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By Stephanie Hirsh
August 2017
Vol. 38 No. 4
It should be easy for states that have adopted Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning to ensure that federal dollars used for professional development meet the new definition in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While both documents are presented differently, fundamentally they address the same points — and they should. The ESSA definition is the result of many years of many people’s efforts to transition the previous definition to one that aligned with the evidence on professional learning that affects educator and student practice. A crosswalk demonstrating the alignment will assist states and districts to see the similarities and accelerate the application of both. I call on all educators to use this crosswalk as a source of support in planning, designing, assessing, and advocating

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Stephanie Hirsh (stephanie.hirsh@learningforward.org) is executive director of Learning Forward.


Stephanie Hirsh retired in June 2019 after 31 years with Learning Forward, an international association of more than 13,000 educators committed to increasing student achievement through effective professional learning. Hirsh led the organization as its executive director for the last 13 years where she presented, published, and consulted on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America.


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