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Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students


Mariana Haynes, PhD, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education
Karen Kidwell, Director, Division of Program Standards, Office of Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education
Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward
Felicia Cumings Smith, Associate Commissioner, Office of Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education
Karen Soule, Division of Program Support Administrator, Bureau of Credentialing,
New Hampshire Department of Education

Forty-six states plus the District of Columbia, representing 87 percent of the U.S. student population, are in the process of implementing college- and career-ready standards in English language arts and mathematics. Their implementation for purposes of large-scale improvement underscores the premium of providing teachers with quality professional learning and ongoing support. However, few districts recognize that the quality of professional learning influences its capacity to be a significant part of an overall strategy for school improvement, educator effectiveness, and student achievement. The new expectations for student learning require education systems to equip all teachers—not just an exceptional few—with how the standards can be learned, taught, and assessed.

The Alliance for Excellent Education and Learning Forward held a webinar on July 31 to learn about Learning Forward’s partnership with Kentucky and New Hampshire to design a quality professional learning system that is essential to implementing new content standards. The panelists addressed the steps that states can take to create greater coherence between priority educational goals and professional development and share high-leverage strategies to improve and sustain quality teaching.

The webinar also included a question-and-answer period to address questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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