Strategic alignment is ongoing, challenging - and necessary

By Denise Glyn Borders
October 2019
Vol. 40, No. 5
One of the most important roles leaders play in professional learning is strategy. Making meaningful improvements in teaching requires everyone to work toward common goals. When a district aims to improve literacy, for example, leaders should ensure that all teachers have the tools and knowledge to teach grade-appropriate skills that build on one another. Random acts of professional learning don’t get schools or students to accelerated learning. Much of our work at Learning Forward is helping states, districts, schools, and organizations approach professional learning strategically. Lately I’ve been focusing on a key component of strategy at the system level: how and where leaders position professional learning in the districts and schools they lead. Is it the highest priority for impacting teacher practice and student learning?

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Denise Glyn Borders

Denise Glyn Borders is president/CEO of Learning Forward.

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In my first several columns for The Learning Professional, I’ll highlight specific issues that are core to my concerns as Learning Forward’s president/CEO. I look forward to hearing your input and questions anytime.

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Learning Forward President and CEO Denise Glyn Borders served as president of SRI Education, a division at SRI International, where she led three centers – Learning and Development, Technology and Learning, and Education Policy. Previously, Borders was senior vice president and director of the U.S. Education and Workforce Development Group at FHI 360, a global human development organization with an evidence-based research approach.

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