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Why I make Learning Forward’s conference a priority

By Christy Colclasure / August 1, 2022

How she got involved with Learning Forward: Around 2008, when I was a principal in northern California, a mentor introduced me and several of our colleagues to Shirley Hord’s work about professional learning communities. It was the first time I realized how impactful professional learning can be. Before that, most of my professional learning experiences […]

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Coaching support connects educators in isolated communities

By Christy Colclasure / April 1, 2022

Her role in professional learning: I support literacy programming and instructional coaches in nine schools in eight small, isolated communities, some of which are fly-in only. Our schools are in the Beaufort Delta region on the homelands of the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit and Metis people. In Canada, Indigenous populations have been chronically underserved and experience a […]

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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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