Knowledge Delivery Systems Announces Partnership with Wiley to Bring Survival Strategies for New Teachers to an eClassroom

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Digital course provides new teachers with strategies and tools that enable them to develop confidence, skill and practice

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"This course provides them with the survival skills they need to not only survive but to thrive and create a culture of high expectations for all students," said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS.

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), a leading provider of research-based, strategic and blended professional learning solutions for states and school districts, today announces a partnership with John Wiley & Sons Inc. to bring the course, Survival Strategies for New Teachers to classrooms nationwide.

According to the 2014 Carnegie Foundation report, “Beginners in the Classroom: What the Changing Demographics of Teaching Mean for Schools, Students, and Society” teacher turnover costs the nation $7 billion a year. At least four of every 10 individuals who enter teaching leave the profession within the first five years. As a result, students suffer by being taught by inexperienced teachers who leave before they become accomplished educators.

In an effort to dramatically improve teacher effectiveness and raise student achievement the course, Survival Strategies for New Teachers, which is based off of the bestselling books of Julia G. Thompson, provides new teachers with strategies and tools that enable them to navigate the school environment, manage their classrooms, work with parents and advance their career. They will explore the importance of relationships with colleagues and supervisors as well as with parents/guardians and students.

“Survival Strategies for New Teachers is a course that explores ways for teachers to motivate students, build relationships amongst students in the classroom and establish a culture of high achievement in which all students can succeed,” said Lesley Iura, Vice President and Publisher for Wiley’s Education program. “Teachers will explore effective strategies for designing and delivering instruction and proactively managing their classroom and will identify ways to continue to grow throughout their career as educators.”

Wiley has worked closely with KDS to provide a course that is available conveniently through online access anytime, while maintaining the integrity of the content and enabling participants to benefit from the learning experience. Survival Strategies for New Teachers delivers a curriculum that develops all teachers the abilities to:

  • Develop a plan for taking charge of professional growth and career.
  • Create a productive work and learning space in the classroom; establish positive collaborative relationships with colleagues and parents; and define expectations for beginning the school year.
  • Develop strategies to cultivate a learning community of positive teacher-student relationships and supportive and collaborative student-student relationships.
  • Establish a culture of high achievement through effective time management procedures, classroom management practices, and techniques that motivate students.
  • Design and plan effective and engaging instruction utilizing varied instructional strategies and resources to foster meaningful student engagement, meet differentiated learning needs and provide for the ongoing assessment of student progress.
  • Implement problem-solving and solution-oriented practices to proactively prevent problems in the classroom and to appropriately and efficiently manage discipline problems when they arise.

“The challenge of new teacher attrition and retention is not only a multi-billion dollar black hole, it impacts our neediest students who are most often taught by inexperienced teachers," said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS. "Most people who enter the teaching profession really want to change the world. This course provides them with the survival skills they need to not only survive but to thrive and create a culture of high expectations for all students. We are very excited to partner with Wiley in the first of many strong teacher development offerings, to positively impact teacher effectiveness and ultimately improve student achievement."

Survival Strategies for New Teachers are available for K-12 district sale. For more information about utilizing the Survival Strategies for New Teachers course in your school district, contact Mark Davis at mdavis@kdsi.org. For media inquiries, contact Alyssa Miller at 973-615-1292 or Alyssa@ammediaworks.com.

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About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.

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 Julia G. Thompson

Julia G. Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than 35 years. Thompson has taught a variety of courses, including freshman composition at Virginia Tech, English in all of the secondary grades, mining, geography, reading, home economics, math, civics, Arizona history, physical education, special education, graduation equivalency preparation and employment skills. Her students have been diverse in ethnicity as well as in age, ranging from seventh graders to adults. Thompson currently teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she is an active speaker and consultant. The bestselling author of The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide, Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher, and The First-Year Teacher’s Checklist, Thompson also provides advice on a variety of subjects through her web site, http://www.juliagthompson.com; on her blog, juliagthompson.blogspot.com; and on Twitter (@TeacherAdvice).

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