How Learning Forward’s new Standards for Professional Learning intersect with Federal education policy

In celebration of Learning Forward’s April 25th release of its revised Standards for Professional Learning, we are pleased to provide you with this special briefing that will focus on how these standards can and should strengthen federal education policy and investment around professional learning.

You will hear from policymakers, researchers, and practitioners about how the standards deepen critical connections between policy and practice and contribute to systems for professional learning that result in high-quality, ongoing, collaborative, and job-embedded professional learning for teachers and leaders. Our experts will also show how offering evidence-based, community-informed principles, structures, and tools at the system level can make a difference in recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders and increase student achievement.

Watch the recording.

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Director, DC Office and Senior Researcher at Learning Policy Institute | + posts

Maria E. Hyler serves as the Director of the Learning Policy Institute (LPI)’s Washington, DC office. She directs the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) in partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education. EdPrepLab is a center on teacher and leader preparation for deeper learning and equity working to transform educator preparation through the alignment of research, practice, and policy. Prior to taking her position at LPI, Hyler served as an assistant professor of teacher preparation and professional development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Assistant Commissioner at Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | + posts

Paul Katnik is the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality. Katnik has been in education for over three decades working with children of all ages, K-12, as both a teacher and a building principal. He has served at the Department of Education for over ten years, and has been instrumental in coordinating the state model Educator Evaluation System, revising teacher and leader preparation programs, developing the state’s Educator Equity Plan, and creating the Missouri Leadership Development System.

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Senior Education Specialist, CREC Resource Group and President at Learning Forward Connecticut | + posts

Jessica Kazigian is a senior education specialist for the CREC Resource Group, a regional education center in Hartford, CT. As a member of CREC Resource Group, she works in districts across Connecticut providing high-quality professional learning in the areas of literacy, mathematics, and elementary education instructional strategies. She specializes in elementary instructional strategies, PLC implementation and support, curriculum alignment to Common Core state standards, virtual learning, and professional learning for teacher leaders and district coaches.

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Program Administrator for Professional Learning and Curriculum Services at Long Beach Unified School District | + posts

Nader I. Twal is a program administrator in the Long Beach Unified School District’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development.

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Melinda George is Learning Forward’s chief policy officer, serving on the Learning Forward leadership team and overseeing Learning Forward’s policy and advocacy work. Melinda has been integral to developing strategy and facilitating networks as well as leading the Learning Forward fundraising team. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was the president of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) where she led its 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. From 2006-11, 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. Prior to PBS, Melinda was the first executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Melinda began her career as a 4th- and 5th-grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools.

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Paul Fleming ( is senior vice president, standards, states, and equity at Learning Forward.

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