In professional learning that leads to changed educator practices and improved student results, there are five shifts that must occur. See how your state, system, school, or learning team measures up.


As the Learning Forward staff reads StrengthsFinder 2.0 and uses the accompanying assessment to identify individual strengths, Carol François reflects on the importance of having each team member understand what makes him or her strong individually in order to have a strong team.


When school board members engage in effective professional learning themselves, they will ensure its implementation across the school system and hold the superintendent accountable for it. Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster share five ways school boards can practice effective professional learning.


Stephanie Hirsh shares how Learning Forward works toward a culture that is productive, supportive, fun, and accountable.


Frederick Brown publicly commits to two New Year's resolutions in support of improving practice and advocating on behalf of learning for everyone, and asks you to share your own "learner-centered" resolutions.


As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide readers of Learning Forward's PD Watch with a look at the top 10 most-accessed posts from 2013, in decreasing order.


For Carol François, watching schools develop and grow through the Learning School Alliance has been much like her experience planting a garden.


The backbone of educator evaluation systems includes individually focused professional learning. Joellen Killion explores the potential promises and pitfalls of professional learning aligned to individual areas for improvement.


Most of us have times when we are in the driver's seat as well as times when we feel like we are in the passenger seat. When it comes to school leadership, a willingness to share the wheel may result in reaching your destination more easily.


"Calgon, take me away!" Tracy Crow remembers watching commercials for Calgon bath products and thinking, yes, when she's an adult, shell need a soothing bubble bath to escape the stresses of daily life. Since then, she has learned that, when it comes to prioritizing our own learning needs as leaders, we need to make "me time" public.


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