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For professional learning budgets, more of the same is not enough

By Melinda George | February 3, 2020

There are some things in this world that require annual care and feeding. Upgrading and increasing professional learning budgets are one of those things. For most school districts, though, the professional learning budget is often not growing to keep pace with educator needs. This needs to change. More of the same is not enough. At…

Coaching for equity: #LearnFwdTLP recap

By Ariel Cain | January 30, 2020

On January 23, Learning Forward hosted a Twitter chat to discuss building equity through instructional coaching with special guests Tonikiaa Orange, director of the Culture and Equity Project at UCLA, and Jo Ann Isken, director of the UCLA IMPACT Urban Teacher Residency Program. They wrote the article “Coaching for equity,” based on their work creating…

The Learning Professional’s Top Ten Articles of 2019

By Suzanne Bouffard | December 19, 2019

As the end of 2019 approaches, it’s a great time to reflect on what you’ve learned this year and to catch up on what you may have missed. Get started with our list of the ten most-visited articles on The Learning Professional website, which was completely revamped in 2019 to make the content more accessible…

In memoriam: Deborah Childs-Bowen

By Learning Forward | December 19, 2019

Dr. Deborah Childs-Bowen has been a friend and leader for Learning Forward for decades, as advocate and practitioner, board member and president, and senior consultant. We are incredibly saddened by her passing on Dec. 16. Early in her service to the organization, Deborah co-chaired a network to engage regional laboratory members. Representing SERVE, she remained…

Appropriations Bill Includes Increased Support for Title II-A

By Learning Forward | December 19, 2019

Six months in – reflections from Learning Forward’s President | CEO

By Denise Borders | December 17, 2019

It is such an honor to be leading Learning Forward as we reach our 50th year serving educators. I’d like to share a couple of reflections on what I’ve learned from Learning Forward members in the last few months and then share key priorities as we move into the next 50 years. First, I quickly…

Culturally responsive coaching is more than just good coaching

By Learning Forward | December 13, 2019

By: Sarah Young  A white colleague recently asked me, “Sarah, why do we need culturally responsive coaching? Isn’t it just good coaching to be responsive to everyone?” I had to give some thought to how I framed my response. The crux of the answer is, “No, it’s more complex than that,” as is the answer…

Health Sciences High and Middle College wins 2019 Learning Team Award

By Tom Manning | November 22, 2019

#SatChat recap: Tackling instructional mismatch

By Ariel Cain | November 18, 2019

On November 16, 2019, Learning Forward hosted a Twitter chat to discuss how to bridge the gap on instructional mismatch with experts Sarah Quebec Fuentes, associate professor of mathematics education, and Jo Beth Jimerson, associate professor of educational leadership at Texas Christian University. The chat was based on their article in the October issue of…

50th Anniversary Celebration

By Anthony Armstrong | November 13, 2019

50 years after Ronald Brandt convened the first meeting of staff developers, Learning Forward celebrates 50 years of helping schools and systems improve results for students through effective professional learning and continuous improvement.