School Improvement Network and QLD Partner to Incorporate S.M.A.R.T. Goals into Teacher Professional Development

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PD 360 now allows educators to apply S.M.A.R.T. goals through the easy-to-use, online, on-demand platform.

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This partnership is both timely and fitting. There is a tremendous need for affordable professional development and goal-driven improvement in our schools.

Still bringing educators the most relevant, research-based best practices, School Improvement Network and QLD are extending the opportunity to learn and apply the framework that has driven success in schools nationwide.

Although defined differently in each industry, Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill, co-founders of QLD, defined SMART for educators as: S=Specific and Strategic, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Results-based, T=Timebound. They used the term with their first clients more than 10 years ago to support school improvement planning. Coupled with the graphic organizer, the Tree Diagram, S.M.A.R.T. goals become powerful motivators for continuous improvement.

Anne Conzemius recognizes the power of the PD 360 platform as a valuable tool for integrating high quality professional learning opportunities into QLD’s SMART Goal Process. “This partnership is both timely and fitting. There is a tremendous need for affordable professional development and goal-driven improvement in our schools. We are excited about the potential that this partnership has for bringing educators together to share their goals, strategies and ideas aimed at better learning outcomes for our students.”

Anyone can join the online community for free and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360 just by logging on to http://www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking 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, 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, Scalable, Measurable
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.

About QLD
In 1998, Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill formed QLD in Madison, Wisconsin, combining their years of experience in education and the quality movement to bring focus to the process of change and improvement in K-12 education. From its initial product, a video kit entitled Creating Meaning Through Measurement, to the upcoming release of the group’s fifth title, QLD has been a thought leader in school improvement. As it has done from its inception, QLD delivers training and coaching, using its unique and proprietary S.M.A.R.T. Goals Process and Measurement System, to create sustainable change in the way that districts, schools, and teachers fulfill their mission of preparing every student for the future. Educators can join the S.M.A.R.T. conversation in the SMART Goals Learning Community on PD 360 and at smartlearningcommunity.net.

School Improvement Network, PD 360, and their respective logos are trademarks of the School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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

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