There are many ways to build a career path

By Stephanie Hirsh
February 2019
Vol. 40 No. 1
Remember the importance of maintaining a network of colleagues with connections. Ask five people how they got their current job, and I suspect networking played a key role in a majority of them. One of the privileges of serving as executive director is the opportunity to hear other professionals’ stories and questions. Over the years, I have been asked for advice and support from members, particularly those seeking to make career transitions. The questions take many forms: whether to shift to a new position in a district, what opportunities exist to move to a different kind of organization, how to establish oneself as a consultant. While my advice varies according to the individual situation, there are some key themes I have learned that may be

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Stephanie Hirsh

Stephanie Hirsh ( is executive director of Learning Forward.

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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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