We’re bringing the Standards to teachers in their own classrooms. The facility that they’ll have locating and navigating the Standards will enable teachers to tap the deep potential in the Common Core
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) January 05, 2012
As the majority of public schools in the country begin to map their curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards, PD developer School Improvement Network (SINET) has created a tool that will help educators make quick and powerful use of those Standards. The Learning Progression Tool is a groundbreaking function that has been added to SINET’s Common Core solution suite, Common Core 360.
“The Common Core Standards are well designed,” says Cory Linton, vice president of SINET, “ but by their nature can be cumbersome and difficult to navigate. We’ve talked to many educators who feel like they could make better use of the Standards if they were just more accessible. The Learning Progression Tool is a direct response to that need.”
The Learning Progression Tool provides an intuitive way to browse the Standards for lesson planning, curriculum alignment, and remedial/special education planning. Within the Tool, the Standards are placed on a digital card deck, where each individual Standard is given its own card. The deck is arranged by grade and subject, and is easily navigable with the click of a mouse. Standards can be searched by any number of identifying criteria, and are accessible wherever a laptop can go. With the Tool, teachers can:
- See exactly what skills their students learned in previous school years.
- Understand precisely what they will need to know to perform well next year.
- Plan more efficient lessons based on this knowledge.
- Differentiate lesson planning more readily, knowing quickly and easily where each student stands in the rubric of the Standards.
“The people who designed the Common Core brought the Standards to the schools, and now, with our Learning Progression Tool and other Common Core solutions, we’re bringing the Standards to teachers in their own classrooms," Linton explains. "The facility that they’ll have locating and navigating the Standards will enable teachers to tap the deep potential in the Common Core.”
To learn more about the Common Core Standards, and School Improvement Network’s suite of Common Core solutions, visit http://www.commoncore360.com.
Anyone can join the School Improvement Network community, and sign up for a free 30-day trial of PD 360, SINET’s premiere professional development platform. Free membership will include unlimited access to thousands of training videos and dozens of online communities for educators. Simply visit http://www.schoolimprovement.com/products/pd360 and click on the “free 30-day trial” icon.
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, 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.
About Common Core 360
Common Core 360 is the leading online, on-demand professional Common Core learning resource for schools and districts. It answers the questions that 3.4 million teachers are asking about how to make the Standards work in their classroom every day. Common Core 360 gives administrators, teachers, and instructional coaches the necessary resources to turn State Standards into measurable student achievement. The unique training, expert analysis, and real classroom examples of putting the Standards into practice all comes from the same minds that designed PD 360, the world’s largest online professional development platform. Common Core 360 is directly integrated with PD 360, so educators have a single sign-in solution for the professional development they need to move forward in the 21st century classroom. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/products/common-core-360/.
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 822,000 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 1,800 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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