Excellent Teaching and Learning Every Day

Award categories and recipients 

We believe that educators’ ideas matter and Learning Forward is celebrating the visionaries and luminaries that are sparking innovation in teaching and learning. Learning Forward is passionate about our vision, “excellent teaching and learning every day,” because we believe in the power of education to transform lives.

The Learning Forward Foundation scholarship contest encourages educators to put their good ideas into action and apply their research and creativity to impact education’s most profound challenges. We are pleased to announce the 2016 Learning Forward Foundation Scholarship Awardees. 

Learning Forward Foundation Academy Scholarship

2016 Awardees: Andrea Von Biberstein, Ridgeville Charter Middle School and Anna Jackson, Lubbock ISD

The Learning Forward Foundation Academy Scholarship provides funding to support participation in the Learning Forward Academy for one school-based practitioner and one district-based practitioner. This year's school-based recipient is Andrea Von Biberstein, Instructional Specialist at Ridgeville Charter Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia. The district-based recipient is Anna Jackson, Director of Leadership and Professional Development in Lubbock ISD, Lubbock, Texas. 

Patsy Hochman Academy Scholarship

2016 Awardee: Shannon Terry, Arlington ISD

The Patsy Hochman Scholarship was established to honor Patsy Hochman, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2008. Mrs. Hochman's husband established the scholarship to continue her legacy of kindness and giving. The scholarship provides funding to support participation in the Learning Forward Academy. Shannon Terry, Director of Professional Learning for Arlington ISD, Arlington, Texas, is this year's recipient.

The Principal as a Leader of Professional Learning Scholarship

2016 Awardee: Kelly Hastings, Young Junior High School

The principal remains the central source of leadership and influence in a school. The Principal as a Leader of Professional Learning Scholarship will assist an already effective principal to strengthen their leadership knowledge, skills and dispositions to improve the outcomes of professional learning for staff resulting in improved student learning outcomes. This year's recipient is Kelly Hastings, Principal of Young Junior High School in Arlington, Texas.

Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant

2016 Awardee: Northern Valley High School District

The Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant supports teams (grade level, school, and district teams) in an effort to advance Learning Forward's vision: Excellent teaching and learning every day. This year’s team is from the Northern Valley High School District in Demarest, New Jersey under the leadership of Kathleen O’Flynn, Supervisor of Professional Learning, Virginia Senande, Learning Systems Technology Integrator, and Linda Mayer, Project Consultant and Past President, LFNJ.

Learning Forward Foundation Affiliate Grant

2016 Awardee: Learning Forward Nebraska

The Learning Forward Foundation Affiliate Grant provides an affiliate the opportunity to further their work in the area of professional learning within their respective state/region/province. This year recipient is Learning Forward Nebraska, under the direction of Chad Dumas.

Learning Forward Foundation System Grant

2016 Awardee: Hartford Public Schools

The Learning Forward Foundation Grant is a partnership grant that will provide an opportunity for a district team to develop and implement a comprehensive learning system throughout the district. The work within the grant project will be based on strategies identified in the Learning Forward book, Becoming a Learning System. This year’s recipient is Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, Connecticut under the leadership of Sarah Diggs, Acting Director of Professional Learning.

Previous award recipients

Chidley Fund Academy Scholarships

  • Molly Cassidy, Nogales, Ariz. - 2014
  • John Willis, Sugar Hill, Ga. - 2014
  • Bethanne Augsbach, Monroe Township, N.J. - 2013
  • Amy McWhirter, Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tenn. - 2013
  • Adrienne Tedesco, Gwinnett County, Ga. - 2012
  • Tonio Verzone, Anchorage, Alaska - 2012
  • Jill Brady, Fort Wayne, Ind. - 2010
  • Karla McAdam, Decatur, Ill. - 2010
  • Ann Barysh, Randolph, Mass. - 2009
  • A. Clifton Myles, Decatur, Ga. - 2009
  • Takisha Weatherall-Jones, Milwaukee, Wis. - 2009
  • Regina Riley-Turner, Detroit, Mich. - 2008
  • Joanne Jones, Winton, N.C. - 2008

Patsy Hochman Academy Scholarship

  • Susan Carmody, Phoenix, Ariz. - 2015
  • Suzanne Newell, Grapevine, Texas - 2014
  • Jeff Fox, Corpus Christi, Texas - 2013
  • Susan Jones, Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tenn. - 2012

Learning Forward Foundation Academy Scholarship

  • Leslie Holtkamp, Bryan, Texas - 2015
  • Calandra Davis, Greenville, South Carolina - 2015

Learning Forward Foundation Affiliate Grant

  • Learning Forward Kansas - 2015
  • Learning Forward Louisiana - 2014
  • Learning Forward Michigan - 2014
  • New York Affiliate - 2012
  • Colorado Affiliate - 2011
  • Indiana Affiliate - 2010

The Principal as a Leader of Professional Learning Scholarship

  • Tammy Bosley, Hartford County, Maryland - 2015
  • Vanessa Stuart, Lewisville, Texas - 2014
  • Darlene Miller, Knoxville, Tenn. - 2013
  • Laurie Haynie, Prince Frederick, Md. - 2010
  • Stephen Duch, Jamaica Estates, N.Y. - 2008

Learning Forward Team Grant

  • Benjamin Franklin School, New Jersey - 2015
  • Worcester Arts Magnet School, Worcester, Mass. - 2014
  • Wayland Public Schools, Wayland, Ma. - 2013
  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, Wis. - 2012
  • Birmingham Elementary/Wylie ISD, Wylie, Texas - 2011
  • Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Fla. - 2011
  • Marietta Middle School, Marietta, Ga. - 2010
  • Jordan-Elbridge High School, Jordan, N.Y. - 2009
  • Newton High School, Newton, Kan. - 2008

Leading for Learning: Sybil Yastrow Superintendent's Grant

  • Kenneth Hamilton, Monroe Township, N.J. - 2012
  • Sam T. King, Conyers, Ga. - 2010

Carmen Nylund Memorial Fund Academy Scholarship

  • Carolyn Anderson, Blackville, South Carolina - 2015
  • Cynthia Cash-Greene, Orangeburg, S.C. - 2010

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