5 reasons our Annual Conference is a unique learning opportunity

By Stephanie Hirsh | August 16, 2016

Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh offers five reasons why Learning Forward’s Annual Conference, in Vancouver this year, is a unique learning opportunity worth traveling across the border to attend.

New rubrics ensure high-quality professional learning districtwide

By Linda Jacobson | August 9, 2016

Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut and the Loudon County and Shelby County school districts in Tennessee have developed rubrics to better ensure that professional learning throughout their districts meets standards of high quality.

Research underscores collaboration’s impact

By Stephanie Hirsh | July 16, 2016

Learning Forward’s work has long emphasized the role of effective collaboration in improving educator practices and student results. Mounting evidence not only confirms the value of effective collaboration but also details what it looks like. A recent report from the Learning Policy Institute takes our understanding of the value of effective collaboration another step further.

JeffCo’s inquiry orientation shifts learning practices

By Linda Jacobson | July 14, 2016

As part of the Redesign PD Community of Practice, Jefferson County Public Schools is focused on measuring the impact of professional learning on teacher practice. Learn more about how the team is intentionally advancing a shared understanding of effective professional learning.

Professional learning in ESSA: 3 next steps

By Stephanie Hirsh | July 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) . The comment period for the regulations is now open. Please join us in asking that the regulations help states conceive a coherent system.

Use ESSA to achieve your vision for professional learning

By Tracy Crow | April 25, 2016

When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December, we celebrated that it included an improved definition of professional learning even as we asked educators to create professional learning systems that see that definition as necessary but not sufficient.

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