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February 12, 2014

Seven Policy Shifts that Improve Professional Learning

As policies transform expectations for students and educators, policies must transform expectations for professional learning. Stephanie Hirsh shares a chart to consider how well your state or system is transforming its professional learning policies.

January 22, 2014

More of This and Less of That: How Do You Score?

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.

January 13, 2014

Invest in School Board Learning

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.

January 06, 2014

Staff Agreements Help Nurture a Positive Working Culture

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

December 05, 2013

Get the Most Out of Conference Learning

Beginning this weekend, more than 3,000 attendees will gather in Dallas for five days of networking, inquiry, problem solving, and paradigm shifting. Stephanie Hirsh shares several suggestions for getting the most out of this or any conference learning experience.

December 02, 2013

Invite, Invest, and Unleash the Potential of Emerging Leaders

When Stephanie Hirsh thinks about emerging leaders and their connection to professional learning and school improvement, she envisions three stages to propelling such leaders forward so they can have the greatest impact on educator and student learning.

November 15, 2013

Lessons from the Back of an ATV

On Stephanie Hirsh's last vacation, she went beyond her comfort zone by several miles. While it left her shaking, it was a valuable reminder about both the difficulties and benefits of stretching in a new direction.

November 07, 2013

Standards Adoption vs. Adaptation: Consider the Costs and Benefits

As educators at the state level consider whether to adopt the existing Standards for Professional Learning or adapt them, Stephanie Hirsh offers these questions to avoid delaying the important work of changing practice so that student results improve.

October 17, 2013

Choosing Your Next Professional Learning Experience: 8 Essential Questions

When it comes to finding professional development opportunities that claim to be aligned with the Common Core standards, these eight considerations will help you make the best decisions possible.

October 07, 2013

What Professional Learning Story Will You Tell at the End of the School Year?

Stephanie Hirsh invites you to detail your professional learning journey and its impact on school improvement and student learning through our new Tell Your Story initiative.

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