Learning Forward Blog

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Dennis Sparks

By Anthony Armstrong | October 8, 2019

Dennis Sparks, the first Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council, (now Learning Forward), shares how the organization has been a critical contributor to the growing field of educator professional learning and why it will continue to do so as we look ahead to the next 50 years. This blog is the first in…

#CollaborativePD recap: School counselors need professional learning, too

By Ariel Cain | September 19, 2019

On September 18, 2019, Learning Forward hosted a Twitter chat on the importance of professional learning for school counselors with experts Mandy Savitz-Romer of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Alice Anne Bailey of the Southern Regional Education Board. The chat was based on Savitz-Romer’s article in the June issue of The Learning Professional, “No…

Climbing the jungle gym of success: Nontraditional career paths in professional learning

By Nikki Mouton | September 16, 2019

This post is the first in a series on nontraditional career paths for those working in educator professional learning. We asked Nikki Mouton to share her professional journey from a science teacher in Georgia to Senior District Fellow with Learning Forward. Future posts will explore how other educators are leveraging their knowledge and skills in professional learning to find success in alternative career paths.

The Learning Professional, August 2019; Personalizing Learning

By Learning Forward | August 23, 2019

How to spread proven professional learning programs

By Learning Forward | August 14, 2019

By Andrew J. Wayne Ten years ago, I met a researcher who was proud but frustrated. His randomized controlled trial published the year before had found a positive impact on student achievement from a whole-school reform model. But he was vexed: Why don’t districts now adopt this model? Today, that problem is relevant for teacher…

New white paper: The Path to Instructional Excellence and Equitable Outcomes

By Learning Forward | July 31, 2019

Read the latest journal

By Learning Forward | June 28, 2019

Denise Glyn Borders starts as executive director

By Learning Forward | June 28, 2019

Increase for Title II-A Approved by House of Representatives

By Learning Forward | June 20, 2019

Leverage high-quality instructional materials

By Stephanie Hirsh | June 4, 2019

Studying and implementing high-quality instructional materials anchors the work of effective learning teams. Learning Forward has elevated the importance of this work for the same reason we amplified the role of equity in our vision — a recognition of the need to prioritize and be explicit about the strategies that have the most potential to…