Lead Forward

  • Through Lead Forward, sites are able to set up professional learning with a focus on collaborative teams that will have the greatest impact on student learning. Sites set their professional learning plan late spring for the following year via Lead Forward. Maintaining a systematic approach to professional learning keeps standards high and provides common language in how teachers collaborate to move the needle on student learning as laid out in BSIPs (Building School Improvement Plans). Springfield Public Schools is working toward the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) committed to making instructional decisions based upon student learning needs aligned to standards.  

    The SPS Board of Education has high expectations for collaborative professional learning at each school site. As we develop PLCs, we hold Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning as the driver for high-quality professional learning. The standards fall into the following three categories: Conditions for Success, Rigorous Content for Each Learner, and Transformational Processes. 


  • Learning Forward 

    See Professional Development in action: You will find a video of a study group in action, one for each level of teaching, elementary school, middle school, and high school teams. 

    The School Reform Initiative

    This website creates transformational learning communities that are fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence. Here you will be able to find protocols and supporting materials for use in your collaborative learning groups and professional learning communities. You will find a lengthy list of protocols for each of the following scenarios: Learning from Work, Learning from Dilemmas, Learning from Texts and Learning from School and Classroom Visits.

    Thinking Collaborative

    Thinking Collaborative is an organization dedicated to maximizing capacity in individuals and organizations. Both the work of Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools comes from Thinking Collaborative. Explore this website for resources to support individual and group development. Both Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools are offered to leaders and educators in the system annually. Check out Employee Self-Service for registration. For internal districts interested in attending Cognitive Coaching or Adaptive Schools, please contact Ysabel Hill at ymhill@spsmail.org.



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