School Leadership

Develop learning leaders for learning schools

Now offered virtually!

School leadership matters. Principals must be instructional leaders who ensure that high-quality teaching occurs in every classroom.

Learning Forward works with principals, assistant principals, aspiring principals, and principal supervisors to develop, implement, and sustain a vision for school-based professional learning. We work with these leaders to apply the Standards for Professional Learning in their schools and ensure that educators are working in learning communities that engage in ongoing cycles of continuous improvement.

Our school leadership program has been adapted to serve districts’ needs to provide virtual professional learning for school leaders, and develop their skills as being leaders of virtual learning in their schools. 

Learning Forward supports school leaders to:

  • Increase instructional effectiveness and collective responsibility;
  • Apply the Standards for Professional Learning in their schools;
  • Develop skills to lead high-achieving professional learning communities that:
    • Engage in a cycle of continuous improvement
    • Work collaboratively to design instruction aligned with state standards;
    • Analyze student work and understand the connection of their work to student achievement
  • Create time for collaborative professional learning;
  • Observe lessons and give precise feedback to teachers to increase their effectiveness;
  • Develop coaching and mentoring skills to encourage collective inquiry and assist teams in solving problems.

To learn more about how we can help you develop learning leaders for learning schools in your system, contact us at the link below.


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What We Do

Our support for school leaders includes:

Increasing instructional effectiveness

Creating a culture of collective responsibility

Developing and supporting coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Developing coaching and mentoring skills

Developing skills to lead high-achieving professional learning communities

Observing lessons and providing feedback to increase teaching effectiveness

Our Work

Becoming a Learning School

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

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The Principal Story Learning Guide

School leadership matters. During the past decade, there has been a growing recognition among educators and policymakers that school principals…

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about your system and how you’d like to support your school leaders.


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.

Principal Leadership Team

Patricia Roy

Madison, Virginia

Patricia Roy has written articles, books, training manuals, and resource guides focused on Learning Forward’s fundamental concepts about effective professional…

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Mike Murphy

San Antonio, Texas

Mike Murphy is a Senior Consultant for Learning Forward and a national educational coach, facilitator, and consultant who is recognized…

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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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Kay Psencik

Cypress, Texas

Kay Psencik is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and served in Texas public schools for more than 30 years….

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