School Improvement Network Achieves Critical Mass Almost 20% of U.S. Teachers Are Signed Up for PD 360

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In two years, English performance among economically disadvantaged improved 13%. Math performance increased 11%. Among ESL students, English performance increased by 18% and Math performance by 11%.

School Improvement Network announced today their 2010 company “report card” to school administrators, teachers, employees, investors and to the education industry in general.

“As of today, almost 648,000 users are licensed to use PD 360,” said CEO Chet Linton. “This represents almost 20% of all U.S. primary and secondary school teachers from over 28,000 schools in 2,153 districts. Schools using our PD 360 platform experience 8.3 times the improvement in reading than those schools that do not. And every day one of our experts spends at a school doing training translates into a 1% achievement improvement.”

“I think School Improvement Network has achieved critical mass,” continues Linton. “We have the largest group of experts offering the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples. It has been very exciting to watch PD 360 grow, and over the next 12 months we expect that growth to accelerate even more. One of my favorite data points is our evaluation by Loudoun County, VA. Having just finished their second full year using PD 360, they have posted some spectacular achievement improvements, especially among at-risk students.”

“Across the board, our results have been nothing less than extraordinary,” says Loudoun County Director of Instructional Services Preston Coppels. In two years, English performance among economically disadvantaged improved 13%. Math performance increased 11%. Among ESL students, English performance increased by 18% and Math performance by 11%. “We attribute 80% of these gains to our use of PD 360 in delivering educational equity.”

Other School Improvement Network customer comments reflect similar excitement:

From Dr. Tracee Grigsby, PD Coordinator, Alief ISD, TX: “The service and support has exceeded my expectations and I had high expectations! The technical department always has quick answers and tries very hard to address all my requests.”

From David Bodine, Principal at Wilder Elementary School, KY: “PD 360 has allowed me to individualize PD for each member of my staff in order to meet their individual growth plans.”

From Karen Hawkins, Professional Development Coordinator, Williamson County Schools, TN: “By making usage so easily available, PD 360 recognizes that not all learning takes place in a classroom. Because they are capable of using it anytime and anywhere, teachers feel it is respectful of them and their needs.”

From Gaynell Lyman, Staff Developmkent Instructor, Henrico County Public Schools, VA: “We populate the HCPS Content Folder with specific content that we develop for in-house use. The ability to upload our own content provides the means to deliver content to multiple audiences and publicly feature PD 360. Reports show evidence of increased use of PD 360 following presentation of HCPS content through the PD 360 interface.”

What distinguishes School Improvement Network from every other company?

“Three components distinguish School Improvement Network from every other company committed to education,” said Marketing VP Cory Linton. “Quite simply, our technology is practical, measurable, and scalable. Practical means virtually no learning curve. Measurable means hard metrics for both teacher involvement and student progress. And scalable means our community can grow as far and as fast as the market demands. Nobody else can do this. Everybody else is trying.”

CEO Chet Linton concludes: “I am delighted to submit our 2010 report card for review. And I promise that we are not resting on our laurels. Since measurability is one of the three cornerstones of our value proposition, we will continue to let our accomplishments speak for themselves.”

About PD 360 • Practical, Measurable, and Scalable
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 600,000 verified educators subscribe to PD 360. 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 nearly 1400 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.

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 PD 360, The Video Journal of Education, , and the Learning 360 Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The 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.

School Improvement Network, PD 360 and their respective logos are trademarks of the School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contact:
Duane Sprague
School Improvement Network
801-556-5922
Office: 801-937-9233
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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