Virginia School District Attributes 80% of Equity Gains to Use of PD 360

Top Quote Completing two full years of PD 360 use, Loudoun County Public Schools report major achievement improvement in ESL and economically disadvantaged students. End Quote
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT (1888PressRelease) August 26, 2010 - School Improvement Network announced today the results of two years supporting Loudoun County, Virginia schools with the PD 360 flagship product. English and math scores for both English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and economically disadvantaged students improved significantly.

    "Across the board, our results have been nothing less than extraordinary," says Director of Instructional Services Preston Coppels. "We attribute 80% of these gains to our use of PD 360 in delivering educational equity."

    The numbers speak for themselves.

    English achievement among economically disadvantaged students improved 15%, raising them from the 68th percentile to the 81st percentile. Among ESL students, scores improved by 18%, taking them from the 61st percentile to the 79th percentile.

    Math achievement among economically disadvantaged students improved by 11%, going from the 64th percentile to the 75th percentile. ESL improvement was also 11%, going from the 65th percentile to the 76th percentile.

    "We are focused on building equity in education," says School Improvement Network Vice President Curtis Linton, best-selling co-author with Glenn Singleton of Courageous Conversations About Race and author of the forthcoming book Equity 101: The Equity Framework. "For far too long, race, ethnicity, economic, and language background has determined who succeeds and who does not in American public schools. This does not need to be. When a school system embraces equity, all students can achieve at high levels, no matter who they are and where they come from, and Loudoun County, VA, proves that this is indeed a reality."

    "Three components distinguish School Improvement Network from every other company committed to education," said Marketing VP Cory Linton. "Quite simply, our technology is practical, measurable, and scalable. Practical means virtually no learning curve. Measurable means hard metrics for both teacher involvement and student progress. And scalable means our community can grow as far and as fast as the market demands. Nobody else can do this. Everybody else is trying."

    Concludes Loudoun County's Coppels: "If you want some first-hand equity insight, join my PD 360 equity community. Full PD 360 access is free for 30 days, and membership in my equity community is free, forever."

    About PD 360 Practical, Measurable, and Scalable
    PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 700,000 verified educators subscribe to PD 360. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes nearly 1000 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at www.pd360.com.

    About School Improvement Network
    Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, 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 resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network the largest group of experts offering the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples. Learn more at www.schoolimprovement.com.


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