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Learning cycles provide structures for uncertain times

By Stephanie Hirsh | April 10, 2020

My daughter is an assistant elementary principal in a large elementary school. Due to COVID-19, like so many of you, she now spends her days in front of the computer in a variety of one-on-one and team meetings. She has a number of concerns about how this disruption will impact her students, her teachers, the…

Unprecedented Times Call for Stop Gap Measures – But That Can’t Be the ‘New Normal’

By Melinda George | April 9, 2020

Over the past several weeks, Learning Forward has listened as educators in our COVID-19 webinars, our online community, and individual conversations have shared that they need support. They need support in teaching online, they need support in connecting virtually, they need support in fulfilling their students’ needs. And this support is needed now. We hear…

The Learning Professional, April 2020; Beyond the Basics

By Learning Forward | April 7, 2020

Learning Forward + posts Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students. Learning Forward https://learningforward.org/author/learning-forward/ 1969 Learning Forward https://learningforward.org/author/learning-forward/ 1970 Learning Forward https://learningforward.org/author/learning-forward/ 1978…

Supporting equity for English learners during the Coronavirus pandemic

By Learning Forward | April 3, 2020

By Sarah 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 personal…

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

By Learning Forward | 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…

Federal Government Response to COVID-19 Targets Education, Distance Learning

By Learning Forward | April 2, 2020

Last week, Congress approved and the President signed into law the CARES Act, the third legislative package to address the COVID-19 national emergency. This $2 trillion package contained more than $30 billion in funding for education overall, including a new Education Stabilization Fund that will provide more than $13 billion in flexible funding for K-12…

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 Learning Forward | 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

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 know that circumstances around COVID-19 are changing rapidly…