Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to increasing student achievement and educator effectiveness through standards-based professional learning. Hirsh advises policymakers, state and local superintendents, foundation leaders, and other thought leaders on improving student learning through effective professional learning and school improvement.
Before her appointment as executive director, she served the association as deputy executive director for 18 years. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District, and served three terms on the district’s school board. Her most recent books include Becoming a Learning System (2014), co-authored with Frederick Brown and Kay Psencik; A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools (2013), coauthored with Anne Foster; and A Playbook for Professional Learning (2011), co-authored with Shirley Hord.
Areas of Expertise
Build the capacity of central office leaders to transform your district into a true learning system.Learn more
Empower your coaches, mentors, and the leaders who support them.Learn more
Professional Learning Planning
Establish and implement a systemwide vision for learning.Learn more
Ask about additional learning opportunities we offer, including speaking engagements and conference session facilitation.Learn more
Develop learning leaders for learning schools.Learn more
Create a culture of collective responsibility in your schools.Learn more
Standards Assessment Inventory
Measure and benchmark professional learning in your schools.Learn more
Support for States
From ESSA implementation to assessing the impact of PD, we support SEA's in setting a vision for learning.Learn more
Publications & Resources
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Becoming a Learning Team
Get step-by-step guidance in using collaborative learning time to solve specific student learning challenges.Read more.
Conducting Policy Reviews webinar
Policy influences practice. High-quality professional learning can occur as a result of strong district or school leadership, but it is…Read more.
Learning Forward webinars
Join authors and leaders in the field of education for webinars on key topics that will prepare you to successfully…Read more.
2017 Affiliate Leaders Meeting
Join your fellow affiliate leaders for two interactive days in Denver, with Dale Hair & Elizabeth Foster, as we continue…Read more.
Standards for Professional Learning
Get the latest research and practice in professional learning to create a template for professional learning.Read more.
A Playbook for Professional Learning: Putting the Standards into Action
Get examples of real problems facing educators and how to apply the Standards for Professional Learning to resolve these issues.Read more.
The Learning Educator: A New Era for Professional Learning
Get eight principles to guide professional learning during the next era.Read more.
Becoming A Learning System
This book offers district leaders a framework to guide daily decisions that promote continuous improvement.Read more.