Chance encounters can give you great inspiration and meaningful connections for the future. Take these steps to court the unexpected in your professional learning.


School board members are important allies in maintaining support for professional learning. Here are three ways to help them understand its connection to student learning.


Stephanie Hirsh considers the federal Race to the Top initiative and how it may advance stakeholders' understanding of and support for effective professional learning.


Carol François shares some popular education myths that have been debunked by John Hattie and Greg Yates in their book Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.


We have many good schools throughout North America. In too many cases, however, children go each day to a school that is not very good. For all students to attend excellent schools, we need school districts that are learning systems. At Learning Forward, we believe this goal is attainable; however, reaching it requires that all school districts focus more intently on learning.


Stephanie Hirsh recently served on a panel discussion about the TALIS results with several educators. While there is much to explore within the findings, two questions stood out for her.


When we barrel ahead bringing in new information, we're putting a lot of strain on our brains. If we don't take a deep breath and consider where new information fits in with what we know already, says Tracy Crow, we risk losing how to use that new information to grow.


June 20 is Summer Learning Day. Fred Brown shares some insights and research around summer learning.


As we end another school year, Julie Blaine is thinking about how to best fuel her summer learning. Read how she looks to Google to spark ideas on developing organizational strategies that help schools and their leaders deal with change.


A few weeks ago, Learning Forward launched a free resource on our website: The Principal Story Learning Guide, centered on five key practices of effective principals.


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