Professional Learning Planning

Set a systemwide vision for adult learning

A professional learning plan is the navigation system for a comprehensive professional learning system. Learning Forward supports systems that want to establish short- and long-term plans that build capacity and support for professional learning.

We work with stakeholder groups from all levels to develop a systemwide vision for professional learning, set clear roles and responsibilities for adult learning, build structures to ensure job-embedded collaboration at all levels, and define other key components of a learning system.

Through our professional learning planning, Learning Forward helps districts:

  • Build capacity and support for high-quality professional learning aligned with the Standards to improve educator effectiveness and results for all students;
  • Understand how to effectively design, implement, and evaluate professional learning aligned with district and school goals to improve teaching practice and student learning;
  • Develop and implement a five-year district comprehensive professional learning system plan to facilitate individual, school-wide and district-wide improvements to increase student achievement.

Learn more about how we can help you implement a systemwide vision for professional learning.


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What We Do

We convene a team of key stakeholders in your system to develop a professional learning plan focused on 22 essential components, including:

A systemwide vision, mission, and beliefs for professional learning

Professional learning governance, roles, and responsibilities

A vision for using student, educator, and system data to guide decision making

Ensuring time and resources for collaborative professional learning

Mentoring and induction

Evaluation of professional learning

Our Work

Developing a Comprehensive Professional Learning System

The Comprehensive Professional Learning System: A Workbook for States and Districts guides teams through the process of developing a comprehensive…

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Becoming A Learning System

This book offers district leaders a framework to guide daily decisions that promote continuous improvement.

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about your system and your needs for a comprehensive professional learning plan.


We’ll connect you with one of our consultants to talk about how we develop comprehensive plans and how we can support you.


We’ll work with a professional learning task force on site and virtually and will support you build support for and develop a comprehensive plan.

Comprehensive Planning Team

Jamey Burns

Neptune Beach, Florida

Jamey Burns is an educational consultant who specializes in professional learning in K-12 and early childhood systems.  Most recently, Dr. Burns’…

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Terry Morganti-Fisher

Austin, Texas

Terry Morganti-Fisher is a senior consultant for the Learning Forward. Terry leads districts and schools in becoming authentic professional learning…

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Nick Morgan

Boston, Massachusetts

Nick Morgan serves Learning Forward as a senior consultant, where his responsibilities focus on networked communities and other strategic initiatives….

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Dale Hair

Mobile, Alabama

Dale Hair is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and for many years coordinated Learning Forward’s network of more than…

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