Agents for Learning Webinar: Professional Development in ESSA

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May 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Agents for Learning:
Professional Development in ESSA

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (ET)

An archived recording of the webinar and slideshow
are available on the Agents for Learning resources page.

Melinda George, President, National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future
Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward
Jess Wood, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel
Janice Poda, Senior Consultant, Learning Forward

Please join Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) for the second in a series of webinars to support the Agents for Learning competition.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provide an urgent opportunity for states and districts to rethink their systems for identifying, delivering, and recognizing professional learning for educators. As states and districts rethink professional learning as a critical component of their comprehensive plans to implement ESSA, we urge educators to get involved. We need teachers to play an active role alongside policymakers and state and district leaders as they build systems for implementation. Join us for this important webinar to understand where the opportunities for input and action exist in the law as well as for ideas about how to participate.

This webinar supports the Agents for Learning competition hosted by Learning Forward and NCTAF and will be focused on best practices in professional development. The theory of action behind the competition specifies that if states and districts engage teachers who understand their learning needs, the needs of their students, and effective professional learning, then they can co-create learning systems that substantially improve teaching and learning.

This webinar is open and encouraged for ALL educators. Join us to learn about this important law and what it could mean for professional learning across the United States. This is professional learning that will help all teachers understand the changes that will be coming soon to states, districts, and schools.

You are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists in advance, which you may do during registration. You may also use the Q&A feature of WebEx during the webinar. For logistical questions, please email Ryan Brookshire at with the subject A4L.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, a recording is available at Learning Forward’s Agents for Learning resources page, where the first webinar from April 27, “ESSA 101 for Educators,” is also archived, along with that event’s downloadable slideshow.


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