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Use this issue of JSD to explore core concepts at the heart of effective professional learning.

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Apply for the Hord Award

Show us how your teacher team engages in professional learning that reflects the cycle of continuous improvement.

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From Tools for Learning Schools

Build a culture that nurtures productive conflict -- Read how three experts establish a culture that encourages productive conflict and use tools to explore this topic with your team. Download this article.

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Explore The Principal Story Learning Guide

Learning Forward has developed a professional learning guide using excerpts from the award-winning PBS documentary film, The Principal Story to illustrate the five key practices of effective principals.
Learn more about The Principal Story.

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New videos show exemplary principals in action

School Leadership in Action: Principal Practices is a series of videos featuring exemplary principals in varied school settings nationwide, who bring to life and reinforce the five key practices of effective principals.
Watch the videos.

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Read the "Designing Professional Learning" report

Whether you're developing professional learning from scratch or enhancing an existing program this report provides detailed guidance on how to configure and evaluate learning models. Published by Learning Forward and AITSL.
Read the report.

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Be a professional learning advocate

How can policymakers ensure that every child experiences great teaching every day? Our Transforming Professional Learning initiative describes a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans from the statehouse to the classroom. 
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Key Dates

  • Research underscores collaboration's impact

    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

    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.

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