Pulling it Together:

Team Learning Cycles and High-Quality Instructional Materials Strengthen Learning



Tracy Crow

Director of Communications

Learning Forward

John Eyolfson

District Science Coordinator

Cherry Creek Schools


Kellie Randall

Instructional Facilitator

Cherry Creek School District, Cherry Creek, Colorado


Tanya Batzel

Instructional Facilitator

Cherry Creek School District, Cherry Creek, Colorado

Download the password-protected learning guide: Team Learning Cycles-Learning Guide

Download the password-protected slides: Team Learning Cycle Slides


Download the password-protected slides from Stephanie Hirsh:  Team Learning Cycle_Hirsh Slides

The learning team cycle is designed to focus attention on curriculum and instructional materials and assessments that develop content expertise and support teachers in reaching all students.


  • Teachers will learn how to integrate deep study and application of high-quality instructional materials in a team learning cycle.
  • School leaders will determine which processes and tools can be used to strengthen or supplant current practices.
  • System leaders will consider conditions and next actions for supporting system, school, and team-level changes.

Note: Every attendee receives a complimentary copy of Becoming a Learning Team, 2nd edition



Learning Forward staff

Michelle Bowman, Learning Forward, Associate Director, Communities
Frederick Brown, Learning Forward, Deputy Executive Director
Tracy Crow, Learning Forward, Director of Communications
Elizabeth Foster, Learning Forward, Associate Director of Standards, Research, and Strategy
Melinda George, Learning Forward, Director of Policy and Partnerships
Stephanie Hirsh, Learning Forward, Executive Director

Becoming a Learning Team practitioners

Brenda Conley, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education, Towson University
Gina Cash, Principal, Elkridge Landing Middle School, Elkridge, Maryland
Leslie Ceballos, Assistant Principal, Boon Elementary, Allen, Texas
Kellie Randall, Instructional Facilitator, Cherry Creek School District, Cherry Creek, Colorado
Tanya Batzel, Instructional Facilitator, Cherry Creek School District, Cherry Creek, Colorado–>

I have strategies and supports to more effectively lead the change that is happening in my state and my region. I feel prepared to tackle complex issues with facilitation more effectively.

— Norma Gerrell, Learning Forward, TN Affiliate

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