SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (PRWEB) June 13, 2013
School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), today announced the release of updated teaching standards joined with learning progressions for each standard for all educators K-12 by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). The updated InTASC teaching standards and learning progressions, designed to build a common skill set and knowledge base among educators of all grades and subjects, are published on School Improvement Network’s LumiBook, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources.
LumiBook blends e-reader, web and social media environments, allowing users to engage with the author and with other readers, comment, share, and build discussions within LumiBook. Through LumiBook, educators nationwide will be able to access the InTASC standards and progressions and collaborate in real time to share strategies for addressing each teaching standard and standards for student achievement. The updated InTASC standards and progressions will be the fifth LumiBook published.
“We are pleased to work with CCSSO and InTASC in supporting all educators towards teacher effectiveness and preparing students for college and career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “LumiBook was created specifically to maximize collaboration to foster the sharing and creation of best practices in education. Through its rich resources and interface, LumiBook will provide the updated InTASC Standards to thousands of teachers in real time and connect them for a responsive, personalized experience with far reaching impacts for teacher effectiveness and student achievement, rather than stagnant benchmarks or expectations.”
Through the LumiBook platform, the updated InTASC standards and new learning progressions include video examples of performances, essential knowledge and critical dispositions of each InTASC standard. Embedded videos and resources inherent to LumiBook will give educators access to additional support resources for implementing the teaching standards and allow them to join online discussion forums to upload and share strategies for each teaching standard.
The InTASC LumiBook Learning Progression Tool is a continuation of previous work by CCSSO and InTASC to create a set of model standards for teachers that articulates a common knowledge and skillset across all subjects and grade levels. The new learning progressions expand previous work to make teaching standards linked to rigorous student achievement standards, such as the Common Core Standards or any similarly rigorous system a state has implemented. The teaching standards tied to student standards create an educational vision with students and teachers on complimentary progression plans tailored for maximum success and achievement for both parties.
“We know that effective teachers are critical to ensuring students reach college and careers,” said Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive Director. “The InTASC LumiBook is an innovative tool to help teachers collaboratively assess and improve their professional practice.”
The standards and progressions, formally titled, “Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0: A Resource for Ongoing Teacher Development,” are available to all educators free on the LumiBook platform at http://www.lumibook.com/intasc.php.
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Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators with a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.
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