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Learning Forward Blog

JeffCo’s inquiry orientation shifts learning practices

By Linda Jacobson | July 14, 2016

As part of the Redesign PD Community of Practice, Jefferson County Public Schools is focused on measuring the impact of professional learning on teacher practice. Learn more about how the team is intentionally advancing a shared understanding of effective professional learning.

Professional learning in ESSA: 3 next steps

By Stephanie Hirsh | July 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) . The comment period for the regulations is now open. Please join us in asking that the regulations help states conceive a coherent system.

Dip your toes in the water of professional learning

By Heather Lageman | July 12, 2016

It’s summertime and vacation season is in full swing! Often all it takes is one brave soul to jump in the pool or ocean before everyone joins in the fun. The same thing happens in education – all it takes is one educator dipping their toes into the waters of professional learning to impact a whole school or district. See how Anna Jackson is leading change as the director of leadership and professional development in her district.

Meet the Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant Awardees

By Heather Lageman | June 13, 2016

Each year, the Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant is given to a team of educators who are making an effort to advance Learning Forward’s vision. This year’s winners are from Northern Valley Regional High School District in Demarest, New Jersey.

Intentional connection and community within the Annual Conference

By Frederick Brown | May 25, 2016

Have you ever been in a room full of people and felt completely alone? I’ve actually experienced that feeling during several conferences I’ve attended throughout my career. I remember walking into the receptions, plenary sessions, and even small concurrent sessions without knowing a soul and then exiting without having a conversation with anyone.

With a continuous improvement mindset, we can achieve equity and excellence

By Stephanie Hirsh | May 18, 2016

Learning Forward’s theory of action is based on assumptions that educators won’t achieve their high goals for student learning if they don’t set and measure high goals for educator learning. With the right goals in mind, the hard work begins.

4 common misconceptions about feedback: An excerpt from The Feedback Process

By Joellen Killion | May 2, 2016

There are many popular misconceptions about the content of feedback in the literature. Most misconceptions about feedback result from a more traditional view of feedback as information transmitted to a learner by a knowledgeable other as a part of assessment or evaluation.

Wild and wonderful learning: Lessons from Nature

By Dawn Wilson | April 27, 2016

Educators often learn through spoken and written words. Animals learn by observation and action. What if educators learned more like the animals?

Use ESSA to achieve your vision for professional learning

By Tracy Crow | April 25, 2016

When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December, we celebrated that it included an improved definition of professional learning even as we asked educators to create professional learning systems that see that definition as necessary but not sufficient.

Michael Fullan affirms the power of collective efficacy

By Stephanie Hirsh | April 20, 2016

Collective efficacy — educators’ belief that in working together, they have the capability to improve significant challenges in schools — doesn’t just happen when systems or schools offer educators the opportunity to collaborate.