School Improvement

Ensure your schools are true learning schools

School-based professional learning is the most effective way to ensure that adult learning impacts student achievement. True learning schools have teacher teams that engage in cycles of continuous improvement. They set aside time in the workday for professional learning. They have principals who serve as learning leaders in their schools. And they have a culture where everyone assumes collective responsibility for the success of all students.

Learning Forward provides support for principals, teacher leaders, coaches, and teachers to make sure your school operates as a high-functioning professional learning community driven by job-embedded, teacher-led cycles of continuous improvement.

Our comprehensive school improvement planning includes support for:

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What We Do

Our school improvement framework includes learning around:

Understanding the Standards for Professional Learning and how they drive school improvement

What it means to really learn collaboratively

The five-stage learning team cycle of improvement

Establishing time for professional learning within the school day

Roles and responsibilities of school leaders in a true learning school

Using student, teacher and other data to plan, implement, and evaluate professional learning

Our Work

Becoming a Learning Team

Get step-by-step guidance in using collaborative learning time to solve specific student learning challenges.

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Becoming a Learning School

Discover what leaders need to know to implement more effective professional learning.

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about your system and how you’d like to transform your schools into learning schools.


We’ll connect you with one of our consultants to talk about our school leadership work and how we can support you.


We’ll work with your school leaders on site and virtually to ensure their work gets results for teacher and students.

Professional Learning Communities Team

Cathy Berlinger-Gustafson

Chicago, Illinois

Cathy Berlinger-Gustafson is a senior consultant for Learning Forward. In her work with schools, districts, and state education agencies, Cathy…

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Heather Clifton

Denver, Colorado

Heather Clifton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward. As a professional learning consultant, she offers services to schools, districts,…

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Valerie Mitrani

Miami, Florida

Valerie Mitrani is a Learning Forward senior consultant with expertise in planning, designing and implementing professional learning initiatives in a…

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Amy Colton

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Amy Colton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan. Amy’s work is influenced…

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