Magazine article The Learning Professional

Carnegie Grant Boosts What Matters Now Network to Improve Teaching and Learning

Magazine article The Learning Professional

Carnegie Grant Boosts What Matters Now Network to Improve Teaching and Learning

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Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a $600,000 grant to Learning Forward to support the launch of the new What Matters Now Network, a community of state-based coalitions of policy makers and educators. The network will apply improvement science methods within a Networked Improvement Community to strengthen professional learning that measurably improves educator practice and results for students. Learning Forward, a membership association focused on effective professional learning for K-12 educators, will facilitate the network, engaging stakeholders from the state level to the classroom level in each state coalition.

The 2016 National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) landmark report, What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning, outlines a vision where teachers have more agency and leadership opportunities within a coherent learning system that aligns resources, provides data to inform decision making, and supports teacherled collaborative professional learning within continuous improvement cycles. The What Matters Now Network is designed to achieve this vision so that all students have access to effective teaching and learning. NCTAF and Learning Forward merged earlier this year.

"Learning Forward is honored to have Carnegie Corporation's support in this effort, a continuation of a longstanding commitment to transforming teaching and learning," said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. …

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