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Standards for Professional Learning

Leaders voice how revised professional learning standards are transformative

By Gail Paul | June 22, 2022

In 1994, National Staff Development Council (which later became Learning Forward) developed and released an industry-leading set of research-based recommendations to standardize professional development, establishing a playbook for educators around the world. Learning Forward has continued to invest in its Standards for Professional Learning with periodic revisions to ensure the standards provide the latest knowledge […]

A principal learning community grounded in the Standards for Professional Learning

By Ann Marie Appolloni | November 9, 2021

Powerful school leadership is critical for schools to be successful. Effective principals ensure that great teaching and learning is in place for all students – a complex undertaking with many moving parts. To help principals succeed in that role, three years ago I formed a Principal Study Council that provides an opportunity for principals to […]

New report connects relicensure to real learning for educators

By Frederick Brown | August 30, 2018

I’d like to send a shout-out to New America and authors Melissa Tooley and Taylor White for their recently released report, Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Renewal Policies. After exploring how states handle relicensure, particularly when it comes to creating systems that contribute to enhancing educators’ effectiveness through professional learning, the authors […]

How systems can support high-quality curricula

By Frederick Brown | February 22, 2018

In her recent blog post, Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh argued that the impact of high-quality curricula will be fully realized when grade-level, subject-specific professional learning communities place deep study and planning for how to use these instructional materials at the core of their work. But, as Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning make […]

Make the connection between Learning Forward’s standards and ESSA

By Stephanie Hirsh | July 27, 2017

The ESSA definition of professional learning is aligned with Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning. Explore the connections between the two.

Bridgeport District Team applies principles of intentional learning design with promising results

By Teresa Carroll | June 8, 2017

Learning Forward Redesign PD Community of Practice member Bridgeport Public Schools is working to build coherent and relevant professional learning within and across district improvement efforts. Read more from two of the district’s representatives on their improvement journey.

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