Member spotlight

A picture of learning

By Christy Colclasure / February 1, 2021

Current role: Professional learning specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Previous roles: Math specialist and math resource teacher; elementary and middle school teacher; K-12 music teacher Learning Forward member since: 2014 Work that caught our eye: A frequent participant in Learning Forward conferences and events, she uses sketchnotes, also called visual note-taking, to organize […]

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‘The work is always changing and challenging for me.’

By Angela / December 1, 2020

Name and current role: Stephanie Sanders, Supervisor, Professional Learning & Title IIA, Cobb County School District, Georgia Previous roles: English language arts teacher, literacy/instructional coach, district lead, program manager at Georgia Department of Education Learning Forward member since: 2016 Why she’s passionate about professional learning: Although I enjoyed working with young people [as an English […]

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Make sure all students can reach the finish line

By Angela / June 1, 2020

How he got interested in a career in education: I come from a family of educators. All four of my siblings became mathematics teachers. As the youngest child, I wanted to do something different initially. But as I continue in this passion-filled profession, I thoroughly enjoy what I do and would not have it any […]

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Helping educators navigate school closures due to COVID-19

By Learning Forward / April 1, 2020

Q: What is the focus of your professional learning work? I oversee training for new teachers in our district through the district’s alternative certification program. I also oversee training for veteran teachers who are becoming certified in teacher support and coaching so they can mentor new teachers. Through the Learning Forward Academy, I am examining […]

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Reflection strategies prepare students for the future

By Angela / February 1, 2020

Reflection strategies prepare students for the future.

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Academy experience leads to collaboration and friendship

By Learning Forward / June 1, 2019

Collaboration is at the heart of effective professional learning, as Learning Forward emphasizes in the Standards for Professional Learning. Educators who participate in the Learning Forward Academy and other networking experiences, such as the Redesign PD Community and the Student Success Learning Network, frequently report that the relationships they develop with other participants are among […]

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