Evaluation & impact

[Video] What does the American Rescue Plan mean for you as a leader of educator learning?

By Frederick Brown and Melinda George | April 14, 2021

Do you have questions about how the American Rescue Plan affects leaders of learning like yourself? Learning Forward’s Chief Strategy Officer Melinda George and Chief Learning Officer Frederick Brown have put together a short video explaining what the rescue plan means for education; how the funds can be used; and how Learning Forward’s Professional Services […]

Want to know your ARP funds are having a long-term impact? Collect data.

By Melinda George | April 2, 2021

In the coming weeks, states and districts across the U.S. will receive a huge infusion of much-needed cash, thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. As Learning Forward has shared, these funds can be used to bolster critical efforts to support educators as they attend to their students’ needs. Professional learning should be at […]

Intentional learning goals create the potential for transformational change

By Stephanie Hirsh | June 22, 2018

While engaged in cycles of inquiry or improvement, teams may collaborate to write SMART goals for students but skip the stage of writing goals for themselves. However, a deliberate focus on educator learning with intentional goal setting is what makes a learning cycle particularly valuable for educators and is unique to Learning Forward’s team learning […]

Whatever name you give it, the PLC plays an important role

By Stephanie Hirsh | April 5, 2018

In my view, no learning model has captured educators’ attention more than collaborative learning structures. Over the last few decades, they’ve had many names, starting with professional learning communities (PLCs). In some corners, they became professional learning networks or learning teams. We also use the terms communities of practice and networked improvement communities. The approach […]

Honesty takes time, but it’s worth it

By Frederick Brown | September 14, 2017

[embedyt][/embedyt] An August 13 Washington Post column carried this headline: “Why principals lie to ineffective teachers: Honesty takes too long.” In it, the author discusses two recent studies that revealed principals’ struggles in telling ineffective teachers they need to improve. The studies, performed by researchers at Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Education Researcher, compared principals’ formal evaluations of […]

Bring stakeholders on board by gathering multiple measures of success

By Scott Laurence | May 18, 2017

Measuring the impact of professional learning is of paramount importance. Read from author Scott Laurence about his journey as a superintendent to achieve effective professional learning, and how he measured his successes along the way.

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