorthand helps us move quickly through conversations, establishing that we have a shared understanding of an important idea and allowing us to get on to real work. The danger of using this secret code, though, is that maybe we…

Fundamentals Make A Difference At Every Skill Level

By Tracy Crow | June 1, 2016

If I were to map my trajectory as a cook, plotting the growth of my ability to put a decent meal together, the line would be all over the place. I didn’t plan to learn a few fundamental dishes first and then build expertise in a logical fashion. When I read stories about the development…