Learning Forward Testimonies

Learning Forward shows you how to plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so you and your team can achieve success with your system, your school, and your students.

We are the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members leverage the power of professional learning to affect positive and lasting change.

Hear what members are saying.

Learning Forward provides outstanding resources to support teacher and principal professional learning.  The consistent use of Learning Forward resources in our school district has resulted in a unified direction of our professional learning that has led to positive changes in teacher practice and improvements in student performance.

— Steven Ebell

Having multiple teams of educators join Learning Forward stimulated excitement and allowed us to work more cohesively as learning teams. It provided us a platform to norm practices and create common language around professional learning. The membership gave us access to powerful tools and resources that guided our thinking around transforming professional learning, increasing educator capacity and improving student achievement.

— Sharonda Eley

Hear what Academy members say.

Why invest in the Learning Forward Academy? It is an opportunity of a lifetime to deepen dispositions and collaborate with peers. The Learning Forward Academy is an engaging learning community of professionals from around the world that commit to exploring effective practices for their organizations. As an Academy member, I had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of professional learning as it relates to teaching and learning. The Academy provided a collaborative space for me to deepen my knowledge, attitude, skills, aspirations, and behaviors by engaging in inquiry around a Problem of Practice.

— Ramona Coleman

We have been able to idea share, be critical listeners, and work off of each other’s successes and failures. It has been this networking that has been the most valuable and has increased my proverbial “toolbox” of resources in my day to day job and overall growth and development.

— Andrew Maoury

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What our Board of Trustees are saying.

As a superintendent, I value the diversity of thought our employees bring to the district. Because our leaders were hired at different times and have varying levels of experience, we need a common set of standards that allows us to use our diverse backgrounds to strengthen the district capacity for change in order to provide the highest quality education to our students. Learning Forward has helped us develop the talent of our staff, defined the work that needs to be done, provided the tools to get us there, and surrounded us with a network of peers from around the world to ensure we get the results we need. Additionally, my position as a member of the board allows me to use my talents to strengthen the Learning Forward organization which is known as the premier advocate for the value of professional learning.

— Wendy Robinson

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

— Warren G. Bennis

What our Affiliates are saying.

My time on the Board has allowed me to learn from, and with, likeminded leaders committed to advocating high quality educator professional learning to provide all students an equitable education. Even though our full-time responsibilities keep us busy, when we have the opportunity to work on a common goal, it feels as if we’ve worked together every day for years.

— Valeria Brown

My time as a Learning Forward board member has been personally transformational. It had an exponential impact on my work in the field with numerous educators and organizations. Being a board member required me to examine my beliefs and assumptions about professional learning and document evidence of ongoing impact as well as a commitment to transformative facilitation practices.

— Deborah Childs-Bowen, Past President, 2005