What it takes to become a learning system — even in a pandemic

By Pam Yoder, Jim Roome, Mia Robinson, Roberta Reed and John Eyolfson
October 2021
How often have you come away from a dynamic professional learning experience wishing you could maintain that high level of energy, learning, and networking? Our mission as learning leaders in the Learning Forward Colorado affiliate is to make such ongoing engagement and learning the norm. During remote learning due to COVID-19, we discovered an unexpected opportunity to deepen our work to help schools and school leaders learn from one another in an ongoing way. Three schools spent time learning together in a Learning Forward Colorado Summer Institute focused on Learning Forward’s book Becoming a Learning System (Hirsh et al., 2018). We had originally planned a one-day, in-person session, but when the events of 2020 forced a shift to three interactive online learning sessions, we came

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Hirsh, S., Psencik, K., & Brown, F. (2018). Becoming a learning system. Learning Forward.

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Pam Yoder ( is principal of Denison Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado. 

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Jim Roome ( is assistant principal of Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colorado.

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Mia Robinson ( is principal of Village East Elementary in Aurora, Colorado. 

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Roberta Reed ( is executive director of Learning Forward Colorado. 

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John Eyolfson ( is an educational consultant. 

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