Chief Policy Officer

Melinda George is Learning Forward’s Chief Policy Officer. Melinda leads Learning Forward’s policy work on critical programs such as Title IIA, including working with Learning Forward members to be strong advocates on behalf of professional learning. She also co-leads the What Matters Now Network, a tri-state network focused on increasing the frequency and equity with which teachers access and engage in effective job-embedded professional learning grounded in the use of high-quality curriculum and instructional materials.

Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was the President of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) where she led NCTAF’s charge to build a research-based framework of policies and practices that ensure every child has access to a competent, caring teacher in a school organized for success. Under Melinda’s leadership, NCTAF worked to achieve the vision that all students will have equal access to effective teaching and opportunity that optimizes learning and realizes future success academically and economically. At NCTAF, Melinda oversaw policy, and implementation projects, developed and maintained strategic partnerships, and provided thought leadership about teaching for the 21st century. Melinda served as NCTAF’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2013.

From 2006-2011, Melinda served as the Senior Director of Education Strategic Relations at PBS, where she developed national partnerships and oversaw the development of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development service. From 2002-2006, Melinda was the first Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).  Melinda served as a national spokesperson on education technology and was instrumental in developing collaborative resources and opportunities for state educational technology leaders.  Melinda began her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools.  Melinda holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The American University and received her Bachelors in American Culture from Vassar College. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two teenage daughters.


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Advancing equity through professional learning

Learning Forward hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on advancing equity through professional learning in October. Panelists from across the United States shared their powerful Title II stories and data.

By Melinda George        December 01 2019

Speak up for professional learning policy

Educators collect data every day, including demographic data about teachers and students, the retention rates of teachers in a school system, the needs of the students they serve, and data tracking ho

By Melinda George        August 01 2019

Our Take

It might seem obvious to say that Learning Forward believes that education is the learning profession. Yet as obvious as that seems, it isn’t the norm, particularly for educators in the U.S. The con

By Melinda George        February 01 2018