A new network for a changed world

By Nick Morgan, Elizabeth Foster and Melinda George
February 2021
Among the things we’ll remember about the year 2020 are phrases like “You’re still on mute” and “Can I share my screen?” They are emblematic of how educators have been challenged to navigate uncharted waters of remote learning and overnight technological adaptation. To quote another phrase that we’ll remember as a cliché, “These are unprecedented times.” Learning Forward’s newest network, Design Professional Learning for a Virtual World (DPLV), is designed to meet educators’ pressing needs in this unusual moment by supporting districts and states with proactive planning tools and processes. Learning Forward and DPLV’s first cohort of nine district and state education agency members are collaborating on how to stay strategic through the compounding challenges of responding to COVID-19, a national reckoning with racial injustice,

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Nick Morgan ( is senior a consultant for Learning Forward.

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Elizabeth Foster ( is vice president, research & standards at Learning Forward. In each issue of The Learning Professional, Foster explores recent research to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes.

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Melinda George
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