Evaluation & impact

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.

6 important topics for learning in 2015

By Dawn Wilson | May 6, 2015

Windshields are larger than rearview mirrors so that we may focus on the road ahead while occasionally looking behind for perspective and course corrections. My resolution for 2015 is to learn more about six topics that will help us make sense of the continuously shifting educational landscape so that we can focus on next steps for student success.

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