Designing Professional Learning for a Virtual World

Design Professional Learning for a Virtual World

Learning Forward invites you to join a new network
for teams of district leaders.

Professional learning has never been more important as schools and districts design and implement, in real time, new models for learning during and after this pandemic. As schools face new and changing conditions, educators are responsible for ensuring that student learning continues as they themselves adapt to online, remote or hybrid learning. Now is the time to capture lessons learned from the emergency shift to inform the improvement of professional learning utilizing virtual and digital-mediated educational models. Invest in your educators now to maximize success in the coming school year.

Join a network of district teams, led by Learning Forward, to address your current challenges related to the design, implementation, and measurement of professional learning in virtual and digital models.

Outcomes for your district

A contextualized, comprehensive professional learning plan focused on outcomes

Sustainable solutions for your district’s immediate challenges and for a professional learning infrastructure that transcends COVID

Solutions aligned to district and state strategic plans that work across departments

Increased capacity to create policies and practices for effective professional learning

Access to professional learning tools and resources aligned to the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning

Collaboration and critical-friend relationships with leaders from like-minded districts

Understanding of how short-term COVID lessons can inform long-term professional learning plans

Professional learning that is focused on equity through innovative strategies

Collaborate with like-minded districts as you solve your own district’s immediate and long-term challenges, expand your professional learning network, and ensure that your time and money have the biggest impact possible. Invest in your educators’ professional learning today, support them through re-entry, and build for their long-term needs.

Unlike organizations focused on online delivery, Learning Forward’s expertise is in designing and facilitating effective, outcomes-oriented professional learning that addresses immediate needs and plans for the longterm. Our facilitated networks encourage learning alongside peer leadership teams as you design, implement, and assess professional learning through continuous improvement.



Need help?

Michelle Bowman

Vice President, Networks & Content Design
Email Michelle


Nikki Mouton

Nikki Mouton
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Consulting & Content
Email Nikki

Need help?

Michelle Bowman

Vice President, Networks & Content Design
Email Michelle

Note: Education Stabilization Funds through the CARES Act can support participation in this network.

Participant teams

District teams include 4-5 director-level administrators responsible for professional learning, academics, technology integration, assessment, and leadership. Teams will be encouraged to bridge silos and model collaboration.


The Design Professional Learning in a Virtual World Network will advance through three stages:

Stage 1

Support re-entry in the fall in virtual and hybrid learning environments.

Stage 2

Respond, recover and maximize learning during the school year.

Stage 3

Reinvent professional learning to acknowledge and embrace new learning models.


Watch this informational webinar for detailed information from Michelle Bowman and others.


Development of an ongoing professional learning plan for the district

Integrated needs assessment at each stage including 1:1 interviews, focus groups, and survey instruments

Support to compile data and share with the district team to inform professional learning planning

Facilitated team and network time for learning and design

Virtual engagement and access to resources through an online community

Opportunity to be featured in Learning Forward communications and publications

Comprehensive Learning Forward memberships for team members


Onboarding and at least monthly virtual call with a Learning Forward coach for:

  • Ongoing technical assistance and consultation to review needs assessment
  • Development of district professional learning plan using Learning Forward standards, tools and resources

Facilitated professional learning related to outcomes aligned to focus areas

Quarterly virtual, facilitated team and peer-to-peer check-ins

Quarterly webinars featuring thought leaders tied to network challenges

Three one-day virtual network convenings

Dedicated team planning time with facilitator support

Information sheet for districts

Information sheet for states

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