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Learning Forward on YouTube Learning Forward’s YouTube channel features videos on a wide range of topics for educators, administrators, policymakers, and all stakeholders. Scroll through the listings or check out […]

Variations On A Theme 

These days, there is a lot of talk in schools. There are conversations about research-based practices, authentic assessments, accountability, effective evaluation, standardized tests, and much more. In all of this […]

Focus First On Outcomes 

“We’re trying to determine what to do to gain expertise in developing students’ understanding of fractions,” 3rd-grade teacher Jose said to the teachers in his professional learning community. “We’ve studied […]

Annual Conference Opens The Door To Possibilities 

There’s been a lot of talk lately about all the money wasted on professional development. Critics would have us believe that very little of what is labeled as professional learning […]


Brainstormers welcome. By Tracy Crow This issue’s focus on the insights, thought leaders, and promising work in progress in the field that will be featured at Learning Forward’s Annual Conference […]

Book Club 

By Eric C. Sheninger  UnCommon Learning provides a process for schools to integrate digital media and new applications with purpose and build a culture of learning with pleasure. The author […]

Advanced Offers Learning School Designation 

AdvancED and Learning Forward are partnering to offer schools committed to providing quality professional development for their staff an opportunity to earn a Learning School Designation. The designation provides schools […]

Let's Raise Our Voices Together 

Over the past 30-plus years, I have attended many education conferences for different reasons. Now, as president of Learning Forward, I find I have an entirely new perspective on their […]

Art Sale Benefits Learning Forward Foundation 

The Learning Forward Foundation will host a new fundraising event at Learning Forward’s Annual Conference in December. Called ScholARTship 2015, the event will showcase student and adult artwork, followed by […]

Researchers Pinpoint Factors That Influence Teachers’ Responses To Data 

Coaches and professional learning communities influence how teachers respond to data and how they use data to change delivery of instruction — that is, reorganizing how students acquire knowledge and […]


Shadowing is the process of following a student or educator through one day, part of a day, or longer, experiencing what that person experiences for the purpose of professional learning. […]


Better solutions, 5-year outlook, The future of credentials, Deeper learning, Flexible learning, The big picture, Teacher voices

Open Your Ears, Eyes, And Minds To Unexpected Learning 

I was chatting recently with Learning Forward member Mary Beth Bazzanella of Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Schools — known as Jeffco — about our upcoming conference in December. She works […]

Why Do I Go To The Conference? 

Over the past three years, Learning Forward’s Annual Conferences have provided me with some of the best professional learning experiences in my career. Not only do the conferences bring together […]

Make Time To Recharge 

“All I need is a little piece of friendship bread — some support to feel renewed and rejuvenated. Even a little piece would allow me to care even more for […]

How Principals Can Reshape The Teaching Bell Curve 

In my work in schools over the last few decades, three hard truths have gradually come into focus. First, within every school there is a bell-shaped curve of teaching quality. […]

If I Could Run A School 

Every creative, dynamic, and intelligent teacher I know has played the “If I could start (or run) a school, I would …” game. Many of these teachers finish the sentence […]

Digital Distinction 

As a part of a professional learning team, we are constantly looking for new approaches and designs that promote deeper adult learning. If we really want teachers to be motivated […]

Visible Leading 

“I’ve conducted thousands of classroom observations and never thought to focus on what the students were doing rather than the teacher,” wrote an experienced principal participating in the School-University Research […]

The Big Money Question 

How do you know if the resources you have allocated to support professional learning in your school district are actually improving the quality of teaching and impacting student performance? In […]

Brainstormers Welcome 

For the second year in a row, we’re excited to use JSD to highlight insights, thought leaders, and promising work in progress in the field that will also be featured […]

Up Close: A Head Start On The Magazine's Theme 

Conferences, institutes, meet-ups, workshops, TED talks — whatever the event, you’re sure to walk away with new ideas and information. While serendipity brings amazing connections and unexpected possibilities, goal setting […]

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