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Supporting equity for English learners during the Coronavirus pandemic

By Learning Forward | April 3, 2020

By: Sarah B. Ottow  Learning Forward is pleased to share this blog post in collaboration with Confianza, which works with professional learning leaders, coaches, and teachers to develop educators’ capacity to provide access and opportunity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all facing challenges in our…

#VirtualCoaching Twitter chat recap: Coaching in a time of crisis

By Ariel Cain | April 2, 2020

On March 31, Learning Forward and featured guest Melissa Ellegood of Yuma Union High School District led a conversation on how instructional coaches can support educators – and take care of themselves –  during this stressful time. This chat was based on an interview with Learning Forward senior consultants Eric Brooks, Heather Clifton, and Sharron…

Coaching during a crisis: Advice from experts

By Suzanne Bouffard | March 26, 2020

Instructional coaches are a trusted source of support for teachers and leaders, and that support is needed now more than ever. Every educator is navigating uncharted territory due to the Coronavirus, with varying levels of readiness for distance learning and a heap of other questions about how to meet students’ multi-faceted needs. Coaches are poised…

What schools and districts are getting right during the Coronavirus closures

By Anthony Armstrong | March 26, 2020

In a recent webinar, Preparing educators for school closings and a new learning environment, Learning Forward asked educators what their districts or schools were doing right when it came to supporting them during this unprecedented period of quarantines and school closures. More than 70 educators responded, showing us what districts are doing right and what…

Learning Forward Is Here for You

By Learning Forward | March 17, 2020

Dear Learning Forward members and friends, Our world is in uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you are navigating a new reality, with school systems closed and many questions about what lies ahead. We don’t know the timeframe or what lies ahead, and that is unsettling. The entire Learning Forward Board of Trustees…

Statement regarding COVID-19

By Learning Forward | March 12, 2020

Updated on 03/13/20 Dear Learning Forward members and friends, We know that many of you are assessing appropriate preparations for and responses to COVID-19 in your local contexts. Like you, Learning Forward is concerned first and foremost about the safety and health of our colleagues, educators, students, and communities. We are looking forward to our…

Amplifying student voice in professional learning: #StuVoice recap

By Ariel Cain | March 9, 2020

On March 4, 2020, Learning Forward and two members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, Emanuelle Sippy and Rachel Belin, led a conversation about how educators can learn from and with students, not just for them. Sippy and Belin wrote the article “Students as education partners.” In this article, Sippy and Belin discuss how…

The Learning Professional, February 2020; Student Voice

By Ariel Cain | February 18, 2020

President’s FY21 Budget Proposal Would Slash Education Funding

By Learning Forward | February 12, 2020

Professional learning as a system of nested supports

By Learning Forward | February 4, 2020

By Elizabeth Foster and Isabel Sawyer Imagine if all educators were supported over their careers by a “nested” professional learning system in which there was a pathway for professional growth connecting individual pursuits to priorities at the district and state policy levels. Professional learning experiences would address individual and collective educator needs, build on previous…

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