The Cherry Creek School District's K-12 science coordinator has started his term as a high-ranking member of a national education association dedicated to professional development.
In December, Cherry Creek science coordinator John Eyolfson started his term as president of Learning Forward, an education association with an international membership. Eyolfson took the post during the association's annual conference National Harbor, MD, on Dec. 10, 2015. Eyolfson succeeded former Learning Forward president Deborah Jackson.
In his new role with the association, Eyolfson will work directly with a sizable network of teachers, administrators and education officials from across the country and beyond. The central mission of the association is rooted in professional development, a goal that includes a "comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers' and principals' effectiveness in raising student achievement." In his new role as president, Eyolfson will have a direct hand in moving that mission forward.
"We help set the direction and provide the leadership and vision of Learning Forward," Eyolfson said last year after being named president-elect. "Most of the work is done outside the school day. We work on weekends and during the summer to advance the vision and mission of professional learning."
Specifically, Eyolfson said he'll work with his colleagues to further the five central tenets of the organization, which revolve around the importance of continued education for teachers. Learning Forward stipulates that all educators have an obligation to improve their practice and maintains that students achieve only when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning. What's more, the association stresses the importance of a sustained emphasis on learning for students and educators alike, and cites continual structural improvement as one of its core values.
Such philosophies are familiar for Eyolfson, who points to the importance of professional development in his daily duties for the Cherry Creek School District.
"One of our big jobs as coordinators in the district is to design and implement high-quality professional learning," Eyolfson said. "In this role at Learning Forward, I can bring back some of the research-based methods that can help move education forward in our district."
Eyolfson joined the Learning Forward board in 2013, and has since played a crucial role in the organization. He has presented at a number of annual conferences and he served as the host committee chair of Learning Forward's 2012 summer conference. What's more, he will continue to contribute to Learning Forward's publication, JSD.
"Serving the membership of Learning Forward is a great honor," Eyolfson said in a statement. "I am excited to work with the members, the Learning Forward staff and the members of the board of trustees to help advance the mission and vision of the organization, as well as advance the implementation of the Standards for Professional Learning."