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We know that many of you are assessing appropriate preparations for and responses to COVID-19 in your local contexts. Like you, Learning Forward is concerned first and foremost about the safety and health of our colleagues, educators, students, and communities.

Ensuring students have equitable access to high-quality learning remains as important as ever. We’re keeping this critical focus in mind as we plan our summer events, including our Summer Institutes, Academy, and Affiliate meetings, currently scheduled for July 16-19 in Minneapolis. We know that circumstances around COVID-19 are changing rapidly, so we will monitor developments on a daily basis. We are consulting with local, state, and national health officials and our event partners to inform our plans moving forward. We will keep you informed about any changes.

Join us for deep dives in these two-day sessions

Minneapolis | July 16-19, 2020

July 16 - 17

Foundations of Effective Coaching
Joellen Killion
Discover ways to make high-quality curriculum, instructional materials, and assessment practices the foundation of teacher-led cycles of continuous improvement.


Principals as Leaders of Learning
Frederick Brown, Kay Psencik, and Kerensa Wing, 2020 National Principal of the Year
Explore the principal’s role as leader of learning for both adults and students in schools.


Developing Your Communicative Intelligence Effective Facilitation and Presentation Skills
Kendall Zoller
Learn how communicative intelligence can enhance your ability to communicate with greater congruence and authenticity, both professionally and personally.


Beyond Diversity: Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Achievement Disparities
Courtlandt Butts
Beyond Diversity is designed to help administrators, staff, and stakeholders understand the impact of race on our lives, our work, and our learning.

July 18 - 19

Becoming a Learning Team
Stephanie Hirsh and Tracy Crow
Experience a team-based learning process that promotes focus, coherence, and capacity building and leads to equitable and excellent outcomes for educators and students.


Assessing Impact
Joellen Killion
Learn how to apply an eight-step process for conducting formative and summative evaluations of professional learning designed to increase educator effectiveness and student learning.


Content-Based Coaching: Mathematics
Through the use of mathematics-specific coaching strategies, participants will learn how to facilitate lesson planning sessions and more.


Content-Based Coaching: English/Language Arts
Through the use of English Language Arts/Literacy-specific coaching strategies, participants will learn how to facilitate lesson planning sessions and more.

Who should attend

  • State education agency personnel and school district executive-level leaders responsible for the academic vision and instructional framework as well as allocation of resources (including Title IIA) and demonstration of impact of investments.
  • School district and school leaders responsible for the design, selection, and implementation of instructional resources, college- and career-ready standards, curriculum, effective teaching, formative assessment practices, and professional learning;
  • Instructional coaches and teacher leaders who support new teachers, struggling teachers, and teacher teams and PLCs to strengthen their capacity to reach all children.
  • Teacher teams tasked with leveraging professional collaboration, curriculum study, lesson design, and assessments to ensure success for every student.

Attendees may choose to attend the full four-days or select one two-day session individually.

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What others are saying

"The institute was the best professional development activity I have ever engaged in. The atmosphere created was very conducive to learning."

~ Chanda Telleen, Educational Consultant

"This was a perfect example of adult education in action! Everything was perfect!"

~ Brad Dale, Adult Education Instructor

"The institute was the best professional development activity I have ever engaged in. The atmosphere created was very conducive to learning."

~ Chanda Telleen, Educational Consultant

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