The partnership between Learning Forward and the Office Professional Development and
Evaluation (OPDE) evolved from its educational specialists and leaders’ desire to pursue
performing at the highest levels and framing it based on Learning Forward standards
surrounding Leadership, Learning Communities, Equity, Data, Learning Designs,
Implementation, Resources, and Outcomes. OPDE’s staff members have participated in their
flagship learning experiences in pursuing a problem of practice action research of educational
topics. OPDE can herald graduates from Learning Forward Academies in 2017 and 2018.
Pending graduates wi8ll graduate in 2019 and 2020. Ensued problems of practice include
research on recruitment, retention, leadership skills, and teacher growth. In collaboration with
Mr. Jose L. Dotres, Chief Human Capital Office, OPDE’s Learning Forward leaders have
presented in the annual Learning Forward Conference on M-DCPS’ Teacher LEADership,
Professional Learning Teams, and Teacher Induction and Mentoring programs.