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Find out how the second-largest school district in Oregon has used tools in the Educator Effectiveness System (including PD 360 and Common Core 360) to improve their schools in the following areas: …

Find out how the second-largest school district in Oregon has used tools in the Educator Effectiveness System (including PD 360 and Common Core 360) to improve their schools in the following areas:
- Common Core
- Student engagement
- Equity and closing the achievement gap
- College and career readiness

Learn more about the Educator Effectiveness System here: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/educator-effectiveness-system/

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  • 1. PD 360 Case Study Large, Suburban Oregon District Builds Focused Differentiated Learning with PD 360 “The most significant approach to student achievement is through providing high-quality teachers. PD 360 and Common Core 360 affect our students’ success by helping us become more focused in our teacher training” Rachael Harms Professional Development Coordinator Salem-Keizer Public Schools, OR Profile Focuses In 1955, Keizer School District #88 (est. 1878) and Salem Always striving to move forward, Salem-Keizer currently School District #24CJ (est. 1855) merged to form Salem- has the following professional focuses: Keizer Public Schools. Today it is the second-largest • Common Core district in Oregon and serves almost 41,000 students in 67 schools. The last 25 years have brought rapid growth • Student engagement in student diversity with inherent opportunities for • Equity and closing the achievement gap differentiated learning strategies. • College and career readiness This is a high-achieving district that is serious about Solutions progress as shown by their statistics listed below: As Salem-Keizer Public Schools Coordinator of Profession•  istrict dropout rate fell to 2.63 percent in 2012, a D significant decrease from 7.20 percent in 2008. al Development, Rachael Harms is a dynamic advocate of student centered learning and individualized teacher progress. A vibrant, hands-on administrator, she understands •  etween 2008 and 2012, student performance on AP B the impact of highly effective teachers on student success. exams had a 17 percent increase, while the number of students participating increased by 35 percent. • n 2007, 184 sophomores took the PSAT/NMSQT, I and in 2012, the number of students participating increased to 2,580. • n 2012, 4,414 students were enrolled in 227 Career & I Technical Education programs and those who completed their programs had a 90 percent graduation rate. Four years ago, Ms. Harms was influential in the addition of PD 360 to Salem-Keizer’s teacher improvement program and a case study was created in 2010 that highlighted her zeal for progress along with the excellent usage and endorsement of teachers. Now in 2013, this updated study is being added to observe evolving district needs and how PD 360 addresses them.
  • 2. Appreciative of PD 360, the district has also included Professional Development Units (PDU) Observation 360 and Common Core 360. These three Salem-Keizer teachers are required to earn 125 PDUs every components make up School Improvement Network’s five years for certification renewal and they love drawing Educator Effectiveness System (EES) and meet each on PD 360 as a convenient source in which each cycle of Salem-Keizer focus with the following tools. “watch, learn, apply, reflect” earns them one PDU. •  ommon Core 360 has over 300 videos with a C Teachers Who Struggle comprehensive set of tools that walk teachers through Teachers who struggle and need further support are every step of Common Core with aligned lesson guides, placed on Plans of Assistance and Improvement that implementation ideas, and lesson plans. include an extra week of intensive training, including PD 360 with additional time to draw on it. •  D 360 student engagement programs such as Working P on the Work with Phillip Schlecty, Conscious Classroom Title IIA Schools Management with Rick Smith, in addition to webinars To increase the number of highly qualified teachers, and interactive communities. paraprofessionals, and administrators, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) grants allow Salem- •  D 360 student equity videos like How to Increase P Minority Student Achievement with Beverly Daniel Keizer to draw on Title IIA funds to provide all of its schools PD 360 access to bolster professional learning. Tatum, Courageous Conversations about Race with Glenn Singleton, and Equity 101 with Curtis Linton Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Michael Fullan. Although use varies from school to school, many of SalemKeizer needs-based PLCs make use of Common Core 360 •  ES is a system encompassing every facet of education E and PD 360 in group study and discussions. Additionally, to sustain leaders and teachers with skills that guide PD 360 is used with instructional coaches and mentor students to college and career readiness. training, as well as a tool for practice and calibration for Utilization administrators who are participating in learning walks. Salem-Keizer is utilizing PD 360 in an assortment of English Language Learners (ELLs) practices and to encourage consistency, an icon is installed Salem-Keizer has a large ELL population with 18.6 percent on each teacher’s computer for clicking easily to his or her of its students in ELL classes and 63 different languages personal PD 360 site without password logins. spoken in student homes. PD 360 programs illustrating best practices are helpful in ways such as: Common Core 360 Ms. Harms feels the district will get a lot of traction with Common Core 360. A full scale rollout for teachers this •  LL strategies in PD 360 videos are employed in trainings E by Ms. Harms and many of the content specialists. year will demonstrate how to best use the resources within, allow time to explore them, and provide structured time to understand, practice, and use them. Focus Folders Salem-Keizer has given every teacher a focus folder addressing each item on the district strategic plan, including student engagement and the available resources found in PD 360. Teachers are asked to keep the folders on their desks for easy access and continuous awareness. www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153 •  eachers look for program segments pertaining to their T individual needs. •  he district middle school director often sends PD 360 T segments to principals to build ELL awareness.
  • 3. Custom Courses The School Improvement Innovation Summit Many teachers are accessing custom courses in Instructional Each year, Salem-Keizer sends 12 people to SIIS for Coaching and Equity (Glenn Singleton classes) that Salem- ground-breaking strategies and tools to prepare every Keizer has provided for those interested and the feedback student to be college and career ready. The district has been overwhelmingly positive. They love the self-pacing benefits when they return and share their new knowledge and relevant information. in teacher groups. Benefits Great Usage LumiBook The following high numbers confirm that Salem-Keizer LumiBook is the next step in education as an e-reading teachers enjoy the flexibility and autonomy of PD 360 platform that stays current with automatic author updates and peer participation, joining expert research with the principles of professional learning communities. Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon PD 360 Usage September 2012 – October 2013 “LumiBook is Kindle on steroids! We really love its Registered Users 2,368 interactive platform!” Programs Viewed 2,447 Segments Viewed 5,096 Minutes Viewed 25,254 Rachael Harms Professional Development Coordinator Salem-Keizer Public Schools, OR Conclusion Improved Proficiency Scores Salem-Keizer continually strives to increase student Ms. Harms caught the vision of PD 360 four years ago success and as revealed in rising proficiency scores, this and her enthusiasm continues to radiate through the approach has created a practice of consistent growth and district. The Educator Effectiveness System is an integral School Improvement Network is proud to be a part of the part of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, empowering teachers development process. to be responsible for their own growth with the tools to address focuses and provide students with an Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon 11th Grade Student Achievement Results Basic and Above Proficiency Reading outstanding education. “The longer we have PD 360, the more we learn about its capabilities and the more specific we become in our Math 2010-11 2011-12 District 2012-13 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 goals and implementation. Through our use of PD 360 and 81% 84% 67% 73% Common Core 360, we have created a more centered, self- 83% 65% contained, differentiated process.” Excellent Customer Service and Training Support Ms. Harms is very pleased with the support Salem-Keizer has received from the School Improvement Network team who consistently offer ways to facilitate more effective teachers. “I tell people that PD 360 isn’t just a system, it’s a partner in education. Everyone at School Improvement Network wants to help us reach our goals. Our Strategic Partner Advisor, Lee Ann Moorman is truly amazing and our trainer, Karen Wathen is equally remarkable. Both are fully engaged with our district’s needs.”Interactive platform!” Rachael Harms Professional Development Coordinator Salem-Keizer Public Schools, OR www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153 Rachael Harms Professional Development Coordinator Salem-Keizer Public Schools, OR
  • 4. About School Improvement Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Effectiveness System produce better teachers and, Network has spent decades researching and documenting as a result, experience dramatic increases in student the best practices in education. From this research, School achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as Improvement Network has developed the Educator 30 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to works with thousands of schools and districts in every improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator more at www.schoolimprovement.com www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153