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Take the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches. Second Edition

Taking the Lead outlines 10 practical and powerful roles for school-based coaches.

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THE conference for educator learning

Gain strategies and tools for strengthening learning systems and building capacity at all levels.

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New! Standards into Practice digital downloads

Purchase individual IC maps as PDFs for various job roles.

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More than 6300 teachers share their voice

A national conversation about the type and quality of professional learning teachers experience.

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A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership

Our latest report explores the benefits of teacher leadership, and provides a framework for schools and systems to make teacher leadership a driver of improved teaching and learning. Download the report.

Teacher Leadership webinar  •  Teacher agency report  • Research & reports


See exemplary principals in action

The video series School Leadership in Action: Principal Practices features exemplary principals in varied school settings nationwide, who bring to life and reinforce the key practices of effective principals. Watch the videos.

  The Principal Story • Becoming a Learning School  •  JSD

Learn from high-performing systems

Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems, examines teacher professional learning practices and identifies common patterns across four high-performing school systems. Read the report.

Becoming a Learning System  •  Redesign PD  •  Blog

Read the "Designing Professional Learning" report

Whether you're developing professional learning from scratch or enhancing an existing program this report provides detailed guidance on how to configure and evaluate learning models. Published by Learning Forward and AITSL.
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Knowledge Briefs  •  Standards Facilitator Guide  •  More

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Using ESSA to advance professional learning

How can states leverage professional learning as an essential tool in overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing excellence for all? Our toolkits and resources help you advance learning through ESSA.
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Key Dates

  • Learning Forward Nebraska plants seeds of learning

    March 13, 2018
    As the recipient of the Learning Forward Foundation Affiliate Grant, Learning Forward Nebraska is at the midway point of a three-year plan to grow the capacity of professional learning within the state. The affiliate has focused attention in three key areas: expanding the Learning Forward Executive Leadership Program across the state, developing the website to support rigorous education designs of professional learning, and building the capacity within the board for advocating and supporting high-quality professional learning.
  • Let's make the most of teachers' time together

    February 22, 2018
    Research has shown that effective collaboration results in higher levels of learning and performance by educators and students.

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Be part of an online community of learners dedicated to continuous improvement and sharing best practices. Join the discussion and develop solutions to the issues facing today’s educators.

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Join a worldwide learning network committed to ensuring every student experiences great teaching every day. Connect with colleagues from your own back yard and around the world on the Learning Exchange.