School Improvement Network Offers Free Training Resources in the New Common Core Standards

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PD developer School Improvement Network Launches Common Core 360.com, a Website Designed to Assist Educators in Implementing Common Core Standards

With the development of Common Core Standards for math and English language arts complete, and their almost-universal passage realized (forty-eight states, two territories, and the District of Columbia are participants in the state initiative) schools all over the country are facing the daunting task of beginning to implement the Standards in their classrooms.

“Common Core is going to go a long way in raising teaching standards and student achievement in this country, “ says Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network, “but to do that, educators are going to have to become fluent in the extensive framework of Common Core. The time for talk is over. We have a challenge ahead.”

In order to assist educators in that challenge, and to assure that they are able to enact the Standards in as timely and seamless a manner as possible, School Improvement Network has developed CommonCore360.com, a free website devoted to providing a host of resources to educators in need of Common Core Standards training.

“The website,” says Jared Heath, content manager for CommonCore360.com, “has been established because of the enthusiastic response we have received to the tools that we already provide educators: the PD 360 professional development video library and Common Core 360, a training product replete with expert videos and documents describing the best strategies for implementing Common Core Standards.”

“Common Core 360.com,” continues Heath, “features a good deal of the content that supplements what our Common Core 360 software offers. For example, we will be posting case studies—detailed descriptions of approaches that schools are taking to successfully apply the Standards—on a regular basis. We have also created a Common Core blog, a place where teachers can come to read, discuss, and ask questions about the Standards. And to keep our readers current on Common Core, we are hosting a newsroom where we will post relevant articles that have been gathered from all over the web. The site is meant to be a one-stop hub for people looking to become proficient in Common Core.”

And for all of material being offered, one of the site’s most valuable features is still in the works. Starting November 3, School Improvement Network will be hosting a number of Common Core themed webinars.

“Our upcoming webinars are going to offer even more training to educators working to get Common Core up and running in their schools," Heath explains. "One of the great things about the website is that it gives us a place to release content from the webinars to our readers. As the webinars conclude, we will post video, audio, and written transcripts detailing what was covered. This material will be made available for free on Common Core 360.com. We’re excited about the opportunity to provide administrators and teachers with a way to get their heads around one of the most important movements in education in a very long time.”

Anyone can access CommonCore360.com by simply visiting http://www.commoncore360.com. To join the School Improvement Network’s online community for free and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, the world’s largest on-demand professional development platform for educators, just log on to http://www.schoolimprovement.com and click 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 700,000 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 1,500 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
801-758-9546
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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