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MCPS is experiencing many advantages as part of having the PD 360 package.
Cost EffectivePD 360 has been very cost-effective for MCPS. Costing much less than traditional professional development,it can be purchased with a variety of funding sourcesavailable to districts and schools, including Title I, II, III,IV, V, VII, state funds, foundation funds, federal and stategrant monies, math funds, reading funds, technologyfunds, etc. For example, MCPS has been able to pay forPD 360 with Title II funds.
Elementary and Secondary Programs
Dr. Meyer was delighted to nd a PD resource thatoffered both Elementary-Focused and Secondary-Centered programs. This provides instruction that isgeared to each teacher’s classroom level.
Great Educator Response
Teacher response to PD 360 has been excellent. As they
are introduced to it, educators generally start using theeasy search ability feature of the PD 360 website to
research more topics.
User CapacityWith one price, educators have unlimited access to PD
360 and can view segments and programs as many
times as they wish and as often as they need.
Because PD 360 is an online and on-demand solution,
teachers in the system can access it anytime and
anywhere they have the Internet. They can log on athome as well as at work, encouraging teacher education
on their own time schedule.
With PD 360, teachers are responsible for their ownprofessional growth and administrators can ensure that it happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up. This strengthens
teacher commitment which translates into positivechanges in the classroom.
The Virginia Department of Education is very familiarwith School Improvement Network’s PD 360 and hasbeen supportive and favorable of its use in districts.
Large Library of Content
Over 120 respected education experts are available ateach MCPS teacher’s ngertips whenever they need them. Dr. Meyer no longer has the frustration of notsending everyone to conferences because of the highcosts associated with them. Now educators do not have to wait to attend workshops and conferences yet canlearn from the best authorities.
Professional development should not be identical foreach teacher but should be responsive to a teacher’sday-to-day practices in school and student needs. Asquestions and situations arise in classrooms, teacherscan instantly nd answers in PD 360 to improve teaching and give support when needed instead of waiting fordistrict workshops. The wide variety of content in PD 360ensures that teachers of every experience level can ndindividualized help when they need it.
New, quality content is continually being added to theup-to-date PD 360 library providing a resource that helps teachers continue to grow professionally. PD 360 has
programs dealing with nearly every educational initiative
of the past two decades.
Research Based and Best Practices
PD 360 programs are always research-based andclassroom-proven, dealing with nearly every educationalinitiative of the past two decades. Each program showsreal classrooms from around the country using the best
A Common Voice
PD 360 encourages consistency in a common languageand practice. The Focus Objectives support a more
efcient, focused commonality with all educators in the
Teachers are empowered to take control of their own
growth by having everything they need to improve their teaching in one place. Administrators can ensure that PD
happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated tracking,reporting, and follow-up.
Easy-to-Use Search Features
With hundreds of fully indexed and searchable learning segments, teachers and administrators can easily nd the answers they require. PD 360 has everything MCPS
teachers need to immediately improve their teaching andimplement the best classroom practices.
Real Classroom Examples
Dr. Meyer has been pleased with the wide variety of realclassrooms from across the country that are shown in
every PD 360 program so that teachers can actually seehow to implement best practices in their own classroommanagement.
“New teachers and teachers who are struggling oftencan’t visualize themselves putting best practices intoaction. PD 360 is a link for bringing in visual professionaldevelopment, which starts meaningful conversationssuch as “What does this practice mean to us?” and “Howcan we implement it in our classrooms?”
Dr. Michaelene Meyer
Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Manassas City Public Schools, Virginia