To professionalize teaching, prioritize learning

By Segun Eubanks
December 2020
Vol. 41, No. 6
Segun Eubanks is director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement and professor of practice at the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Learning Forward board of trustees in December 2019. What role has Learning Forward played in your career? I first got involved with Learning Forward in the early 1990s while I was working on teacher recruitment and retention. When I became director of teacher quality at the National Education Association (NEA) in 2002, I worked closely with Learning Forward on developing standards and promoting them through policy, advocating for professional learning through Title II, coauthoring reports on collective bargaining, and more. I then had the great joy of being part of the Redesign PD Network, one of my favorite projects.

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Segun Eubanks is the director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement and professor of Practice at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Eubanks also serves as the Chair of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Prior to joining UMD, Eubanks worked in various leadership roles at the National Education Association, including as director of Teacher Quality and director of Professional Educator Support. He previously served 11 years as the director of Teacher Quality for the NEA. In these roles, Eubanks led major policy initiatives and programs such as the Teacher Leadership Initiative, the Teacher Residency Taskforce, the National Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching and the NEA’s Committee on Professional Standards and Practice.

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