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Learning Forward's PD Watch

Learning Forward is the nation’s largest nonprofit membership association focused solely on ensuring success for all students through effective professional learning and school improvement. It advocates for every educator having access to professional learning that is results-driven, standard-based, and job-embedded. (Learning Forward’s PD Watch ceased publishing in November 2018.)

Families & the Community Opinion Congratulations to Educators in Office!
Learning Forward celebrates the electoral victories of more than 40 educators.
Learning Forward & Melinda George, November 13, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion A Vision for Equity in Schools Starts at the Top
Equity is possible only when leaders at all levels understand the cultures, passions, strengths, and challenges of those entrusted in their care.
Learning Forward & Alan Ingram, October 26, 2018
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Education Opinion Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Should Be Standard Practice
As educators address students' social and emotional learning needs, their professional learning must align.
Learning Forward & Stephanie Hirsh, October 16, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion New Report Highlights the Importance of the Role of Principal Supervisors
Given their increased time with principals, it becomes even more important that principal supervisors have the knowledge and skills to make the best use of that time.
Learning Forward & Frederick Brown, September 13, 2018
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Education Opinion If We Join Forces, We Can Identify Students Who Are At Risk
Learning Forward's president-elect writes about the necessity for educators to strengthen the human connections that underlie successful teaching and learning.
Learning Forward & Leigh Wall, September 6, 2018
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Education Opinion Share the Good News about Great Schools as the New Year Begins
Commit to sharing the good news about your school with community members and policymakers to sustain investments in public education.
Learning Forward & Stephanie Hirsh, August 30, 2018
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Education Opinion New Report Connects Relicensure to Real Learning for Educators
Professional learning tied to relicensure should focus on student learning needs, say the authors of a report from New America.
Learning Forward & Frederick Brown, August 23, 2018
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Education Opinion Step by Step: An Educator's Path to Advocacy
Read how an educator serves as a powerful advocate for professional learning.
Learning Forward & Melinda George, August 10, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Professional Learning Can Address the Equity Challenge
The quality of teaching and the quality of the curricula and instructional materials are key factors.
Learning Forward & Janice Poda, July 19, 2018
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Teaching Opinion How I Became a Learning Leader
A member of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2018 reflects on her experience.
Learning Forward, July 12, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion How Social and Emotional Learning Fits in the Classroom
When educators understand the social and emotional learning contexts and needs of students, their ability to make the curriculum accessible to every student improves.
Learning Forward & Elizabeth Foster, June 28, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion Louisiana is Taking the Lead in Mentoring New Teachers
Learning Forward will work with more than 600 mentors this year to create a cadre of educators with the knowledge and skills to mentor and support other teachers.
Learning Forward & Tom Manning, June 21, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion Intentional Learning Goals Create the Potential for Transformational Change
Learning Forward's team learning approach addresses teachers' knowledge, attitudes, skills, aspirations, and behaviors.
Learning Forward, Stephanie Hirsh & Tracy Crow, June 14, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion Network Connects 15 Districts Focused on College and Career Readiness
Members of the Student Success Learning Network share challenges, solutions, and one goal: student success.
Learning Forward & Michelle Bowman, June 7, 2018
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