Schools that have chosen to switch over to online professional development for their teachers are seeing remarkable results. SINET subscribers have experienced a growth advantage in reading and math of nearly 14% over the rest of their district
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) December 13, 2011
With test scores flat lining and budgets languishing, public ire has taken a bizarre and unprecedented turn, directing itself at the unlikeliest of figures: the American schoolteacher. Traditionally given a pass with the public, teachers have accumulated quite a collection of critics lately, who are questioning everything from educator competence to the need for teachers at all.
In response, governments and school districts are scurrying to right the ship and improve teacher performance. As they look inward, leaders in education are recalling a simple fact lost somewhere in all of the noise—that the best teachers, and workers in any field for that matter, are the ones who never stop learning. Increasingly, schools are turning to sound, accessible professional development to help solve their educational problems.
An article published recently in Scholastic Administrator highlights this fact and describes the way that, as administrators select from a variety of professional development options, more and more of them are turning to online PD programs to spur teacher development.
“The two biggest factors driving this growth are no surprise,” the article’s author, Esther Shein writes, “money and time…In today’s on-demand world, teachers want their learning when they need it, and when it is convenient for them.”
Shein goes on to note a number of players in the burgeoning online professional development industry. At the top of the list, the author spotlights School Improvement Network (SINET), a PD developer based out of Salt Lake City.
Shein quotes an educator whose district currently uses SINET’s products.
“[Teachers] like it,” she says, “especially the ones with kids, because of the convenience and flexibility and because they’re picking what meets their needs. They’re not saying ‘I’ve heard this a thousand times; what a waste of my time. It’s very comprehensive.”
“The videos,” Shein emphasizes,”are not just academic best practices for the classroom—there are also courses on how to handle unmotivated students, how to connect with parents, and how to deal with student grief.”
And schools that have chosen to switch over to online professional development for their teachers are seeing remarkable results. SINET subscribers, for example, have experienced a growth advantage in reading and math of nearly 14% over the rest of their districts. Convenience aside, the online PD experience is proving a powerful tool in impacting positive growth in both teachers and students.
And though American education continues to fall behind its competitors worldwide, and public coffers aren’t filling anytime soon, organizations like School Improvement Network are providing a glimpse of what the future of the country might hold, if managed with care.
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.
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