Through the work of the Academy, I have developed a strong belief that professional learning is central to any type of improvement plan for a school or district. Everything from the time spent on purposeful, student results-driven, job-embedded professional learning to the importance of funding for professional learning has come from my work with the Learning Forward Academy. Prior to my work in the Academy, I saw good professional learning as multiple offerings with topics that would meet the needs of those in many different subject areas. Now I realize that the best professional learning is not just about one-time offerings, no matter how many diverse topics are offered.