The schools who already use the resources I’m posting for free on my blog are achieving real improvement in their schools.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 04, 2011
School Improvement Network, the creators of the award winning PD360 professional development software, is excited to announce the launch of their Teaching Strategies Blog, a new tool that gives educators free access to professional video training. The blog, written by long-time teacher and professional development writer Amy Chamberlain, has been active for only a handful of weeks, and is already receiving hundreds of hits.
“To be honest, we’re not surprised at the sizable response we’re receiving,” says Amy. “With so much changing in the American education, from the growth of technology, to Common Core, to widening achievement gaps, more and more is at stake for our teachers. The need for practical, on-demand professional development has never been greater.”
The Teaching Strategies Blog is updated multiple times a week, and offers free instructional video featuring solutions to the types of challenges that teachers face every time they step in front of a class. “School Improvement Network has agreed to allow me to select and post teaching videos from their professional development archive,” Amy says. “The schools who already use the resources I’m posting for free on my blog are achieving real improvement in their schools. PD360 users have seen student test scores rise two to 15 times higher than district averages.”
“Our videos feature real teachers in real classrooms,” Amy continues, “and create a ‘you are here’ feel, so that my readers can fully witness good educators interacting with their students. I’ve taken the very best of what the company has to offer—the most up to date teaching strategies and award winning video content—and made it available to any teacher with an internet connection.”
The blog’s instructional videos will cover everything from literacy and mathematics skills, project-based learning and assessments, to implementing technology in the classroom. It will also feature interviews, lesson plans, and discussions provided by some of the most talented teachers in the School Improvement community. “Every week we will feature a different educator,” Amy explains. “One week will feature an elementary teacher and the next week a secondary teacher. However, I believe that videos of good practice provide useful content no matter what grade you teach. In other words, if you are a second-grade teacher, please check out the secondary videos from time to time. Similarly, if you teach English, you may get some good ideas from the mathematics skills videos."
Anyone can join the School Improvement Network online community for free and 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. To read the Teaching Strategy Blog, go to http://teachingstrategiesblog.org.
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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