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Get a Scholarship to the Learning Forward Academy — Here’s How to Apply

Professional Growth

Are you passionate about supporting and leading professional learning within your organization? If so, you may be familiar with the Learning Forward Academy — a rich blended learning experience immersing participants in inquiry- and problem-based learning. Download the brochure to learn more.

We’d like to share a unique opportunity through the Frontline Research & Learning Institute: three $6,000 scholarships for instructional leaders participating in the Learning Forward Academy.

The Details

Who can apply?
You can apply as an individual, a pair or a team of three from within your organization.

What are the requirements?

  • You must be passionate about supporting and leading professional learning within your organization.
  • You must be using Frontline Professional Growth to manage professional learning.
  • If you are selected, you must be willing to share your experiences (including your name and district name) with others through Frontline Education and Frontline Research & Learning Institute channels.

How do I apply?
To apply, complete the Learning Forward application form and enter “FL2021” in the Referral Code section. Your organization’s use of Frontline Professional Growth will be confirmed during the review process.

The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

How are recipients chosen?
Learning Forward will manage the entire selection process by choosing applicants working to implement professional learning aligned to best practices. You are encouraged to use data and demonstrate alignment with the Standards for Professional Learning when articulating your problem of practice.

What does the scholarship cover?
The $6,000 scholarship covers the entire Academy tuition, and helps offset travel expenses for the face-to-face sessions and includes a one-day onsite working visit from a member of the Learning Forward leadership team.

Past Learning Forward Academy Scholarship Recipients

Marlene Cabrera, LFA Class of 2019
Instructional Supervisor, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

“Through the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2019, I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary leaders in professional learning, reflect on a problem of practice, and develop a systematic plan. All of this within a supportive community of practice.”

Shawn Berry Clark, Ph.D., LFA Class of 2018
Transformation Coach, South Carolina Department of Education

“The academy has been great-collaborating with awesome people, sharing knowledge, learning tons…but lots of work, too! Very valuable!”

Michael Murphy, LFA Class of 2016
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Lebanon School District, PA

“The Learning Forward Academy was an opportunity to bring some of my less-developed thoughts and ideas into a more visible focus. The presenters were good – very good – and their willingness to share, explore together, and provide insight made the program great. The exercises of developing our problem of practice and teachable point of view were instrumental in confirming some of what I hold dear in my position. Additionally, the colleagues with whom I was able to share the experience were tremendous in their support and willingness to share.”

Jenna Kuder, LFA Class of 2015
Instructional Resource Teacher, Olathe Public Schools, KS

Professional learning occurs in a variety of formats and some of the most significant professional learning occurs through meaningful and productive dialog among colleagues. We learn so much from the experiences of each other. I am learning that change is hard. There are some educators who are not open to change and do not see some of the new formats as “professional learning.” I have been challenged with helping these educators see that, for example, analyzing assessment results through dialog with their colleagues and then planning effective instruction based on the analysis is powerful in improving their teaching practices.”

Marguerite Dimgba, LFA Class of 2014
Professional Learning Center Director, Greece Central School District, NY

​“One significant learning was how to systemically look at the impact of my work in terms of change in teacher practice and impact on student learning. I am learning how to analyze data, how to ask the deeper questions and to be more reflective…My Policy Board Chair, Dr. Sheila B. Robinson, discovered that since we started tracking data, we have documented over 534,000 hours of PL! That’s over 61 YEARS! Now, we’re looking strategically at how that’s making a difference in the classroom.”

Annie GrunwellAnnie Buttner

Annie is a writer and part of the award-winning content team at Frontline Education. She's passionate about learning, exploring data and sharing knowledge. Her specialties include substitute management, the K-12 staffing shortage, and best practices in human capital management.