Learning Forward celebrates 50 years!

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In 1969, Ron Brandt organized a gathering of staff developers in Minneapolis to discuss the issues they faced in their relatively new field. Since that time – now 50 years ago – the gathering turned into a membership organization of more than 13,000 members.

Originally named the National Staff Development Council and rebranded as Learning Forward in 2010, the organization has evolved just as the field of professional learning has evolved.

Join us at our Annual Conference in St. Louis as we celebrate 50 years of building capacity and changing practice!

Through the course of 2019 and into 2020, Learning Forward will recognize and celebrate this evolution.

Here are some ways you can get involved and help us celebrate:

50th anniversary timeline
Take a look back at the history and highlights that started with a small group of staff developers collaborating together to improve their work. 

Social media
Follow our facebook event and share our celebration with your favorite social media, or share your favorite pictures and memories via Twitter or Facebook using #learnfwd50. 

Share your favorite pictures from NSDC/Learning Forward
Upload your favorite pictures from the last 50 years, or you can share them via Twitter or Facebook using #learnfwd50, and we'll share them as part of our 50th anniversary celebration!

Conference celebration
Celebrate at this year’s Annual Conference in St. Louis.

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Dawn Wilson

Dawn Wilson, Learning Forward Academy coach and mentor,  reminds us of the importance of our work as a professional community committed to improving our craft. This blog is part of a series celebrating our 50th anniversary. Please share a favorite memory of Learning Forward and why it is important to you. Professional learning is a big…

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Debbie Cooke

Debbie Cooke, executive director of Learning Forward Florida and board member for the Learning Forward Foundation, shares how Learning Forward has helped her establish profound and impactful relationships with experts in the field of educator professional learning. This blog is part of a series celebrating our 50th anniversary. Please share a favorite memory of Learning…

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Julie Blaine

Julie Blaine, 2014 board president  for Learning Forward and former president of Learning Forward Missouri, shares why Learning Forward has been her most important resource throughout her career. This blog is part of a series celebrating our 50th anniversary.   Please share a favorite memory of Learning Forward/NSDC and why it is special to you….

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Dennis Sparks

Dennis Sparks, the first Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council, (now Learning Forward), shares how the organization has been a critical contributor to the growing field of educator professional learning and why it will continue to do so as we look ahead to the next 50 years. This blog is the first in…