We connect Georgia educators with innovative resources that help them to become more effective teachers, improve their district’s results, and maintain professional learning standards.

We’re an affiliate of Learning Forward, an international non-profit association that is exclusively devoted to advancing professional learning.

Our Vision

Excellent teaching and learning every day.


Learning Forward Georgia builds the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning.

Learning Forward Strategic Plan 2020

Strategic Priorities

Overview Learning Forward's recently revised Standards for Professional Learning define the elements essential to educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students. Learning Forward's strategic plan is designed to advance the standards both nationally and internationally. Working simultaneously to serve the members of the organization and influence the wider education field, Learning Forward will focus on the three priority areas below over the next seven years.

PRIORITY AREA 1: Leadership and Practice Learning Forward will strengthen the capacity of classroom, school, and system leaders to advance effective professional learning.

Leading Goal: By 2020, 10,000 education leaders who participate in effective professional learning will demonstrate significantly improved practice and increased student learning.

 PRIORITY AREA 2: Impact and Accountability Learning Forward will increase the capacity of educators to measure and document the outcomes of professional learning.

Leading Goal: By 2020, 1,000 schools and organizations worldwide will demonstrate the relationship between professional learning and improved results for educators and students.

PRIORITY AREA 3: Advocacy and Policy Learning Forward will increase the demand for effective professional learning.

Leading Goal: By 2020, 100,000 individuals will advocate for or change policies and practices that advance effective professional learning

Learning Forward Georgia Strategic Goals

  • Increase professional capacity for the teachers and leaders in Georgia

  • Increase membership and expand influence (advocacy) with other organizations dedicated to professional learning and student learning in Georgia

  • Increase services, learning opportunities and partnerships to advance professional learning

Board of Directors



Leilani Esmond
Assistant Principal
Gwinnett Public Schools

Past President

Kimberly A. Turner
Program Manager Language & Literacy Program                                                      Governor's Office of Student Achievement
kimberly.turner@georgia.gov or turnerkim40@yahoo.com


Lisa Manross
Professional Learning                                                     Henry County Schools


Janet Johnson                                                                                                                   Learning Management Specialist                                                                                       Atlanta Public Schools

Executive Director

E. Lynn Seay
Director of Professional Learning
Forsyth County Schools

Board Members


Ingrid Jones, Ph.D.
Professional Learning Specialist
Office of School Improvement
Catoosa County Public Schools

Anquinette Jones, Ed. S
Gifted Collaborator/Teacher
Grady High School
Atlanta Public Schools

Dawn Hudson
Supervisor Professional Learning & Title IIA
Cobb County Schools                                     

Mack Bullard
Director of Strategic Talent Management
Spalding County Schools

Flavia Gordon-Gunter
Teacher Effectiveness Program Administrator
Atlanta Public Schools

Tekmekia Gilchrist
Assistant Principal
New Manchester High School
Douglas County Schools

Our Newest Board Members

Meghann Farmer

Tarnisha Dent

John Willis

Chris Atkinson