District Officials from Across the U.S. Tour Learning Sciences International Demonstration Schools in Palm Beach County

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Learning Sciences International and the School District of Palm Beach County showcase Demonstration School classrooms to administrators from around the nation.

Demonstration Schools for Rigor provide the groundwork and support for schoolwide cultural shifts that embrace the growth mindset necessary to impact student learning.

This spring, administrators from school districts throughout the United States are visiting Palm Beach County demonstration schools to observe the results of Learning Sciences International’s research-based professional development and implementation coaching initiative, Demonstration Schools for Rigor.

As visitors tour working classrooms, they are able to see how demonstration schools function as real-world models of rigorous, standards-based learning—and how teachers can make significant, impactful instructional improvements within one school year.

Demonstration Schools for Rigor provide the groundwork and support for schoolwide cultural shifts that embrace the growth mindset necessary to impact student learning. With training on Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor, an evidence-based model of instruction that ensures rigorous pedagogy and learning in every classroom, along with targeted leadership coaching, focused implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and the use of data derived from formative assessment, Demonstration Schools for Rigor is a comprehensive initiative that incorporates the power of collaboration with deep research.

Palm Beach County Demonstration Schools are also using a coaching tool, RigorWalk™, to gain insight into school conditions, leadership practices, professional learning community structure, formative assessment implementation, and standards-based systems.

Learning Sciences International, a leading provider of web-based and on-site solutions for professional development and performance management in education, supports schools and educational initiatives in 11 countries, 3 provinces in Canada, and 40 states in the United States of America. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the company currently serves 427 school districts; 5,575 school buildings; 311,000 teachers; and more than 4 million students in the United States alone.

For information about the School District of Palm Beach County, visit PalmBeachSchools.org. To learn more about Learning Sciences Demonstration Schools or RigorWalk, visit LearningSciences.com.

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