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Learning Forward Promotes Common Core Professional Development Focus

A non-profit focused on professional development of educators is turning its attention to the development of training resources specific to the Common Core State Standards. Learning Forward, which acts as a network and resource repository to help schools and districts improve their teacher instruction, will be setting up a system of resources for use by state education organizations and school systems as they implement the new standards and assessments. The project is based on a set of workbooks and reports published by the organization and publicly available online.

Participation in Learning Forward is free and gives members access to an online library of resources, as well as webinars, online communities, and virtual and face-to-face meetings and conferences.

"The Common Core standards, assessment systems, and model core teaching standards offer an exciting vision for public education, promising to accelerate our ability as a nation to meet our college- and work-ready goals for every student," said Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh. "This project allows us to work with key state and district leaders to ensure the promise of these standards is realized through effective implementation that moves from the state and district level into the very fabric of schools."

The organization is supported by funding from the Sandler Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the MetLife Foundation.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.