Eric Hirsch

EdReports, Durham, NC

Eric is the Founding Executive Director of, an independent non-profit that increases the capacity of teachers, administrators, and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest- quality instructional material. Prior to coming to EdReports, Eric was the Chief External Affairs Officer at the New Teacher Center, the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Quality, and the Education Program Manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has supported policymakers in 35 states, written and published more than 150 articles, book chapters, reports and policy briefs, and presented at conferences across the country.

The annual conference provides school leaders like myself with an opportunity to think, dialogue and learn more about the professional issues that we all face on a daily basis. We are able to recharge our passions and rejuvenate our spirit as we interact with like-minded colleagues from around the world.

— Erick Valentin, Academy Class of 2019

This conference is an invaluable experience for anyone involved in promoting professional learning! I commend Learning Forward for their attention to detail and ensuring that a variety of professional perspectives were well-represented in the session offerings!

— David Holden