Support for States


Every state and system is unique. We help states align their professional learning goals and objectives and support states as they support great teaching and learning.

States and districts work with Learning Forward to assess their policy infrastructures and measure the quality of professional learning experienced by educators in their systems. We help improve the return on investment dollars your state spends on professional learning.

We also support states to strengthen professional learning consistent with ESSA’s definition and support SEA’s to build systems of professional learning for schools with inequitable access to effective teachers and leaders. We help you integrate professional learning into state plans for standards, assessments, accountability, educator equity, and competitive programs.

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What We Do

We support SEA’s through:

Professional learning quality audits

We give a statewide administration of the Standards Assessment Inventory, a professional learning survey that measures the alignment of professional learning to the Standards for Professional Learning; analyze results and provide recommendations to improve professional learning in your state.

Federal, state, and district policy reviews

We identify overlapping, duplicative, and conflicting professional development requirements, as well as benchmark your state’s professional development policy infrastructure against the six policy elements that exist in effective systems.

Establish a customized system

We evaluate the impact of professional learning on student achievement, educator performance, and stakeholder input data and determine the effectiveness of professional development and facilitate measurement of effectiveness over time.​

Our Work

A New Vision For Professional Learning

A New Vision For Professional Learning

This toolkit helps leaders leverage professional learning as an essential tool in overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing excellence for all.

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Agents for Learning Toolkit

Agents for Learning Toolkit: A Guide to Amplifying Teacher Voice and Stakeholder Engagement

This toolkit suggests ways to cultivate teacher voice and agency in policy decisions and the implementation of professional learning.

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about professional learning issues affecting your state.


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


We work with you to create and implement a vision for professional learning in your state.

Support for States Team

Steve Preston

Decatur, Georgia

Steve Preston has more than four decades experience leading innovation and school improvement at the local and state levels. He…

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Joellen Killion

Austin, Texas

Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and served for many years as the association’s deputy executive director….

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Vicki Duff

Toms River, New Jersey

Victoria Duff is a Senior Consultant and project manager for Learning Forward, supporting projects on educator effectiveness and professional learning…

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Eric Brooks

Eric Brooks

Scottsdale, Arizona

Eric Brooks is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. He served as director of professional learning with the Arizona Department…

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