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Congratulations to Educators in Office!

Editor’s note: Learning Forward’s blog on the Education Week Teacher site will close at the end of the week. To keep up with weekly content from Learning Forward, please visit https://learningforward.org/publications/blog. By Melinda George Every educator is an advocate, and many are now serving as elected policymakers, with at least one former teacher going to

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A Vision for Equity in Schools Starts at the Top

By Alan Ingram “Hey, that’s not fair!” It’s a credo repeated righteously on play scapes or amongst young siblings regularly. Unfair treatment, even at that early age, stirs a visceral reaction no matter who’s involved. And while the consequences of inequitable treatment may be as benign as an extra turn on the swing or a

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Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Should Be Standard Practice

By Stephanie Hirsh As more practitioners and researchers recognize the importance of addressing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, we can’t leave to chance the professional learning needed to make these efforts effective. Far too often, the professional learning linked to essential emerging topics is a distant afterthought in many educators’ contexts. We

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Preparing Students for Social-Emotional Skill Development

WEBINAR SERIES: Preparing Students for Social-Emotional Skill Development

Join Collaborative Classroom and Learning Forward Virginia as we examine how the five core social-emotional competencies enable students to develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life.   SESSION 1: Self-awareness & Self-management September 26, 2018 4:00–5:00 PM Eastern Time Register at bit.ly/webinarSEL1 We’ll examine how the ability to recognize and describe

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New Report Highlights the Importance of the Role of Principal Supervisors

By Frederick Brown A new report about The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Supervisor Initiative (PSI) offers insight into the types of professional learning that are most effective for helping principal supervisors develop the instructional leadership capacity of principals. Among their findings, researchers noted that principal supervisors in PSI districts were able to reduce the number of

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If We Join Forces, We Can Identify Students Who Are At Risk

By Leigh Wall It has been just a few months since the unimaginable tragedy that occurred here in Santa Fe, Texas, when a high school student shot and killed 10 classmates and teachers and wounded 13 others. Our community is healing, and we know the healing process will be long. As we move forward —

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Share the Good News about Great Schools as the New Year Begins

By Stephanie Hirsh I have worked for 30 years at Learning Forward and that has required a tremendous amount of travel. On every trip, I ask the people I meet to tell me about their schools. While my data collection methods are quite unscientific, my findings are very similar to those highlighted in national polls.

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New Report Connects Relicensure to Real Learning for Educators

By Frederick Brown I’d like to send a shout-out to New America and authors Melissa Tooley and Taylor White for their recently released report, Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Renewal Policies. After exploring how states handle relicensure, particularly when it comes to creating systems that contribute to enhancing educators’ effectiveness through professional

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Step by Step: An Educator’s Path to Advocacy

By Melinda George Judy Newhouse, executive director of Learning Forward Virginia, is a passionate advocate for the power of professional learning on schools and students. When she was recently invited to a conference, she saw an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Representative Bobby Scott (VA-3), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and

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Professional Learning Can Address the Equity Challenge

By Janice Poda Several years ago, I was an expert witness in an equitable funding lawsuit in my home state on behalf of the plaintiff school districts. After court recessed on a very tense day on the witness stand, I took a drive through the small town where court was being held — the same

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