PD 360 Version 5.0 Unveils a Guide to New Common Core State Standards

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Common Core 360, plus other new content, tools, and resources, join the new version of PD 360 to help educators anywhere, anytime.

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Districts across the country are implementing the Common Core State Standards and we want to ensure educators have the resources to guide their students to college and career readiness.

School Improvement Network is excited to bring educators the latest version of PD 360 on July 7, 2011 to provide them with a more versatile platform designed to better meet the needs of teachers and administrators today.

New in PD 360 version 5.0, Common Core 360 will provide a guide for states, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core Standards. With Common Core-specific video segments featuring teacher-leader conversations and classroom examples of implementation, Common Core 360 will be there to help every step of the way as educators navigate the transition into the new standards.

Video segments and resources will be released in two initial phases. In phase one, Common Core 360 will provide an overview video on vision, history, and a crosswalk of the Common Core Standards, including basic instructional segments around understanding how the Common Core Standards impact and energize teaching.

In phase two, Common Core 360 will provide a video series featuring master teachers embedding the Common Core Standards for ELA and/or math over an entire school year. These videos will model rich data team meetings, mastery in curriculum mapping, engaging pedagogy, rigorous lesson planning, and insightful formative assessments, all aligned to Common Core Standards.    

School Improvement Network CEO Chet Linton explains, “Districts across the country are implementing the Common Core State Standards and we want to ensure educators have the resources to guide their students to college and career readiness.”

To facilitate authentic and easy collaboration, version 5.0 will now provide a way for users to upload their own videos to share useful resources with other educators. With expanded administrative tools, greater tracking and reporting ability, more robust community and group functions, and the new thereNow classroom video integration, PD 360 5.0 is home to the extensive research-based professional development necessary for teachers in today’s twenty-first century schools.

School Improvement Network representatives will be at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Philadelphia on June 26-29, 2011. They’ll be in booth 2735 answering questions about how educators benefit by using PD 360 and the new Common Core Standards.

Anyone can join the online PD 360 community and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360 just by visiting http://www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking on the free trial button.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

About PD 360 • Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. With 1,500 videos on 97 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 700,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (approximately 6-12 minutes in length) allowing educators access to “snack-able” content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.

Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,500 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com.

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Duane Sprague
School Improvement Network

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