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July 11, 2014

Within a Learning System, All Students Experience Great Teaching

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.

July 01, 2014

TALIS Findings Invite Deeper Discussions

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.

May 27, 2014

Learning from the Heart this Summer

In planning her summer learning, Stephanie Hirsh turns to a favorite author, John Kotter. Explore some of his ideas on leadership and change and how his writing can help with transformation.

May 05, 2014

5 Ways to Respect and Support Teachers

This is the week we take time to acknowledge the incredible contributions of our teachers to our country. Their dedication and commitment leads to every great achievement in our nation.

April 14, 2014

Professional Learning for Parents

Schools will have more success in addressing the issues of public education in their school systems (such as student performance, funding, school closures, and bond elections) when there is a strong group of parents who partner with their children's schools as well as with the school system as a whole, says Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster.

April 07, 2014

Learning Is No Longer an Option — It's a Necessity

At a time when professional learning is often under attack, says Stephanie Hirsh, we know that the future — the one staring us in the face right now — demands change on the part of students and educators. Those changes just don't happen without learning.

March 20, 2014

Is Getting Consensus on Beliefs Really Important?

Stephanie Hirsh explores the practice of debating beliefs as a part of strategic planning and its effect on teams and actions.

March 11, 2014

Clarifying the Role of School Board Members

To properly understand their role in continuous improvement through professional learning, says Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster, a school board's members must study and learn together, demonstrating that they value learning for everyone on the team.

March 06, 2014

Learning Is the 'Secret Sauce' for Any High-Performing Organization

What do we hope to see when we read the OECD reports, look at the winners of Broad prizes, and look at top scorers in the National Assessment of Educational Progress? We're hunting for the "secret sauce," says Stephanie Hirsh, and she has an answer to what it is.

February 27, 2014

6 Components of a Comprehensive Professional Learning System

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation, from the National Center for Literacy Education, offers more strong evidence that when educators engage frequently in meaningful collaboration, their power to change practices and help more students at higher levels increases significantly.

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