Congratulations to 2 Learning Forward leaders

By Learning Forward
June 2022

Image for aesthetic effect only - Voices-denise-borders-340x340-1Denise Glyn Borders, Learning Forward’s CEO since 2019, retires on June 30. Borders has been a valuable addition to the Learning Forward team. Despite facing an unprecedented global pandemic after only six months on the job, her extensive experience and steady leadership guided the team to excel under ever-shifting circumstances. She has helped the organization transition to virtual platforms as needed, offer timely networks, programs, and courses, and meet the field’s evolving needs through services, publications, and more. We are fortunate to have had her lead Learning Forward for the last three years and wish her the best.

Borders will be succeeded by Frederick Brown, who most recently served as Learning Forward’s chief knowledge officer/deputy.


Image for aesthetic effect only - Voices-tracy-crow-340x340-1Tracy Crow, longtime Learning Forward leader, will retire on June 30. In her 17 years with Learning Forward, Crow has made countless contributions to our organization and the field of professional learning.

Most recently, she served as chief strategy officer, a role in which she helped to guide the organization’s goals, major initiatives, communications, and staff development and support. Previously, she served as director of communications, director of publications, and editor of JSD and online resources.

From 2019 to 2022, she oversaw the team that led the revision of Standards for Professional Learning, and for many years, she has been a tireless champion for standards implementation, practice, and policy.

Crow has authored or edited numerous books for Learning Forward, including the popular book, Becoming a Learning Team, which she co-authored with Stephanie Hirsh.

An expert editor and writer, she oversaw the journal (formerly called JSD) for many years and has mentored new authors and shepherded experienced authors through the publication process. Her longtime session at the annual conference, Writing for Publication, has been a valuable learning opportunity for many educators.

Learning Forward members and partners have come to know Crow for her steady leadership, collegiality, and warm presence during Annual Conferences, webinars, learning networks, and ongoing collaborations.

Staff members past and present have a deep appreciation not only for her skills in communications and facilitation but for her mentorship and support, creativity, humor, and grace. We wish her all the best in her new adventures and pursuits.


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