MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Academy experience leads to collaboration and friendship

By Learning Forward
June 2019
Vol. 40, No. 3
Collaboration is at the heart of effective professional learning, as Learning Forward emphasizes in the Standards for Professional Learning. Educators who participate in the Learning Forward Academy and other networking experiences, such as the Redesign PD Community and the Student Success Learning Network, frequently report that the relationships they develop with other participants are among the most gratifying and beneficial experiences of their careers. Participants often maintain their relationships for many years. As Academy members, Carolyn Anderson and Calandra Davis became not only professional collaborators but also close friends. Although they live in different states, they regularly support one another professionally and personally. In a recent conversation with Suzanne Bouffard, editor of The Learning Professional, they shared how their relationship makes them stronger leaders and

Read the remaining content with membership access. Join or log in below to continue.

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

Log In
   

Who they are:
Calandra Davis, principal of Jenkins Elementary School in Hickory, North Carolina
Carolyn Anderson, principal of Barnwell Elementary School in Barnwell, South Carolina

How they met:
Learning Forward Academy Class of 2017

Shared history:
Clemson University alumnae
South Carolina natives
Elementary school principals

Number of Learning Forward Annual Conferences
they have attended together: 4

Fond memory from a Learning Forward conference:
Davis: “It was so funny being [at the 2017 conference] in Vancouver and we went out to dinner, and Clemson was playing in the [football] playoffs. So there we were in Canada cheering for our Tigers on TV!”

Benefit they valued about the Academy scholarships they received:
Quarterly touchpoint conversations with advisors from the Learning Forward Foundation. Davis says, “They helped get me on track. As with most people who do the Academy, I started out with one problem of practice, and then once you get in it, you realize it’s probably not what you need to be doing. Once I shifted, they helped walk me through that process.” Anderson adds that the conversations were full of “sage advice and great resources.”

Who they are:

Calandra Davis, principal of Jenkins Elementary School in Hickory, North Carolina
Carolyn Anderson, principal of Barnwell Elementary School in Barnwell, South Carolina

How they met:
Learning Forward Academy Class of 2017

Shared history:
Clemson University alumnae
South Carolina natives
Elementary school principals

Number of Learning Forward Annual Conferences
they have attended together: 4

Fond memory from a Learning Forward conference:
Davis: “It was so funny being [at the 2017 conference] in Vancouver and we went out to dinner, and Clemson was playing in the [football] playoffs. So there we were in Canada cheering for our Tigers on TV!”

Benefit they valued about the Academy scholarships
they received:
Quarterly touchpoint conversations with advisors from the Learning Forward Foundation. Davis says, “They helped get me on track. As with most people who do the Academy, I started out with one problem of practice, and then once you get in it, you realize it’s probably not what you need to be doing. Once I shifted, they helped walk me through that process.” Anderson adds that the conversations were full of “sage advice and great resources.”


+ posts

Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.


Search
The Learning Professional


Published Date

CURRENT ISSUE



Recent Issues

TURNING TO TECHNOLOGY
August 2020

Technology constantly creates new opportunities for pro..

WHAT NOW?
June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed school as we know it...

BEYOND THE BASICS
April 2020

Learning professionals challenge themselves to stretch ..

STUDENT VOICE
February 2020

Student needs are at the center of strong professional ..