School Improvement Network and Pearson Collaborate to Expand Common Core Professional Development Resources for Teachers

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Common Core 360 integrates with Schoolnet to deliver faster, widely accessible training on new Common Core standards.

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The Common Core State Standards provide a pathway for the public education system to become globally competitive by helping all students progress towards a higher level of college and career readiness.

School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and Pearson, the global leader in education and technology, today announced a new integration of Common Core training content and tools from School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360 to existing teaching tools in Pearson’s Schoolnet Instructional Improvement System. This new integration comes in response to requests from school leaders, and offers educators the precise resources they need to implement the new Common Core State Standards in language arts and math.

With this partnership, teachers using Schoolnet will have the option to access a video library of effective teachers teaching the Common Core in real classrooms, along with standards-aligned teaching strategies from Common Core 360. Twelve hundred schools in Kentucky are currently using Common Core 360 with Schoolnet.

“The Common Core State Standards provide a pathway for the public education system to become globally competitive by helping all students progress towards a higher level of college and career readiness,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Pairing Pearson with School Improvement Network gives educators the resources to implement the Common Core and tailor them to the needs of individual student in a way that empowers every student to succeed. In the hands of American educators, this integration has the potential to positively impact the education and future of millions of students.”

Common Core 360 delivered through Schoolnet puts data indicating student performance toward the standards alongside teacher support and resources. As educators monitor their students’ mastery of standards through Schoolnet, they will have easy access to view model Common Core classrooms and sample lesson plans to improve instruction in areas where their students are struggling.

“We believe that the option to add Common Core 360 to Schoolnet provides schools with a comprehensive, critical on-demand professional development solution that supports Common Core implementation,” said Patty McDonald, director of digital content solutions for Pearson. “Our collaboration with School Improvement Network brings the most advanced resource available to Schoolnet users, and has the potential to raise the bar and dramatically improve achievement for students across the country.”

The integration will also allow teachers to use Common Core 360 resources during their lesson prep and planning by searching a specific standard to find a model classroom demonstrating effective teaching of that standard. Common Core 360 classroom examples show teachers demonstrating the instructional shifts Common Core was intended to create as outlined by the standards’ authors, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. These videos are available through the PD 360 Embedded Video Player, which highlights related videos, journaling opportunities, follow-up questions, forums, lesson plans and other resources to support educator understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards.

School Improvement Network and Pearson first collaborated earlier this year to bring professional development content into Schoolnet with PD 360, an ever-growing collection of professional development resources including more than 2,000 video segments showing best practices in education from classrooms across the country. Expanding this partnership with Common Core 360 will further the companies’ joint visions of increasing student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System for both school leadership and teachers. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System increase educator effectiveness and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency by as much as 19 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world, has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/.

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