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Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Debbie Cooke

By Learning Forward | November 1, 2019

Debbie Cooke, executive director of Learning Forward Florida and board member for the Learning Forward Foundation, shares how Learning Forward has helped her establish profound and impactful relationships with experts in the field of educator professional learning. This blog is part of a series celebrating our 50th anniversary. Please share a favorite memory of Learning…

Coaching to improve SEL: A Sneak Peek of The Learning Professional’s December issue

By Suzanne Bouffard | October 31, 2019

The Learning Professional team is so excited about our upcoming issue on coaching that we had to share a sneak peek. In the December issue, you’ll find articles about best practices in coaching and thought-provoking insights about the profession, and you’ll also read stories of impact on a range of areas including math achievement, early…

5 tips for conference networking success: Powerful currency for professional learning

By Learning Forward | October 28, 2019

Jeanette Westfall, current member of the St. Louis Annual Conference host committee, shares her tips for successful networking for learning. This post is part of a series on conference learning.  By Jeanette Westfall As I open the door to the large conference room, I look around the long, narrow room. Round tables are lined up…

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Julie Blaine

By Anthony Armstrong | October 25, 2019

Julie Blaine, 2014 board president  for Learning Forward and former president of Learning Forward Missouri, shares why Learning Forward has been her most important resource throughout her career. This blog is part of a series celebrating our 50th anniversary.   Please share a favorite memory of Learning Forward/NSDC and why it is special to you….

Honoring the legacy of Shirley Hord

By Stephanie Hirsh | October 22, 2019

At the moment of our departure From this world, Neither silver nor gold nor precious Stones accompany us – Only learning and good deeds. Mishnah, Avot 6:9 On Tuesday, our dear friend and colleague Shirley Hord passed away following complications from a stroke six weeks earlier. Up until the very end, Shirley lived life on…

The Learning Professional, October 2019; Resilient Leadership

By Learning Forward | October 22, 2019
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Create the optimal conference learning experience before you start packing

By Learning Forward | October 18, 2019

Kimberly D. Brandon, current member of the St. Louis Annual Conference host committee, shares her secrets for getting the most from your conference learning. This post is part of a series on conference learning.   By Kimberly D. Brandon If you are on the fence about registering for the Learning Forward Annual Conference, or if you…

Reflecting on Learning Forward’s 50th anniversary with Dennis Sparks

By Anthony Armstrong | October 8, 2019

Dennis Sparks, the first Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council, (now Learning Forward), shares how the organization has been a critical contributor to the growing field of educator professional learning and why it will continue to do so as we look ahead to the next 50 years. This blog is the first in…

#CollaborativePD recap: School counselors need professional learning, too

By Ariel Cain | September 19, 2019

On September 18, 2019, Learning Forward hosted a Twitter chat on the importance of professional learning for school counselors with experts Mandy Savitz-Romer of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Alice Anne Bailey of the Southern Regional Education Board. The chat was based on Savitz-Romer’s article in the June issue of The Learning Professional, “No…

Climbing the jungle gym of success: Nontraditional career paths in professional learning

By nikki-moutonlearningforward-org | September 16, 2019

This post is the first in a series on nontraditional career paths for those working in educator professional learning. We asked Nikki Mouton to share her professional journey from a science teacher in Georgia to Senior District Fellow with Learning Forward. Future posts will explore how other educators are leveraging their knowledge and skills in professional learning to find success in alternative career paths.