School Improvement Network Announces New Courses and New Observation Tool for PD 360

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PD 360, the world’s largest online community, video and professional development distribution network for teachers and educators announces significant enhancements to their content and technology. Included are new courses from the leading authors and experts on diversity in the classroom, teaching, and educational leadership, as well as a cutting-edge classroom observation tool that works on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone and integrates with PD 360.

To ensure the highest quality professional development, School Improvement Network and Corwin have joined forces to develop several exciting new job-embedded training courses for PreK-12 educators from experts such as Michael Fullan, Marcia Tate, Charlotte Danielson, Glenn Singleton and many others. Utilizing the easy-to-use tools powered by PD 360 technology, each course is unique and in depth with live author collaboration, facilitation by the authors themselves, networking with experts and participating peers, and more.

In addition to the rich online courses, every year PD 360 expands its library of new video-based professional development content to keep educators and educational leaders up to date on the latest techniques, tools, and topics. Karen Hawkins, Director of Professional Development for Williamson County Schools in Tennessee recognizes the need for professional development that is recent and relevant. She explains, “We have many teachers who are highly motivated to constantly learn more about the best teaching practices—beyond what the district has the capacity to provide through workshops and onsite training. They need tools they can access on their time that address their personal needs and interests and provide them with the learning they seek.” New content in 2010 includes video segments about PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) Practical PD (Professional Development), RTI (Response to Intervention), Technology Pedagogy, and presentations from NSDC (National Staff Development Council) Winter 2009 and the Hope Foundation Virtual Conference.

New for PD 360, Observation 360 is the only observation tool that is tightly integrated with PD 360 and made for the iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. The handheld observation tool is designed to allow principals and instructional leaders such as coaches and mentors to perform effective observations and walk-throughs—and more importantly to allow those instructional leaders to be able to easily give effective follow-up to teachers via PD 360’s rich resources. No longer will teachers have to find resources to address issues arising from an observation, PD 360 will automatically recommend appropriate resources based on the results of the observation.

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.

About Corwin
Corwin was established in 1990 as an affiliate of SAGE, an international publisher based in Thousand Oaks, California, to provide solutions for PreK–12 educators. Our mission is to offer practical, hands-on resources to help education professionals do their work better—and, in the process, help advance the field and improve education for all learners. Corwin books and multimedia products range from experience-based resources to more reflective or research-based titles, and are written for a diverse set of professionals—school principals, district administrators, specialists, teachers and school counselors, consultants, teacher educators, and college-level students. For more information about Corwin, please visit http://www.corwin.com.

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.

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Duane Sprague
School Improvement Network
801-937-9233    
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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