Stephanie Hirsh

Executive Director

Learning Forward

Stephanie Hirsh

Dr. Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to excellence in teaching and learning for all educators and students.

Before her appointment as executive director, Hirsh served the association as deputy executive director. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District. In 1996 she was elected to the Richardson school board and served for three terms.

Hirsh presents, writes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Her most recent books include Becoming a Learning System, co-authored with Frederick Brown and Kay Psencik and A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools, coauthored with Anne Foster. Hirsh advises policy makers and practitioners at all levels on improving student achievement and educator effectiveness through implementation of high quality systems of professional learning.

As an elder in the tribe, I am very grateful that this still provides opportunities for networking, connections, and learning that helps newer members understand professional learning, so that they are better able to bring it into their practice.

— Terry Morganti-Fisher

This conference was differentiated for the needs of my school leadership team. They were able to choose from a variety of sessions that addressed different areas.

— Priscilla Hopkins, Principal