Wilson County Schools, Tennessee - PD 360 Case Study


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Wilson County Schools, Tennessee - PD 360 Case Study

  1. 1. A School Improvement Network ProductHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIALaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTYARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICOCOUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD wilson countyHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA schoolsLaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTYARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICOCOUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISDHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIALaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA LaMesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY System Profile About PD 360 The Wilson County School System is located in Lebanon, PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning Tennessee and serves approximately 15,000 students at resource for educators with over 600,000 subscribers. 21 sites. Teachers, administrators, professional learning commu- nities, coaches, etc., have access to over 1,400 indexed Wilson County strives to obtain the best teachers and and searchable video segments that present real, best- administrators possible, knowing that this will directly practice classroom examples. Each segment includes affect the success of their students. Of the 991 people content from respected educational experts such as employed in positions that require state certification, Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stig- approximately 48 percent, have attained an educational gins, and many others. PD 360 can be used to create a degree at the masters level or higher. It has about 8 per- structured learning experience for an individual teacher, cent who have achieved career ladder status of two or professional learning community, or entire school. It three. The system has also lowered pupil-teacher ratios, bridges the gap between training and classroom imple- increased the number of teaching assistants, increased mentation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and the number of counselors, and has added school nurses reflection tools. PD 360 also gives educators access to as a way of providing better service to the students. And an online community of teaching professionals that al- Wilson County has been district accredited via the South- lows interaction and collaboration either within a district ern Association of Colleges and Schools and AdvancED. or across the United States and around the world. See a demonstration at www.pd360.com System Needs Wilson County Schools is thoroughly committed to its Driving Usage and Implementation education professional development (PD) mission to “en- Wilson County decided to introduce PD 360 in midyear hance teaching and learning and increase student success by first training the administrators and a few selected through ongoing support and development of the faculty.” teachers. These teachers then went back to their groups and trained the others. Here are some of the ways it Why would such a commendable system have needed a implements PD 360: better continuing PD source? Because it was looking for the best PD available, a quality, job-embedded product >>Classroom Walk-Throughs with accessibility for both administrators and teachers. When principals do classroom walk-throughs, they email specific PD 360 segment links to individual teachers What Wilson County Schools found was PD 360 that are relevant to particular instructional needs. www.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com
  2. 2. >>Group Training >>Cost Effective Teacher education is often personalized for groups PD 360 provides everything Wilson County needs at such as when Wilson County high schools chose to considerably less money than traditional PD. Funding customize their PD 360 instruction to the objectives of sources are available to districts and schools, includ- differentiation and assessment. ing Title I, II, III, IV, V, VII, state funds, foundation funds, federal and state grant monies, math funds, reading >>Faculty Meetings funds, technology funds, etc. Wilson County uses PD 360 in its faculty meetings by watching a segment either before or during the gather- >>Customizable ing, then breaking into groups and using the Facilitator Wilson County keeps educators focused on what mat- Guide materials to lead discussions and activities. ters most by aligning PD 360 video learning segments, forums, and resources with individual state, system, >>Teachers Who Are Struggling and school teacher training objectives. Teachers experiencing difficulties are helped when principals or PD coordinators email specific segment >>Real Classroom Examples links showing what best practices look like in needed A variety of real classrooms from across the country is areas. The teachers’ viewing and reflecting can be shown in every PD 360 program so that teachers can chronicled in their Professional Growth Plans. actually see how to implement best-practices in their own classroom teaching. >>Teacher Growth Plans Teacher PD 360 usage is tracked in Professional “In addition to providing high quality presenters, PD Growth Plans as a way to follow specialized goals and 360 also excels in sharing practical, real-life teaching teacher development. examples in current classroom environments. Our teach- ers have gained valuable insight in both theory and practice thanks to PD 360.” Benefits Monty Wilson Wilson County School System has experienced many Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction benefits while implementing PD 360 and looks forward Wilson County Schools, TN to many more. >>Research-Based Best Practices >>Meets Individual Needs The best-practices shown in PD 360 are always re- PD 360 gives individualized teacher training that en- search-based and classroom-proven, dealing with nearly ables each teacher to immediately search for answers every education initiative of the past two decades. to concerns while still providing a unified focus for the >>Tracking Features whole system. Wilson County teachers follow their own growth curve by >>Educator Enthusiasm using the tracking tools and reflection questions at the “Many of our teachers are saying that this is the best end of each segment while administrators use PD 360’s professional development they have ever experienced. integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up to ensure that In just six months, we have had great teacher buy-in teacher professional development happens consistently. with 70% usage and with approximately 128,000 min- >>Recognized Education Experts utes viewed. Our goal is to attain 100% usage within the Wilson County teachers have easy access to over 100 top first month of the next school year.” education experts at their fingertips without waiting for conferences or paying the high costs associated with them. Monty Wilson Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Wilson County Schools, TN >>Focus Objectives “The PD 360 Focus Objectives have allowed us to have >>Accessibility system-wide focus with collective goals. These not only Because PD 360 is an online and on-demand solution, give us a common language but also a common practice.” Wilson County teachers can access it anytime and anywhere they have the Internet. Teacher professional Monty Wilson Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction development is now flexible to individual schedules Wilson County Schools, TN rather than being limited to the school calendar. >>Relevant Topics Innovative content is continually being added to the over 1,400 indexed and searchable video segments giving Wilson County the most current and comprehen- sive PD library available.www.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com
  3. 3. About School Improvement Network Founded in 1991 by two school teachers, School Improvement Network empowers educators with comprehensive, research-based, professional learn- ing tools that build teacher expertise to foster greater achievement among their students. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and The 360 Learning Framework, School Improvement Network offers content from the largest group of educational experts, the broadest range of topics, and the most classroom examples anywhere. School Improvement Network boasts the world’s largest educator-verified, on-demand professional development network with over 600,000 users. To learn more about School Im- provement Network’s dynamic resources, visit www.schoolimprovement.comwww.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com