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Rural Emery County School District in Utah Uses Online Professional Development from School Improvement Network to Increase Teacher Engagement and Save Money

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I already trusted the high-quality programs,” he explains, “and I liked that they were now available online to teachers for independent study. I felt very confident making the decision to add PD 360 to our teacher development

After decades in education, Kirk Sitterud knows a good thing when he sees it.

Twenty years ago, Sitterud was working as an elementary school principal when he came across a professional development company called Video Journal of Education. Unlike many PD developers at the time, who relied upon live lectures for instruction, the Video Journal of Education provided footage of real educators in real classrooms, demonstrating practical teaching strategies that could easily be emulated.

Impressed by their teacher-centered approach and research-based content, Sitterud bought Video Journal programs and continued to use them throughout his career; first as a district PD director, and then as a superintendent. And four years ago, when the Video Journal of Education—by then called School Improvement Network—released PD 360, the world’s very first online professional development platform for teachers, signing up was a no-brainer.

“I already trusted the high-quality programs,” he explains, “and I liked that they were now available online to teachers for independent study. I felt very confident making the decision to add PD 360 to our teacher development.”

And as for Sitterud’s district, Emery County Schools, the results speak for themselves. Educator enthusiasm for professional development has risen even more since the purchase of PD 360, as everyone in the district is seeing its value. Principals are happy with its many uses and teachers are eager to utilize it on their own time to address their questions about learning.

Superintendent Sitterud has also found PD 360 to be very economical for the district. “Budget cuts have made it difficult to send a teacher to conferences,” he says, “but PD 360 has reduced that expenditure with cost-effective, online availability. It is there to train teachers in relevant areas with the real experts in education.”

Discover what Sitterud and hundreds of thousands of educators have learned by joining the School Improvement Network community for free. To receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, visit http://www.schoolimprovement.com and click on the “free 30-day 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 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

School Improvement Network, PD 360, Common Core 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
801-758-9546
duane.sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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