Transform professional learning, increase educator capacity, and improve student achievement.
Assessing Professional Learning
The first step toward school improvement is assessing the current state of professional learning in your school or system.
The Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) is a confidential, web-based survey that schools and districts have used to measure their alignment with the standards, identify strengths and areas of focus in their professional learning, and plan professional learning that gets results for teachers and students.
SAI results help schools and systems focus on the actions that contribute to higher-quality professional learning.
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Effective professional learning is the primary driver of school and system improvement. For 50 years, Learning Forward has supported leaders at all levels to transform their systems into true learning systems, where all educators engage in a measurable and scalable cycle of improvement.
Our high-impact professional services help systems set an attainable vision for an effective and equitable system of professional learning that leads to improved leader, educator, and student outcomes.
We provide our partners with tools to transform professional learning, increase educator capacity, and improve student achievement. Through our face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid learning experiences, we help ensure your professional learning is standards-driven, job-embedded, and focused on improved instruction and better results for all students.
We help maximize the impact of professional learning in schools, districts, states, and organizations by:
- Building the capacity of central office leaders to set a vision for equity and excellence, and increase the effectiveness in leading change;
- Transforming school leadership by developing principals and aspiring principals with deep understanding and skills in leading learning and creating cultures of collective responsibility;
- Empowering coaches and mentor teachers with the skills to support beginning and veteran teachers to meet their classroom challenges;
- Ensuring that all teacher learning teams engage in a cycle of continuous improvement focused on meeting their students’ unique learning needs;
- Assessing the impact of professional learning in your school or system and measure its alignment to the Standards for Professional Learning.
Developing principal pipelines
In 2019, RAND released its study of the principal pipelines calling them a “feasible, affordable, and effective way for districts to improve schools...
Managing the change process
Districts and schools are in a constant cycle of continuous improvement. Systems leaders play a critical role in moving the system from its current state to a desired state...
Ensuring high-quality in-person, hybrid, and virtual professional learning
Research and evidence show a link among effective professional learning, strengthened educator practice, and results for students...
Instructional Coaches Academy
Effective coaches influence teaching, student learning, and school culture. Learning Forward is the leader in developing school- and district-based coach expertise around the critical skills of building relationships...
Assessing the impact of professional learning
Measuring the quality, effectiveness, and impact of professional learning requires thoughtful planning and implementation of an evaluation process and is more crucial now...