Kansas City, Missouri Closed Almost Half Their Public Schools, Chose PD 360

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Needing more than incremental change, Kansas City, Missouri started by closing just under half of its public schools, and then partnering with School Improvement Network to help them with a metamorphosis. “Their report card will be our report card,” says CEO Chet Linton.


“We need a metamorphosis of education—from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.”

School Improvement Network announced today their partnership with Kansas City, Missouri to help create one of the nation’s top urban school districts through an unprecedented application of PD 360 technology.

“Kansas City Superintendent Dr. J. Wm. Covington is doing something that has never been done before,” says Chet Linton, CEO of The School Improvement Network. “With the backing of the school board, he closed almost half the public schools and has set out to metamorphose into one of the nation’s top urban school districts.”

As covered by the Associated Press and reported by MSNBC on March 11, 2010, “Administrators have said the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case… all the closures will be complete by fall.”

Dr. Covington quotes from the groundbreaking work Systemic Change: Touchstones for the Future School (Banathy, B.H., 1996, ed. P. Jenlink): “We need a metamorphosis of education—from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.”

Chet Linton continues: “Our technology will be used for assessment, individual learning plans and classroom observations based on a revolutionary PD 360 deployment.” Kansas City has customized its use of PD360’s on-demand professional development content by embedding it within its new online curriculum frameworks as well as providing the content to teachers as part of on-going feedback from the new e-walk observation system.

“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.”

“PD 360 is the world’s largest community of verified educators, with the most experts, the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples, concludes School Improvement’s Chet Linton. “But those accomplishments are just talking points. The real measure of our success will be Kansas City’s success. No excuses. Their report card will be our report card.”

About PD 360 • Practical, Measurable, and Scalable
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 700,000 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 1000 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 The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Leadership and Learning 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 the largest group of experts offering the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples. 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.
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