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Thank you, teachers! From the Learning Forward community

By Ariel Durham | May 2, 2021

Our community of education leaders knows firsthand about teachers’ relentless dedication to students this year. Thus, we invited members of our community to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with us by contributing to our Thank you, teachers video. (See below.) In this video, you will see educators representing various districts nationwide acknowledging the tenacity, strength, and […]

American Recovery Act passed by the U.S. Senate

By Melinda George | March 10, 2021

As of this writing, the American Recovery Act has been passed by the U.S. Senate and it is on its way to the House to be passed as revised by the Senate and then it will go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. It is expected that this will happen before the […]

Congrats to Secretary Cardona

By Learning Forward | March 5, 2021

This week Learning Forward was excited to send the welcome letter below to the new Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, in partnership with Learning Forward Connecticut. We look forward to more opportunities to connect with the new Secretary and his staff to offer our support in ensuring high-quality professional learning plays a critical role in […]

Congress considers COVID relief bill – your voice of support is needed!

By Melinda George | February 26, 2021

Over the next two-to-three weeks, Congress will consider a third wave of COVID-19 funding relief that will total $1.9 trillion and likely include: $130 billion in additional funding for K-12 schools, which can be used for a multitude of purposes including cleaning/sanitizing schools, PPE and professional learning, and $7 billion for devices, hotspots, and Internet […]

Secretary-nominee Miguel Cardona testifies before Senate HELP committee

By Melinda George | February 10, 2021

On February 3, the Senate HELP Committee held its confirmation hearing of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona to be US Secretary of Education. The hearing was largely uneventful and it is expected that Cardona’s nomination will proceed to full Senate confirmation as soon as this week with likely bipartisan votes to approve him. On […]

Congress Approves Title II Funding Increase and Billions in COVID Relief for Schools

By Melinda George | December 22, 2020

Congress wrapped-up its session just before midnight on December 21 by approving two large funding packages – one covering annual appropriations for fiscal year 2021 and another being the first significant COVID-19 relief bill since the CARES Act passed last March. For professional learning and America’s schools, the news was mostly positive. In the FY21, […]