Steve Preston has more than four decades experience leading innovation and school improvement at the local and state levels. He has been a teacher, middle school and high school principal, curriculum developer, and Division Director for the Georgia Department of Education. In the Georgia DOE his division led the state strategic planning process under two state superintendents; implemented the Georgia Research and Development Utilization Project; and developed the Georgia Leadership Academy. Under his leadership, the state launched the Georgia Professional Teacher’s Career Ladder; the Georgia Schools of Excellence Program; and the Georgia Scholar Program. Georgia was an early adopter of the Standards for Professional Learning and the first state to use Learning Forward’s Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) statewide to support professional learning planning in schools and districts. Steve is a national expert on the use of the SAI for improving professional learning in schools. For Learning Forward Steve has served as professional learning auditor, critical friend and implementation coach for districts and state departments of education in Missouri, North Dakota, Kansas, Virginia, Kentucky and Texas. He is currently heading a five-year, state-wide professional learning improvement initiative for the Utah State Board of Education.
Areas of Expertise
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
Build the capacity of central office leaders to transform your district into a true learning system.Learn more
Ask about additional learning opportunities we offer, including speaking engagements and conference session facilitation.Learn more
Publications & Resources
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The Standards Assessment Inventory FAQ
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to increase teacher effectiveness. That’s why Learning Forward’s Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) is designed to…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.