What now?

June 2020
Vol. 41, No. 3

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed school as we know it. As we face an unpredictable future, professional learning has never been more urgent. This issue highlights some of the ways educators are learning and evolving to meet the shifting needs of students and staff as schools close, shift online, reopen, and prepare for whatever lies ahead.


The Learning Professional

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In This Issue


Learning as much as we can as fast as we can

This issue examines what we’re learning – and how – as we navigate the unexpected transition to distance learning.

An opportunity for equity

Pandemic shines a light on the need for equitable teaching practices.

The ultimate adaptive challenge

Ellie Drago-Severson and Mary Anton’s insights on coaching school leaders today, tomorrow, and post-COVID 19.

Long distance leadership

Principals support teachers as they dive into remote learning.

Learning together when you're apart

A partnership maintains focus on collaborative instruction even during distance learning.

Momentum for math 

Help students become active learning partners in online classrooms.

Students are stressed. Educators can help. 

School counselors offer strategies educators can use to address students’ well-being.

A new blueprint for schools

3 strategies can help you plan for an uncertain future.

We will be different

Build teachers’ resilience to bounce back after crisis.


Teacher as noticer

Understanding and responding to student cues.

Stay connected during crisis

Organize your outreach to students and staff.

Through the lens

Examine this issue through the lens of the Standards for Professional Learning.


Professional learning in a pandemic

Infographic shares insights from recent webinars on responding to COVID-19.


Strength lies in combining curriculum with professional learning 

A meta-analysis shows the impact of including both.

Data points 

Keeping up with the latest on school closures and professional learning.


Denise Glyn Borders

Call to action

Investing in educators is not a luxury 

Melinda George

Policy and practice

Aim higher as we move toward a new normal 


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