Three lessons learned from the pandemic about professional learning

By Elizabeth Foster, Judy Newhouse, and Isabel Sawyer The global COVID-19 crisis has not only had a huge impact on student learning but on teacher learning. “Teachers are education’s first responders,” mathematician John Ewing wrote recently in Forbes, and we are learning every day how to respond even more effectively. What have we learned during…

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Perspectives On Professional Learning

Learning Forward is fortunate to work with stakeholders in a range of roles and from all kinds of contexts, including schools and systems, higher education, teacher associations, foundations, government, and corporations. While the people we work with cover a lot of ground in and beyond education, we have the luxury of focusing deeply on this…

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The Can-Do Central Office

To the leadership of almost any school district and its supporting staff, the educational challenges are clear: 1)Reduce the achievement gap among students; 2) increase the graduation rate; and 3) attain the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) mandated by No Child Left Behind.

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The View Inside The Beltway

National education reform happens with or without teacher input, but teachers are increasingly finding ways to enter the policy dialogue. In addition to traditional union representation and direct contact with elected representatives, emerging web 2.0 tools have created a new level of interaction between teachers and policy makers. I am a classroom teacher who sat squarely at the nexus of these interactions for 11 months as a legislative fellow with the Education and Labor Committee in the House of Representatives. In that role, I listened and responded to groups and individuals who came to our office to discuss federal education legislation.

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What it takes to build a strong principal pipeline

Q: What was the impetus for focusing on the principal pipeline? Nicholas Pelzer: Around 2000, when The Wallace Foundation started focusing on leadership, it wasn’t really on the national agenda. It was considered a tertiary issue.Through the first 10 years of our work on the topic, we were asking questions like, “Does leadership matter, and…

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