Dr. Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), a non profit education association with more than 12,000 members, Learning Forward is committed to advancing student achievement through more effective professional learning for educators. Prior to her position with Learning Forward, Hirsh completed 15 years of district and school-based leadership positions, including: teacher, community college teaching, consulting teacher for free enterprise, and program and staff development director. In 2005, she completed three terms as a school board trustee in the Richardson Independent School District. She has been married to Mike for over 30 years, has one son, and a daughter who is an elementary school teacher.
Hirsh advises governors, chief state school officers, legislators, and other policy makers regarding all aspects of professional learning. Hirsh serves on advisory boards for Learning First Alliance, Region IX (Arizona) Equity Assistance Center, The University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council, and the Teaching Channel. She has been recognized by the Texas Staff Development Council with a Lifetime Achievement Award, by the University of North Texas as a Distinguished Alumnae, and by the Texas Association of School Boards as Master Trustee and member of an Honor Board.
Hirsh presents, publishes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Recent books include The Learning Educator co-authored with Joellen Killion, and Transforming Schools Through Powerful Planning, co-authored with Kay Psencik. Hirsh writes a regular column for JSD, Learning Forward’s bimonthly magazine. She has also written articles for Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, The Record, The School Administrator, American School Board Journal, The High School Magazine, and Education Week.
February 16, 2012 / Dr. Stephanie Hirsh
The key to ensuring all students graduate high school college and career ready is effective teaching. And the key to ensuring effective teaching for all students is effective professional development for educators.
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