The Student Success Learning Network is an exclusive community of districts working together to solve student learning challenges through a continuous improvement process. 

This invitation-only network uses improvement science principles to set and achieve meaningful goals around student graduation and college success.



Who participates

District teams consist of principals and other school-based leaders committed to solving professional learning challenges and building the collective success of the network.

The school-based leaders are from middle and high schools that

  • Have a majority of students who are Black, Latino, and low-income;
  • Aspire to improve results for students in select college- and career-readiness indicators;
  • Value collaboration; and
  • Commit to continuous professional learning.



Learning Forward’s role

Learning Forward facilitates the network, providing expertise, resources, and organizational management tools. We assist participating systems in identifying their specific problems of practice and provide focus, guidance, and shared accountability through face-to-face convenings and individual coaching for each system.



The process

By working collaboratively, sharing knowledge, and engaging in a shared cycle of inquiry, systems in the Student Success Learning Network make dramatic progress on a critical problem of practice.

Core principles guiding the network include:

  • Focus on shared problems of practice;
  • Collective knowledge building;
  • Progress reporting and shared accountability;
  • Active learning through a process of inquiry;
  • Commitment to support implementation;
  • Focus on graduation predictors;
  • System-led governance and leadership; and
  • Strategic partnerships with national thought leaders.



What’s included

  • Three two-day convenings for a team of five (October 2018, February 2019, June 2019);
  • Complimentary registration to Learning Forward’s 2018 Annual Conference for a team of five, including access to special receptions and facilitated networking sessions;
  • One face-to-face (Fall 2018) and three online governance meetings for one district representative;
  • Quarterly coaching calls;
  • On-demand virtual coaching/technical assistance with Learning Forward staff and/or partners;
  • Quarterly webinars featuring experts tied to network challenges;
  • Learning Forward school district membership for 10 schools;
  • Learning Forward publication library (10 titles);
  • Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) for 10 schools;
  • Features in Learning Forward communication and publications;
  • Collaboration through Learning Forward’s online community platform; and
  • Special invitations to participate in funded research projects and other learning opportunities.

Join a network of leaders committed to ensuring that professional learning directly impacts student success in schools.


For more information, contact Michelle Bowman, associate director of communities, at 972-421-0900, or


Student Success Learning Network

An earlier phase of the network was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this phase, funding comes from the districts themselves, and in some cases they have found external support. The Houston Endowment is supporting ESC Region 4 and Spring ISD in Texas. The Great Schools Partnership is supporting Knox County Schools in Tennessee. WestEd is supporting Pittsburgh Public Schools to participate.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Bowman

Associate Director of Communities