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Teacher Engagement Skyrockets with PD 360

Small Mississippi School District Creates a More Effective Professional Development Program with the Help of School Improvement Network

Salt Lake City, UT (via PRWEB) November 24, 2011 - The town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi is one of a kind—a small, gulf coast community teeming with artists, festivals, and even a Phoenician restaurant. However, when it comes to education, the town looks a lot like the rest of the country, with its fair share of challenges.

Among these challenges, the Ocean Springs School District (OSSD) has, in recent years, encountered difficulties engaging its faculty in meaningful and effective professional development. With its town’s population rising, and an ever-growing uncertainty about the future, administrators at OSSD know that an investment in teachers is an investment in students and their security.

That was why, a little more than a year ago, the district began using a professional development platform made by School Improvement Network, called PD 360.

“PD 360 is an outstanding, quality professional development product that can be used in so many ways,” says Dr. Edna Waller, OSSD Assistant Superintendent. “It gives teachers the opportunity to tailor professional development sessions to meet their individual needs or areas of concern.”

Drawing from PD 360’s archive of development videos, educators can locate topics that address precisely the challenges that they face in their own classrooms. Rather than gathering all teachers to hear a single message, PD 360 makes it possible to tailor development to every teacher’s interests and needs.

This specialized, tailor-fit type of PD has had a remarkable impact on teacher engagement at OSSD. Since PD360 was implemented, engagement rates have shot up, with the vast majority of teachers in the district (more than three quarters) beginning to actively participate in professional development.

And PD 360 does much more than just increase teacher learning. It’s freeing up space in OSSD’s budget.

“PD 360 is cost effective for Ocean Springs School District because it is always there for us,” affirms Dr. Waller. “Drastic budget cuts have made it difficult to send teachers to training and conferences but PD 360 is there to train teachers in needed areas by the real experts in education.”

Ocean Spring’s experience isn’t unique. More than 8,000 public school districts in America and Canada now use PD 360 as their primary professional development tool, and these districts are seeing teacher engagement rise significantly. With award-winning professional development videos available to teachers twenty-four hours a day, PD 360 is helping educators all over North America discover ways to elevate student performance.

“PD360 has been a wonderful tool for Ocean Springs,” concludes Dr. Waller. “I am delighted to recommend it to other districts.

Anyone can receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, the world’s largest online video and professional development distribution network for educators, just by logging on to http://www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking on the free trial button.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

About PD 360 • Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. With 1,800 videos on 117 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 720,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (approximately 6-12 minutes in length) allowing educators access to “snack-able” content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.

Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,800 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com.

Contact: Duane Sprague, School Improvement Network, 801-758-9546, duane.sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com