Stephanie Hirsh, executive director
national Staff Development Council is Learning Forward
National Staff Development Council (NSDC), the organization that sets the standards for professional development in
collaboration with other professional education associations,
has changed its name to Learning Forward. The name change
reflects not only the association’s growth over its 41-year
history, but also better represents the vision of the association
as a powerful advocate for educator and student learning.
Learning Forward is a nonprofit, international membership
association of learning educators focused on increasing
student achievement through more effective professional
development. Learning Forward’s members include teachers,
teacher leaders, principals, district leaders, local, regional, state/
provincial, and federal education and technical assistance
agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit education organizations
and consultants throughout the world.
We placed learning first in our new name as a reminder
that learning for educators and their students is at the heart of
our purpose and that through learning we create our future.
Learning Forward invites our members and others to join us as
we move ahead to ensure effective professional learning that
results in student achievement. Learning Forward expresses our
call to action, actions our Board, members, and staff commit to each
day to ensure effective teaching for every student. Our new name
distinguishes us as both a membership association and an
advocacy organization that marries research, policy, and practice.
Learning Forward continues to create the products and
services that our members have relied upon to serve them
in their roles, whether they work as school leaders, technical
assistance providers, administrators, instructional coaches, or
consultants. Our conferences offer intensive learning opportunities with the leading voices in the field. Publications focused
exclusively on professional learning build members’ knowledge
base through a practitioner-oriented lens. Cutting-edge
e-learning options extend learning throughout the year.
With the name Learning Forward, we found a match
between our identity and our aspirations. As the name implies,
we are looking forward. Educators’ professional learning today
shapes the learning students experience in their classrooms,
and the learning they experience today shapes their potential
for future achievements. We keep our eyes on how educators
today affect the generations of educators and students to
follow. With learning as our core value and the promise of
what lies ahead, we’re confident in our purpose.
In making the transition to a new name, we wanted to
articulate clearly what the organization stands for. Given our
commitment to our purpose, this step was simple. Our purpose
— every educator engages in effective professional learning
every day so every student achieves — drives our actions.
This same purpose drives our members and thousands of
our allies in the field as well.
Learn more about the name change at www.learningforward.org/about/newname.cfm.
Save theSe dateS! July 17–20, 2011 • JW Marriott • Indianapolis
for School-Based Professional Learning
n Wendy Robinson, n Ian Jukes, n Mary Cullinane,
n Sarah Wessling (2010 National Teacher of the Year), and
n Jim Winter
For Teacher Leaders and the Administrators Who Support Them
2011 Summer ConferenCe
Learn more and register at www.learningforward.org/opportunities/summerconference.cfm