Learning Forward’s Equity Position Statement

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…

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

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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Learning Forward supports demands for justice

Learning Forward mourns George Floyd, who like so many other men and women of color, died senselessly, the result of violent policing and entrenched racism. We join individuals protesting across the globe in calling for justice and demanding respect for the humanity and value of African American men, women, and children. We commit to working…

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We can structure professional learning to fight racism

From their earliest days in schooling, Black students’ experiences in schools are dramatically different from those of white students. For example, Black preschool children are 3.6 times as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as white preschool children (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). The disciplinary disparities continue in K-12: 6% of all K-12 students received one…

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Investing in educators is not a luxury

Along with educators everywhere, Learning Forward is adjusting to the current reality and looking ahead to what the future may hold. While we can’t yet document our lessons learned, we know we owe a huge debt of gratitude to educators. We’re witnessing educators committed to ensuring their students are fed, safe, and healthy. Participants in…

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