What now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed school as we know it. As we face an unpredictable future, professional learning has never been more urgent. This issue highlights some of the ways educators are learning and evolving to meet the shifting needs of students and staff as schools close, shift online, reopen, and prepare for whatever lies ahead.

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When teaching online, leverage the power of video observation to improve practice

By Laura Baecher Observation and reflection are essential for improving teaching practice, even now that most teaching is occurring online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, with the increasing popularity of video observation and coaching, we already have a tool that can be used for this purpose during distance learning. When video-based observation is successfully…

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Advocate for Title II before the 4th!

Title II-A needs your support! With the House Appropriations Committee announcing a July 7th mark-up of its FY21 education spending bill, it is urgent that Learning Forward stakeholders contact their Senators and Representatives about the importance of Title II-A between now and July 3rd. Please let your Senators and US Representatives know two things: Title II-A…

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Supporting equity for English learners during the Coronavirus pandemic

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…

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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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The 3 Cs of professional learning from a distance

By Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen Until a few months ago, moving all student and adult learning online was unimaginable for many of us. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden transition to that reality. Now more than ever, educators need high-quality professional learning that includes collaboration with colleagues, supports sustainable practices, and…

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