Terrebonne Parish School District, LA Case Study


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In an area where tropical storms, hurricanes, and floods happen all too often, the Terrebonne Parish School District needed an affordable way to help their teachers meet their PD goals when budgets shrink due to school closures and repairs. (Not to mention something that wouldn't be delayed or damaged due to Mother Nature.) Discover how the School Improvement Network and PD 360 helped this district keep up on its professional development goals.

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Terrebonne Parish School District, LA 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 Louisiana DistrictCOUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD Cannot be Stopped byHENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIALamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTYARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICOCuts ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO Nature or Budget COUNTYCOUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD HENRICO COUNTY ARTESIA Lamesa ISD THE TERREBONNE PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT, LOUISIANA DISTRICT PROFILE The Terrebonne Parish School District (TPSD) is a system in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, a strong community that val- ues education and prides itself on being self-reliant. TPSD When looking to upgrade their school improvement plan is the tenth largest district in Louisiana with 41 schools and and knowing it would need creativity with too little funding, serving 18,911 students. TPSD identified the needs of its educators and looked for an affordable resource that would support district goals and TPSD provides a learning environment which seeks to provide individualized, job-embedded PD for all teachers. ensure that every student achieve high academic standards and become a confident, productive citizen. It strives to SOLUTION accomplish this through a coordinated teaching program guided by well-trained instructional and administrative Roslyn Dempster, Title I/Title II Coordinator at Terrebonne leaders working together with students, parents, and the Parish School District, was already familiar with the high community. quality of School Improvement Network (SINET) products and when she was introduced to its online, on-demand DISTRICT NEEDS professional development product, PD 360, she knew it was ideal for the system’s needs. Educators can instantly find TPSD recognizes that an effective professional develop- the help they need on nearly every topic including differen- ment (PD) program is vital to the continual growth and tiated instruction, classroom management, assessment, improvement of educators. Professional personnel in the English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 district are encouraged to keep up with new developments bridges the gap between training and classroom imple- and opportunities in their academic fields and to promote mentation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, reflection current educational practices. However, when budgets were tools, and unlimited usage. drastically cut because of the economy, inadequate funding made it difficult to provide comprehensive PD for all educators. Even with insufficient financial support, Ms. Dempster and Superintendent Philip Martin found the cost for so many TPSD also has needs that are unique to its location. Sitting benefits to be reasonable and significantly less than tradi- on the Gulf of Mexico means being vulnerable to tropical tional PD. storms, hurricanes, floods, and the recent oil spill that can cause school closures, building damage, and economic up- Regarding the natural disasters that affect the district heaval for schools and students. Each time a catastrophe physically and financially, Mrs. Carol Davis, Assistant Super- hits Terrebonne Parish, the school district is overpowered intendent feels that PD 360 has been a crucial aid to TPSD. financially and must allocate funds to areas other than She appreciates that PD 360 is a soft product so it cannot professional development. be destroyed by flooding. In addition, it makes experts and training available to educators regardless of missed days due to storms and school cancellations. www.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  2. 2. “Even with all the storms and flooding, the profes- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) sional development is not lost but is there for us. This is another great benefit of an online product. And PD 360 supports existing Professional Learning Communi- at a time when we haven’t funds to send educators ties in TPSD. The PLCs watch a video segment from PD 360 to conferences, it provides all-inclusive professional and discuss how to apply the practices in their classrooms. development. PD 360 is a lifesaver.” The accompanying digitized Facilitator Guides provide group activities, discussion questions, lesson plans, and graphic Roslyn Dempster organizers. Many include handouts that can be printed on- Title I/Title II Coordinator Terrebonne Parish School Board, LA demand. Teacher Learning Credits ABOUT PD 360 PD 360 time viewed and responses to reflection ques-PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning tions are tracked and applied as Continuing Learning Unitsresource for educators with over 700,000 subscribers. toward teacher learning credits.Teachers, administrators, professional learning communi-ties, coaches, etc., have access to over 1,400 indexed and New Teacherssearchable video segments that present real, best-practiceclassroom examples. Each segment includes content from New teachers are immediately trained to use PD 360. Whenrespected educational experts such as Michael Fullan, Rick there is an issue in their classrooms, they can be directedDuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. PD to segments included in programs such as Classroom360 can be used to create a structured learning experience Management and Differentiated Instruction. PD 360 is alsofor an individual teacher, professional learning community, a great source for helping new teachers understand theor entire school. It bridges the gap between training and district and school goals.classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up,tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 also gives educators Teachers Who Struggleaccess to an online community of teaching professionalsthat allows interaction and collaboration either within a Coaches can help struggling teachers by suggesting specificdistrict or across the United States and around the world. PD 360 segments that show what best classroom practicesSee a demonstration at www.pd360.com. look like in needed areas. Each teacher’s viewing as well as answers to Reflection and Follow-Up Questions can be fol- DRIVING USAGE AND IMPLEMENTATION lowed by the administration to track teacher growth.At mid school year Terrebonne Parish School District Walkthroughslaunched PD 360, integrated usage into some areas, andencouraged teachers to browse and become familiar with Getting principals into the classrooms has a large impact onit. In the next school year, Ms. Dempster has plans for the teacher training. As principals do classroom walk-throughs,program to become more focused as additional implemen- they can email specific PD 360 segment links that are rel-tation is added. evant to the instructional needs of the teachers and provide easy and effective, job-embedded follow-up. Being able to Principal Training quickly provide instant remediation on many issues has been beneficial to both principals and teachers alike.TPSD began PD 360 implementation by training schoolprincipals. Principal buy-in is critical as teachers are found Group Trainingto do better when their administrators are engaged in andsupportive of the PD program, putting all educators on the Teacher education can be personalized for group training.same page. The digitized Facilitator Guides in PD 360 provide assis- tance as district facilitators prepare training sessions. Video Master Teacher Training segments are shared with a group of teachers and PD 360’s automated reflection questions are assigned to helpThe district next trained its Master Teachers, teachers teachers implement new strategies. The trainer can readwithout classrooms who coach others. The Master Teach- teachers’ answers and provide suggestions and feedback.ers were then able to go back to their schools and instructteachers in using PD 360. Faculty Meetings Terrebonne Parish schools show video segments in fac- ulty meetings to teach best classroom practices and start discussions, using ideas from the Facilitator Guides to leadwww.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  3. 3. activities. Discussion and activities encourage teacher they have the Internet. They can log on at home as well asinteraction, peer support, and enhance school at work, which encourages teachers to take charge of theircommunication. learning on their own time schedule. Interactive Learning Communities Research Based and Best PracticesTerrebonne Parish Focus Teachers are highly trained PD 360 programs are always research-based andeducators who teach math and English classes for at classroom-proven, dealing with nearly every educationalrisk students. Because they are spread among schools initiative of the past two decades. Each program showsthroughout the district, it has been difficult to get them real classrooms from around the country using the besttogether for group meetings. Therefore, Ms. Andrea teaching practices.Rodrigue, Lead Focus Teacher, is using the PD 360Learning Communities to allow teachers to communicate Relevant Topicsand collaborate with each other. Through it, teacherspresent each other with implementation ideas, participate New, quality content is continually being added to thein discussion forums, upload lesson plans, and share web up-to-date PD 360 library providing a resource that helpslinks to helpful resources. Teachers and administrators can teachers continue to grow professionally. PD 360 hasshare best practices, learn from one another, and eliminate programs dealing with nearly every educational initiative ofclassroom isolation regardless of location. Learning the past two decades.Communities can be created as public or private domains. Cost Effective BENEFITS PD 360 has been very cost-effective for Terrebonne Parish. The expenditure is much less than traditional professionalThe benefits of PD 360 to Terrebonne Parish School District development and can be purchased with a variety ofare plentiful and it anticipates experiencing many more. funding sources available to districts and schools, including Title I, II, III, IV, V, VII, state funds, foundation funds, federal Educator Enthusiasm and state grant monies, math funds, reading funds, technology funds, etc.Superintendent Philip Martin is supportive of PD 360 andsees great promise for it in TPSD. Customizable ContentTeacher response has been excellent which generates The district is planning to customize PD 360 to align withenthusiasm in the classroom that in turn motivates state, district, and school goals plus initiatives in thestudents. They have been pleased by the quality of the coming year. As teachers and administrators use thesecontent, the real classroom examples, and the ability to aligned segments, they can actually see what the standardssearch for their own answers. and best classroom practices look like when implemented in real classrooms. Vast Library Content Individual Accountability and Integrated TrackingTPSD’s educators can immediately find the help they need With PD 360, teachers are responsible for their ownin the 1400 fully indexed, video learning segments that professional growth and administrators can ensure that itaddress the most pertinent topics and have easy search happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated tracking,ability. In addition, PD 360 is always adding more programs reporting, and follow-up. This strengthens teacherthat are up-to-date and applicable. commitment, which translates into positive changes in the classroom. Job Embedded Real ExpertsAs questions and situations arise in classrooms, eachteacher can instantly find answers to improve teaching Over 120 respected education experts are availableand give support when needed instead of waiting for at each TPSD teacher’s fingertips whenever they needdistrict workshops. The wide variety of content in PD 360 them. Ms. Dempster no longer has the frustration of notensures that teachers of every experience level can find sending everyone to conferences because of the high costsindividualized help. associated with them. Now educators do not have to wait to attend workshops and conferences yet can learn from the Accessibility best authorities.Because PD 360 is an online and on-demand solution,teachers in the system can access it anytime and anywherewww.schoolimprovement.com | www.PD360.com | 800.572.1153
  4. 4. “PD 360 has made professional development more available and I like that our teachers can see the real experts – the people who actually developed the solutions and who can teach the best implementa- tion of them.” Roslyn Dempster Title I/Title II Coordinator Terrebonne Parish School Board, LATerrebonne Parish School District’s Instructional Staff isexcited to continue to explore the many possibilities of PD360 during the coming school year, increasing studentlearning across all grade levels. 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 Journalof Education, PD 360, and the Leadership and LearningFramework, School Improvement Network’s educationtraining resources focus on the most relevant topics, suchas classroom management. The resources also featuretop experts such as Michael Fullan and Douglas Reeves,and show how to put theory into practice. With its focus onlong-term improvement, sustainability, and greater internalcapacity, the 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, visit www.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