Make sure all students can reach the finish line

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

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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Academy experience leads to collaboration and friendship

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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Educators can pave the path to equity

Whitney Oakley has worn many hats during her career in education, including some she didn’t expect. After her district began to focus on high-quality instructional materials and adopted new resources, she found herself not only overseeing curriculum decisions and professional learning, but driving a forklift loaded with lesson materials and serving as what she jokingly…

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A path forward for professional learning in India

Sandeep Dutt is chairman of Learning Forward India, which he founded as an international affiliate of Learning Forward in 2015. He is a social entrepreneur, coach, consultant, and speaker focusing on school culture and school transformation. Since 2012, he has been chairman of the Bhadrajun Artisans Trust, which runs the Fabindia Schools Programme with the…

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Member Spotlight

How did you get involved with Learning Forward? At the Annual Conferences and other Learning Forward events, Honnick participated in professional learning led by former Executive Director Dennis Sparks and Senior Advisor Joellen Killion. “As soon as I met Joellen, I knew I wanted to be her when I grew up,” Honnick says. “I had…

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Member Spotlight

Position: Deputy director of schools, Loudon County Public Schools, Tennessee In education: 18 years Learning Forward member since: 2015 Learning Forward origin story: I became a Learning Forward member because I wanted access to professional expertise that would stretch my thought processes. I’m in a small- to medium-sized rural district that is very innovative, and…

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