April 2016

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With A Continuous Improvement Mindset, We Can Achieve Equity And Excellence

Literacy proficiency is foundational to every child’s success in school. Students take English language arts courses in every grade and apply their literacy skills in every course. Lacking literacy skills, […]

Speak Up For Better Learning 

The Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) new definition of professional learning and its requirements for evidence along with the allowable uses of funds under Title ll have great potential for […]


Abstracts: April 2016 Issue

Learning Forward Foundation Seeks Your Stories 

The Learning Forward Foundation wants to share stories that highlight the work and impact foundation grants and scholarships are having within the variety of settings in which foundation awardees and […]

Book Club 

The Transformative Power Of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms By Jenni Donohoo and Moses Velasco This guide helps school leaders shape the development of a sustainable professional […]

Finding The Sweet Spot

Earlier this year, I engaged in professional learning with a group of elementary school teachers. We were investigating Madagascar hissing cockroaches and how they behave under different conditions. Throughout the […]

Agents For Learning Competition Spurs Teacher Engagement In ESSA

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) are hosting a competition that invites teachers to submit written proposals for the best use of federal funding […]

Changes In Coaching Study Design Shed Light On How Features Impact Teacher Practice

What The Study Says Teacher coaching is a powerful form of professional learning that improves teaching practices and student achievement, yet little is known about the specific aspects of coaching […]

Differentiating the Flipped Classroom Eric Carbaugh and Kristina Doubet, associate professors in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and Math Education at James Madison University, lead the webinar Differentiating the Flipped […]


Evaluating evaluations, Feedback tools, Professional learning success, From improvement to learning, Deeper learning, Common Core support

Are You Professional Learning Literate?

I didn’t realize until recently that people use the term wine literacy — that is, being able to talk knowledgeably about the fundamentals of wine or being able to read […]

The power of teacher agency

It may be a well-worn trope, but for many educators, the problem with professional learning really is a modern example of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” On the one hand, school […]

The View From The Principal's Office 

Educational leaders understand their role in creating a schoolwide goal of continuous learning for teachers and students. They know the importance of identifying and providing the resources and professional learning […]

Dive Into The Deep End 

The Internet has opened new avenues for professional learning design — especially the use of text and video to extend learning and create opportunities for the social construction of knowledge. […]

Delicate Layers Of Learning 

For middle and high school teachers facing the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards, disciplinary literacy instruction is a critical element — and one for which many are […]

Literacy Mash-Up 

In our work with middle and high schools, we often find teachers and leaders grappling with the same set of essential questions on how to incorporate literacy instruction across content […]

Common Goal Unites District

It was the morning of the last social studies content-area literacy studio of the year. Five middle and high school social studies teacher leaders, the high school principal, the superintendent […]

Tailored For A Perfect Fit 

Susana Velasco always thought she designed lessons for her kindergarten students to help them meet the academic standards for their grade. But now she feels better equipped to adapt instruction […]

Power Plan 

“There’s still a question on the table. How can we get our students to read more and better? I mean, they read what they have to, and they’re doing OK. […]

Smart Currency

Policymakers and education professionals have emphasized the importance of literacy in a global economy many times this century — in no instance more directly than when a young U.S. senator […]

Up Close: Make The Connection 

Sometimes Learning Forward’s tight focus on the Standards for Professional Learning as the fundamental building blocks for meaningful educator learning can lead members to ask a logical question: What about […]

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