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  discussing the key topics affecting today's educators.
  Gain insight from authors, researchers, and practitioners
  on topics including data-driven professional learning,
  implementing change, assessing the impact of professional
  learning, and much more.

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Newest Additions

Teaching in the Machine Age
Michelle Bowman, Thomas Arnett (February 21, 2018)

Michelle Bowman of Learning Forward, and Thomas Arnett from Clayton Christensen Institute, discuss the ways in which education systems may leverage technology to commoditize teacher professional expertise, thereby ensuring that every student has access to high-quality teaching.

Evidence and Evaluation for ESSA: An In-Depth Conversation

Elizabeth Foster, Theresa Bennett, Angela Minnici (November 14, 2017)

Elizabeth Foster of Learning Forward, Theresa Bennett from the Delaware Department of Education, and Angela Minnici of WestEd, answer questions raised in an earlier webinar discussion and provide an in-depth conversation around evidence and evaluation.

Spending Caps and the Federal Budget – How Can We Advocate for Education?
Elizabeth Foster, Jon Bernstein, Kate Cassling, TJ Lucas (October 18, 2017)

Elizabeth Foster of Learning Forward, Jon Bernstein of Bernstein Strategy Group, Kate Cassling and TJ Lucas from the office of Senator Manchin, gives an update on the status of FY18 federal funding legislation, and speaks about the federal spending caps and why we need to advocate to raise them.

Speak Up for Title II: Evidence and Evaluation Data
Elizabeth Foster, Theresa Bennett, Angela Minnici, David Silver (September 26, 2017)

Elizabeth Foster of Learning Forward, Theresa Bennett of Delaware Department of Education, Angela Minnici of WestEd, and David Silver of RTI International, explore how to integrate an evidence-driven approach to professional learning from start to finish in any initiative. Presenters cover what is meant by the word evidence – both within and beyond ESSA – as well as discuss strategies that practitioners can use to plan and monitor the effectiveness of professional learning. This was the fourth in a series of four advocacy webinars.

Speak Up for Title II: Outreach Strategies for Advocacy

Janice Poda, Jordan Hynes, Brian Moulton, Ariel Cain (September 12, 2017)

Janice Poda and Ariel Cain of Learning Forward, Jordan Hynes of Senate HELP Committee, and Brian Moulton from the Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI), offer insights and answer questions about which advocacy strategies work for maximum impact, how to build long term relationships with Members and their staff, how much is too much and how to engage your colleagues and community. This was the third in a series of four advocacy webinars.

Speak Up for Title II: Effective Story Telling
Allison Crean Davis, Jon Bernstein, Melinda George, Frederick Brown (August 29, 2017)

Frederick Brown and Melinda George of Learning Forward, Jon Bernstein of Bernstein Strategy Group, and Allison Davis of Bellwether Education Partners, explore how to identify compelling data and share results and experiences in ways that resonate with policymakers. Presenters offer strategies for collecting evidence and showcased powerful real-world examples. This was the second in a series of four advocacy webinars.

Speak Up for Title II: Become a Professional Learning Advocate
Stephanie Hirsh, Melinda George, Janice Poda, and Jon Bernstein (August 15, 2017)

Stephanie Hirsh, Melinda George, and Janice Poda of Learning Forward and Jon Bernstein of Bernstein Strategy Group, build your skills to advocate for professional learning during this federal budget season and beyond. Our immediate advocacy priority is urging policymakers to restore Title IIA funding, which is the primary source of federal funds for professional learning. Presenters offer strategies and talking points to plan an effective conversation with policymakers. This was the first in a series of four advocacy webinars.

Teacher Team Learning
Stephanie Hirsh, Tanya Batzel, and Kellie Randall (June 20, 2017)

Stephanie Hirsh of Learning Forward and Tanya Batzel and Kellie Randall of Cherrycreek (Colorado) Schools look at a teacher-led cycle of continuous improvement. Based on Learning Forward’s newest book, Becoming a Learning Teamthis free webinar will explore a five-stage learning team cycle, touching on the steps essential to facilitating teacher team learning and problem solving. Take a look at the many practical tools and guidance offered through the book and hear the experiences of practitioners who use the stages to improve practice in their local contexts.

Deep Dive into Learning Systems Tools for Equity and Excellence
Stephanie Hirsh, Janice Poda, Melinda George, and Jess Wood
(April 24, 2017)

Learning Forward and EducationCounsel share tools and strategies from our online Toolkit to help states use ESSA to advance learning and improvement systems. Toolkit authors will highlight vision-setting protocols that can be used to help state and district leaders leverage professional learning as an essential strategy in building learning systems and overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing excellence for all. This webinar explores ideas for creating a vision and utilizing powerful tools to take action steps as states develop and implement consolidated plans and support districts. 

Using the SAI to Measure the Impact of Professional Learning

Steve Preston and Tom Manning (April 13, 2017)

Learning Forward’s Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) is a valid and reliable 50-item survey that measures alignment of a school’s professional learning practices to the Standards for Professional Learning. This webinar will show you how schools, districts and states use the SAI to measure the impact of their professional learning, identify strengths and areas of priority, and drive their PD planning. Participants will view and analyze sample SAI data to see how the SAI can be a valuable first step in measuring and increasing the impact of professional learning.

This webinar will include:

  • An overview of the SAI and how it measures the impact of professional learning.
  • How the SAI aligns with the Standards for Professional Learning.
  • A look at SAI data and reports.
  • Examples of how schools, systems and states use the SAI.

Elevating Teacher Leadership
Amy Colton, Debbie Cooke, and Ann Delehant (Feb. 16, 2017)

Hosted by authors of Learning Forward’s report, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, this webinar provides an overview of a teacher leadership framework that promotes collaborative teaching practices that lead to increased student achievement. This webinar is for leaders or leadership teams interested in initiating, expanding or assessing and revising approaches to teacher leadership within schools or school systems. Learn the benefits of teacher leadership, the four components of a systemic approach to teacher leadership, and the actions schools and systems can take for teacher leadership to be a driver of improved teaching and learning. (Download slides.)

Advancing State Learning Systems Through ESSA
Stephanie Hirsh, Melinda George, and Jess Wood (Feb. 14, 2017)

Learning Forward and EducationCounsel showcase how state-level education stakeholders can leverage ESSA to build powerful learning systems for all educators and students. Such systems offer all learners the culture, structures, and supports for continuous improvement. This webinar explores what effective learning systems entail and why they matter; ESSA’s definition of professional development and how ESSA can support learning systems; ideas for using the local ESSA planning process to advance district learning systems; and powerful tools to use in taking next action steps as states develop consolidated plans and support district​​s. (Download slides.) (Download ESSA toolkits and resources.)


Powering Up Your PD!
Laurie Calvert, Kisha Dorch, Audra McPhillips, and Heather Hotchkiss. (Nov. 17)

Creating and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities
Stephanie Hirsh (Aug. 25)

Leading Districts for College and Career Readiness
Frederick Brown and Nikki Mouton (Aug. 30)

Differentiating the Flipped Classroom
Facilitated by Eric Carbaugh & Kristina Doubet (May 5)

How Can Supervisors Shape Effective Principals?
Brought to you by Learning Forward, AASA, and The Wallace Foundation (Apr. 26)

Creating Communities of Thought: Enhancing Social Capital
Facilitated by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman (Apr. 7)

Increasing Rigor to Meet Today's Standards
Facilitated by Toni Enloe (Mar. 3)

Resources to Support the Beyond PD Report
Facilitated by Joellen Killion (Feb. 10)

Engaging Students with Their Own Questions
Facilitated by Ryan Champeau (Feb. 4)

Transforming Professional Learning: Statewide District Collaboration
Facilitated by Ellen Hopkins and Jane Chadsey (Jan 28)

Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Schools

Presented by Ben Jensen and Facilitated by Joellen Killion (Jan 21)

Drivers of Equitable Achievement in K-12 STEM Programs

Facilitated by Tyrone Blocker (Jan 14)


PARCC Assessments: Get It Right Campaign
Facilitated by Callie Riley (Nov 10)

Nonverbal Communication Skills to Positively Influence Classroom Behavior
Rachel Babbs and Krista Grinder-Dettloff (Nov 5)

Drive School Improvement With Principal Learning Teams
Kay Psencik and Wendy Robinson (Oct. 26)

Data-Driven Differentiation
Gayle Gregory (Oct 1)

Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job
Yong Zhao (Sept 22)

Watching Our Language: Word Choices During Coaching Conversations
Bethanie Pletcher (Sept 10) 

Courageous Leadership: Excellence Through Equity
Alan Blankstein and Pedro Noguera (May 14)

Assessment for Learning
Jan Chappuis (Apr 30)

From STEM to STEAM: Integrating the Arts
David Sousa and Tom Pilecki (Apr. 16)

Close and Critical Reading
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey (Apr. 7)

Student Voice
Russ Quaglia and Michael Corso (Apr. 2)

Helping Adults Learn
Eleanor Drago-Severson and Pat Roy (Mar. 26)

Power of Observation
Tonya Ward Singer (March 19)

Being Generationally Savvy
Jennifer Abrams (Feb. 10)


PLCs and Coaching: A Powerful Connection
Steve Barkley (Nov. 13)

The Positive Power of Differences
Jane Kise (Nov. 6)

Powerful Designs: Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning
Lois Brown Easton, Amy Colton, & Georgea Langer (Oct. 30)

Powerful Designs: Instructional Rounds
Lois Brown Easton and Lee Teitel (Oct. 23)

Powerful Designs: Social Media in Professional Learning
Lois Brown Easton and Lyn Hilt (Oct. 16)

The Power of Teacher Rounds
Vivian Troen and Katherine Boles (Oct. 9)

The Principal Story Learning Guide

Frederick Brown and Tracy Crow (Oct. 2)

The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

Vivian Elliott and Mark Wilding (Sept. 25)

Using Data in Professional Learning
Thomas Guskey and Patricia Roy (Sept. 18)

Becoming a Learning System
Stephanie Hirsh, Kay Psencik, & Frederick Brown (Sept. 4)

2014 Transforming Professional Learning Webinar Series

Conducting Policy Reviews - Stephanie Hirsh & Tom Manning (May 29)

Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Amy Colton & Victoria Duff  (May 22)

Monitoring Implementation of Professional Learning
- Mike Murphy (May 15)

Powerful Learning Designs
- Lois Brown Easton & Terry Morganti-Fisher (May 8)

Leading Change
- M. Rene Islas  (May 1)

Establishing Time for Professional Learning
- Stephanie Hirsh (April 24)

Working with Third-Party Providers
- Joellen Killion & Steve Preston (April 17)

Planning Professional Learning - Terry Morganti-Fisher & Linda Munger (April 10)

Comprehensive Prof. Learning Systems - Joellen Killion & Karen Kidwell (April 3)


Coaching Connections
Chris Bryan, Heather Clifton, & Cindy Harrison

Implementing Effective PLCs
Shirley Hord & Patricia Roy


Virtual Learning Communities
Sonja Hollins-Alexander
Improving Leadership and
Classroom Practices

Sonia Caus Gleason & Wendy Sauer
Implementing Change
Through Learning

Shirley Hord & James Roussin
The Power of Coaching
M. René Islas & Joellen Killion