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Three lessons for building teacher skills in a remote environment

By Tricia Miller | October 19, 2020

Like many educators, my colleagues and I found our plans upended last spring due to the pandemic. As professional learning facilitators who usually travel around the country to provide in-person professional learning on math instruction, we had to come up with a new plan. Just as teachers struggled to mirror the in-person experience for their…

Professional Learning State and District Planner

By Learning Forward | October 15, 2020

The Title IIA Equity Multiplier: Leveraging Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Professional Learning for All Students and Educators Learning Forward, with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, is excited to release the Professional Learning State and District Planner, a free resource to support state, district, and school leaders with the implementation of high-quality…

COVID relief deal unlikely as House and Senate are too far apart

By Ariel Cain | October 14, 2020

The old adage “Don’t confuse motion with progress” is sadly applicable to recent efforts to pass new COVID relief legislation. Yes, the House passed last month a new version of the HEROES Act that contains an additional $175 billion in COVID relief funding for K-12 schools, with professional learning a permitted expenditure, and $12 billion…

Learning Forward’s Equity Position Statement

By Learning Forward | October 14, 2020

Learning Forward’s commitment to equitable outcomes for all students is longstanding, guided by the premise that when more educators experience high-quality professional learning, more students have access to high-quality teaching and learning. We serve leaders of learning and change, who undertake the essential work of creating cultures and structures where all students and educators learn…

How to pack a virtual bag for Learning Forward 2020

By Sarah Mumm | October 12, 2020

Attending a virtual conference allows you to still get all the amazing information and insights from speakers, reduce the time and financial commitments required to attend these events, and you can attend the entire conference whilst in your pajamas! So leave those fancy clothes in the closet and check out how to pack a virtual…

October is National Principals Month

By Learning Forward | October 9, 2020

Thank you for your submissions for National Principals Month This year we gave people the opportunity to nominate a principal they know to be featured on our Twitter page, and we received over 200 submissions within the first 24 hours and filled all of the available spaces! If you didn’t get to submit your nominees…

The importance of adding rigor and relevance to instruction

By Jill Thompson | October 7, 2020

With districts and schools in various stages of returning to in-person learning, instructional design must be flexible in order to meet the needs of students in many different learning situations. Educators grappling with instructional design can learn from schools that have employed principles of personalized learning. I’ve consulted with many schools and districts on how…

Innovate for Impact: Learning Forward’s first virtual conference

By Ankhe Bradley | September 18, 2020

This year’s Annual Conference is not only virtual, but is also Learning Forward’s 51st conference. We invite everyone to join us online for the first-ever fully virtual Learning Forward Annual Conference. Our theme for this year is Innovate for Impact. The field of education is experiencing unprecedented times due to the impact of a global…

Closing the homework gap is more important than ever

By Melinda George | August 21, 2020

Two studies released this summer found that between 15 million and 16.9 million children in the United States lack adequate home internet access. Let me repeat those numbers: 15 to 16.9 million. According to the study from Common Sense Media, this means that 30% of all public K-12 students fall into a phenomenon known as…

Moving early childhood professional learning online: What we’ve learned in NYC

By Learning Forward | August 12, 2020

By Helen Barahal and Omar Etman The week that the COVID-19 pandemic closed school buildings in New York City, the professional learning teams at the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) were scheduled to provide in-person professional learning sessions for thousands of early childhood educators and program leaders. Prior…

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