Catapult Learning’s New Professional Development Program Builds Consistency and Coherence in Schools and Districts

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The long-term program focuses on implementing Catapult Learning's proven Core Instructional Model for all teachers.

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Catapult Learning today announced the launch of its Core Instructional Model professional development program, a long-term program that provides structured professional development learning opportunities and coaching support to build instructional teams and create a school- or district-wide shared instructional model. Through a combination of workshops and coaching, school leaders and teachers learn how to implement a consistent, cohesive instructional model that maximizes student learning.

Built from the company’s Literacy First Framework, a three-year professional development program proven to create a school culture of learning and achievement, the Core Instructional Model professional development focuses on consistency and coherence across a school and district for leaders, teachers, and students. A shared instructional model makes it easier for teachers to share resources and ideas and for administrators to serve as effective instructional leaders. The model also provides a predictable structure for students from period-to-period and year-to-year.

“Having a common approach and language for planning, implementing, observing, reflecting, and talking about instruction is a critical component for building instructional teams and accelerating student learning,” explains Diane Rymer, Catapult Learning’s Vice President of Professional Development.

The Core Instructional Model professional development is a structured, committed program with a specific combination of workshops and coaching and support days for teachers and school leaders, plus ongoing conference calls, that establishes consistent academic language and common overall lesson structure within a school. Dr. Andrew Ordover, Catapult Learning’s Vice President of Product Development, explains the importance of coherence and collaboration for teacher instruction and student learning.

“Asking teachers to fill in lesson-plan templates hasn’t yielded much success in changing classroom instruction. It’s easy to get so caught up in adhering to the form of a thing that we lose sight of the function. There are real and profound benefits to adopting a school-wide instructional model—benefits for teachers as well as students—but the model has to be a living, breathing thing, not a form to fill out,” says Ordover.

Customized to focus on a school’s specific area of need, the professional development program can be implemented in a single school or across an entire district.

About Catapult Learning: For nearly 40 years, Catapult Learning has been dedicated to improving academic achievement for students from Pre-K to grade 12, with a special focus on intervention for struggling learners, building teacher and instructional leader capacity, and supporting students who previously dropped out of school. Catapult Learning’s nationwide network of 4,100 teachers, coaches, and consultants partners with over 300 school districts across the country.

For more information, please contact Meg Roe, VP of Marketing for Catapult Learning, at 856-831-7956 or meg(dot)roe(at)catapultlearning(dot)com.

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