Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 10, 2011
In the Winter 2011 issue of Scholastic Administrator, Balko Independent School District explained how PD 360 is giving them the online professional development tools to provide quality on-demand professional development to their teachers.
The article, Professional Development On Demand, explores the effectiveness of multiple forms of online professional development. Being a small district with a small budget, Balko used PD 360 to keep their teachers up to date on the latest educational strategies and research, especially differentiated instruction. Larry Mills, the districts superintendent, noted, Weve been trying to tie differentiated instruction with response to intervention, to give teachers more and different strategies to use when students arent getting the material.
While online professional development is not an easy transition from the traditional forms of professional learning for teachers and other school faculty, the Scholastic Administrator article reinforces the trend that online, on-demand learning is the future, whether it replaces or accompanies face-to-face instruction. Mills stated, It will take time for teachers to grow accustomed to logging in online for learning and to transfer their knowledge from the computer to the classroom.
As teachers make the transition to online professional development, PD 360 will continue to provide the practical, scalable, and measurable platform to foster a greater depth of knowledge, and relevant and engaging content to demonstrate research-based best practices in the classroom to maximize student achievement.
According to Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO, PD 360 is proving to be the professional development platform of choice for large and small districts that are looking for a proven system that drives student achievement and reduces PD costs. With its built-in usage tracking and reports, PD 360 also offers full accountability that is unprecedented in the field.