Manassas City Public Schools, VA-Case Study


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A smaller school district like Manassas City Public Schools in Virginia can enjoy a strong sense of community and collaboration between teachers and students. But even with a highly qualified teaching staff, Dr. Michaelene Meyer recognized the need for an efficient, ongoing professional development program. Read about how they integrated PD 360 into their PD goals and activities and how it helped them integrate the ideas in their classrooms.

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Manassas City Public Schools, VA-Case Study

  1. 1. Case StudyHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA School Improvement NetworkLamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTYARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICOCOUNTY ARTESIA LamesaDistrict Small Virginia ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISDHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Provides RelevantLamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY PD for All TeachersARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICOCOUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD MANASSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, VIRGINIA “Teachers can no longer use the excuse that there is no relevancy or significance for them in our professional development program. A large variety of options is the beauty of PD 360 and there is relevance for everyone.” FOCUS Dr. Michaelene Meyer Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Manassas City Public Schools, Virginia Even with an extraordinary teaching staff, MCPS has an ongoing desire to continually better its professional DISTRICT PROFILE development (PD) in order to provide excellent student education. This means giving its teachers the most comprehensive PD available. Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) is located in Manassas City, Virginia, “a small community that Dr. Michaelene Meyer, MCPS Deputy Superintendent of provides big opportunities to its residents.” As a district Curriculum and Instruction, wanted to hike up the quality of 6,866 students in ten schools, its size is also a as well as streamline the PD process. She looked for plus and allows the staff to get to know the children a job-embedded resource that teachers could access as individuals and develop personal education plans immediately when they needed it and experience to make sure that those individual needs are met. immediate success. The district benefits from all the advantages a smaller city offers and feels a true sense of community with a collaborative bond between home and school that works SOLUTION to ensure the success of every student. Manassas City Public Schools embraces its mission Dr. Meyer had been a dedicated user of School to educate and develop productive, responsible, and Improvement Network’s The Video Journal of Education contributing citizens of local and global communities. It video products for many years. When she was introduced is a school system that enjoys diversity as a challenging to PD 360, also from School Improvement Network, she and balanced learning experience. The dedicated and knew she had found a high-quality answer for MCPS. highly qualified staff is equipped with ample resources and vital partnerships with family, community, business, and government. ABOUT PD 360 MCPS is very proud of its outstanding instructional staff. PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for educators with over 700,000 subscribers. •18 National Board Certified Teachers Teachers, administrators, professional learning •100% Highly Qualified Teachers (per No Child Left communities, coaches, etc., have access to over 1,400 Behind requirements) indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples. Each segment •52.3% Licensed staff with post-graduate degrees includes content from respected educational experts |
  2. 2. such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, > Teachers Who Struggle Rick Stiggins, and many others. PD 360 can be used Principals were trained and are now helping teachers to create a structured learning experience for an who struggle by suggesting specific PD 360 segments individual teacher, professional learning community, or that show what best classroom practices look like in entire school. It bridges the gap between training and needed areas. Each teacher’s usage as well as their classroom implementation with job-embedded follow- answers to Reflection and Follow-Up Questions can be up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 also gives tracked by the administration to follow growth. educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration > Walk Throughs either within a district or across the United States and Getting principals into the classrooms has a huge around the world. See a demonstration at impact on teacher training. As principals do classroom walk-throughs, they can email specific PD 360 segment links that are relevant to the instructional needs of DRIVING USAGE AND IMPLEMENTATION the teachers while providing easy and effective, job- embedded follow-up. Being able to quickly provide One year into its use, Dr. Meyer has already put many instant remediation on many issues has been beneficial applications of PD 360 into place, such as: to both principals and teachers alike. > Group Trainings GOAL: ACTION: PD 360 makes it easy to personalize group training. First Year All Educators Required to Watch The digitized Facilitator Guides that accompany video Registered on Two Segments & programs provide assistance as district facilitators PD 360 Answer Reflection prepare training sessions. Video segments are shared Questions with a group of teachers and PD 360’s automated reflection questions are assigned to help teachers Second Year English Language Everyone Watch implement new strategies. The trainer can read teachers’ Learners – A and Complete answers and provide suggestions and feedback. District Wide Whole ELL Approach Program & Use in Each department chair asked to be trained in PD 360 PLC’s, Forums, & and are now using segments to help share information in Faculty Meetings department meetings. > Professional Learning Communities Third Year Implementation Principals Make PD 360 supports PLCs and gives them a solid resource and Targeted Building Level to study. PLCs watch a PD 360 video segment and Goals Plan to Align with discuss how to apply the practices in their classrooms. District Plan The accompanying digitized Facilitator Guides provide group activities, discussion questions, lesson plans, and graphic organizers. > English Language Learners > Teacher Certification MCPS is having great success with its ELL training Dr. Meyer is working on and is excited to put into action framework. During the coming school year, MCPS will be a program for teacher certification wherein PD 360 using PD 360 for an all-inclusive district wide approach time viewed and Reflection Questions answered will be to its 38% ELL population. PD 360 ELL segments will be tracked and applied as credit. used in faculty meetings, PLC’s, and forums to educate and start discussions on strategies and accommodations > Interactive Learning Communities that actively involve ELL students in learning. Through Interactive Learning Communities, teachers present each other with implementation ideas, > New Teacher Training participate in discussion forums, upload lesson plans, MCPS has re-vamped its entire beginning teaching and share web links to helpful resources. Learning program with the use of PD 360 integrated into Communities can be created as public or private seminars, with follow-up guides for the PLC meetings domains in which teachers and administrators can share they hold between seminars. Because Dr. Meyer feels it best practices, learn from one another, and eliminate is important to train new teachers to use PD 360, they classroom isolation regardless of location. are immediately introduced to it as a teaching resource. When there is an issue in their classrooms, they can be directed to segments of programs such as Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, and many more. PD 360 is also a good base for helping new teachers understand implementation of the district and school |
  3. 3. BENEFITS > Job Embedded Professional development should not be identical for each teacher but should be responsive to a teacher’s MCPS is experiencing many advantages as part of having day-to-day practices in school and student needs. As the PD 360 package. questions and situations arise in classrooms, teachers can instantly find answers in PD 360 to improve teaching > Cost Effective and give support when needed instead of waiting for PD 360 has been very cost-effective for MCPS. Costing district workshops. The wide variety of content in PD 360 much less than traditional professional development, ensures that teachers of every experience level can find it can be purchased with a variety of funding sources individualized help when they need it. available to districts and schools, including Title I, II, III, IV, V, VII, state funds, foundation funds, federal and state > Relevant Topics grant monies, math funds, reading funds, technology New, quality content is continually being added to the funds, etc. For example, MCPS has been able to pay for up-to-date PD 360 library providing a resource that helps PD 360 with Title II funds. teachers continue to grow professionally. PD 360 has programs dealing with nearly every educational initiative > Elementary and Secondary Programs of the past two decades. Dr. Meyer was delighted to find a PD resource that offered both Elementary-Focused and Secondary- > Research Based and Best Practices Centered programs. This provides instruction that is PD 360 programs are always research-based and geared to each teacher’s classroom level. classroom-proven, dealing with nearly every educational initiative of the past two decades. Each program shows > Great Educator Response real classrooms from around the country using the best Teacher response to PD 360 has been excellent. As they teaching methods. are introduced to it, educators generally start using the easy search ability feature of the PD 360 website to > A Common Voice research more topics. PD 360 encourages consistency in a common language and practice. The Focus Objectives support a more > User Capacity efficient, focused commonality with all educators in the With one price, educators have unlimited access to PD district. 360 and can view segments and programs as many times as they wish and as often as they need. > Individual Accountability Teachers are empowered to take control of their own > Accessible growth by having everything they need to improve their Because PD 360 is an online and on-demand solution, teaching in one place. Administrators can ensure that PD teachers in the system can access it anytime and happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated tracking, anywhere they have the Internet. They can log on at reporting, and follow-up. home as well as at work, encouraging teacher education on their own time schedule. > Easy-to-Use Search Features With hundreds of fully indexed and searchable learning > Individual Accountability segments, teachers and administrators can easily find With PD 360, teachers are responsible for their own the answers they require. PD 360 has everything MCPS professional growth and administrators can ensure teachers need to immediately improve their teaching and that it happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated implement the best classroom practices. tracking, reporting, and follow-up. This strengthens teacher commitment which translates into positive > Real Classroom Examples changes in the classroom. Dr. Meyer has been pleased with the wide variety of real classrooms from across the country that are shown in > State Approval every PD 360 program so that teachers can actually see The Virginia Department of Education is very familiar how to implement best practices in their own classroom with School Improvement Network’s PD 360 and has management. been supportive and favorable of its use in districts. > Large Library of Content “New teachers and teachers who are struggling often Over 120 respected education experts are available at can’t visualize themselves putting best practices into each MCPS teacher’s fingertips whenever they need action. PD 360 is a link for bringing in visual professional them. Dr. Meyer no longer has the frustration of not development, which starts meaningful conversations sending everyone to conferences because of the high such as “What does this practice mean to us?” and “How costs associated with them. Now educators do not have can we implement it in our classrooms?” to wait to attend workshops and conferences yet can learn from the best authorities. Dr. Michaelene Meyer Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Manassas City Public Schools, |
  4. 4. > Tracking Features Administrators can oversee PD usage with PD 360’s integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up and will know which areas need extra reinforcement. The logs they are providing are really terrific in terms of how the videos are encouraging discussion and learning. > Real Experts Over 120 respected education experts are available at each MCPS teacher’s fingertips whenever needed. Educators no longer have to wait to attend conferences, or pay the high costs associated with them, to learn from acclaimed authorities. CONCLUSION Dr. Meyer is insuring that Manassas City Public Schools, the small district in the small town, will continue to enjoy big benefits from PD 360, the most all-inclusive and effective teacher professional development obtainable. “We have more to learn on how to utilize the benefits of the program, but one step at a time.” Dr. Michaelene Meyer Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Manassas City Public Schools, Virginia ABOUT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK The School Improvement Network is the leading provider of teacher education and teacher training, specializing in on-demand, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Leadership and Learning Framework, School Improvement Network’s education training resources focus on the most relevant topics, such as classroom management. The resources also feature top experts such as Michael Fullan and Douglas Reeves, and show how to put theory into practice. With its focus on long-term improvement, sustainability, and greater internal capacity, the School Improvement Network helps its clients close achievement gaps, meet high standards and increase student learning for both To read more case studies, scan this QR elementary education and secondary education. code with a smartphone or visit www. To learn more about School Improvement Network’s dynamic resources, visit |