A New Course from Knowledge Delivery Systems and Insight Education Group Takes Educators Beyond the Instructional Shifts

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Preparing students for college and career with five research-proven Core Practices

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“In order for CCRS to have their intended impact and for students to leave school truly prepared for the world, teachers need deep, sustained learning opportunities and tools that can transform instructional practices,” said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS.

Educators across the country face a daunting challenge: implementing new standards that are considerably more rigorous than those in place even two or three years ago. While there’s great promise in College-and Career-Readiness Standards (CCRS) to prepare students for success beyond graduation, teachers are looking for deeper support to implement them effectively.

Recognizing this need, Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. (KDS) and Insight Education Group, both leaders in professional development and educator effectiveness, have developed a transformational online course that helps teachers understand and implement new practices that will have a direct impact on their students’ achievement of CCRS.

Launching this month, “Shifting Instruction with the Five Core Practices” is based on the Insight Core Framework and the research-proven strategies that promote deeper thinking and reasoning called for in the CCRS to ensure that all students are college- and- career ready after graduation.

“The Core Practices use the common language of the CCRS to help teachers better understand what they can do to promote the skills and habits of mind students need for success,” said Dr. Michael Moody, founder and CEO of Insight. “This course gives teachers tangible examples of what a college- and career-ready student really looks like, while helping them recognize and implement the key instructional practices that result in student success.”

Through interviews with Insight experts, videos of teachers modeling the Core Practices in authentic classrooms and interactive exercises, educators will identify the areas of their practice that are strong, and those areas that need to be further developed. By the end of this course, teachers will have designed lesson plans that incorporate each of the five high-impact Core Practices directly into their daily classroom practices.

Additional course features include opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice and receive feedback from KDS online coaches, peer discussions around their implementation of Core Practices as well as an application toolkit that provides lessons, instructional materials and other resources that teachers can use immediately to implement all of the Core Practices and improve student learning.

Teachers also have the option of taking the course for CEU and graduate professional development credit.

“In order for CCRS to have their intended impact and for students to leave school truly prepared for the world, teachers need deep, sustained learning opportunities and tools that can transform instructional practices,” said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS. “We are excited to team up with Insight Education Group to help districts, schools and teachers put their students on the path to success.”

About Knowledge Delivery Systems

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) is the leading provider of research-based, blended-model strategic professional development solutions for districts, schools, and teachers. KDS was founded nearly 15 years ago to help school districts and states transform professional development to dramatically improve teacher effectiveness and raise student achievement. KDS builds district-wide system solutions and high quality online courses that are developed with the nation’s leading education experts and researchers to address educators’ most important challenges in the classroom. Today these courses are delivered through KDS’ Professional Learning Platform (PLP), which leverages the best of learning communities to make educator learning engaging, convenient and social. For more information, visit: http://www.kdsi.org.

About Insight Education Group

Insight Education Group supports the growth of teachers and school leaders through targeted professional learning services and integrated technology solutions. Insight was founded to support teachers in the implementation of standards-based instruction, and their mission remains the same today. For nearly 15 years, Insight has partnered with schools, districts, charters, states and education organizations across the country to understand their challenges and provide matching solutions that get results. By focusing on supporting educators’ practices and helping them grow, Insight is committed to ensuring every student has a great teacher. For more information, visit http://www.insighteducationgroup.com.

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Knowledge Delivery Systems:
Alyssa Miller
alyssa(at)ammediaworks(dot)com
973-615-1292

Insight Education Group
Jacob Hanson
Jacob(at)prwithpanache(dot)com
970-560-0856

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