Lafourche Parish PS, LA - PD 360 Case Study


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Lafourche Parish Public Schools in rural Louisiana serves 15,000 students in 30 schools. Read about how they use the Educator Effectiveness System to provide resources for implementing the Common Core State Standards, providing paraprofessional training, and aiding in ELL instruction.
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Lafourche Parish PS, LA - PD 360 Case Study

  1. 1. Case StudyLarge, Rural Louisiana District BuildsMaster Teachers with Flexible OnlineTeaching StrategiesLafourche Parish Public Schools, Louisiana FOCUSES “Our teachers appreciate PD 360 LPPS continually strives to increase teacher growth because it recognizes that student success relates directly and its 24/7 availability even as our to educator quality. The district’s current focuses include administrators welcome its versatility the following: and value. It has definitely become a significant piece of our professional • Common Core learning program.” • Paraprofessionals • Teachers of English Language LearnersCynthia EliserElementary Education Curriculum SupervisorLafourche Parish Public Schools, Louisiana SOLUTIONS LPPS Elementary Education Curriculum Supervisor Cynthia Eliser is an energetic, student-focusedPROFILE administrator who wholly supports teacher development. Introduced to PD 360, she loved the unlimited accessServing 15,000 students in 30 schools, Lafourche Parish and recognized the potential of an online, on-demandPublic Schools (LPPS) is a large rural district located professional development (PD) system. Ms. Eliser saw itin the heart of Cajun country along the banks of as a good fit in the district’s PD program and by usingBayou Lafourche. funds from Title II and Title I Stimulus, purchased PD 360 with its companion product Observation 360. BothThis 200-year-old, closely-knit community celebrates its are vital components of School Improvement Network’suniqueness with yearly festivals spotlighting local music, Educator Effectiveness System that provide solidcuisine, folk arts, and traditions as well as hunting, fishing, solutions for district focuses.and boating. • Common Core 360 Providing an outstanding education for LPPS children PPS is planning to purchase another part of School Lis a responsibility shared by the schools, families, Improvement Network’s Educator Effectiveness System,and business groups of this unified district. All are Common Core 360 which sustains implementation ofdedicated to helping students become lifelong learners state standards and prepares educators to ready 100%and realize their full potential. As shown in rising of students for college and career.proficiency scores, this approach has created a traditionof consistent improvement. • Paraprofessional Training D 360 fully maintains paraprofessional training with P Lafourche Parish Public Schools programs such as Training Paraprofessionals and many Student Achievement online interactive communities that allow educators to Basic Above Proficiency share experiences. Spring Spring Spring Spring Spring • Training Teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 L PPS teachers are honing their ELL instructional 60% 60% 64% 65% 66% strategies with PD 360 programs, such as Every Teacher – a Teacher of English Language Learners and Helping Students of Limited English Skills. Other programs indirectly address ELLs, such as those on differentiation, minority student achievement, and inclusion. minority student achievement, and inclusion.
  2. 2. ABOUT PD 360 IMPLEMENTATION AND DRIVING USAGEPD 360 is the multi-award winning, online, on-demand Below are some of the ways LPPS is currently using PD 360professional learning resource within School Improvement and Observation 360 to meet professional needs.Network’s system for educator effectiveness. With 2,000+videos on 125 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the • PLCs largest online community of nearly one million educators. uring the last two years, LPPS has put an intense DIt is the most comprehensive web-based library of emphasis on building PLCs and they are watching PDprofessional development resources available. Teachers, 360 programs such as Practical PLCs and Whole Facultyadministrators, professional learning communities, coaches, Study Groups to learn how they work. Group leaders arementors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals using PD 360 to create understanding and goals.have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed andsearchable video segments that present real, best-practice • Observationsclassroom examples and feature respected education lassroom observations are significant to teacher Cexperts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, evaluations and Observation 360 is making LPPSRick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly walkthroughs more efficient for administratorsfind the help they need on nearly every topic, including and effective for teachers. Using a mobile devise,differentiation, assessment, English language learners, administrators give immediate feedback to the teacherleadership, and more. It can be used to create a structured and recommend PD 360 segment links that are pertinentlearning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or to the situation.even an entire school. PD 360 and all the tools withinSchool improvement Network’s system bridge the gap • License Renewalbetween training and classroom implementation with job- B ecause of ease and convenience, teachers are excited thatembedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. See a PD 360 usage is applicable toward the required continuingdemonstration at education credits necessary for license renewal. • Teachers who StruggleABOUT OBSERVATION 360 eachers who struggle are helped when LPPS principals T suggest specific PD 360 programs that show bestObservation 360 is a vital piece of School Improvement practices in areas such as classroom management,Network’s Educator Effectiveness System. With full differentiated instruction, and many more. For follow-up,compliance to even the strictest of state observation each teacher’s usage, as well as their answers to reflectionrequirements, it is the only tool that integrates on-demand and follow-up questions, can be resources and a wide array of reporting capabilitiesinto the observation process. The all-new, fully redesigned • Professional Development PlanObservation 360 provides the resources, data, and s part of the evaluation process, all LPPS teachers have Apersonalized training to prepare teachers to ready 100% of a PD plan. Relevant to a teacher’s specific needs, PD 360students for college and career. Learn more at http://www. programs are incorporated as part of the planned • Faculty Meetings PPS administrators show video segments in faculty LABOUT COMMON CORE 360 meetings to teach best classroom practices and start group discussions. The accompanying facilitator guidesCommon Core 360 is education’s most relevant learning include activity ideas to encourage teacher interaction.tool for the new Common Core Standards and can lead aneducator from the most basic understanding to mastery-level implementation. With an ever-growing library that BENEFITSextends to almost 300 training videos, this resourceincludes 70 real in-class examples that place the viewer in LPPS educators are experiencing many benefits with PDthe middle of classrooms with teachers who are actively 360 such as the following:navigating the day-to-day realization of the state standards.Learn more at | | 800-572-1153 2
  3. 3. • Differentiated Professional Development With the world’s largest online library of 2,000+ educator training videos and 125 topics, PD 360 allows LPPS administrators and teachers to create differentiated PD plans that address individual needs and career levels.• Capacity/Accessibility PD 360 is an online, on-demand resource that gives LPPS educators a unique autonomy. Through easy access and availability, teachers are able to take control of their own development by viewing programs as many times as they wish, as often as they need, and wherever they want. CONCLUSION• Outstanding Customer Service s. Eliser is delighted with School Improvement Network’s M Gratified that PD 360 is proving its worth in the PD responsive technical support and personalized customer service. program, Ms. Eliser knows that as usage grows, so will teacher skills and most importantly, student proficiency“We are so pleased with the staff of School will increase. Lafourche Parish Public Schools is truly anImprovement Network. They are great representatives exceptional district in a community concerned about theof the company and their dependable service has built success of its children.product trust for our teachers and administrators.From the strategic partner advisor to the training staff “PD 360 is a great tool. It builds master teachers,to the technology troubleshooters, everyone has been developing their abilities to effectively impact studentsvery accommodating of our needs.” and to assist in training other teachers.” Cynthia EliserCynthia Eliser Elementary Education Curriculum SupervisorElementary Education Curriculum Supervisor Lafourche Parish Public Schools, LouisianaLafourche Parish Public Schools, Louisiana• Educator Enthusiasm ABOUT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT High usage numbers confirm that LPPS teachers enjoy the online, individualized training that PD 360 delivers. Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Lafourche Parish Public Schools, Louisiana Improvement Network has developed an integrated system June 2011 – December 2012 PD 360 Usage for educator effectiveness. The company’s system outlines a step-by-step process to improve teacher practice, and Registered Users 1,066 arms educators with a set of powerful tools that can be Collective Programs Viewed 5,104 used to complete each step. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in School Improvement Collective Segments Viewed 10,785 Network’s integrated suite of tools produce better teachers, Collective Minutes Viewed 61,180 and as a result experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30% in a single year. School Improvement NetworkA 2011 independent study of PD 360 usage showed higher works with thousands of schools and districts in everyminutes per user in schools like those in LPPS resulted state and around the world and has visited over 3,500in more than twelve times the gains in student math classrooms to document best practices in action. Learnproficiency rates and twice the gains in student reading more at rates than district averages. | | 800-572-1153 3