Polk County Public Schools, FL Case Study


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As one of the 40 largest schools districts in the United States, Polk County Public Schools needed a solution that could scale well and still be customizable and easy to use for each of their teachers in over 160 schools. Find out how PD 360 was able to give them the resources, content, and expertise that they were looking for.

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Polk County Public Schools, FL Case Study

  1. 1. Case Study School Improvement NetworkHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIALamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTYARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO Large Florida DistrictCOUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISDHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Sparks EducatorLamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY Enthusiasm with PDARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICOCOUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD POLK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, FLORIDA “We purchased PD 360 because it is user friendly, has access 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and helps both teachers and administrators with their professional development. The staff enthusiasm for the rich content that PD 360 offers and the presentations by SOLUTION experts in his or her field has been enormous.” When PCPS purchased PD 360, the School Improvement Kerryn Bowden Sr. PD Coordinator Network’s online and on-demand professional learning Polk County Public Schools, FL solution, it knew it had discovered what it was looking for: an individualized, job-embedded, and superior product with plenty of content. DISTRICT PROFILE ABOUT PD 360 Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) is a big district with big needs and big plans. It is the eighth-largest district in Florida and among the 40 largest nationally. It has 160 PD 360 is an on-demand library of professional teacher school sites with more than 92,000 students enrolled. It is development resources that leverages technology to make the largest employer in PCPS with nearly 13,000 employees professional learning more effective, convenient, and of which more than half are teachers. The Polk County sustainable. With over 200 hours of research-based video School Board’s goal is to “ensure rigorous, relevant learning content, plus tools for follow-up, tracking, reflection, and experiences that result in high achievement.” group training, PD 360 is the most comprehensive solution to your professional teacher development needs. DISTRICT CHALLENGES More than 700,000 educators across North America already use PD 360 to access individualized support on As an already strong program, the PCPS Professional the most relevant topics such as differentiation, minority Development (PD) Center had been using traditional student achievement, English language learners, classroom methods but was looking for a solution that could further instruction that works, leadership, assessment, and many the department mission to “provide quality professional more. PD 360’s content is divided into hundreds of indexed learning opportunities for all employees to enhance student and searchable segments that make it easy for teachers, learning.” It wanted a high quality, easy to use product that administrators, aspiring leaders, coaches, mentors, would meet the individual professional growth needs of paraprofessionals, and professional learning communities every teacher and administrator. In a district this large, that to find the answers they need. New content is continually could be a daunting task. added to keep educators up to date. See a demonstration at www.pd360.com. www.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  2. 2. DRIVING USAGE AND IMPLEMENTATION Educational Timeline (TARGET). By using PD 360, teachers earn in-service points that go into their files for certification and advancement.No matter how good the solution, if teachers, staff, andadministrators don’t use it, then the desired outcomes will For each total hour of viewing = 1 hour of seat timenot occur. PCPS knew from the beginning that a deliberatelyplanned implementation of PD 360 was needed to drive • Must have at least 30 minutes or more of overallmaximum usage and benefits. The PD department planned viewing time to count for first hour of seat time.to keep it in front of teachers consistently with focus on the Example: overall viewing total 37 minutes = 1 hour;following: overall viewing total 15 minutes=will not count for any points resulting in no points for reflection/follow-up PD 360 Training questions • May round up total minutes to next hour. Example:The district started by giving free access to a few principals overall viewing total 154 minutes= 154/60=2.56and administrators for a three-month trial after which hours=3 hourspresenting it to all principals at a Professional LearningCommunities (PLCs) conference. At a later date, it was For each video segment: (video segments vary in length)shown to the PD staff. All were trained to coach andsupport the teachers. • 30 minutes for 3 Reflection Questions (1/2 point) • 30 Minutes for Implementation Progress Questions “I think the one thing that has been helpful for us (1/2 point) is that we did a PD 360 overview with each staff • Total Follow-up for each video segment is one (1) hour, member to show them the basic ways to maneuver if Reflection Questions and Implementation Progress through the site, how simple it was to use, and Questions are completed for each video segment everything it provided in terms of their individual • 1 hour= 1 in-service point needs. We also set some realistic expectations about what we wanted to focus on as a school and set Teachers and administrators can access PD 360 reports some due dates and guidelines on what needed to be to see the total number of hours of viewing time and the accomplished.” completion of Reflection Questions and Implementation Progress Questions for each video segment. Christopher L. Roberts Principal Highland City Elementary Each teacher who would like to be awarded in-service Polk County Public Schools, FL points for PD 360 use can print out his or her Individual User Report and submit the report, along with one school Professional Development Newsletter Accountability Report: Reflections and Outcomes of Work (ARROW) form, at the end of the year. The report will serveThe professional development department releases a as documentation of follow-up. Up to 60 in-service pointsquarterly newsletter to all staff members encouraging PD can be earned by PD 360 usage during one school year.360 usage and offering informative articles about it. BENEFITS PD 360 Usage ContestThe quarterly PD newsletter has announced an ongoing Teacher response to PCPS’s well-planned PD 360 rolloutincentive contest. The purpose of the contest is to has been extremely enthusiastic.recognize a school and teacher with the most monthly PD360 use. The winning school is awarded a monetary gift • Usage of PD 360 in PCPS continues to go up, improvingand the winning teacher is awarded a gift for classroom weekly. In less than seven months, the district’s vieweduse. monthly minutes went from 3,000 to 42,433. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) • Teachers feel that PD 360 is a superior product, user- friendly, flexible, and accessible anytime.To foster learning and an attitude of shared team effort,PCPS encourages educators to use PD 360 as a support in • Long-time teachers find that it reminds them ofPLCs and Early Learning Coalition training. concepts they have been previously taught, reinforcing and broadening what they already know. Professional Growth Plans / In-Service Points • Teachers enjoy communicating with other educators inPCPS has an individual professional growth plan for the interactive learning communities.teachers called Teachers’ Action Research Goals andwww.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  3. 3. • Teachers like seeing real, best-practice examples in Lee Strain actual classrooms. Fourth Grade Teacher Highland City Elementary SchoolRead what PCPS educators are saying about PD 360. Polk County Public Schools, FL “The teachers have enjoyed being able to go on and find examples for their needs and their students’ “One of my favorite features on the PD 360 is that needs and then implement these strategies I do not have to complete whole assignments in immediately. The fact that they do not have to one sitting. With such a busy schedule at school constantly meet and take away from their precious and home, I have the freedom to take my time and time has also been a motivator.” organize my sessions on PD 360 in a more effective way to suit my life.” Christopher L. Roberts Principal Stacy Teston Highland City Elementary Third Grade Teacher Polk County Public Schools, FL Highland City Elementary School Polk County Public Schools, FL “I found that watching video of actual teachers completing the thinking maps with their students “PD 360 is a strong resource for educators. It and showing different examples of how they can be reminded me to continue to utilize best teaching brought into all subject areas was a more effective practices. Just being able to converse with other way of learning for me than just reading a book or colleagues and sharing ideas was a win-win situation manual on this strategy. I find it useful that I can too.” stop, rewind, or even go back, to previous material I have viewed. I am a note taker and I find it very Jessie Peterson helpful to be able to take notes and pause sections Intensive Reading Teacher of the video as I feel needed.” Lake Gibson Middle School Polk County Public Schools, FL Stacy Teston Third Grade Teacher Highland City Elementary CONCLUSION Polk County Public Schools, FL Polk County Public Schools quickly and successfully introduced PD 360 as an integral part of its PD program. “Teaching on a block schedule where I see my Consequently, teachers are responding positively, rewards students for 90 minutes every other day poses a are coming in, and students are winning. challenge to plan activities that high school students enjoy as well as keep their focus. I was encouraged to see teachers modeling many of these strategies Polk County Public Schools on PD 360 and it prompted me to try out several of Proficiency Scores them I had learned about but not attempted before. 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 I was inspired to test some the very week I had seen READING 52 54 55 57 the videos. Students learn differently today than MATH 56 59 60 62 when I first began my career and PD 360 has shown me how to expand and improve my craft.” Robin Pack English Teacher “PD 360 has proven to be a great return on our Lake Gibson Senior HS Polk County Public Schools, FL investment!” Kerryn Bowden Sr. PD Coordinator “I like being able to join groups and communicate Polk County Public Schools, FL with other educators. I have found some great links that these teachers shared. PD 360 is very easy to use and I have been able to implement some of the practices in my classroom. I also find the ones on technology very helpful because that is where I want to grow.”www.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  4. 4. ABOUT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORKSchool Improvement Network is the leading provider ofteacher education and teacher training, specializing inon-demand, research-based professional developmentanytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal ofEducation, PD 360, Observation 360 and the Learning360 Framework, School Improvement Network’s educationtraining resources focus on the most relevant topics, suchas classroom management, minority student achievement,English language learners, and more. The resources alsofeature top experts such as Michael Fullan and DouglasReeves, and show how to put theory into practice. With itsfocus on long-term improvement, sustainability, and greaterinternal capacity, School Improvement Network helps itsclients close achievement gaps, meet high standards, andincrease student learning for both elementary educationand secondary education. To learn more about SchoolImprovement Network’s dynamic resources, visitwww.schoolimprovement.com. To read more case studies, scan this QR code with a smartphone or visit www. schoolimprovement.com/casestudieswww.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153