Finding time for professional learning

Finding time for professional learning

Time is the No. 1 challenge educators report to engaging in high-quality professional learning. We can’t make more time, but we can rethink how we use it. This webinar will share strategies for prioritizing and dedicating time to educator learning, making the most of the time you have, and ensuring learning time is well spent. Presenters will draw on articles from the August issue of The Learning Professional and from the workbook Establishing Time for Professional Learning.



Participants will:

  • Discover strategies for establishing professional learning time during the school day;
  • Explore the role of school leaders in prioritizing professional learning for all;
  • Learn how to address barriers and challenges to meaningful collaborative professional learning; and
  • Learn why and how to conduct a time audit.

Rafaela espinal
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Rafaela Espinal ( is assistant superintendent and director of multilingual/English learners for Manhattan (Districts 1-6 and high schools) at the New York City Department of Education, an adjunct professor at City College, CUNY, and a coach for Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was formerly the superintendent of Community School District 12 in the Bronx, New York. She is the author of the article “Superintendents can boost principals’ learning” in the August 2023 issue of The Learning Professional. 

Joellen killion
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Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and a sought-after speaker and facilitator who is an expert in linking professional learning and student learning. She has extensive experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality, standards-based professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels. She is the author of the workbook, Establishing Time for Professional Learning, and the author or co-author of numerous books, including Coaching Matters, Taking the Lead, Assessing Impact, and The Feedback Process.


Christine langrehr 160x200
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Christine Langrehr is the principal of George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale in Harford County, Maryland. She has served as a school-based administrator, in both Title 1 and non-Title 1 schools for more than 17 years and has experience presenting at the system, state, and national level. Her school’s approach to prioritizing professional learning time is described in the workbook Establishing Time for Professional Learning. She is a former adjunct teacher at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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