Clinton Public Schools, MS - PD 360 Case Study


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Learn how this high-achieving school district in Mississippi uses PD 360 and Observation 360 to improve teacher effectiveness and help teach to the new Common Core State Standards.

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Clinton Public Schools, MS - PD 360 Case Study

  1. 1. Case StudySmall, Suburban Mississippi DistrictBuilds Effective Teachers andImplements Common CoreCLINTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, • More Effective TeachersMISSISSIPPI Knowing that teachers influence student performance, CPSD is promoting and guiding individual and collaborative professional learning and growth. “Teacher effectiveness has proven to be the number one factor in student • Common Core Standards Implementation success. As a resource for educator Last year (2011–2012), CPSD switched from the improvement, PD 360 is a real-time, Mississippi curriculum standards to the more rigorous rich, robust set of tools, and a wealth Common Core Standards in grades K–2. This year (2012–2013), it is making this transition in grades 3–8, of information.” and next year (2013–14), students in all grades will be taught at this level.Tim MartinAssistant SuperintendentClinton Public School District, Mississippi SOLUTIONS Clinton Public School District Assistant SuperintendentPROFILE Tim Martin is a dedicated, straightforward administrator who has a clear vision and understanding of 21st centuryClinton Public School District (CPSD) is located in Clinton, education. When introduced to PD 360, he recognized itMississippi, a city once called the “Athens of Mississippi” as a valuable asset to CPSD teacher improvement.because of its many academies and colleges. There is adeeply-rooted community priority to provide excellent As an integral component of School Improvementlearning opportunities for all ages. Network’s teacher effectiveness system, PD 360 provides concrete solutions for CPSD concerns. Mr. Martin quicklyThis small suburban district serves almost 5,000 students found long-term significance in these benefits:in nine schools with 254 teachers. An energized, high-achieving district, its recent recognitions include the • Online Capacity and Accessibilityfollowing: CPSD educators are able to view PD 360 programs as many times as they wish and as often as they need. • One of only three districts to receive an “A” ranking, the Rather than being limited to the school calendar, PD highest possible academic ranking a Mississippi school 360 allows teachers to take charge of their professional district can achieve. learning according to their own timetable by logging on • The only district in the Jackson metro area to attain an at home as well as at work. “A” rating.• Siemens Corporation named Clinton High School as one • Differentiated Professional Development of the top 50 nationally recognized high schools in the PD 360 addresses a wide variety of teacher career United States for excellence in math and science. levels, not as a one-size-fits-all training but as an individualized growth process. It targets specific questions, situations, and experience levels.FOCUSESCPSD is intensely focused on two key issues that affectdistricts across the country:
  2. 2. • Cost Effectiveness • Professional Development Plans Mr. Martin affirms that PD 360 is more economical than As part of the evaluation process, all CPSD teachers have traditional conferences or workshops with the same a personal professional development plan. PD 360 experts and messages. And the unlimited access ensures programs that are relevant to the teacher’s specific needs that it is never just a one-shot training. are included as part of the action plans. • New Teacher TrainingABOUT PD 360 New teachers and teachers new to CPSD participate in an induction program which meets monthly for one PD 360 is the multi-award winning, online, on-demand year to help them adapt to district goals and standards. professional learning resource within School Improvement PD 360 programs are shown as part of the training to Network’s system for educator effectiveness. With 2,000+ illustrate best practices in areas such as reading strategies videos on 125 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the and differentiated instruction.largest online community of nearly one million educators.It is the most comprehensive web-based library of • Classroom Observationprofessional development resources available. Teachers, PD 360’s companion tool, Observation 360 has administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, made CPSD classroom observations more efficientmentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals for administrators and effective for teachers. Usinghave available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, CPSD principals give searchable video segments that present real, best-practice immediate feedback to the teacher and recommend PD classroom examples and feature respected education 360 segment links that are pertinent to the situation.experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves,Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly “I am willing to point out teacher weaknesses asfind the help they need on nearly every topic, including long as I am able to provide tools that will fix thosedifferentiation, assessment, English language learners,leadership, and more. It can be used to create a structured difficulties. PD 360 and Observation 360 are perfectlearning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or for that.”even an entire school. PD 360 and all the tools withinSchool improvement Network’s system bridge the gap Tim Martinbetween training and classroom implementation with job- Assistant Superintendentembedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. See a Clinton Public School District, Mississippidemonstration at ABOUT OBSERVATION 360IMPLEMENTATION AND DRIVING USAGE Observation 360 is a vital component of SchoolCPSD is committed to advancing student achievement by Improvement Network’s system for educator effectiveness.addressing the necessity for highly effective teachers to be With full compliance to even the strictest of statein each and every classroom. observation requirements, it is the only tool that integrates on-demand training resources and a wide array of reporting• Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) capabilities into the observation process. The all-new, fully CPSD is using PD 360 in PLCs as a study resource, redesigned Observation 360 provides the resources, data, conversation starter, and a way to unify teachers with and personalized training to prepare teachers to get 100% common language and practice. The groups determine of students college and career ready. a focus, watch a video segment together during the meeting, and discuss how to apply the practices in BENEFITS their classrooms. • Excellent Customer Support• License Renewal Mr. Martin is quick to say that the customer support from CPSD teachers are required to watch five hours of PD School Improvement Network has been outstanding. 360 for Continuing Education Units. Because PD 360 With a personal interest, Professional Development is simple and convenient, teachers are excited that its Advisor Dennis Moss and Client Implementation usage is applicable to required certification hours. Specialist Lindsey Fenstermaker have been prompt to meet CPSD’s needs. | | 800-572-1153 2
  3. 3. • Capacity/Accessibility CONCLUSION District administrators are pleased that CPSD educators are able to view programs as many times as they wish Mr. Martin is enthused to have the online flexibility and and as often as they need. Rather than being limited to differentiated learning for CPSD teachers as long-lasting the school calendar, PD 360 allows teachers to take contributions that PD 360 and Observation 360 are charge of their professional learning according to their making to the district’s professional learning. He knows own timetable. the students will be the ones who will benefit from more effective teachers.“As a former principal, I know the drawbacks of after-school professional development. Teachers are tired “High performance schools are made up of exceptionalor have outside commitments and do not want to stay teachers who accept the education challenge andfor meetings at the end of the day. PD 360 provides want to continue to grow. Today’s teachers must learnneeded training when it is convenient for the teacher.” to ride the wave or get out of the water and PD 360 easily lends itself to that motivation.”Tim MartinAssistant Superintendent Tim MartinClinton Public School District, Mississippi Assistant Superintendent Clinton Public School District, Mississippi• Educator Enthusiasm CPSD teachers are benefitting from the online, individualized training PD 360 supplies and their usage numbers illustrate that. ABOUT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network Clinton Public School District, Mississippi has spent decades researching and documenting the PD 360 Usage January 2011 – October 2012 best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed an integrated system Registered Users 349 for educator effectiveness. The company’s system outlines Collective Programs Viewed 5,370 a step-by-step process to improve teacher practice, and arms educators with a set of powerful tools that can be Collective Segments Viewed 14,408 used to complete each step. Research shows that districts Collective Minutes Viewed 109,918 and schools that use the tools in School Improvement Network’s integrated suite of tools produce better teachers, and as a result experience dramatic increases in studentA 2011 independent study of PD 360 usage showed higher achievement, driving up student test scores by as muchminutes per user in schools like those in CPSD resulted as 30% in a single year. School Improvement Networkin more than twelve times the gains in student math works with thousands of schools and districts in everyproficiency rates and twice the gains in student reading state and around the world and has visited over 3,500proficiency rates than district averages. classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at | | 800-572-1153 3