Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Michael Fullan to Speak at Premier School Improvement Innovation Summit

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Never before has any professional development organization had enough critical mass of users to host such an event.

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It’s unusual for a professional development company to host what is typically thought of as a technology company event, but we are at the intersection of professional development and technology, using technology to scale best educational practices.

School Improvement Network (SINET) the leading provider of on-demand professional development for the education community, has announced the first annual user group event: the School Improvement Innovation Summit to be held July 11-13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

PD 360 has opened the doors for educators and administrators to access best practices in education, with real classroom examples from the top experts. Now, SINET is offering those same experts and authors all in the same venue. Keynote sessions will include such highly regarded educational leaders as Michael Fullan, Curtis Linton, and a virtual keynote from Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

In addition to the rich content offered by education experts, school district leaders including John Covington, Superintendent of Kansas City Schools, will be speaking about their experiences in school improvement.

“It’s unusual for a professional development company to host what is typically thought of as a technology company event,” said Chet Linton, CEO, “but we are at the intersection of professional development and technology, using technology to scale best educational practices.”

PD 360, the flagship on-demand professional learning solution, is now in use by over 700,000 educators in the United States and Canada. The recent release of Version 4.0 and the announcement of Observation 360 provide even more powerful capabilities which educators want to use to their full extent. This event offers the opportunity of blending and maximizing participants’ current investment in professional development technology with hearing some of the best and most current thinking on subjects influencing today’s classroom.

In addition to the keynote speakers, School Improvement Network users will share best practice examples from the field, and sessions are planned around vital school issues including:

  •     Common Assessment,
  •     Common Core,
  •     Courageous Conversations,
  •     Equity, Induction,
  •     Coaching and Mentoring,
  •     Leadership,
  •     Personalized Learning,
  •     Practices of Professional Learning Communities and Networks, and
  •     Special Education and English Language Learning.

The user’s conference will allow educators to gain deeper knowledge as well as provide a venue to address some of the most important challenges schools face. Set in the beautiful Salt Lake Valley surrounded by magnificent canyons and mountainsides, the experience at the 2011 PD 360 user conference is sure to be not only informative, but also enjoyable.

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 Learning 360 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 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, 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 over 1,400 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.

Observation 360
PD 360 now features Observation 360, a handheld observation tool designed to allow principals and instructional leaders such as coaches and mentors to perform effective observations and walkthroughs—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. Built for the Apple iPad, iPhone, or iTouch, principals and instructional leaders can choose from existing templates to structure the evaluation or create custom-designed templates, each completely integrated with PD 360.

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