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April 17th, 2014

Education Webinar Captures the Latest Strategies to Combat Child Abuse

SALT LAKE CITY—April 17, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces a webinar with the latest strategies for how educators can help prevent child abuse and neglect with experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Child Welfare Information Gateway on Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The webinar is in conjunction with multiple other resources School Improvement Network is releasing in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

“Research repeatedly shows educators play a crucial role in reporting and preventing instances of child abuse and neglect,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As such, it is critical we provide them continued training and resources to help them know how to best respond in these situations and help needy children get the help they need.”

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April 17th, 2014

Exclusive Exhibit at National Catholic Education Association Convention & Expo Showcases System to Increase Educator Effectiveness and Raise Student Achievement to the Next Level

SALT LAKE CITY—April 17, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exclusive exhibit at the National Catholic Education Association Convention & Expo 2014 featuring the Educator Effectiveness System, an end-to-end professional learning solution that offers personalized professional development, complete support for core standards implementation, effective observation and evaluation tools, and more.

“For educators to become as effective as possible, they must have support in everything from lesson plans to observations,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Educator Effectiveness System is designed to support leaders and teachers in helping hone their practices in the classroom, differentiate learning, and better engage students so they can help every student master the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college or a career.”

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April 17th, 2014

Get Four Ohio-Specific Resources to Help Implement the Common Core State Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—April 17, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced four resources for all Ohio educators to help implement the Common Core State Standards to boost educator effectiveness and student mastery.

“To have a real impact on educator effectiveness and student achievement, educators must have the tools and resources they need to implement the Common Core State Standards with fidelity,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Our resources are designed to help educators understand the Common Core Standards and how to effectively use them to help drive students to mastery and college and career readiness.”

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April 17th, 2014

See Rock Star Educators Teaching the Common Core State Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—April 17, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness, today announced nine new video segments of real educators teaching the Common Core State Standards. The new video segments are available to educators in Common Core 360, a holistic library of resources to support educators in Common Core implementation.

“Effective educators in schools around the nation are already aligning their local curriculum to the Common Core State Standards to help students achieve a higher level of mastery and 21st century skills,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In our cause of helping make every educator effective and every student ready for college and career, we’ve traveled thousands of miles and visited hundreds of classrooms to find these educators and capture their teaching strategies and best practices to make them available for all educators to study and apply.”

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April 10th, 2014

Limited-Time Offer: Get VIP Access to Award-Winning Professional Development Videos

SALT LAKE CITY—April 10, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced limited-time VIP access to award-winning professional development videos for educators throughout the month of April in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Exclusively throughout April 2014, eight video segments will be available to the public featuring abuse prevention tips and resources like how to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect and how educators can help children they suspect may be suffering.

“Child abuse and neglect affects over 700,000 children a year in the United States, including children in every income level and zip code,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “We believe in doing all we can to help stop these tragic cases, and have created and supplied these video resources to the public to help promote awareness and action on behalf of children being abused or neglected.”

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April 10th, 2014

How Often Do Educators Recognize Child Abuse or Neglect in Students?

SALT LAKE CITY—April 10, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new survey gathering educator insight on the prevalence of child abuse and neglect in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The survey comes as part of School Improvement Network’s “Voices of Education” surveys, which gather educator insight on real issues affecting education across the US.

“Educators are often the first to report potential child abuse or neglect situations since they observe children so regularly in their classrooms,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As such, their insights and experiences are essential to truly understanding this issue and forming solutions that can help children in need.”

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April 3rd, 2014

Free Education Webinar Shows How to Create Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks

SALT LAKE CITY—April 3, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar recording with education expert Jay McTighe showing how to create Common Core-aligned assessment tasks to measure student learning.

“Creating effective assessments aligned to the Common Core or any state standards is essential to accurately measure student learning,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “With Common Core-aligned assessments like those shown by Jay McTighe in this webinar, educators can effectively use the Common Core Standards to drive students towards college and career readiness.” 

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April 3rd, 2014

Georgia, Tennessee Show Support for Common Core State Standards to Improve Student Learning and College and Career Readiness

SALT LAKE CITY—April 3, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post detailing recent political efforts in Tennessee and Georgia to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards to help increase student mastery of 21st century skills and college and career readiness.

“The Common Core State Standards are, and always have been, about helping students build the skills they need to succeed in college or a career,” said Chet D. Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “If implemented with fidelity, the Standards have the potential to raise the rigor and quality of education in every state and system where they are adopted.”

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April 2nd, 2014

School Improvement Network to Release Training and Support Resources Free to the Public in Recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

SALT LAKE CITY—April 2, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced it will release a collection of resources and training about child abuse awareness and prevention in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Among the resources, the company will release its new Child Abuse and Neglect compliance program free on it’s website through the month of April. The eight-part series released last week provides crucial instruction on how to recognize, report and prevent child abuse and neglect. Though the videos are directed to educators, the information is universal and the need to raise awareness is more significant than ever.

“Child abuse and neglect crosses all barriers, impacting children of every ethnicity, every geographical area and every income level,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president, School Improvement Network. “We have created this new series to help educators recognize the signs of abuse and neglect and know what action to take to help stop it, and wanted to extend that information to the general public in an effort to increase awareness and prevent child abuse and neglect. There are few issues as important in education and in our society as the health and welfare of our nation’s children and we are pleased to provide this and other resources free to the public.”

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March 27th, 2014

Get an 8th Grade Common Core ELA Lesson Plan to Increase Student Engagement and Mastery

SALT LAKE CITY—March 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing an 8th grade Common Core ELA lesson plan that increases student engagement and mastery through a lesson on the Revolutionary War. The new video segment is available to all educators as part of the weekly publication, “Strategy of the Week.” Similar Common Core lesson plans and implementation materials are available to educators through School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360.

“When taught and implemented effectively, such as in this 8th grade Common Core ELA lesson, the Common Core State Standards can increase student engagement and mastery while helping students cultivate the skills they need to be successful in college and a career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. 

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March 27th, 2014

New Video Series for Educators Helps Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

SALT LAKE CITY—March 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video series with training to help educators prevent child abuse and neglect. The eight-part series is available to all educators on PD 360, the most widely used online, subscription-based professional development solution in the US.

“Over 700,000 cases of child maltreatment are reported in the United States every year,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “With these training videos in PD 360, educators will be more aware and better prepared to recognize and help students suffering from child abuse or neglect.” 

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March 27th, 2014

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet D. Linton Shares Four Keys to Helping Children Succeed in School on KSL Studio 5

SALT LAKE CITY—March 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new interview of CEO and President Chet D. Linton on KSL Studio 5 explaining four ways parents can help their children succeed in school by teaching them to be their own advocate.

“In supporting their children, it’s important for parents to help children learn to be their own advocates in the classroom through clearly communicating with the teacher and taking responsibility for their own education,” said Linton. “This balance can help parents support teachers and set their children up for success in the future beyond their current grade and classroom.”

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March 20th, 2014

How to Teach 8th Grade Common Core Math Standards with Facebook

SALT LAKE CITY—March 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post showing an 8th grade Common Core math lesson plan for teaching exponents using Facebook. The lesson plan is available to all educators on the Common Core Blog.

“Effective teachers around the country are finding ways to integrate the Common Core State Standards into their local curriculum in a way that engages students and helps them master the material,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Examples like this 8th grade Common Core math lesson plan show how this can be done and how these skills build a foundation for students that builds year over year until they graduate college and career ready.”

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March 20th, 2014

See How to Teach the Common Core State Standards from Real Master Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY—March 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced nine new video segments showing real educators implementing ELA and math Common Core State Standards for grades K-8. The video segments are available to all educators on Common Core 360, a holistic resource for Common Core implementation.

“As educators in states across the country work to align their local school curriculum to the Common Core State Standards, video segments like these of master educators effectively implementing the Common Core give valuable insight and strategies that educators can replicate in their own classrooms,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “If implemented and taught effectively, the Standards have the potential to raise student achievement across the board and help students work towards the skillset they will need to succeed in college or a career.”

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March 20th, 2014

Four Resources to Help All New York Educators Align to the Common Core State Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—March 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced four resources to help every New York educator understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.

“Effectively implementing the Common Core State Standards is essential for the Standards to make a meaningful impact on student achievement and mastery and to help all students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in college, a career and life,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through resources like these videos and lesson plans, every New York educator can implement the Common Core Standards with fidelity.”

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March 13th, 2014

Get 2nd Grade Common Core Math Lessons

SALT LAKE CITY—March 13, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment featuring a real educator’s 2nd grade Common Core math lesson for solving story problems with hidden information. The video segment is available to all educators as part of the weekly publication “Strategy of the Week.”

“The Common Core State Standards were designed to help students progressively build and master the skills they would need to succeed in college or a career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Resources like this 2nd grade Common Core math lesson show how the Standards build on one another to help students develop the 21st century skills they will need to succeed.”

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March 13th, 2014

Small, Rural New Mexico School District Increases Student Achievement, Educator Effectiveness with Personalized Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY—March 13, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new case study detailing how a small, rural New Mexico school district achieved 85% expected or above average student growth and increased educator effectiveness with School Improvement Network’s Educator Effectiveness System, an end-to-end professional learning solution that offers personalized professional development, complete support for core standards implementation, effective observation and evaluation tools, and more.

“We applaud Artesia Public Schools on their progress towards making every educator effective and helping every student graduate college and career ready,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “To truly increase educator effectiveness and have a meaningful impact on student achievement, educators need a holistic system to support them in everything from observations and evaluations to personalized professional development and classroom resources. This is exactly what the Educator Effectiveness System is designed to give.”

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March 11th, 2014

School Improvement Network Announces CEO, Chet D. Linton to Moderate Panel at Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona

BARCELONA—Mar. 11, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced CEO and president, Chet D. Linton, as a moderator in the Microsoft In Education Global Forum. The Microsoft In Education Global Forum (formerly known as the Partners in Learning Global Forum) will take place March 11 – 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The event is attended by key innovators in education representing more than 75 countries.

“This event allows educators to look beyond borders and consider strategies in education that are proving successful all over the world,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and President of School Improvement Network. “Innovation in education promises significant rewards as educators and policy makers work to provide environments where every student has the will and ability to succeed and every teacher has the resources and information they need to help students reach their full potential. I am pleased to be part of this event this year.”

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March 6th, 2014

How to Create Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks

SALT LAKE CITY—March 6, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free education webinar showing educators how to create Common Core-aligned assessment tasks to measure student learning with education expert Jay McTighe on Thursday, March 20, at 1 p.m. MST.

“The Common Core State Standards were designed to drive students toward college and career readiness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Common Core-aligned assessments and assessment tasks are essential to help educators effectively measure student learning and drive 100 percent of students to develop the skills they will need to graduate ready for college or a career.”

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March 6th, 2014

School Improvement Network Unveils Guide for Writing Common Core-Aligned Assessments at 2014 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—March 6, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new LumiBook to help educators create standards-based or Common Core-aligned assessments to measure student learning available to all educators at the 2014 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference. Authored by education expert Jay McTighe, it outlines how to create effective assessments to measure student mastery of state or Common Core standards, and is available to all educators at ASCD.

“We are very pleased to be taking this incredibly timely and rich LumiBook to ASCD, where we know it has the potential to help hundreds of educators enhance their assessments to measure student success with their state standards or the Common Core State Standards,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “If created and implemented effectively, standards-based or Common Core-aligned assessments can be valuable tools in helping educators ensure that each student masters the content and graduates from high school with the skillset they need to be successful in college or a career.”

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March 6th, 2014

New Common Core ELA and Next Generation Science Standards Lesson

SALT LAKE CITY—March 6, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing a science lesson aligned to Common Core ELA Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards for teaching Thermodynamics. The video segment is available to all educators as part of the weekly publication, “Strategy of the Week.”

“The Common Core ELA and Math Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards represent efforts to raise the quality and rigor of the education system and help students master the skills they need to be successful in college or a career when they graduate from high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Lessons like these show educators how these standards can be effectively implemented into any local school or districts’ curriculum to impact every student and raise educational quality across the board.”

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February 27th, 2014

Increase Student Engagement with Student Email

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing how to increase student engagement with technology in the classroom and student email. The teaching strategy is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness.

“Effectively using technology in the classroom increases student engagement and helps students apply and learn skills they will need to be ready for college or a meaningful career when they finish high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “This type of teaching and integration of real-life skills and job practices is essential to help ensure 100 percent of students graduate ready for 21st century jobs.”

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February 27th, 2014

Get the Newest Teaching Strategies to Improve Classroom Management

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new series of 18 video segments filmed in classrooms around the nation, documenting the best practices to improve classroom management in any school or classroom. The videos are part of School Improvement Network’s PD 360 video library.

“After decades of research and capturing master teachers and best practices in classrooms across the nation and the world, we have compiled the best teaching strategies to improve classroom management into a scalable platform that educators in any school or system can access,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “With these classroom management segments, educators everywhere can find readily applicable strategies and resources that improve classroom management in any classroom to help improve student engagement as they master the skills they need to graduate ready to start college or a meaningful career.”

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February 27th, 2014

See Real Classroom Examples of the Common Core ELA Standards Being Taught

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 27, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced three new video segments of real educators teaching the Common Core ELA Standards to help all educators understand and implement the Common Core Standards. The segments are part of the “Common Core in the Classroom” series in Common Core 360, a tool that walks educators through every step of Common Core implementation.

“If implemented with fidelity, the Common Core State Standards could have a significant impact on the quality of education our students receive,” said Chet D. Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “These video segments of the Common Core ELA Standards show the progressive nature of the Standards, and how effective teaching aligned to these standards helps students build the skillset they need to be successful in college or a career when they graduate from high school.”

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February 20th, 2014

See How to Write Standards-Based and Common Core Assessments to Measure Student Mastery and Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new webinar recording with education expert Jay McTighe that outlines how to write standards-based and Common Core assessments to measure student mastery and learning.

“Whether aligned to state-specific standards or the Common Core, effective educators use assessments to measure student mastery and learning in students’ progression towards college and career readiness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Jay McTighe’s insights in this webinar can help any educator write more effective standards-based or Common Core assessments to accurately measure the needs and progress of each student and differentiate learning to help every student.”

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February 20th, 2014

Get Sixth Grade Common Core ELA-Aligned Literacy Lesson Plans for Using Technology in Storytelling

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post outlining a sixth grade Common Core ELA literacy lesson plan using digital technology to increase student literacy. The blog post is available to all educators on School Improvement Network’s Common Core Blog.

“If taught effectively, the Common Core State Standards will help students master the skills they need to be successful in college or a meaningful career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Resources like this sixth grade Common Core ELA lesson plan show how the Standards build towards real work and education skills such as collaboration, strategically using digital media and visual displays and use data to express information.”

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February 20th, 2014

Get an Eighth Grade Common Core ELA Lesson for Citing Evidence from a Science Text

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 20, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing an eighth grade Common Core ELA lesson for citing evidence from a science text. This video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness.

“The Common Core Standards are designed to help students build the skills they need to be successful in college or a career and connect what they have learned in previous years and other subjects to every class and topic,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As part of our cause to help 100 percent of students graduate college and career ready, we have filmed master educators around the country to capture videos and lessons like this eighth grade Common Core ELA lesson to show all educators how the Common Core Standards can be implemented with fidelity across subjects to propel student learning and achievement.”

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February 13th, 2014

School Improvement Network Develops Teacher Effectiveness Framework for Teacher Observations Aligned to InTASC Teaching Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 13, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new teacher evaluation framework aligned to the new Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards that drives educators towards effectiveness and increased student achievement. The Teacher Effectiveness Framework simplifies and aligns teacher observation feedback to the learning progression for educator skills in the InTASC Standards, making observation feedback part of a continuum of educator growth.

“To truly have impact in an educator’s career and a student’s learning experience, teacher observations and evaluations must move beyond mere compliance towards meaningful conversations about educator growth and needs,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Teacher Effectiveness Framework has the potential to move educators through a continuum of professional growth by tailoring feedback to the model teaching standards outlined by InTASC and putting all educators on a continuous route towards effectiveness from their first day of school until all of their students graduate college and career ready.”

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February 13th, 2014

How to Improve Classroom Management with Classroom Humor

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 13, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new video segment showing how to improve classroom management with classroom humor. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness.

“We’ve spent decades researching the best practices in education and capturing the strategies of master teachers across the nation on how to improve classroom management, student learning and educator effectiveness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network.  “These strategies, like classroom humor to improve classroom management, can help all educators regardless of school type or setting become more effective and reach every student as they move towards college and career readiness.”

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February 11th, 2014

Should Teachers Get Bonuses for Student Performance?

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 11, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released results of a national survey of educators showing educator perceptions of their pay, and opinions about possible bonuses for student performance. As part of their commitment to give educators a voice on issues impacting education, School Improvement Network regularly conducts educator surveys as part of the “Voices of Education” survey series.

“Educators are an invaluable and significantly underemphasized part of developing a strong workforce and stable economy through their impact on students,” said Chet D. Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “It is vital that we invest in teacher growth and development to help them become as effective as possible and increase their ability to impact student performance and help students master the skills they need to graduate ready for college and career.”

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February 11th, 2014

School Improvement Network Sponsors New Peer-Reviewed, Published Research Showing Schools with On-Demand Professional Learning Outperform Respective Districts, Neighboring Schools

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 11, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a newly published, independent research study showing schools that were highly engaged in on-demand professional learning experienced greater gains in student proficiency scores than neighboring schools or districts. The results indicate that educators’ use of on-demand professional learning can have a statistically significant impact on student achievement scores for all schools regardless of type or settings and give schools an advantage over neighboring schools or districts with comparable student populations.

This study published in the International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education (IAES publication) is among the first research to demonstrate a link between professional learning and student achievement. The results are revolutionary for public education as they provide a framework for systematically helping educators improve in effectiveness and positively impact student achievement in a model that is scalable across all schools and systems and to all student populations. 

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February 6th, 2014

Five Keys to Writing Effective Classroom Assessments from Education Expert Jay McTighe

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 6, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new video segment showing five key principles of effective classroom assessments from education expert Jay McTighe. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness.

“Creating effective classroom assessments is essential for educators to accurately measure student learning and help 100 percent of students progress towards college and career readiness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Jay McTighe’s insights give educators readily applicable knowledge and principles that can help them make effective classroom assessments to measure their learning objectives and help students make meaningful growth.”

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February 4th, 2014

School Improvement Network and Lucid Data Corporation Partner to Bring Research-Proven Professional Development Content and Management System to Educators Nationwide

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 4, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and Lucid Data Corporation, a leader in professional development and teacher evaluation management systems and services, have partnered to integrate School Improvement Network’s PD 360, the leading on-demand professional development resource, with Lucid’s PDExpress, a web-based management system for professional development, teacher evaluation and staff information. Together, PD 360 and PDExpress bring educators personalized professional development content that is research proven to increase student achievement and decrease dropout rates with a professional development management system that allows educators to track their professional development towards certification or continuing education credits.

“Ever since our company was founded in 1991, we have been dedicated to bringing educators meaningful content and resources they need to help them continue growing as educators and professionals,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “By partnering with Lucid Data, we have furthered this goal by pairing rich professional development with a system that enables educators to work towards certification or credits that will continue their development as educators and effectiveness in the classroom.”

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January 30th, 2014

National Survey Reveals 96 Percent of Educators Surveyed Believe They Are Effective in the Classroom, but Majority Still Say Public Education Is Failing

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 30, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released the results of a survey measuring educators’ opinions of their effectiveness, the role of parents in education and the health of public education in general. In the wake of the State of the Union address highlighting an ongoing focus on education, School Improvement Network devoted this installment of its survey series, “Voices of Education” on four simple questions, receiving more than 2,100 responses from educators in all 50 states.

According to survey results, teachers believe they are effective, but a slight majority of respondents believe that education is failing, and 89 percent believe that parents are not doing enough to help their students.

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January 30th, 2014

Newly Released Classroom Management Framework to Increase Student Success

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 30, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a video segment showing a classroom management framework to increase student success demonstrated by real master teachers in their actual classrooms. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness.

“Good classroom management is essential to create a learning environment to foster educator effectiveness and student success,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through decades of research capturing the best practices in education from master teachers, we’ve compiled these classroom management strategies to help educators be successful in preparing 100 percent of students to graduate college and career ready.”

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January 23rd, 2014

See the New Common Core Math Assessments

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 23, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post showing educators how to prepare for the new Common Core math assessments, including strategies and example questions. The new resource is available to all educators on the School Improvement Network Common Core Blog.

“As schools and districts across the nation work to effectively implement the Common Core Standards, educators everywhere are working to prepare themselves and their students for the new Common Core math and ELA assessments,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The resources on the Common Core Blog will help educators prepare for the new Common Core math assessments by providing help and support in everything from a broad understanding of the Common Core Standards to details about each standard and how it connects to the skills students need to master.”

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January 23rd, 2014

Three Classroom Management Techniques Proven to Increase Student Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 23, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video series of research-proven classroom management techniques to increase student learning and engagement. The segments highlight techniques that include building consistent classroom management frameworks, engaging instruction by increasing rigor, and redirecting students using verbal cues and proximity.

“Effective classroom management is essential for creating an environment where students are ready to learn and able to work towards mastery of the skills they need to be ready for college or a meaningful career when they graduate from high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “After traveling thousands of miles and visiting hundreds of classrooms, we have captured some of these research-proven classroom management techniques on camera as demonstrated by master educators, and made them available to all educators in a way that can scale to impact every educator and therefore every student.”

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January 23rd, 2014

School Improvement Network’s LumiBook App Named Among 10 Best Apple and Android Apps for Education in 2014 by eSchool News

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 23, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced that the LumiBook app was named by eSchool News as one of the top 10 best Apple and Android apps for education in 2014. LumiBook is a dynamic e-reading platform that allows readers to view video, download and upload files, and comment with peers and the author in real time, creating both a collaborative and interactive experience.

“We are very pleased that the LumiBook app was named among the 10 best Apple and Android apps for education in 2014,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “LumiBook moves far beyond the static e-reader experiences into something dynamic and interactive that changes as real educators and LumiBook authors collaborate in real time, continually refining the text into the most salient, rich information educators need to improve their practice and meaningfully impact students.”

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January 22nd, 2014

New Teaching Strategy Increases Student Engagement, Literacy Development

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 23, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing a teaching strategy to increase student engagement and literacy development by allowing students to choose one of five activities to increase their reading and writing skills. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student learning and educator effectiveness.

“Allowing students to choose how they demonstrate mastery or study a concept is an important teaching strategy to give students ownership over their learning and increase student engagement,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through our research and work in thousands of classrooms, we have seen firsthand the positive impact these teaching strategies can have on student engagement and learning.”

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January 16th, 2014

How to Teach Third Grade ELA Common Core Lessons

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 15, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing a third grade ELA Common Core lesson to help students learn to cite evidence from a text and explain character actions and motivations. The video segment and Common Core lesson are available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies and resources to help educators implement the Common Core Standards and increase student learning.

“The Common Core Standards are designed to build on each other and progressively lead students to mastery, ultimately culminating in every student graduating with the skills they need to start college or a meaningful career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Examples like this 3rd grade ELA Common Core lesson show how the Common Core Standards build on what students have learned in previous years, push them to new levels of achievement, and lay the foundation for more advanced lessons and skills the following year.”

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January 16th, 2014

New Strategy Improves Classroom Management, Student Behavior

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 16, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new strategy to improve classroom management by narrating the positive behaviors of students. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student learning and educator effectiveness.

“As we’ve filmed in thousands of classrooms and schools across the nation, we’ve seen strategies effective educators are using to improve classroom management to maximize student learning,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “We’ve captured those strategies used by master teachers in real classrooms and created videos like these classroom management segments to make best practices scalable to reach every educator and impact every student.”

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January 16th, 2014

National Survey of Educators Reveals Ideal Class Size

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 16, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released the results of a national survey of educators showing what educators say is the ideal class size and trends in class sizes across the nation. The survey comes as part of the “Voices of Education” survey series, dedicated to elevating educators by getting their expert insight on issues impacting education.

“As experts in education, educators have valuable insights on how to build successful learning environments where students can learn, thrive, and master the skills they need to be ready to start college or a meaningful career when they graduate,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Since educators are on the front lines of education, we felt their voices on the ideal class size where students can benefit from both personal attention and collaborative learning was essential to truly understanding the issue.”

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January 9th, 2014

Should Teacher Evaluations Include High-Stakes Testing?

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 9, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released results of a national survey of educators showing educator perceptions of teacher evaluations and high-stakes testing. The survey comes as part of the “Voices of Education” survey series, dedicated to elevating educators by getting their expert insight on issues impacting education.

“To spur real professional growth, teacher evaluations must move beyond mere compliance to measuring real metrics of educator effectiveness and student learning,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Our survey results show educators want real, accurate measures of their success, not sole focus on high-stakes testing, to help them continue to grow and improve.”

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January 9th, 2014

How to Increase Student Engagement with Technology

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 9, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment of real educators using students’ technological devices in the classrooms to increase student engagement and learning. The video segment is available to all educators as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with teaching strategies to increase student engagement, achievement and success.

“Using technology in the classroom is essential to help students develop the skills they will need to excel in 21st century jobs,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Effective educators can use students’ own devices in the classroom to increase student engagement and help students master and apply the subject matter in ways a textbook never could.”

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December 19th, 2013

How to Teach the Pythagorean Theorem in the Math Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post showing a real educator’s lesson plan for how to teach the Pythagorean theorem in the Math Common Core Standards on School Improvement Network’s Common Core Blog.

“The Common Core Standards were designed to help students build a skillset that will prepare them to start college or a career by the time they finish high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Lesson plans like this on teaching the Pythagorean theorem aligned to the Math Common Core Standards show how the Standards push students to apply what they’re learning to the world around them, better preparing them for college, career, and learning beyond their classroom.” 

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December 19th, 2013

School Improvement Network Webinar Shows How to Write Standards-Based and Common Core Assessments to Measure Student Mastery and Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a webinar recording of education expert Jay McTighe showing how to write assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards or any state-specific standards to measure student mastery and learning.

“Assessments are crucial to measuring whether or not students are mastering the Common Core or any standards and progressing towards college and career readiness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Jay McTighe’s rubric for writing Common Core or standards-based assessments can help educators tailor assessments to any standards, and help them gauge student learning and mastery.”

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December 19th, 2013

School Improvement Network Blog Post Highlights Sixth Grade Common Core ELA Writing Lesson Plan with Edgar Allen Poe

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post showing a real Washington educator’s sixth grade Common Core ELA writing lesson plan using Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The lesson plan includes assignments, prediction questions, a vocabulary worksheet, and web tools to help students master content.

“As the Common Core Standards roll out in schools and states across the nation, master educators are finding ways to incorporate the Standards into their local schools’ curriculum in a way that helps students master the Standards,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Those lesson plans, like this sixth grade Common Core ELA writing lesson plan, show how the Common Core Standards build a progressive skillset and propel students towards college and career readiness.”

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December 12th, 2013

School Improvement Network Publishes New Common Core LumiBook on Its Proprietary E-Reader Platform for Educators

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 12, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of a new publication for Common Core implementation on its LumiBook platform. The new resource is designed to help teachers prepare students for the new Common Core-aligned assessments by leveraging LumiBook’s video-rich content and collaborative digital environment and social tools to modernize and transform professional development resources.

A Professional Learning Pathway to Common Core Success is authored by School Improvement Network’s Lisa Leith, PhD, and is the sixth addition to School Improvement Network’s growing library of resources housed on their LumiBook platform, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources. 

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December 12th, 2013

School Improvement Network Publishes Interactive LumiBook on Creating Common Core-Aligned Assessments to Measure Student Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 12, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of a new publication for writing assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards or any standards-based education system on its LumiBook platform. The new resource uses LumiBook’s inherent social media tools and media-rich content paired with Jay McTighe’s education expertise to help educators create and refine assessments to measure student mastery of Common Core or any other standards.

“Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most,” is authored by Jay McTighe, a national expert in learning-focused assessments, and is the latest addition to School Improvement Network’s growing library of resources housed on their LumiBook platform, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources.

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December 10th, 2013

School Improvement Network and Empirical Education Partner to Introduce Solution for Accurate, Consistent Teacher Observations

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 10, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and Empirical Education Inc., a leading R&D firm serving K-12 schools, today announced they have partnered to introduce the Calibration & Certification Engine (CCE) to create consistency, reliability and accuracy in teacher evaluations.

“Teacher evaluations must move beyond mere compliance to truly help educators grow as professionals and foster educator effectiveness in a way that will have a meaningful impact on student learning,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through scalable training and continuing support, the Calibration & Certification Engine allows observers to ensure accurate, meaningful observations that measure up to the high standards set by any district or system and push teachers towards growth and effectiveness.”

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December 5th, 2013

How to Teach Elementary Math and ELA Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced five new video segments showing real educators effectively demonstrating how to teach lessons aligned with specific elementary math and ELA Common Core Standards. The segments come as part of “Common Core in the Classroom,” a series documenting real educators in states across the country demonstrating how to effectively teach lessons aligned with the secondary and elementary math and ELA Common Core Standards in order to move students towards mastery and college and career readiness.

“The Common Core Standards must be effectively implemented to start students on a path in kindergarten that will ultimately lead them to college and career readiness when they graduate from high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Based on our research and work with thousands of educators in every state, we have targeted our resources to give educators exactly what they need to effectively implement every secondary and elementary math and ELA Common Core Standard.”

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December 5th, 2013

School Improvement Network Launches Distance Learning Course to Train Educators on Tools and Resources to Increase Student Learning Through Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY—Dec. 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new training resource to train educators remotely on tools, resources, and research-proven methods to increase student learning through educator effectiveness. The new Distance Learning course teaches educators to access the tools and resources in PD 360 and Observation 360, which together bring educators personalized observations supported by robust, prescriptive professional development to foster educator effectiveness and increase student learning.

“The best way to increase student learning and college and career readiness is to give educators the tools and resources they need to continue growing as professionals and become as effective as possible,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Our Distance Learning course allows educators access to training that may be hard for them to obtain geographically, but extremely beneficial to their professional growth and their ability to personalize instruction to reach every student and help them build a 21st century skillset.”

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November 26th, 2013

Get Math and ELA Common Core Lesson Plans

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 26, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an updated aggregation of math and ELA Common Core lesson plans on the Common Core Blog. The Common Core Blog is written by education professionals and former educators, and includes tools and resources from School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360. Through Common Core 360 and contributing effective educators, the Common Core Blog now includes dozens of math and ELA Common Core lesson plans for grades K-12, all of which have been tested or created by real educators in real classrooms.

“As the Common Core Standards begin to be taught in schools and systems in multiple states, expert educators are finding ways to combine the Standards with their local curriculum into math and ELA Common Core lesson plans tailored to drive student mastery,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “If implemented effectively, as illustrated in these and other math and ELA lesson plans, the Common Core Standards can progressively move students towards mastery of the skills they need to be prepared to start college or a meaningful career when they finish high school.”

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November 26th, 2013

Three-Sentence Essay Strategy Increases Student Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 26, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video with a formative assessment strategy to increase student learning by using a three-sentence essay. The strategy is presented by a 12th grade ELA teacher in Shelby County, Tennessee, who shows in her own classroom how helping students synthesize their learning in short essays can increase student learning and monitor student progress.

“There are numerous strategies being used by highly effective educators across the country to increase student learning and help all students progress towards college and career readiness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In our work in thousands of schools and classrooms in all 50 states, we’ve captured these strategies on video to make them accessible to all educators and scalable to reach all students.” 

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November 21st, 2013

New Teaching Strategies Videos Show Effective Educators Demonstrating Best Instructional Practices

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 21, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced nine new video segments featuring teaching strategies demonstrated by effective educators in real classrooms in four states. The new videos are part of PD 360, the most widely used online professional development solution in the US.

“Giving educators access to expert-vetted teaching strategies that are shown to increase student learning and engagement is essential to helping every educator become as effective as possible and preparing 100 percent of students for college and career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As part of the PD 360 video library, these new teaching strategies give educators tips, resources, and expert-vetted pedagogy that can readily and quickly be applied in any classroom to make a meaningful, positive impact in helping students master content and build skills to support their continued growth and education.”

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November 21st, 2013

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Lowers Dropout Rate to Record Low, Increases College and Career Readiness with Educator Effectiveness System

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 21, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new report showing how Salem-Keizer Public Schools dramatically reduced dropout rates and increased college and career readiness with the Educator Effectiveness System (EES). Through this holistic system, educators reduced dropout rates by more than half, and increased student achievement on advanced placement exams, the number of students participating in preparatory exams for college entrance tests, and the number of students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

“We congratulate Salem-Keizer Public Schools for their incredible dedication and strides to reduce dropout rates and make 100 percent of students college and career ready, and we support and applaud all schools and systems making similar efforts,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Educator Effectiveness System is designed to support any school or system to effectively implement policies and practices that will systematically increase educator effectiveness, reduce dropout rates, and improve student achievement towards college and career readiness. Like Salem-Keizer, thousands of schools across the US using this system have seen meaningful results in the effectiveness and readiness of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students.”

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November 21st, 2013

School Improvement Network Launches Student-Centered Learning Blog

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 21, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released the Student-Centered Learning Blog, a resource connecting educators to tools and methodology to help implement student-centered learning practices in any classroom. The blog is written and updated by education experts and former educators, and provides educators with pedagogical explanations and resources and best practices for student-centered learning in all classrooms from large districts to homeschool.

“A student-centered learning model that puts students at the center of learning can increase student mastery and help teachers reach every student in ways never before fully utilized in other educational models,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through resources like our Student-Centered Learning Blog, educators can find tools and tips to move towards a student-centered learning model in their classroom, and help empower students to take ownership of their own education.”

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November 14th, 2013

Free Resources for Common Core Implementation

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 14, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a series of blog posts outlining free resources to help educators with Common Core implementation. From organizations like Stanford University to websites like Vocabulary Spelling City.com, the list of resources includes tools for Common Core implementation in all subjects and grades.

“Resources like those compiled on School Improvement Network’s Common Core Blog can be a great asset for Common Core implementation by educators in all schools and systems,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through proper Common Core implementation, educators can help students reach a higher standard of achievement, and help 100 percent of students become college and career ready when they finish high school.”

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November 14th, 2013

New LumiBook Shows How to Implement New InTASC Teaching Standards for Effective Teaching

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 14, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced free access to the “InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards” LumiBook for effective teaching, developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) on the LumiBook platform. The LumiBook illustrates the updated InTASC standards for educators, including new teaching standards and learning progressions to build a common skill set and knowledge base among educators to increase effective teaching and student learning.

“Effective teaching is the key to helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready, and improving the nation’s economy and restoring global competitiveness,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The new InTASC teaching standards show educators what effective teaching looks like through our vast video library and outline specific skills and learning progressions to standardize effective teaching among all educators in schools and classrooms across the country.” 

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November 14th, 2013

See the Simple Science of Standards-Based Test Writing with Education Expert Jay McTighe

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 14, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a webinar with education expert Jay McTighe showing how to use state standard-based test writing rubrics to align any test to new state standards. To help educators in this task, McTighe’s model gives a simple, replicable blueprint for creating standards-aligned assessments with the standards-based test writing rubric.

“Finding a way to map assessments to state standards is crucial in order to accurately measure the effectiveness of a state’s standards and students’ preparation towards college and career,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As an expert on assessments, Jay McTighe’s standards-based test writing rubric is a valuable tool for all educators working to measure student achievement and the effectiveness of standards.”

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November 14th, 2013

See the Newest Strategy for Open-Ended Questions in Common Core ELA

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 14, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new video outlining a strategy for open-ended questions aligned with the Common Core ELA Standards. The Common Core ELA strategy comes as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with Common Core ELA and math strategies for improving Common Core implementation and student achievement.

“In the effort to implement the Common Core Standards, strategies like these show how real educators are effectively implementing the Common Core ELA and math standards in their classroom,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “If taught and implemented effectively, the Common Core ELA and math standards have the potential to make an unprecedented, positive impact on helping 100 percent of students graduate ready to start college or a meaningful career.”

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November 7th, 2013

Expert Educator Shows Third-Grade Common Core Writing Lesson Plan

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 7, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post featuring a third-grade Common Core writing lesson plan by an expert educator for teaching adjectives and synonyms aligned to the Common Core Standards. The Common Core writing lesson plan comes from Sharon Faulkner of Andover, Mass., and outlines how to teach to specific third-grade Common Core writing standards and ideas for student assignments and application.

“Although the Common Core Standards are relatively new to most states, effective educators have been able to adapt existing lesson plans to fit the rigorous nature of the Standards, such as this third-grade Common Core writing lesson plan,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “When effectively implemented with lesson plans like these, the Common Core Standards push students to rigorous standards of achievement that mirror other countries, helping 100 percent of students graduate ready for college or a meaningful career, and ready to compete with students from any school or system in the world.”

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November 7th, 2013

Learn How to Use Data to Close the Achievement Gap

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 7, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a video segment previewing how to use data to close the achievement gap. The segment previews the data series and outlines the other eight videos in the series available in PD 360.

“In order to help 100 percent of students become college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school, it is vital we close the achievement gap and help every student and educator get what they need to be effective,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Videos and resources like these and others in PD 360 give educators access to tools and information to help them close the achievement gap in their school and make meaningful impact on their students.”

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October 31st, 2013

How to Teach Sixth Grade Common Core Math Standards for Algebra

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 31, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post featuring lesson plans for sixth grade Common Core math standards for algebra. Collectively, these lesson plans illustrate how to teach algebraic expressions using addition and subtraction, simplifying algebraic expressions by combining like terms, and regrouping algebraic expressions by applying the distributive property, using the Math Common Core Standards.  

“Starting in kindergarten, the Common Core State Standards lay a foundation of skills for students to master that build on one another, eventually leading students to college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Resources like these lesson plans for sixth grade Common Core math standards for algebra show the rigorous and thorough nature of the Common Core Standards, progressively building on what students learned the previous year, while successively laying a foundation for more advanced skills to come.”

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October 31st, 2013

School Improvement Network Named 15th Fastest Growing Company in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY—October 31, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced they were named 15th among the fastest growing companies in Utah as part of the Utah 100 Award by the Mountain West Capital Network. School Improvement Network was named one of the fastest growing companies in Utah based on an increase in the percentage of revenue increase from 2008 through 2012.

“We are honored to be named 15th among the fastest growing companies in Utah,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “This award and being named one of the fastest growing companies in Utah is validation to our hard work and dedication towards our cause: helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready by helping every teacher become as effective as possible.”

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October 31st, 2013

See the Future of Student Proficiency Based on Common Core Implementation

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 31, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new blog post showing the future of student proficiency based on Common Core implementation in various states. The post specifically references how Common Core implementation has already influenced student proficiency in Washington D.C., New York City and Kentucky.

“In many ways, the future of student proficiency based on Common Core implementation can be seen in these small examples,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These and other examples highlight the importance of implementing the Common Core with fidelity to make a strong, positive impact on students’ preparation towards college and career readiness.”

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October 24th, 2013

See the Newest Strategy to Increase Student Reading Comprehension

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new strategy to increase student reading comprehension using the newly developed RATE method. The strategy, released as part of School Improvement Network’s weekly publication, “Strategy of the Week,” shows a Tennessee teacher demonstrating the method and its impact on student reading comprehension.

“Helping students understand and critically analyze a text is essential to prepare them for future work in college or a career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Truly effective educators increase student reading comprehension through methods like these that engage students to help them make connections with the things they learn and do inside and outside of school.” 

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October 24th, 2013

How to Increase Student Engagement

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a video segment showing how to increase student engagement through new active learning strategies. The video, which comes as part of School Improvement Network’s weekly publication, “Strategy of the Week,” shows strategies to increase student engagement with exercises like “note making.”

“Strategies to increase student engagement and learning like these can be used by all educators as they work towards becoming as effective as possible and preparing 100 percent of students for college and career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In classrooms of students with different needs and levels of comprehension, active learning strategies can increase student engagement and achievement by helping students become more involved in the learning process and connect what they’re learning to other lessons and subjects.”

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October 24th, 2013

Get 11th and 12th Grade Common Core ELA Writing Lesson Plans

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a blog post showing 11th and 12th grade Common Core ELA writing lesson plans from a real educator in South Dakota. The Common Core ELA writing lesson plans include outlines of which standards are included in the plan, and examples of student activities to include in the lesson to help students master the material.

“In conjunction with the Common Core math resources we have featured, these 11th and 12th grade Common Core ELA writing lesson plans help educators see what effective Common Core implementation looks like in real classrooms,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These Common Core ELA writing lesson plans and other resources can empower educators to effectively implement the Common Core and make a meaningful impact on students’ preparation towards college and career.”

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October 17th, 2013

See Math Common Core Standard Lessons Being Taught

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 17, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing math Common Core lessons for math standard 5 on how to use “appropriate tools strategically.” The video comes as part of Strategy of the Week, School Improvement Network’s weekly publication featuring best practices in education,  ELA and Math Common Core Standard lessons.

“As educators across the nation begin implementing the Common Core Standards, resources like these math Common Core Standards lessons are a valuable resource to help effectively implement the Common Core Standards in a way that will meaningfully impact students’ success towards becoming college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Videos like these that show real math Common Core lesson plans show educators real ways to use the Standards in their classroom and curriculum, helping each educator become as effective as possible.”

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October 17th, 2013

What Are the Common Core Standards?

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 17, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a television interview of education expert Chet Linton detailing the purpose of the Common Core Standards and debunking common myths about Common Core. Linton’s education expertise comes from his positions as CEO and President of School Improvement Network, his appointment as a member of the Utah Governor’s Vision and Mission Committee, a steering committee for the Governor’s Education Commission, and from speaking at national and international conferences about education in the US and abroad.

“The Common Core Standards were developed by states, education experts and business leaders as a set of minimum standards that students must achieve to be ready for college or a career when they finish high school,” said Linton. “Because they are more rigorous than most state standards have ever been and establish a uniform standard of education across states, the Common Core Standards have the potential to make a dramatic impact in individual students’ success in college and career, and improve US economic growth and global competitiveness.”

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October 17th, 2013

Four Measures of Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 17, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a television interview with education expert Chet Linton showing what educator effectiveness and effective classrooms look like in 21st century classrooms. The interview aired on KSL Studio 5, and features Chet Linton, CEO and President of School Improvement Network, Chairman of the Utah Technology Council, and appointee to the Utah Governor’s Vision and Mission Committee, a steering committee for the Governor’s Education Commission. Linton has also presented about educator effectiveness and student success at national and international conferences.

“Educator effectiveness is the key to making 100 percent of students college and career ready when they finish high school,” Linton said. “After traveling the country and the world filming in thousands of classrooms, our research shows educators and parents tangible signs of educator effectiveness that can help them increase student achievement both inside the classroom and at home.”

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October 15th, 2013

Get Proven Classroom Management Strategies

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new classroom management strategy using active learning techniques. The classroom management video comes as part of “Strategy of the Week,” a weekly publication with classroom management practices for increasing student achievement and engagement.

“Good classroom management is a characteristic of truly effective educators, and can have a huge impact on creating a learning environment where all students can progress towards college and career readiness,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “Techniques like those outlined in our ‘Conscious Classroom Management’ program give educators tips and strategies they can implement immediately in their classroom to help increase student engagement and success.”

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October 15th, 2013

See How an Indiana School District Increased Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a case study showing how an Indiana school district increased educator effectiveness and student achievement with the Educator Effectiveness System.

“Educator effectiveness is key to creating classrooms where students invest in their educations and truly master subjects, ultimately graduating with the skillset they need to start college or a meaningful career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The tools in the Educator Effectiveness System are research proven to increase educator effectiveness, increase student proficiency, and decrease dropout rates, making a real impact on educators and their students.”

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October 14th, 2013

Get Common Core ELA Lesson Plans

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post featuring Common Core ELA lesson plans for Literacy standard W.K.7. The Common Core ELA lesson plans come as part of School Improvement Network’s Common Core Blog.

“Common Core ELA lesson plans like the ones highlighted on the Common Core Blog show educators ways the Common Core Standards can be effectively implemented in any classroom,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Common Core ELA lesson plans like these also represent the purpose of the Common Core Standards—to build a core set of skills that students will hone and advance each year, ultimately graduating with the skillset necessary to start college or a meaningful career.”

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October 3rd, 2013

See What Community Engagement Could Do in Your School

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 3, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new webinar recording detailing how to foster community engagement in schools to increase student growth.

“Students learn best in schools with high parent, teacher, and community engagement to support learning,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “This webinar recording is a valuable resource for educators trying to increase community engagement in their schools, and it will help them get closer to making 100 percent of students college and career ready.”

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October 3rd, 2013

Get Common Core Elementary Writing Rubrics

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 3, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new blog post featuring Common Core elementary writing rubrics as part of the Common Core 360 Blog. The Common Core writing rubric is courtesy of the Delaware Department of Education and specifically for 2nd grade, though rubrics for all grades are also available.

“As the Common Core Standards roll out in states all over the nation, Common Core elementary writing rubrics like these are valuable tools that can help educators implement the Standards quickly and effectively,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through writing rubrics that improve student writing like these, educators can use the Common Core to move students towards a skillset that will make them ready for college or a career when they finish high school.”

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October 3rd, 2013

Increase Student Performance Through Improving Student Health

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 3, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new webinar recording showing how to increase student performance through wellness clinics.

“Student performance can be impacted by the overall health of the students,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In certain areas, providing wellness clinics and basic health care to students can help them stay healthy and focus more on their education, putting them one step closer to becoming college and career ready.”

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September 25th, 2013

Close the Achievement Gap with Equity Walkthroughs

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 26, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment showing how to close the achievement gap among students of different races using equity walkthroughs.

“Developing strategies to help close the achievement gap among all students is critical to our cause of helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “This video showing equity walkthroughs is a potentially powerful method for closing the achievement gap and helping every student succeed and grow.”

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September 25th, 2013

Five Strategies to Raise Student Achievement and School Growth

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 26, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free education webinar outlining five strategies to raise student achievement and develop high-growth schools with Bobby Moore, senior director at Battelle for Kids.

“The continuing goal to raise student achievement and improve schools is an essential part of our cause of helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Webinars like these outline key strategies for achieving this vision and helping schools become high-growth schools, where students can thrive.”

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September 25th, 2013

See Examples of Math Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 26, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video showing teachers using the math Common Core Standards as part of the “Math Practice Standards” series in Common Core 360.

“The math Common Core Standards have the potential to help our students become more personally successful and globally competitive in their mastery of math concepts and principles,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through programs like this one and others in Common Core 360, educators can see real examples of effective teachers teaching the math Common Core Standards and helping students achieve under these new and higher benchmarks.”

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September 19th, 2013

How Does Your Professional Development Compare?

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video outlining PD 360’s new professional development achievement points. This feature allows educators to track their professional development usage and compare it with their colleagues.

“Effective professional development for educators requires universal participation across grades, subjects, schools and districts,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The achievement points feature in PD 360 allows educators to track their own usage as well as participate together in professional development to become as effective as possible and help 100 percent of students become college and career ready.”

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September 19th, 2013

School Improvement Network Teacher Training Videos Receive Telly Awards for Quality

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced they have received nine Telly Awards for their teacher training videos in the Educator Effectiveness System. Telly Awards were given for outstanding film and video quality in editing and education.

“We are very pleased to have received these Telly Awards as another indicator of the quality of our teacher training videos,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As the heart of the Educator Effectiveness System, these videos are research proven to help educators increase student achievement. They are a crucial component of our vision of how to help every educator become effective, so they can help 100 percent of students become college and career ready.”

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September 19th, 2013

Learn How to Increase Community Engagement in Your School

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar showing how a South Carolina school district fostered community engagement in schools to provide services and resources to support student growth.

“Education impacts everyone, so community engagement is vital to help our schools succeed,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In webinars like these, educators can see real strategies for how to increase community engagement in schools, providing another way to help 100 percent of students become college and career ready.”

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September 12th, 2013

School Improvement Network Surveys Parents and Educators; Results Show Overall Support of Common Core from Both Groups

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – September 11, 2013 – School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released results of two surveys measuring opinions of Common Core State Standards from both educators and parents. School Improvement Network had noted an absence of pure data related to parent and educator opinions in the literature around the Common Core State Standards, recognizing that those groups had largely been represented by union voices and political parties. Feeling that representation was inadequate, School Improvement Network looked for a way to bring clarity to the heated discussion around the Common Core Standards by bringing insight from two of the most significant stakeholders in education.

“It’s critical for the voices of those that will be impacted by decisions being made about education to be part of the debate,” said Chet D. Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “We felt strongly that regardless of the decisions made, it ought to be done with real information from real parents and real teachers. That is why we commissioned a national, random telephone survey of parents and at the same time, asked our community of educators to tell us their opinions independent of any affiliation.”

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September 12th, 2013

Utah: Improving Education, Improving Business

Salt Lake City, UTAH — Educating the youth of today is a key element in laying a strong foundation for Utah’s economic future. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and School Improvement Network announced today a major expansion of their Salt Lake offices creating more than 700 new Utah jobs over the next decade.

“Improving education and growing Utah’s economy are two of my top priorities,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “With the expansion of School Improvement Network, more Utah residents will be able to secure good paying jobs, while at the same time helping our educators teach more effectively.” 

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September 5th, 2013

Get the Complete Back-to-School Toolkit

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released the 2013 Back-to-School Toolkit that includes videos, forums, webinars and presentations from master teachers to help every educator as they start the 2013 school year.

“Getting the best back-to-school resources and strategies can help educators start strong in their continual push towards making students college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “This Back-to-School Toolkit gives educators ready-to-use resources that can make a difference in their students’ educations starting on day one.”

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September 5th, 2013

Learn How to Decrease Student Discipline and Increase Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a case study showing how a rural Montana school district to decrease student discipline and increase educator effectiveness using School Improvement Network’s PD 360.

“Actively engaging students in the learning process is a critical component of educator effectiveness, and one of the most effective ways to decrease student discipline incidents,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Years of research have shown that increased educator effectiveness, higher student proficiency and decreased student discipline incidents are consistent results for high utilizers of PD 360.”

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September 5th, 2013

Make the Most of Back to School

SALT LAKE CITY—Sept. 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new video segment of back to school “Attention Getters” for establishing a productive classroom climate on day one.

“A truly effective educator sets their students and classroom up for success on the very first day of school,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Our segment with attention getters for back to school outlines strategies that can help educators in any school, grade or subject establish their classroom on day one in a way that will make a difference all year.”

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August 29th, 2013

School Improvement Network Named 9th Fastest Growing Company in Utah’s 2013 Fast 50 Awards

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 29, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, was named 9th in the Utah Business 2013 Fast 50, an annual ranking of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. Since first being named to the Fast 50 in 2010, School Improvement Network has moved up 37 spots among Utah’s fastest growing companies.

“We are very pleased to again be named one of Utah’s fastest growing companies in the Utah Business Fast 50,” said Chet Linton, president and CEO of School Improvement Network. “This award is another testament to our consistent and continuing growth and success as we continue advancing towards our vision of educator effectiveness and helping 100 percent of students graduate from high school college and career ready."

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August 29th, 2013

See Effective Teacher Observations in Action

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 29, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and teacher observation resources, today announced a new case study showing how a rural New York district streamlined teacher observations to increase educator effectiveness and student achievement with PD 360 and Observation 360—tools within the Educator Effectiveness System.

“When done correctly, teacher observations can be an opportunity for educator growth in unprecedented ways,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As part of the Educator Effectiveness System, Observation 360 and PD 360 connect teacher observations to personalized professional development in a way that drives teachers towards more effective teaching and student success.”

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August 29th, 2013

My Portfolio and Professional Development for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 29, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in professional development for teachers and educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of a new segment showing the enhanced functionalities of PD 360’s My Portfolio tool, a tool which enables more personalized professional development for teachers through providing usage reports, storing completed observations and coursework, and uploading files, lesson plans, student work and other educational resources.

“Providing meaningful and personal professional development for teachers is absolutely essential to helping every educator become effective and every student become college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The My Portfolio tool helps educators take ownership of their professional development and progress in a way that empowers them, while giving them access to the resources they need to overcome their unique challenges.”

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August 22nd, 2013

Get More Accurate Teacher Observations

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 22, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and teacher observation resources, today announced the release of Evidence 360, a new scripting tool that enables observers to take notes in real time about what is happening in the classroom during teacher observations. As part of Observation 360, this tool will enable observers the ability to focus teacher observations and evaluations on what teachers are doing, rather than filling in a rubric or set of standards.

“For teacher observations and evaluations to have a meaningful impact on both the educator’s professional growth and the students they teach, observers must be able to focus on what is happening in the classroom,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Evidence 360 enables the observer to focus completely on the effectiveness of each teacher, and therefore enables a more accurate teacher observation by grounding the results in what the teacher is doing and how their efforts impact a student’s preparation towards college and career.”

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August 22nd, 2013

School Improvement Network and Pearson Collaborate to Expand Common Core Professional Development Resources for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 22, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and Pearson, the global leader in education and technology, today announced a new integration of Common Core training content and tools from School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360 to existing teaching tools in Pearson’s Schoolnet Instructional Improvement System. This new integration comes in response to requests from school leaders, and offers educators the precise resources they need to implement the new Common Core State Standards in language arts and math.

With this partnership, teachers using Schoolnet will have the option to access a video library of effective teachers teaching the Common Core in real classrooms, along with standards-aligned teaching strategies from Common Core 360. Twelve hundred schools in Kentucky are currently using Common Core 360 with Schoolnet. 

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August 15th, 2013

Education Conference Exhibit Shows Formula for Increasing Test Scores

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced three breakout session presentations at the education conference Education Works Leadership Institute, September 15–17 in Atlanta, featuring hands-on training for PD 360 and strategies for increasing student achievement. The education conference breakouts will also give attendees the chance to strategize with educators from five states on boosting educator effectiveness and student success.

“The breakouts at this education conference will be some of the best we have presented all year,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Independent research shows these PD 360 training and strategies have increased student achievement consistently since 2008, and at this education conference, all educators will have access to them.”

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August 15th, 2013

How Real Educators Are Flipping the Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of a new segment with secrets for flipping the classroom with technology to engage students. The segment comes as part of Strategy of the Week, a weekly publication sharing best practices in education on topics like student-centered learning, Common Core implementation, and flipping the classroom.

“Using technology and flipping the classroom is essential to putting students in control of their own learning,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These technologies give teachers the tools to make classroom instruction relevant to the world our students live in and their future job environments. With the strategies outlined in this segment, educators can get real, applicable ways to use technology in flipping the classroom to have recognizable impact on student growth towards college and career readiness.”

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August 15th, 2013

Get English Language Arts Common Core Lesson Plans

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 15, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announced the release of a new blog post that gives real Common Core-aligned lesson plans for the English language arts standards (ELA) on teaching elementary school students to write. The lesson plan comes as part of School Improvement Network’s Common Core Blog, a resource for educators on understanding and implementing the Common Core State Standards.

“The Common Core State Standards were designed to help all students become college and career ready, and consequently create a higher standard of education for all students, regardless of which district or state they live in,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As a company, we strive to give teachers the resources to properly implement the Common Core Standards to help spur educator effectiveness and student success.”

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August 8th, 2013

How to Get the Best Professional Development for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 8, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in professional development for teachers and educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of three new video tutorials showing how to get the most out of professional development for teachers using the newly updated PD 360. PD 360 is the most widely used, online solution for professional development for teachers in the U.S.

“Quality professional development for teachers is essential to help our educators continue in their professional growth and progression towards becoming as effective as possible,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “PD 360’s videos and support resources are research proven to impact student achievement, and these new enhancements make these powerful tools faster and easier to use than ever before.”

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August 8th, 2013

School Improvement Network to Present System for Educator Effectiveness at School Leadership Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 8, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exhibit to premier at the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) School Leadership Conference, October 15-16, 2013. The exhibit will feature the Educator Effectiveness System, including an end-to-end solution for helping school leadership increase educator effectiveness and student achievement in their schools and districts.

“School leadership has a huge role in helping their educators become as effective as possible and helping every student graduate college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Part of the Educator Effectiveness System tailors specifically to district and school leadership, and gives them the tools and resources to be guides and mentors to teachers as they continue in their professional progression and hone their skills.”

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August 7th, 2013

Four Strategies to Support Student-Centered Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—Aug. 8, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and student-centered learning resources, today announced the release of a new video segment showing key strategies for implementing student-centered learning. The segment outlines four strategies for supporting student-centered learning in any classroom.

“Moving to a truly student-centered model is an essential component to helping every student achieve mastery and become ready for college and career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The strategies in our series on student-centered learning can help all educators move towards a more student-centered classroom, and have a real impact on student learning and success as never before.”

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August 1st, 2013

Get the Newest Upgrade in Professional Development for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY—August 1, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an upgrade to PD 360, the first on demand resource for professional development for teachers. Among other enhancements, the upgrade lets teachers accrue credit for videos watched, enables faster video streaming, and allows administrators to recommend specific videos as professional development for teachers to improve teaching practice and student achievement in their classroom.

“Providing  meaningful and personalized professional development for teachers to continue  honing their teaching skills is absolutely essential to helping them become as effective as possible, and moves them closer to helping every student become college or career ready” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “PD 360’s new enhancements bring the same research-proven professional development for teachers and administrators, but now with faster, simpler functionality and the ability to track credits as part of ongoing professional development or certification.”

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August 1st, 2013

Get the Best Back-to-School Advice

SALT LAKE CITY—August 1, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a survey to educators nationwide gathering the best back-to-school strategies to foster student and educator success.

“Giving educators a voice is absolutely critical to what we do,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In gathering the best back-to-school strategies from educators across the country, we’re tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience. We’re helping educators access new and tested ideas for how to use the back-to-school season to encourage student success and help all students become college and career ready.”

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August 1st, 2013

The Six Drivers of Student Success

SALT LAKE CITY—August 1, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new video on driving student success from the LumiBook, “Global Education Study: Six Drivers of Student Success.” The video segment highlights personalization techniques and pathways for student success.

“Finding and replicating the best strategies for student success is essential in our cause of helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The strategies for student success in this global education study are some of the best we’ve seen in our 21 years of collecting best practices in education, and give educators more resources to increase their own effectiveness and student success.”

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July 25th, 2013

See the Teaching Standards for 21st Century Teaching

SALT LAKE CITY—July 25, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a video showing how to implement the new teaching standards outlined by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). The teaching standards are part of “InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards” on the LumiBook platform, School Improvement Network’s interactive e-reading platform.

“Quality teaching standards are essential to helping educators become as effective as possible and adequately preparing all students for college and career,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “By articulating what effective teaching looks like, these new teaching standards will help educators understand the steps necessary to master  effective teaching.”

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July 25th, 2013

See How Master Teachers Use the Common Core

SALT LAKE CITY—July 25, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announced four new video segments in the “Common Core in the Classroom” series, a series designed to help all educators understand and implement the Common Core Standards in their own classroom. The segments show both English language arts and math Common Core Standards being taught in four different grades.

“The Common Core Standards have the potential to put students on equal ground towards college and career readiness in an unprecedented way,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through the ‘Common Core in the Classroom’ series, educators can see real examples of how to effectively implement the Common Core, increase student performance and maximize teacher effectiveness.” 

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July 24th, 2013

Get the Tools to Increase Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY—July 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exclusive new trial of the Educator Effectiveness System, a web-based, on-demand platform that delivers professional learning resources to increase educator effectiveness anytime, anywhere.

“Increasing educator effectiveness is the only way we can realize our cause of making 100 percent of students college and career ready when they finish high school,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “By supporting educator effectiveness in everything from professional development to Common Core implementation, the Educator Effectiveness System gives educators the tools and resources they need to make a real impact on student achievement and readiness.”

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July 18th, 2013

Get Real Examples of Common Core in the Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY—July 18, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announced three new video segments to help all educators understand and implement the Common Core Standards. The segments are part of the “Common Core in the Classroom” series in Common Core 360, a tool that walks educators through every step of Common Core implementation.

“Effectively implementing the Common Core is one of the greatest needs and challenges facing educators today,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The ‘Common Core in the Classroom’ series responds to this need by giving educators concrete examples of what effectively teaching lessons aligned to the Common Core looks like.”

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July 18th, 2013

Get Research-Based Teaching Strategies for Students of Color

SALT LAKE CITY—July 18, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and teaching strategies, today released a new resource for all educators in the weekly publication, Strategy of the Week. The teaching strategies outline six key methods for teaching students of color.

“We believe that every student can learn, and that effective teachers can reach every student given the right strategies,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These teaching strategies for reaching students of color can help engage and empower students who might otherwise struggle to achieve, moving them one step closer to becoming college and career ready.”

In this teaching strategy, educators will see a professional development program designed to improve instruction for students of color by promoting research-based and student-validated teaching strategies.

Click here to see the teaching strategies on teaching students of color in Strategy of the Week.

Click here to see videos of other teaching strategies from real educators across the country.

Click here to see other teaching strategies on the Strategy of the Week Blog.

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July 2nd, 2013

School Improvement Network to Showcase System to Increase Educator Effectiveness at Pacific Education Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—July 3, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an education conference exhibit showing a systemic, research-proven approach to increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement. The education company will showcase the Educator Effectiveness System at the Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) in Saipan, July 16-19, 2013.

“Education conferences such as the PEC are opportunities for educators and administrators to discover solutions for raising student achievement and educator effectiveness that are working in other schools, and find solutions for their own schools or system,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Educators who learn about the Educator Effectiveness System at this education conference will see a real, practical solution already impacting teachers and students across the nation.” 

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July 1st, 2013

School Improvement Innovation Summit Brings Together National Leaders in Education

SALT LAKE CITY — July 2, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013, the third annual summit of the nation’s leading education thought-leaders to share the innovations that are increasing educator effectiveness and raising student achievement in schools and systems across the nation. The Summit draws educators from state, district and local levels as well as education policy makers and thought leaders at all levels of education and government from every state to discuss and solve the most pressing issues facing education today.

“For the first time since the industrial age, public education is poised for a transformation and innovation is the key to meeting the needs of every learner,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “From personalized learning to the Common Core Standards, education leaders are using technology and innovation to boost student achievement and educator effectiveness, and they come to the School Improvement Innovation Summit to show how they’re doing it.”

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July 1st, 2013

Get the Newest Math Teaching Strategies

SALT LAKE CITY—July 2, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and teaching strategies, today released new resources for math teaching strategies in the weekly publication, Strategy of the Week. The teaching strategies outline math tasks, a method of teaching student problem solving in math.

“Giving teachers access to the best teaching strategies is essential to ensure that students are being taught with the best educator practices in the classroom,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These new teaching strategies on math tasks give educators the explanations, examples and support resources they need to implement the best possible math teaching strategies and make a real impact on student achievement.”

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June 27th, 2013

Get the System for Increasing Student Achievement and Educator Effectiveness at the 2013 Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—June 27, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources for increasing student achievement, today announced an exhibit of the Educator Effectiveness System at the 2013 Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Conference, July 14-17 in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The Educator Effectiveness System is a holistic solution for increasing student achievement and educator effectiveness currently used by thousands of schools across North America.

“Increasing student achievement and helping students master the skills and standards they need to be college and career ready is a hallmark of a truly effective educator,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Our Educator Effectiveness System gives teachers and administrators the tools they need for increasing student achievement while simultaneously growing as professional educators. At the 2013 Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Conference, participants can see how this systemic approach is not only increasing student achievement through more effective teaching, but making real steps towards preparing 100 percent of students for college and career.”

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June 19th, 2013

See Real Examples of Common Core in the Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY—June 20, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in Common Core and educator effectiveness resources, today announces new video segments as part of the “Common Core in the Classroom” series within Common Core 360, School Improvement Network’s tool for helping all educators understand and apply the Common Core Standards.

“’Common Core in the Classroom’ was designed to give educators real examples of Common Core in practice to help them implement the Common Core Standards in their own classrooms,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Within Common Core 360’s library of resources, educators receive real examples of Common Core implementation together with the support materials and resources they need to implement the Common Core.”

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June 19th, 2013

See the System for Educator Effectiveness at the 2013 Washington Association of School Administrators and Association of Washington School Principals Conference 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—June 20, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exhibit of the Educator Effectiveness System at the 2013 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Summer Conference, June 23-25 in Spokane, Wash. The Educator Effectiveness System is a holistic solution for increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement used by thousands of schools across North America currently use the Educator Effectiveness System.

“We have developed the Educator Effectiveness System after over 21 years of researching and documenting the best practices in education,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “At the 2013 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference, educators will see how the Educator Effectiveness System’s holistic support gives educators the resources they need to be effective, along with the Educator Effectiveness System’s network of nearly one million educators nationwide to collaborate about educator effectiveness in real time. In the cause of preparing 100 percent of students for college and career, a holistic system like the Educator Effectiveness System is vital.”

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June 19th, 2013

Strategy of the Week Student-Centered Learning

SALT LAKE CITY—June 20, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new strategy for student-centered learning, an instructional model that allows students to take ownership for their own learning. The strategy for student-centered learning, released in the weekly publication Strategy of the Week, shows the process of building and maintaining a successful student-centered learning community.

“Student-centered learning is key to preparing students with the skills they need to be college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “By focusing learning on student pace and progress, student-centered learning puts students at the center of their education, helping them engage more actively in the learning process and making all subjects more relevant to them by focusing education on student learning rather than teaching to a test.”

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June 13th, 2013

InTASC Uses School Improvement Network’s E-Reader Platform, LumiBook to Release New Teaching Standards

SALT LAKE CITY – June 13, 2013 – School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), today announced the release of updated teaching standards joined with learning progressions for each standard for all educators K-12 by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). The updated InTASC teaching standards and learning progressions, designed to build a common skill set and knowledge base among educators of all grades and subjects, are published on School Improvement Network’s LumiBook, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources.

LumiBook blends e-reader, web and social media environments, allowing users to engage with the author and with other readers, comment, share, and build discussions within LumiBook. Through LumiBook, educators nationwide will be able to access the InTASC standards and progressions and collaborate in real time to share strategies for addressing each teaching standard and standards for student achievement. The updated InTASC standards and progressions will be the fifth LumiBook published.

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June 12th, 2013

School Improvement Network Unveils Holistic System for Increasing Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement at Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—June 13, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exclusive exhibit at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference, July 9-11 in Oklahoma City. As part of their exhibit, School Improvement Network will showcase the Educator Effectiveness System, a holistic solution for increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement currently in place in schools across North America.

“Our exhibit at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference shows the essence of what educators need to increase educator effectiveness and make real gains in student achievement,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “Independent research since 2008 has verified the impact of the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System on helping to make educators more effective toward preparing 100 percent of students for college and career. That is our cause, and at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference, we will present the system to make that vision a reality.”

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June 12th, 2013

See How to Motivate Students and Increase Student Achievement with Real-Time Response to Intervention Data and Student Assessments

SALT LAKE CITY—June 13, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today released a new strategy for increasing student achievement and student motivation through response to intervention data and data-based decisions in Strategy of the Week, a weekly publication highlighting the most innovative and impactful practices in education for increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement. The strategy, available to all educators through the Strategy of the Week blog, shows real educators mentoring student progress using response to intervention data, and sharing this data with students to increase student motivation.

“Helping students take ownership of their education is a key component of educator effectiveness and essential to getting 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “By thoroughly analyzing response to intervention data to make data-based decisions and sharing it with students, educators can motivate students to engage in their education by tracking their own progress and setting benchmarks and goals. Using this response to intervention data will increase educator effectiveness, as well as create real gains in student achievement.”

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June 6th, 2013

Get the Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Achievement from Real Educators

SALT LAKE CITY—June 6, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar recording showing the leading teaching strategies from classrooms across the world to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.

“Giving educators a forum to share the practices and teaching strategies that are boosting student achievement in their classrooms helps tap into some of education’s greatest experts by highlighting truly effective educators in action,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “In webinars like our new teaching strategies series, educators have invaluable access to strategies that are vetted and proven by their peers in classrooms across the country, giving them some of education’s best insights for student success.”

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June 6th, 2013

School Improvement Network to Showcase Educator Effectiveness System for Increasing Student Achievement at Arkansas ASCD Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—June 6, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exclusive exhibit at the Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference, June 9-12. As part of their exhibit, School Improvement Network will showcase the Educator Effectiveness System, which is currently improving educator effectiveness and boosting student achievement in schools across the state of Arkansas.  

“We are very proud to be a part of the Arkansas ASCD Conference this year and present what 21 years of research in thousands of classrooms have showed us are the crucial components to driving student achievement and educator effectiveness,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “Increasing educator effectiveness is the single greatest measure that will impact student success and make 100 percent of students college and career ready by the time they graduate from my high school. That’s the vision we will bring to this conference, along with the tools and resources to make it happen.”

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June 5th, 2013

Make End-of-Year Reporting Easy with New Observation Tool

SALT LAKE CITY—June 6, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced new reporting capabilities that give administrators unprecedented access to observation data and reporting through Observation 360.

“To truly foster educator effectiveness and spur growth, teacher observations and evaluations must be about more than just compliance,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “By giving administrators access to observation data in connection to templates for measuring results over time and other resources that stimulate continued growth, Observation 360’s reporting capabilities give administrators the tools they need to support their educators towards becoming as effective as possible and having tangible impacts on student achievement.”

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May 29th, 2013

Get the Tools that Make School Turnaround a Science

SALT LAKE CITY—May 30, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced an exclusive opportunity for educators to preview the Educator Effectiveness System, a K-12 solution that has spurred school turnaround, student achievement and educator effectiveness in schools across North America.   

“To maximize educator effectiveness and impact on students, educators must have systemic support that incorporates evaluations and observations with personalized professional learning and Common Core implementation,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Educator Effectiveness System is the only system with robust support for every phase of the teaching experience, with resources for everything from building a lesson plan to interventions with students.”

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May 29th, 2013

Get the Top Common Core Resources Free

SALT LAKE CITY—May 30, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces new and expanded access to research-proven Common Core resources from education thought leaders on its Common Core Blog. The blog, written by professional writers and former teachers, includes new insights, explanations and resources for implementing the Common Core Standards along with tools from Common Core 360, the industry’s most comprehensive product for Common Core implementation.

“If implemented well, the Common Core Standards can make a huge impact towards making 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Educators need access to the best possible resources to understand the Standards and apply them effectively. The Common Core Blog’s comprehensive support resources for Common Core content help teachers in their mission to be effective with the standards. “

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May 22nd, 2013

See the Teaching Strategies Real Educators Say Work

SALT LAKE CITY—May 22, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar featuring the leading teaching strategies from classrooms across the world to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.

“Many of the best teaching strategies for increasing student achievement and educator effectiveness are already being used in classrooms across the world by some of education’s most talented and experienced educators,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Sharing these teaching strategies through collaborative efforts like webinars such as these connect educators with one another as directly as possible. This is one of the most effective ways to disseminate these successful teaching strategies and foster student success.”

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May 22nd, 2013

See Common Core Expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ Strategy for Common Core Assessments of Student Work

SALT LAKE CITY—May 22, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar recording with Common Core expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs on the best practices for examining student work and assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards.

“If implemented correctly, the Common Core Standards have the potential to make unprecedented progress in helping 100 percent of students be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “For the Standards to make a real impact on students, educators need effective ways of using Common Core assessments to measure student progress and mastery. As one of the leading experts on the Common Core Standards, Dr. Jacobs’ insights and strategies for Common Core assessments of student work are a valuable addition to any educator.”

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May 15th, 2013

See the Science of the Sudden School Turnaround

SALT LAKE CITY—May 16, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new case study showing how a rural South Carolina district raised math scores 15% and language arts scores 10% with the Educator Effectiveness System.

“A school turnaround does not have to take years,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “With the right tools and resources and proper implementation, schools can see dramatic increases in educator effectiveness and student achievement in a single year. The Educator Effectiveness System has a long track record of research proving again and again that educators who use it as a comprehensive solution for professional learning, observations, evaluations and Common Core implementation see an increase in educator effectiveness, and consequently, real gains in student achievement.”

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May 15th, 2013

School Improvement Network CEO Chet Linton Named Chairman of Utah Technology Council

SALT LAKE CITY—May 16, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced that CEO and President Chet Linton was named the new chairman of the board for the Utah Technology Council, an organization dedicated to fostering growth of Utah’s technology companies and developing a high quality workforce.  

“It is an honor to be named chairman of the Utah Technology Council,” said Mr. Linton. “Technology and innovation are key components of today’s economy, and just as vital in education. As the great equalizer in education, technology in education has the power to connect students and educators through resources never before within their reach, broadening students’ world beyond their own classroom walls and giving educators unprecedented access to tools for engaging students in 21st century learning to prepare them for college and a meaningful career.”

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May 13th, 2013

Get the Best Common Core Assessments from Common Core Expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs

SALT LAKE CITY—May 14, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar with Common Core expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs on the best practices for examining student work and assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards.

“Properly assessing students’ mastery of the Common Core Standards is vital for each student to graduate ready for college and career,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “As one of the nation’s leading experts in the Common Core Standards, Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ insights into assessments mapped to the Common Core as a measure of student progress are a valuable resource for any educator working to effectively measure student progress or implement the Common Core Standards.”

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May 8th, 2013

Get the Tool that Moves Educators from Zero to Common Core Mastery in a Single Year

SALT LAKE CITY—May 9, 2011—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a premier free trial for Common Core 360, the comprehensive training tool that moves educators from a basic knowledge of the Common Core Standards to mastery in a single year.

“Proper implementation of the Common Core is essential in ensuring 100 percent of students master the standards and graduate college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Common Core 360 gives educators the holistic, robust support they need to implement the Common Core with fidelity, maximize teacher effectiveness and impact student achievement in a positive way.” 

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May 8th, 2013

School Improvement Network Winner of SIIA Education CODiE Award for Educational Technology

SALT LAKE CITY—May 8, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today announced that PD 360 Mobile was named winner of the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Award for educational technology in the category Best Educational Use of a Mobile Device. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries that showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and honor excellence in corporate achievement.

“We are very pleased for this honor and recognition of our educational technology resources that are impacting thousands of educators and their students nationwide,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “Technology is the great equalizer in education, and dissolves many physical and financial barriers to educator effectiveness and student achievement. PD 360 Mobile is a powerful piece of education technology that is bringing educators in every state the resources they need to support their growth and make a real impact on ensuring 100 percent of their students become college and career ready.” 

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May 1st, 2013

Innovations High School Principal Ken Grover to Speak on Revolutionizing College and Career Readiness at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—May 2, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that Innovations High School Principal Ken Grover will show his revolutionary model for college and career readiness through 21st century learning at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013.

“Technology must be a fundamental component of education to prepare students for 21st century jobs,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “It allows personalized and self-directed learning as never before possible, and connects students to previously unreachable resources that make it possible for students to graduate better prepared for college and career than ever before. At the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013, Ken Grover will share some of these innovative school improvement methods and demonstrate the impact technology is having on student success and learning.”

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May 1st, 2013

Blue Ribbon School Principal to Share Secret for Getting Every Student on Grade Level by Second Grade at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—May 2, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that Principal Tammy Davis will show how her school ensures every student is on grade level by second grade with a student body of almost entirely Title 1 and ELL students at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013.

“We are pleased that Tammy Davis will be sharing her valuable insights at the School Improvement Innovation Summit this year,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In our cause of making 100 percent of students ready for college and career, we take very seriously the charge to propel all students to succeed, including Title 1 and minority students. Central Elementary’s use of personalized learning and support for both students and teachers can serve as a model for other schools and educators struggling with student achievement and teacher effectiveness.”

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April 24th, 2013

See How an Urban Utah Elementary School Closed the Achievement Gap, Increased Reading Proficiency Among Minority Students and Increased Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY—April 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness, today announced the release of a new case study detailing how a large, urban elementary school in Utah closed the achievement gap with minority students and increased reading proficiency among ELL students with the Educator Effectiveness System.

The Educator Effectiveness System delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers, and as a result experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30 percent in a single year and closing the achievement gap against other schools. The tools within the Educator Effectiveness System are also proven to have specific impact in helping Title 1 schools and students close the achievement gap and overcome obstacles to student achievement.

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April 23rd, 2013

School Improvement Network Chosen as 2013 Best of State Winner for Educational Institution or Service

SALT LAKE CITY—April 25, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness, today announced that it was named winner of the 2013 Best of State award for Educational Institution or Service.

“We are honored to be chosen a Best of State winner for our work in improving education throughout the United States and North America,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In our cause of making 100 percent of students college and career ready through helping every teacher become effective, we are pleased to be recognized for raising the quality of life for Utah citizens and using innovation to reach new levels of achievement. As our vision of “every teacher effective and every student ready” becomes a reality, this contribution to society will continue to grow and have a tangible effect in states and cities well beyond Utah’s borders, ultimately impacting the nation as a whole.”

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April 23rd, 2013

See How a Teacher Observation Model Developed by California Educators Deepens Teacher Effectiveness and Maximizes Student Performance

SALT LAKE CITY—April 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar showing a model for teacher observations and evaluations developed and refined by real educators that maximizes student achievement and growth and deepens teacher effectiveness and practice, April 30 at 2 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time.

“Teachers are the creators of the workforce,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “If they are to prepare 100 percent of our students for college and a meaningful career, they must have the tools and resources they need to support their continued growth and development as educators. Teacher observations and evaluations can be a very beneficial part of this process if, instead of merely giving teachers a grade, they connect educators to the resources and support they need to grow and improve.” 

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April 23rd, 2013

See How a Teacher Observation Model Developed by California Educators Deepens Teacher Effectiveness and Maximizes Student Performance

SALT LAKE CITY—April 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar showing a model for teacher observations and evaluations developed and refined by real educators that maximizes student achievement and growth and deepens teacher effectiveness and practice, April 30 at 2 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time.

“Teachers are the creators of the workforce,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “If they are to prepare 100 percent of our students for college and a meaningful career, they must have the tools and resources they need to support their continued growth and development as educators. Teacher observations and evaluations can be a very beneficial part of this process if, instead of merely giving teachers a grade, they connect educators to the resources and support they need to grow and improve.” 

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April 23rd, 2013

School Improvement Network Chosen as 2013 Best of State Winner for Educational Institution or Service

SALT LAKE CITY—April 25, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness, today announced that it was named winner of the 2013 Best of State award for Educational Institution or Service.

“We are honored to be chosen a Best of State winner for our work in improving education throughout the United States and North America,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In our cause of making 100 percent of students college and career ready through helping every teacher become effective, we are pleased to be recognized for raising the quality of life for Utah citizens and using innovation to reach new levels of achievement. As our vision of “every teacher effective and every student ready” becomes a reality, this contribution to society will continue to grow and have a tangible effect in states and cities well beyond Utah’s borders, ultimately impacting the nation as a whole.”

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April 17th, 2013

School Improvement Network’s EdSync Chosen as Finalist in 2013 EdTech Digest Awards Program for Social and Academic Networking

SALT LAKE CITY—April 18, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that EdSync, their online community of nearly one million educators, has been chosen as a finalist in the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards.

“We are very pleased to have been named finalists in the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards for EdSync,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Hundreds of truly effective educators are currently teaching in classrooms across the nation, but only the educators immediately surrounding them get the benefit of seeing how they teach, asking them questions and sharing resources with them. 

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April 17th, 2013

School Improvement Network’s ‘Mapping to the Core’ on the LumiBook Platform Named Finalist in 2013 EdTech Digest Awards Program

SALT LAKE CITY—April 18, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that “Mapping to the Core” on the LumiBook platform was named a finalist in the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards program.

LumiBook is a highly interactive, cloud-based e-reading platform that allows readers and authors to share and collaborate in online communities to develop ideas and form new content. Authors can then instantly update their books to incorporate these new ideas.

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April 15th, 2013

School Improvement Network Named Finalist in Utah Innovation Awards 2013 for New E-Reading Platform, LumiBook

SALT LAKE CITY—April 16, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced they are a finalist in the Utah Innovation Awards 2013 for LumiBook, a highly interactive, cloud-based e-reading platform that allows readers and authors to share and collaborate in online communities to develop ideas and form new content.

With LumiBook, authors can also instantly update their books to incorporate new ideas from reader comments. 

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April 10th, 2013

School Improvement Network Launches First Ever E-Reader Platform for Educator Resources

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – April 11, 2013 – School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources, today announced the launch of LumiBook, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources. LumiBook blends the best of e-reader and social media environments to create the most robust user experience available, allowing users to engage with the author, comment, share, build discussions and upload video and text content within the LumiBook itself. School Improvement Network’s third LumiBook, Global Education Study: Six drivers of Student Success is available beginning April 11, 2013.

Identifying a need in its professional development community of more than 900,000 educators nationwide, and recognizing a lack of any product currently at market that leveraged both social and e-reader capabilities, School Improvement Network built a proprietary platform that filled that need. 

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April 9th, 2013

Education Thought Leader Chet Linton to Speak at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—April 10, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network and national education thought leader and commentator, will speak at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013, July 8-9 in Salt Lake City on innovative solutions driving school improvement.

“Innovation at every level is key to school improvement and ensuring that our students—our workforce— graduate college and career ready,” Linton said. “Educators need a robust system that integrates tools, support, processes and professional learning relevant to their specific position to support their continued growth towards becoming as effective as possible. With systematic, holistic support through innovative technology solutions, we can make every teacher effective and every student ready for college and a meaningful career.”

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April 9th, 2013

School Improvement Expert Curtis Linton to Present at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—April 10, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that Curtis Linton, executive vice president of School Improvement Network, will present real personal learning solutions that are improving schools at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013.

“The key to fundamentally re-engineering our schools is to personalize the learning and support provided to students and educators alike,” Linton said. “Innovative personalized learning will enable students to learn at their own pace and master skills and proficiencies under the guidance of teachers who act as facilitators rather than instructors.”

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April 4th, 2013

Glenn Singleton to Speak at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013 on Courageous Conversations About Race to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Student Performance

SALT LAKE CITY—April 4, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that Glenn Singleton, president of Pacific Educational Group, will speak at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013 on courageous conversations about race to empower systematic reform within schools and systems.

“We are very pleased to be having Glenn Singleton join us for the School Improvement Innovation Summit this year,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Creating an environment where all students and educators can thrive is a struggle for schools across the nation, yet it is fundamental to making every teacher effective and every student college and career ready. Summit attendees who participate in Mr. Singleton’s presentation will gain valuable insights on how to bridge these difficulties in their own schools and systems to create an environment where all educators and students can perform at their best.”

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April 3rd, 2013

Curriculum Mapping Institute 2013 Offers Innovative Approach to Integrating Curriculum to Common Core Standards with Expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs

SALT LAKE CITY—April 4, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces that registration is now open for the Curriculum Mapping Institute 2013 with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and other Common Core thought leaders at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013, July 10-11 in Salt Lake City.

“Effectively integrating curriculum with the Common Core Standards is vital to successful implementation of the Common Core and increasing student achievement,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The Curriculum Mapping Institute with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and the other Common Core experts gives attendees the opportunity for individualized attention to cater to their unique school or system situation and seamlessly integrate with the Common Core State Standards.”

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March 28th, 2013

Can School Closures Solve Budget Shortfalls?

SALT LAKE CITY—March 27, 2013—Can school closures solve education budget shortfalls? A new Voices of Education survey by School Improvement Network is finding out what educators think about school closures across the country, and how closing schools impacts students and teachers.

Educators who participate in the “School Closures” survey will automatically be entered to win a free Kindle Fire!

 

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March 27th, 2013

Conference Exhibit Showcases Educator Effectiveness System to Increase Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement at National Catholic Education Association 2013 Conference in Houston

SALT LAKE CITY—March 28, 2013—School Improvement Network, the world’s leading educator effectiveness company, today announces an exclusive exhibit at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Conference 2013 on research-proven methods for boosting educator effectiveness and student achievement, in Houston, Texas, April 2-5.

The conference exhibit will feature the Educator Effectiveness System, a system to improve teacher practice, coupled with tools to drive that process. 

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March 21st, 2013

School Improvement Network Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Educational Technology Award

SALT LAKE CITY—March 21, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today announced that PD 360 Mobile was named a finalist for the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Educational Use of a Mobile Device. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education and Software.

“We are very pleased for this outside recognition of our educational technology resources,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Providing educators the support they need to be truly effective in preparing students for college and career is of pivotal importance. These awards for education technology are a reassurance that we are part of a quality solution to help educators in a highly scalable way.”

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March 20th, 2013

School Improvement Network Releases New Research Linking Dramatic Increases in Student Achievement and Professional Learning Delivered On Demand

Salt Lake City—March 20, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today announced new, independent research linking student achievement and teacher effectiveness to on-demand professional learning. Importantly, results indicate that when teachers are highly-engaged in on-demand professional learning, student achievement increases dramatically. The research also shows a link between educator engagement in professional learning with a reduction in dropout rates and student discipline issues and an increase in teacher retention. The findings were presented today in Washington, D.C. at an event focused on building teacher effectiveness through professional learning.

These findings represent one of the first pieces of research analyzing the connection between student achievement and professional learning. Results are groundbreaking for public education as the study shows there is now a working model for driving student achievement that is affordable and scalable for all schools and systems.

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March 13th, 2013

School Improvement Innovation Summit to Draw Education Thought Leaders and Innovators to Share Secrets for Improving Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY — March 14, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the leader in improving student achievement by creating more effective educators, today announces the education thought leaders who will present at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013, July 8-9 in Salt Lake City.

“Innovation in education is critical to meeting the needs of every learner and making sure every student graduates from high school ready for college or a meaningful career,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “From personalized learning to the Common Core Standards, education leaders are using technology and innovation to boost student achievement and educator effectiveness, and they come to the School Improvement Innovation Summit to show how they’re doing it.”

 
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March 13th, 2013

See the Research-Proven System to Increase Educator Effectiveness and Implement the Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — March 14, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the world’s leading educator effectiveness company, today announces an exclusive exhibit at the CUE Annual Conference on Education Technology on the system research proven to increase educator effectiveness and effectively implement the Common Core Standards, in Palm Springs, California, March 14-16. 

The conference exhibit will feature the Educator Effectiveness System, a system to improve teacher practice coupled with tools to drive that process.

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March 13th, 2013

See How Real Administrators Are Using Professional Learning to Increase Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY — March 14, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces a webinar featuring school administrators discussing the positive impact of PD 360’s professional learning on student achievement in their schools and systems Tuesday, March 19.

“We’ve been measuring the impact of PD 360 and personalized professional learning on student achievement since 2008,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “The study samples and dates have changed, but the results are consistent: Educators who use PD 360 see visible, often dramatic, gains in student achievement in direct correlation with the amount of time they spend in PD 360. It’s part of the formula for educator effectiveness and student success.”

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March 6th, 2013

School Improvement Network to Exhibit Educator Effectiveness System for Raising Student Achievement at Tennessee Special Education Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—March 7, 2013—School Improvement Network, the world's leading educator effectiveness company, today announces an invitation from the Deputy Commissioner with Special Education for the state of Tennessee to exhibit at the Tennessee Special Education Conference March 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn. As part of their exhibit, School Improvement Network will showcase the Educator Effectiveness System, which is currently improving educator effectiveness and boosting student achievement in schools across the state of Tennessee.  

“We are thrilled to have been invited by the Deputy Commissioner with Special Education to exhibit at this conference,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “Educator effectiveness is the single most important initiative for driving student achievement and helping 100 percent of students become college and career ready. That’s the vision we will bring to this conference, along with the tools and resources to make it happen.” 

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March 6th, 2013

Conference Exhibit Reveals Research Proven System to Increase Educator Effectiveness and Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY—March 7, 2013—School Improvement Network, the world’s leading educator effectiveness company, today announces an exclusive exhibit at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education on research-proven methods for boosting educator effectiveness and student achievement, in Louisville, Kentucky, March 13-15. 

The conference exhibit will feature the Educator Effectiveness System, a system to improve teacher practice coupled with tools to drive that process.

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March 4th, 2013

Elevate Student Achievement and Educator Effectiveness with the Newest Instructional Strategies

SALT LAKE CITY—March 5, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and instructional strategies resources, will unveil the strategy shown to increase student achievement and comprehension in a free webinar Thursday, March 14.

“In order for every student to graduate college and career ready, it’s vital educators implement the very best instructional strategies possible,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “After 21 years documenting the best practices in education, we’ve seen those strategies firsthand, and will show how to replicate them in any classroom to student achievement and educator effectiveness in unpredicted ways.”

 
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February 28th, 2013

See the System Driving Student Achievement by Increasing Educator Effectiveness and Implementing the Common Core at South Carolina ASCD Spring Conference

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb. 28, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announces an exclusive exhibit on the Educator Effectiveness System at the South Carolina ASCD Spring Conference in Columbia, March 8.

“Increasing Educator Effectiveness is key to both successfully implementing the Common Core and improving student achievement,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and President. “The Educator Effectiveness System we will showcase at the South Carolina ASCD Spring Conference gives educators tools proven to improve student performance, and make 100 percent of students ready for college and career when they graduate from high school.”

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February 28th, 2013

Rural Louisiana District Closes Achievement Gap, Increases Teacher Effectiveness with PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 28, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources for closing the achievement gap, today releases a case study documenting dramatic increases in student achievement correlated with PD 360 usage in a Louisiana school district.

“Increasing educator effectiveness and closing the achievement gap are vital to making sure 100 percent of students graduate college and career ready,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and president. “As an integral part of the Educator Effectiveness System, PD 360 is a proven tool for showing educators best practices, and giving them the resources to implement those practices to bolster student performance.”

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February 26th, 2013

School Improvement Network Releases Results of Guns & School Safety Survey

SALT LAKE CITY — February 27, 2013 — School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today released the results of the company’s latest national survey titled, “Guns and School Safety.”  More than 10,600 K-12 educators responded, revealing a consensus of educator sentiment about how safe schools are in light of the recent Sandy Hook shooting, and what should be done to ensure student and educator safety.

“Creating a safe environment where students can learn is vital to their success,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Educators are experts in their field and while there is a great deal of discussion in political and legislative arenas, we were concerned that educators had not been represented in the conversation. As experts, we need educators to weigh in on how they see school safety and what measures make sense to them. It is important to provide a way for educators’ voices to be heard.”

 

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February 19th, 2013

How to Become a More Effective Teacher

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 19, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announces new updates to PD 360, the leading platform for online professional development for educators. These new updates give educators faster and more holistic observation feedback and peer collaboration.

“Peer collaboration is vital to fostering and empowering effective educators,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The new enhancements to PD 360 will enable its already massive community of 900,000 educators nationwide to share the practices and methods that are engaging students in meaningful ways, and having a positive, measurable impact on student achievement.”

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February 13th, 2013

See How the Common Core Standards Progress from Kindergarten to Graduation

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 13, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announces the first complete view of the Common Core Standards learning progression from kindergarten to high school graduation. Through their “Common Core in the Classroom” series, School Improvement Network has documented a single ELA and math standard continuously as it progresses through each grade. This program shows the learning progression of the Standards, and the impact they’re having on preparing students for college and career.

“It is vital that educators be able to understand and envision the progressive nature of the Common Core Standards,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network president and CEO. “This new program shows that progression, and how each standard builds upon itself year after year, continuing until students have developed the skillset they need to start college or a meaningful career.”

 

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February 6th, 2013

School Improvement Network to Unveil Research-Proven Method for Increasing Educator Effectiveness and Implementing Common Core Standards at Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 6, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and Common Core resources, today announces they will present an exclusive look at the Educator Effectiveness System at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition (TCEA) in Austin, February 6-8.

“Educator effectiveness is the only initiative that will successfully implement the Common Core, elevate educators and make 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Just giving evaluations is not enough. Educators need to be connected to a holistic system to spur and track growth. The Educator Effectiveness System puts educators and administrators into a research-proven process for making their educators as effective as possible and making dramatic gains in student achievement.”

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February 6th, 2013

School Improvement Network Collaborates with Pearson; Brings Together Two Powerhouse Education Technology Companies

SALT LAKE CITY—Feb. 7, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, and Pearson, the global leader in education and technology, today announced a partnership that joins the two market leaders in instructional improvement analytics and research-proven professional development tools. Together, these companies work with more than half of America’s schools providing comprehensive resources for administrators and teachers.

The partnership will bring Schoolnet clients across the country an instructional improvement system with integrated professional development content. Specifically designed to connect educators to research-proven educator effectiveness resources, the new integration will include School Improvement Network’s award-winning PD 360 library, an ever-growing collection of resources including over 2,000 video segments showing best practices in education from classrooms across the country, inside Pearson’s Schoolnet, an instructional improvement system integrating instructional management and educator development. Together, this integration will provide best practice examples and research information for teachers and administrators. 

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January 30th, 2013

Curriculum Mapping Institute with Heidi Hayes Jacobs Shows How to Align Curriculum to Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan 31, 2013—School Improvement Network today announces registration for the Curriculum Mapping Institute with renowned Common Core expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs is now open. The Institute shows how to map any school curriculum to the Common Core Standards through personalized, hands-on workshops led by Jacobs, Bena Kallick, Ann Johnson, and other Common Core experts.

“It is vital that educators feel confident in their understanding of the Common Core Standards and their ability to align their current curriculum to them,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The Curriculum Mapping Institute with Heidi Hayes Jacobs is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for educators to work personally with one of the leading experts in Common Core, and map their local school’s curriculum to the Standards to ensure that every student graduates college and career ready.”

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January 30th, 2013

Why Even Kindergartners Need the Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan. 31, 2013 —School Improvement Network, the leader in Common Core and educator effectiveness resources, is showing what real educators are saying about the impact the new Common Core Standards are having on kindergarten students.

In a newly released webinar recording, Carol Stafford, a kindergarten teacher at Altruria Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, reveals the secret to engaging kindergartners with the Math and English Language Arts Common Core Standards.

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January 29th, 2013

Top Education Experts and Thought Leaders Gather with Innovations for Improving Education at School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan 30, 2013—School Improvement Network is pleased to announce the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2013 registration is now open. The Innovation Summit brings hundreds of educators nationwide and education’s leading experts together to discuss the innovations that are driving student achievement and educator effectiveness across the country.

“Experts and thought leaders all over the world are using innovation to make educators more effective and students better prepared for college and career,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “This Innovation Summit brings these leaders together, along with hundreds of administrators and teachers, to infuse the best educational innovations for driving educator effectiveness and student achievement.”

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January 24th, 2013

See How a Rural Wyoming School District Closed the Achievement Gap and Increased Student Proficiency by 19 Percent

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 24, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources for closing the achievement gap, announces today a new case study showing a Wyoming school district that closed the achievement gap and surpassed other districts in the state through School Improvement Network’s PD 360.

“PD 360 is an essential part of the Educator Effectiveness System, and a research-proven tool for increasing teacher effectiveness and student outcomes,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Through documenting the best practices in education for 21 years in thousands of classrooms across the nation, we’ve created a resource that research shows over and over not only closes the achievement gap, but reverses it.” 

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January 22nd, 2013

Should Teachers Carry Guns in School?

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 23, 2013—Should teachers carry guns in school? A new “Voices of Education” survey by School Improvement Network is finding out what educators think about guns in school, armed guards, and whether or not schools are safe. 

Educators who participate in the “Guns in School” survey will automatically be entered to win a free Kindle Fire!

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January 17th, 2013

eSchool News Features Observation 360 as Leading Tool in Creating Effective Teachers Through Teacher Observations

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan. 17, 2013—A recently released eSchool news article shows how School Improvement Network’s Observation 360 stacks up against other teacher observation products by making observations professional growing experiences that increase teacher effectiveness.

“If done correctly, teacher observations can be extremely helpful in a teacher’s professional development and growth,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “To do this, observations must help teachers identify what they’re doing well, ways they can do better, and connect them with the resources and mentoring to improve in those ways. They need to see examples and they need guidance. Observation 360 makes those connections between teachers, administrators and professional development resources to make every observation a step towards more effective teaching.”

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January 17th, 2013

See How the Nation’s Leading Educators Are Implementing the Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY—Jan 17, 2013—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and Common Core resources, releases new footage showing effective teachers teaching the new Math and English Language Arts Common Core Standards.

“If properly implemented, the Common Core Standards can be a great tool in helping 100 percent of students leave high school college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “It’s vital for educators to see effective educators implementing these standards so they can do the same in their own classrooms. Common Core 360 and the Common Core videos show the best practices in Common Core implementation from around the country to help teachers understand and apply the Standards as effectively as possible.”

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December 12th, 2012

What Is the Biggest Source of Stress for Educators?

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 13, 2012 —Educators who participate in School Improvement Network’s “Voices of Education” one-question education survey about sources of professional stress will be entered into a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire!

The education survey asks educators, “What are your top three sources of professional stress?”

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December 12th, 2012

School Improvement Network Awarded 2012 Best Companies to Work For by Utah Business Magazine

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 13, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, announced today that it was awarded “2012 Best Companies to Work For,” by Utah Business magazine. The education company was chosen based on employee feedback about company benefits, culture and lifestyle.

“We are very pleased to be named by both Utah Business magazine and our employees as one of the best companies to work for,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Our company is dedicated at every level to making sure 100 percent of students become college and career ready. From management to new hires, we all believe in this cause, and the importance our work has in the lives of students in the 14,000 schools we work with.”

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December 10th, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton Keynotes Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 11, 2012 School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources, today announced its CEO and President, Chet Linton, keynoted this year’s Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012 in Prague. The conference brings together world experts in technology and innovation in the classroom with more than 80 countries represented. Business leaders, educators and government officials participated in the global event, held November 28 to December 1. 

“Technology is the great equalizer in education,” said Linton. “It is the single most scalable, influential tool educators have and it is key to the development and improvement of education systems worldwide. Every single educator and administrator should have implementation plans and best practices for bringing technology into the classroom as a focus for 2013. There is no other opportunity as significant as that posed by the right technology in the classroom to boost teacher effectiveness and student achievement. It has been an honor to be part of the Partners in Learning Global Forum and join educators from around the world dedicated to improving education through technology.”

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December 6th, 2012

School Improvement Network Presents System for Teacher Effectiveness and Implementing the Common Core Standards, Collaborates with Education Experts at Learning Forward 2012 Annual Conference

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 6, 2012—School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness tools and resources for implementing the Common Core Standards, today announces that presenters showed the educator effectiveness system with strategies for increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement by as much as 30 percent during the Learning Forward 2012 Annual Conference in Boston, December 1-5. The company’s presenters also interviewed and collaborated with the nation’s most renowned education thought leaders on the most pressing issues in education and the newest strategies for making students college and career ready.  

“The Learning Forward 2012 Annual Conference was a great success,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “It was an opportunity to give educators data-driven solutions for increasing teacher effectiveness and resources for implementing the Common Core Standards. The feedback and insights we received while collaborating with some of the most knowledgeable thought leaders in education will be included in our products as we continue to focus on the best practices in education.” 

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December 4th, 2012

District Professional Development Director Reveals Secret to Teacher Effectiveness and Higher Student Outcomes

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 4, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources, will host educators showing how in-class cameras can bolster teacher effectiveness in a free webinar on Wednesday, December 12. 

“Teacher effectiveness is the single most critical component to both increasing student achievement and ensuring that all students graduate college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “In-class cameras can help educators improve by providing immediate and relevant feedback.”

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December 4th, 2012

PD 360 Named Winner in Reader’s Choice Top 100 Products for 2012 by District Administration Magazine for Providing Professional Development for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 4, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in professional development for teachers and teacher effectiveness resources, today announces that PD 360 was chosen by administrators nationwide as a winner of District Administration Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2012. 

“We are honored to have been voted by educators as one of the most valuable resources in education in schools and districts across the country,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “PD 360 is helping thousands of educators across the nation by providing them with personalized, professional development for teachers, and connecting them to a network of over 900,000 educators nationwide.”

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November 29th, 2012

School Improvement Network to Showcase How to Successfully Implement the Common Core Standards and Foster Teacher Effectiveness at Learning Forward Conference

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 9, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness tools and resources for implementing the Common Core Standards, will showcase the educator effectiveness system with strategies for increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement by as much as 30 percent at the Learning Forward Conference in Boston, December 2-4.

“Teacher effectiveness and finding the right resources for implementing the Common Core Standards are key in getting 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The educator effectiveness system has everything educators need to become as effective as possible, and implement the Common Core Standards to bolster student success.”

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November 29th, 2012

School Improvement Network to Showcase How to Successfully Implement the Common Core Standards and Foster Teacher Effectiveness to Increase Student Outcomes and Educator Satisfaction at Learning Forward Conference

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 29, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness tools and resources for implementing the Common Core Standards, will showcase the educator effectiveness system with strategies for increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement by as much as 30 percent at the Learning Forward Conference in Boston, December 2-4.

“Teacher effectiveness and finding the right resources for implementing the Common Core Standards are key in getting 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The educator effectiveness system has everything educators need to become as effective as possible, and implement the Common Core Standards to bolster student success.”

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November 28th, 2012

Give Your Teachers the Support They Need with In-Class Teacher Observations

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 28, 2012 —School Improvement Network is showing how in-class teacher observations with in-class cameras turn teacher assessments and evaluations into experiences that increase teacher effectiveness and coaching.

On Wednesday, December 12, School Improvement Network is partnering with thereNow, the creators of award-winning in-class teacher observation and camera technology, to present a webinar on how camera use for classroom observation captures best practice, facilitates self-reflection and helps enhance coaching. 

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November 20th, 2012

2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit Unveils Teacher Effectiveness System and Shows Model Classrooms

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 20, 2012 —A new video released by School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources, shows 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit attendees share Summit insights from education experts on teacher effectiveness and model classroom innovation.  

“The 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit was a huge success,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “In just a few short days, educators saw the models for fostering teacher effectiveness and getting every student college and career ready.”

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November 20th, 2012

See the Newest Strategies for Teaching the Common Core Math Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 20, 2012 —To help educators implement the Common Core Math Standards, School Improvement Network is hosting a free webinar showing the newest blended model for effectively implementing the Common Core Math Standards on Tuesday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

“It’s critical that teachers understand the importance and vision of the Common Core Standards and implement them to increase student achievement,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The Common Core Math Standards are especially critical to ensure that all students graduate from high school with a globally competitive skill set.”

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November 14th, 2012

Do Educators Have What They Need to Succeed

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 14, 2012 —Schools and districts spend millions of dollars on teacher resources, but many don’t have the educational professional development they need to help prepare their students for college and career.

Are your professional development needs as an educator being met. Give us your opinion in this ten-question survey and be entered to win a free Kindle Fire HD! The survey ends November 30 when the winner will be announced on Facebook. 

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November 13th, 2012

School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360 Receives Award of Excellence by Tech & Learning Magazine as Outstanding Education Technology

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 13, 2012 —School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360 was named among the top educational technology products by a panel of more than 30 educators for Tech & Learning” magazine. The panel tested over 160 entries, and named Common Core 360 among the most high-quality, high-impact resources available.

“The new Common Core State Standards are key to helping our students leave high school prepared for college and career,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Common Core 360 is everything educators need to understand the Standards, implement them with fidelity and help students make meaningful gains with them.” 

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November 13th, 2012

School Improvement Network’s Interactive LiveBook 360 Named by Tech & Learning Magazine One of Education’s Most Outstanding Technology Products

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 13, 2012 —School Improvement Network’s technology-rich LiveBook 360 was named among the top educational technology products by a panel of more than 30 educators for Tech & Learning magazine. The panel tested over 160 entries, and named LiveBook 360, a dynamic, highly interactive replacement for the ebook, among the most high-quality, high-impact resources available.

“LiveBook 360 is so much more than a static, unchanging ebook,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “The technology is highly interactive, and connects educators to the text, the author and fellow readers in a way never before possible. It’s an essential tool to building better classrooms and teachers through collaboration, and will truly help teachers learn what they need to know in their work of preparing all students for college and career.”

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November 7th, 2012

How to Successfully Implement Common Core Math Standards

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 7, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in Common Core and teacher effectiveness resources, releases the newest method for increasing student learning and achievement in math.

A new 14-part video series on School Improvement Network’s PD 360 shows how implementing the new Common Core Standards with math tasks, a blended model that balances traditional instruction with student-based inquiry, increases student engagement and real-life application. 

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November 7th, 2012

See How Real Teachers Are Implementing the Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 7, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in Common Core and teacher effectiveness resources, will host a free webinar showing how real teachers are implementing the Common Core Math Standards on Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The webinar will feature Kalina Potts, a 4th grade teacher who uses math tasks to teach to Common Core Math Standard 4.OA.3. Potts will show how math tasks have helped her students better analyze word problems and think critically. 

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November 7th, 2012

Get the Best Strategy for Implementing the Common Core Math Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 7, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in Common Core and teacher effectiveness resources, is hosting a free webinar showing the newest blended model for effectively implementing the Common Core Math Standards on Tuesday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

“It’s critical that teachers understand the importance and vision of the Common Core Standards and implement them to increase student achievement,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “These standards are key in our cause of making 100 percent of students college and career ready by the time they finish high school.”

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November 5th, 2012

School Improvement Network’s Observation Tool in PD 360 Empowers Educators in a Massachusetts Public School District with Meaningful Teacher Evaluations, Reports District Administration

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 5, 2012 —A newly released article in education magazine District Administration shows how Medway Public Schools in Massachusetts is using School Improvement Network’s Observation 360 from within PD 360 to personalize teacher evaluations and pair them with individualized professional development.  

“The technological piece becomes critical because we’re dealing with discussions that can affect jobs,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton in the article, “and you need a management system that puts all the information in one place.”

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October 29th, 2012

Does Class Size Impact Student Achievement?

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 29, 2012 —With districts across the nation facing budget cuts and understaffing, more and more students are piling into fewer classrooms. Do larger class sizes negatively impact student achievement?

Give your opinion in this six-question "Voices of Education" survey by School Improvement Network and be automatically entered to win a free Kindle Fire! 

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October 23rd, 2012

School Improvement Network Documents Successful Common Core Implementation in Memphis, The Commercial Appeal Reports

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 23, 2012 —School Improvement Network production crews in Collierville, Tennessee, were highlighted in The Commercial Appeal, a Memphis-based daily newspaper, as the company filmed Memphis educators implementing the Common Core Standards for School Improvement Network’s Common Core 360.

“The Common Core is a freight train coming towards us all,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “These Standards have the potential to help all students graduate college and career ready if educators know how to implement them. Our cause at School Improvement Network is to find the best examples of Common Core in the classroom and incorporate it into our suite of tools that gives educators the resources they need to be truly effective in preparing today’s students for college and career.”

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October 23rd, 2012

Tech & Learning Magazine Says LiveBook 360 Morphs Static eBooks into Interactive Experience

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 23, 2012 —A product review in the September 2012 issue of Tech & Learning magazine praises the LiveBook 360 platform as “so much more than a standard ebook.” Rather than just give an electronic reproduction of a book, the LiveBook 360 platform is an interactive, living book platform that turns the traditional reading experience into an interactive exchange between the reader, award-winning authors and other community members reading the same topics.

“Any high quality text by an internationally recognized expert is impressive,” the article reads, “but when that text grows and changes, and can be supplemented and augmented by the author and the readers, it becomes a learning and teaching tool that is far more effective than the digitalization of a printed text.”

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October 22nd, 2012

What Are the Most Important Issues in Education?

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 22, 2012 —With current legislation, popular movies, and the ever-growing threat of union strikes, it seems that everyone is an expert in education—everyone except for the educators, that is. Decisions are made every day about classrooms, students and schools, but few people ever ask the educators what they think. 

This week’s “Voices of Education” survey by School Improvement Network is out to discover what the real education experts—teachers and administrators who spend every day in the classroom—think. The survey is a single question, asking educators which issues are having the deepest impact in education. Educators who participate will be entered to win a free Kindle Fire.

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October 22nd, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton to Speak at iNACOL Symposium

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 22, 2012 — School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources and training, today announced its CEO and President Chet Linton will speak at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning Virtual School Symposium (iNACOL) that opened in New Orleans this week. Mr. Linton will discuss the student centered education models that have been developed to improve student outcomes in Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA), a district comprised of the state’s historically lowest performing schools.

Mr. Linton will speak on a panel with Mary Esselman, the EAA’s chief officer of accountability, equity and innovation, and other EAA partners about the importance of including embedded teacher effectiveness resources to increase student achievement in their schools.

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October 22nd, 2012

School Improvement Network Surveys 7,000 Educators on Student Success

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 22, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources and training, today released the results of the company’s latest national survey titled, “Top 5 things Parents Should Know to Ensure Student Success.” Over 7,000 K-12 educators responded and revealed an overwhelming consensus of five essentials parents should know to ensure student success, placing particular emphasis on parents’ role in student achievement.

"Engaged parents are critical in a teacher's ability to impact student achievement," said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “As the national debate continues around student outcomes and evaluating teacher performance, this survey response from educators can be a call to action for parents to partner with them in their student’s success.”

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October 15th, 2012

School Improvement Network and CEO and President Chet Linton Subjects of Salt Lake Tribune Financial Profile as Company Driving Educator Effectiveness

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 15, 2012 —School Improvement Network and its CEO and President, Chet Linton, were spotlighted in an article by The Salt Lake Tribune, a state-wide daily, on October 11, 2012 for their work and passion in helping make teachers effective over the past twenty-one years.

“Our cause is to get 100 percent of students college and career ready by the time they leave high school,” Linton said. “We do that through helping every educator become effective. That’s what we’ve always been about. Even though we’ve grown and evolved as an organization, that fundamental part of our DNA has never changed.”

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October 10th, 2012

See How to Engage Minority Students Through Mentoring

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 10, 2012 —With diverse classrooms across the nation, it’s more important than ever that educators reach out and engage minority students to help them reach their full educational potential.

On October 16, School Improvement Network will host a free webinar with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA), featuring Rachel Mills, a BRMA mentor, and Erika, a student in the mentoring group. Mills and Erika will discuss how to engage students from different cultures and backgrounds.

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October 9th, 2012

Get Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ Common Core Tools

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 9, 2012 —As educators across the country begin wrestling over how to implement the new Common Core State Standards, School Improvement Network and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs have the answers and the tools.

On October 25, School Improvement Network will host a free webinar with Jacobs, one of the nation’s leading experts on Common Core, about how to integrate local curriculum to the Common Core Standards. This integration is done in four phases and is outlined in Jacobs’ two-part book suite, “Mapping to the Core,” on the LiveBook 360 platform.

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October 9th, 2012

School Improvement Network Named 23 in Utah’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 9, 2012 —School Improvement Network was named 23 in Utah’s 100 fastest growing companies yesterday by the MountainWest Capital Network.

“We are very honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Utah,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “At School Improvement Network, our cause is making 100 percent of students college and career ready. Our dedication to this cause, innovation and hard work have not only grown School Improvement Network, but impacted thousands of teachers and students across the nation.”

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October 3rd, 2012

School Improvement Network Chosen by Kentucky Department of Education to Provide Professional Development and Common Core Resources to Educators Statewide

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 3, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leader in teacher effectiveness resources and training, today announced it has been chosen by the Kentucky Department of Education to provide professional development and Common Core implementation resources to public educators across the state. Under this partnership, all of Kentucky’s 52,000 educators will gain access to School Improvement Network’s PD 360, Common Core 360, and Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ “Mapping to the Core” on the LiveBook 360 platform.

“We are pleased to partner with the Kentucky Department of Education in our cause of helping every student be college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Kentucky educators will now join the more than 900,000 educators nationwide using research-proven tools to increase student outcomes. With these tools, educators in Kentucky will experience significant improvement that will have a positive, measurable impact on student achievement.”

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October 2nd, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton to Appear on Zions Bank “Speaking on Business” to Present His Cause-Driven Company and Innovations to Improve Education

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 2, 2012 —School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton will speak on Zions Bank “Speaking on Business” on Thursday, October 4 as a spokesperson for private-sector partnerships to solve problems in education.

“It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to tell our unique story in the business and education space, and how our position enables us to help solve problems that are too great for the public sector to tackle alone,” Linton said. 

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October 1st, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton Speaks on KSL Studio 5 About Parents’ Roles in Students Using Technology in the Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 1, 2012 —In response to the increasing prevalence of educators using technology to engage students, School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton spoke on KSL Studio 5 about bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in the classroom and parents’ role in it.

“[BYOD] gives teachers an opportunity to extend their classroom in new and unique ways, and in ways that the kids will love,” Linton said.

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September 27th, 2012

See How Mentoring Can Empower Black and Latino Students

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 27, 2012 —School Improvement Network is joining forces with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA), a district-wide student support program in North Carolina, to show how mentoring can bring out untapped potential among black and Latino students.

“Student mentoring can make a huge difference for black and Hispanic students who often drift through school without ever reaching their potential because they did not have anyone to help them get there,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “Mentoring programs, like Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, can bridge that gap.”

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September 24th, 2012

Are Teacher Evaluations Fair?

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 24, 2012 —The seven-day Chicago strike got the public buzzing about teacher evaluations, but educators have been talking about it for quite a while.

Now, educators who participate in an eight-question School Improvement Network survey about teacher evaluations will be entered into a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire.

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September 19th, 2012

Teachers Give Free Webinars

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 19, 2012 —School Improvement Network is partnering with real teachers to help educators see how to implement the Common Core State Standards in the classroom.

On Tuesday, September 25, School Improvement Network will host a free webinar with teacher Kimberly Snowball as part of a series featuring teachers who are implementing the Common Core Standards in their classrooms. In her webinar, Snowball will demonstrate the Common Core Math Standards as she teaches her 8th grade class how to find the volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

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September 17th, 2012

School Improvement Network has Top Common Core Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 17, 2012 —School Improvement Network proudly announces today that the Common Core 360 Blog is now the most popularly searched blog for resources, advice and news on the Common Core State Standards. The blog, written by professional writers and former teachers, features insights and explanations about the Common Core Standards along with and tools from Common Core 360, the industry’s most comprehensive product for Common Core implementation.

“The Common Core Standards are essential in our vision of getting 100 percent of students college and career ready,” said School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton. “It’s crucial that teachers understand the Common Core Standards, and apply them effectively. The Common Core 360 Blog has the most comprehensive base to support quality Common Core content to help teachers in their mission to be effective with the standards. “

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September 12th, 2012

Win a Free Kindle Fire by Answering a Survey About Technology in Your Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 12, 2012 —Educators who participate in a new School Improvement Network survey about using technology in the classroom will be entered into a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire.

The eight-question survey asks educators questions concerning electronic devices they allow in their classroom, if they use technology to communicate with students outside of school and if either of these strategies has improved student performance.

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September 11th, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and Prosperity 2020 Outline Plan to Make Salt Lake City a Tech Capital Through Improving Education

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 11, 2012 —School Improvement Network President and CEO Chet Linton together with Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Prosperity 2020, a coalition of business leaders, unveiled a vision to make Salt Lake City one of the top ten centers for technology jobs and businesses in the country.

Together, the three groups outlined the importance of education as the foundation of a skilled workforce that can support technology jobs and businesses.

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August 29th, 2012

School Improvement Network Named 17 in Utah’s 2012 Fast 50 Companies Awards

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 29, 2012 —Utah Business magazine has named School Improvement Network number 17 of Utah’s 50 fastest growing companies.

The 2012 Fast 50 Awards recognized 50 of the fastest growing companies in Utah that showed strong examples of entrepreneurialism, record growth and concepts and strategies that make them industry and innovation leaders.

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August 27th, 2012

School Improvement Network’s PD 360 Increases Educator Enthusiasm by Bringing Education Experts and Research-Proven Professional Development Tools to Remote Kansas School District

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 27, 2012 —School Improvement Network’s PD 360 is bringing applicable professional development, collaboration with educators nationwide and increased educator enthusiasm to a rural Kansas school district, a new School Improvement Network case study reports.

“PD 360 materials are excellent, simple to use, and will benefit anyone in education,” said John Thissen, superintendent of Herington Unified School District (USD) 487. “Our teacher performance is improving because with a resource they like, they are open to change and more motivated.”

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August 20th, 2012

Win a Free Kindle Fire by Answering a One-Question Survey

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 20, 2012 —Educators who participate in a one-question survey from School Improvement Network will be entered into a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire.

The survey consists of a single question, asking educators, “What are the top 3 most important things for parents to know as their kids go back to school this year?”

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August 19th, 2012

School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton Talks on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” About Partnering the Public and Private Sectors to Improve Education

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 19, 2012 —School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton spoke Friday on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” about creating partnerships in the public and private sectors to improve America’s education system.

“For us, it’s all about increasing student achievement and making sure every student is college and career ready,” Linton said, explaining how School Improvement Network’s for profit status allows it to reinvest in innovations in a way states and districts can’t.

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August 13th, 2012

Indian Reservation School District Shows Improvements Thanks to PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 13, 2012 —A new case study of Pinon Unified School District in the Navajo Nation Reservation in Northeastern Arizona showed that School Improvement Network’s PD 360 improved classroom management and test scores.

“In my years as an educator on the Navajo Nation Reservation, I have seen many changes,” said Chris Ostgaard, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Pinon Unified School District. “PD 360 has changed teacher effectiveness for remote districts like ours by giving us access to the most up-to-date teaching strategies.”

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August 7th, 2012

Leading Education Experts Share Valuable Insights

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 7, 2012 —After being presented to hundreds of educators from across the nation, keynote addresses from many of today’s leading figures in education innovation are available to the general public.

Speakers from School Improvement Network’s 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit on July 16-17, 2012 were chosen based on their innovative, high-impact work in education. Their remarks on leadership in education, equity, the Common Core Standards and professional learning, all given in the 20-minute, TED talk format, are now available on the 2012 School Improvement Summit website.

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August 2nd, 2012

Learning Assessments Key in Common Core Implementation

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 2, 2012 —Hundreds of teachers are receiving training on how to teach the new Common Core State Standards, but few people are talking about how to make sure students understand them.

In a webinar series by School Improvement Network, education expert and consultant Jacqueline Loiacono discussed using classroom assessments to discover student understanding of the Common Core Standards.

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August 1st, 2012

Real Examples of Common Core in the Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 1, 2012 —As part of Common Core 360, School Improvement Network’s product that helps all educators understand and apply the Common Core Standards, School Improvement Network has released six new video segments as part of the “Common Core in the Classroom” series.

"Common Core in the Classroom” was created to give educators authentic classroom examples of Common Core Standards and practice. Each segment spotlights a classroom where teachers are aligning their curriculum to Common Core Standards, and includes real-life examples of teacher and student engagement. Segments also show excerpts from teacher interviews about the success of the lesson and the impact the Common Core has had on student learning.

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July 31st, 2012

Users Give School Improvement Network a Nine out of 10

SALT LAKE CITY — July 31, 2012 —After a month of surveying educators and administrators nationwide, School Improvement Network is proud to announce an average Net Promoter Score for customer loyalty of 9 out of 10.

“We take great pride in such a high Net Promoter Score,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network president and CEO. “Here at School Improvement Network, we focus on creating partnerships in education, not just provider-client relationships, and this number shows our clients feel that.”

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July 19th, 2012

School Improvement Innovation Summit 2012 Draws Renowned Speakers and Showcases Teacher Effectiveness System

SALT LAKE CITY — July 19, 2012 —For Yvette McMahon-Arnold, going to the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2012 was an unexpected miracle. As State Director of Instructional Development in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she knew the Summit would be chock full of experts and topics her island’s educators needed to hear, but the budget was empty.

So when her department was given unexpected funds in May, she knew exactly what to use it for. Three months later, after two layovers and 12 hours of flying, McMahon-Arnold joined more than 200 educators and administrators nationwide at the School Improvement Innovation Summit 2012 to discuss leading topics in education, including Common Core Standards, teacher effectiveness and helping students graduate college and career ready.

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July 12th, 2012

School Improvement Network Retracts Statement about Fordham Institute

SALT LAKE CITY — July 12, 2012 —On July 11, 2012, School Improvement Network issued a press release entitled, “School Improvement Innovation Summit 2012 to Feature Leading Experts in Education and new Innovations in Education Technology.” In the early version of this announcement, we incorrectly stated that the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation recommended Common Core 360 as the most effective way to implement Common Core Standards.

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation does not endorse products from any company. We extend our apologies for this error and for not recognizing the distinction.

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July 11th, 2012

Create Personalized Professional Development Plans for All of Your Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — July 11, 2012 —Observation 360, one of the most critical tools in the newly released Teacher Effectiveness System, has recently received a new set of features to address the changing needs of administrators, and helps get 100% of students college and career ready.

“Observation 360 has always been the only tool that integrates digital training resources into the observation process,” says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network, the creators of Observation 360 and the Teacher Effectiveness System. “But now, because of the rising importance of teacher evaluations, we have enhanced our observation tool to give administrators a way to create and manage unique, highly personalized professional development plans for every teacher in their school system.”

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June 27th, 2012

Dr. John Covington to Speak at the School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — June 27, 2012 —ObservationHundreds of education leaders will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah this summer to attend the annual School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS), where they will share the knowledge and skills to drive forward improvements and innovations in education.

Heading the list of keynote speakers at this year’s SIIS is Dr. John Covington, chancellor of the Michigan Education Achievement Authority (EAA). As chancellor of the Michigan EAA, Dr. Covington is in the process of designing a system for turning around the lowest five percent of schools in Michigan. Beginning his work in Detroit, Dr. Covington has already done remarkable, innovative work that is turning the tide of one of the most devastated school systems in America.

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June 26th, 2012

Meet with the Top Minds in Education at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — June 26, 2012 —The annual School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS), hosted by education company School Improvement Network, is a summer education conference where the most innovative minds meet to share strategies for improving schools, and to discuss the innovations that will shape the future of education.

This year’s SIIS, to be held in Salt Lake City on July 16-17, is shaping up to be  one of the most important education conferences of the summer. SIIS will feature the latest innovations in learning, presented by some of the top minds in education:

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June 25th, 2012

Get 100% of Students College and Career Ready with the Teacher Effectiveness System

SALT LAKE CITY — June 25, 2012 —Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network, has been working in education for over 20 years, helping teachers improve classroom practice.

“I’ve spent many hours in many classrooms,” Linton says, “and the schools that have always impressed me most are the ones that take a desperate situation and create something entirely new—an environment in which teachers are at their best, and where students succeed. Over the past two decades, my colleagues and I at School Improvement Network have watched teachers from Baltimore to Tucson take kids that the system had given up on, and prepare 100% of them for college and career.”

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June 25th, 2012

See the Tool Proven to Make Teachers More Effective

SALT LAKE CITY — June 25, 2012 —Education company School Improvement Network has spent over two decades researching and documenting how the highest performing schools in the United States help their students reach college and career readiness. Using this research, the company has developed a step-by-step system to create effective teachers, along with a set of tools that educators can use to complete those steps. The system, and the tools that drive it, is called the Teacher Effectiveness System.

“The Teacher Effectiveness System is the result of years of observation and development, and one thing is certain—the system works,” says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. “My colleagues and I have watched leaders find incredible success using many of the strategies and the tools laid out in the Teacher Effectiveness System—everything from increased teacher engagement, to complete school turnarounds and 100% student college and career readiness.”

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June 20th, 2012

School Improvement Network Releases the Teacher Effectiveness System to Get 100% of Students College and Career Ready

SALT LAKE CITY — June 20, 2012 —For even the best teachers, success in the classroom is not a light switch simply waiting to be flipped. Teacher effectiveness is achieved through a process that demands preparation, the dedication of day-to-day-work, and constant self-examination and improvement.

School Improvement Network has spent over two decades researching and developing this process, documenting how the highest performing schools in the United States have helped their students reach college and career readiness. The results of this research have culminated in a set of tools that guides educators through a systematic approach to developing effective teachers. This set of tools, along with the system they support, is called the Teacher Effectiveness System (TES), an integrated system that incorporates every step of the teacher learning cycle to help educators get 100% of students college and career ready.

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June 19th, 2012

Common Core Implementation and Curriculum Alignment Set as Prime Topics for the Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit this Summer

SALT LAKE CITY — June 19, 2012 —As the associate commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Next Generation Learners, Felicia Cumings Smith has been one of the foremost leaders in implementing the Common Core Standards.

This summer, on Tuesday, July 17, Smith will share her experience and present strategies for state implementation of the Common Core Standards at the School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS) in Salt Lake City, UT.

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June 18th, 2012

2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit to Include a Live Help Desk

SALT LAKE CITY — June 18, 2012 —School Improvement Network announced today that the upcoming Innovation Summit will include an on-site, live help desk. The annual school leadership summit—to be held July 16-17, 2012 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, UT—brings together education thought leaders from around the country to share stories and examples of classroom successes, strategic frameworks, and best practices that are driving school improvement, including Common Core implementation.

Attendees are encouraged to prepare all technical, implementation, and usage questions before arriving at the leadership summit, but ad hoc questions arising from the Summit’s keynote and/or breakout sessions are welcome. There will be opportunities to sign up for one of the many available time slots throughout the Summit, and there will also be  “open lab” time at the end of each day of the event.

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June 13th, 2012

View the Most Influential Breakthrough in Online Teacher Education in a Decade

SALT LAKE CITY — June 13, 2012 —Western State College of Colorado is a public university in Gunnison, CO with an online teaching certification program that allows students from across the United States and the world to earn their teaching certificates from any location.

Recently, Dr. Nella B. Anderson at Western State decided that students needed a resource that would allow them to do more than simply read about methods and theories in textbooks, but to actually see the theories in practice.

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June 8th, 2012

Top Education Leaders to Speak at the School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — June 8, 2012 —Hundreds of education leaders will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah this summer to attend the annual School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS), where they will develop the knowledge and skills to drive forward improvements in education.

Throughout the course of the Summit, attendees will learn and share the most innovative techniques for increasing teacher effectiveness and elevating students to college and career readiness.

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June 7th, 2012

See This Proven Method for Implementing the Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — June 7, 2012 —Curriculum mapping is proving to be one of the most effective methods for successfully implementing the Common Core Standards.

To support educators who need more Common Core Standards support and better curriculum mapping, School Improvement Network has developed LiveBook, an all-new publishing platform on which Heidi Hayes Jacobs and the team from Curriculum21 have published two unprecedented works that give educators the tools they need to successfully implement the Common Core. These works are called Mapping to the Core and Mapping to the Core: LivePlanner, and are now available for purchase.

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June 4th, 2012

How to Improve Teacher Training by Using Data

SALT LAKE CITY — June 4, 2012 —On June 14, 2012, professional development company School Improvement Network will partner with Performance Matters, a leader in comprehensive teacher effectiveness solutions, to present a webinar that will illustrate ways to improve teacher training by simplifying the implementation of multi-measure evaluation systems and ensuring transparency for the educators affected.

Webinar participants will gain insights into the ins and outs of multi-measure evaluation and data usage:

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June 1st, 2012

How to Reduce Discipline Challenges in Your Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — June 1, 2012 —Professional Development company, School Improvement Network, has released a new series of instructional videos that will show teachers how to reduce discipline problems in the classroom and improve student achievement through the use of a very simple teaching technique called “practical student-centered learning.”

Practical student-centered learning is Kansas City’s standards-based approach to education. Viewers will watch students and teachers speak about their project-based learning experiences as teachers testify to the lowering of disciplinary referrals because of the new initiative.

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May 18th, 2012

How to Stop a Bully

SALT LAKE CITY — May 18, 2012 —Register for a Free Webinar on How to Stop Bullying, Presented by the National Crime Prevention Council, the Creators of McGruff the Crime Dog

Bullying is one of the most pervasive problems affecting our schools today, and one that, try as they may, educators and parents struggle and often fail to control.

As an educator, one of the most difficult things about bullying is identifying when it’s happening. It’s an activity that largely flies under adult radar. In order to help educators identify and then eradicate bullying at their schools, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)—the creators of McGruff the crime dog—in partnership with education company School Improvement Network will present a free webinar to entitled “Bullying: Understanding the Problem, Defining Solutions.” The webinar will be broadcast live on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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May 16th, 2012

PD 360 Named Best Professional Development Product for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — May 16, 2012 —The annual SIIA CODiE Award winners were announced last week, and professional development company School Improvement Network topped the list for Education Technology products. Their teacher education platform, PD 360, once again received a nod from voters, wining the “Best Professional Learning Solution for Education” category.

From the CODiE Awards website:

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May 9th, 2012

World’s Largest Online Professional Development Library Turns Twenty-One

SALT LAKE CITY — May 9, 2012 —What started in 1991 as a science teacher’s pet project has now become the biggest online library of professional development videos for educators in the world.

That science teacher, School Improvement Network co-founder John Linton, began his teaching career frustrated by the lack of guidance he received from his leaders and colleagues. Linton spent much of his first year wandering the halls of the school, eavesdropping on other teachers. “I just wanted to hear what was going on in other classrooms. I even felt a little guilty, ” he says.

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May 3rd, 2012

Professional Development Videos Provide Suicide Prevention Training

SALT LAKE CITY — May 3, 2012 —A Series of Newly Released Professional Development Videos Provide Much Needed Suicide Prevention Training for Teachers

Professional development company School Improvement Network announced this week the release of a new series of  professional development videos for teachers, created from video footage of the Prevent Suicide Hawai’i conference.

The professional development video program will help educators identify warning signs of suicide before it occurs, outline available resources for help, and develop an increased understanding of those who survive suicide attempts or who suffer a loss as a result of suicide.

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May 2nd, 2012

School Improvement Network Offers 24 Hour Customer Support

SALT LAKE CITY — May 2, 2012 —In its continued effort to provide the most convenient and comprehensive on-demand PD solution anywhere, professional development company School Improvement Network has expanded its free login tech support to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“As a company, our mission is to assist educators in getting 100% of students college and career ready,” says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. “Working toward that goal, we know that challenges in the classroom aren’t going to wait for a convenient time to emerge. When educators need help, they often need it right away. We are committed to being available whenever challenges pop up. Our new, 24 hour login service helps us to accomplish just that, as do the extensive customer support services we make available to our clients.”

Customers who contact after hours support with questions other than login help will have the opportunity to be contacted first thing in the morning by School Improvement Network’s advanced tech team.

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April 26th, 2012

The Best Classroom Management Advice You’ll Ever Get

SALT LAKE CITY — April 26, 2012 —Education Speaker Rick Smith, in Conjunction with School Improvement Network, Presents a Webinar That Outlines the Classroom Management Tips that Have Worked for Thousands of Educators

On Wednesday, April 25, School Improvement Network hosted a webinar that described specific strategies for managing the classroom. The webinar, titled “Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Students” was presented by long-time educator and speaker Rick Smith, an expert in classroom management strategies. Throughout the hour-long presentation, Smith outlined:

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April 23rd, 2012

Ideas for Managing and Motivating Students

SALT LAKE CITY — April 23, 2012 —Even the best educators at some point have to ask themselves hard questions—the kinds that examine best practices and get to the heart of student achievement. When you give instructions to your class, how well do your students follow through? What types of motivation—if any—help your students to want to participate in class and do their homework?

Next Wednesday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. (EST), educators Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn are delivering an all-new free webinar titled "Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Students" hosted by School Improvement Network and focusing on the answers to these questions, providing five successful strategies for increasing student achievement best practices.

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April 17th, 2012

Learn the Best Practices for Increasing Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY — April 17, 2012 —Professional development company, School Improvement Network, last week released an interview with author and education consultant Mary Kim Schreck, in which she outlines the best practices that inevitably produce student achievement. The interview is available on School Improvement Network’s online professional development platform, PD 360.

Throughout the interview, Schreck discusses the research that she has conducted, and what it has reveled about how to engage those students who are difficult to reach. As she does this, she details how creative best practices have been used to elevate student achievement—boosting proficiency rates to nearly ten times in a single school year.

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April 13th, 2012

School Improvement Network Receives National Technology Award

SALT LAKE CITY — April 13, 2012 —The winners of the 18th Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES) were announced last week, and School Improvement Network’s top professional development platform, PD 360, was named the best scalable professional development website in the world.

“The Bessie Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence,” explain the editors of ComputerEd Gazette. “Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world.”

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April 10th, 2012

How to Realize Student Achievement Through Best Practices

SALT LAKE CITY — April 10, 2012 —In March 2012, professional development company School Improvement Network released a number of professional development tools to increase student achievement best practices. Among these tools is a video interview with education expert Jill Gough, who describes the way that formative assessments can drive student achievement best practices.

“A formative assessment is a self-reflective test,” explains Gough. ”Students walk themselves through their learning targets. If they are in the eighth grade, for example, we might direct them toward an assessment on something a sixth grader should know. If they do well, they’ll move on to the seventh grade level, then to the eighth, and we can push them to take it up a level.”

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April 10th, 2012

Online Professional Development - How to Make Good Teachers Better

SALT LAKE CITY — April 10, 2012 —By now it’s an established fact: better teachers make better students. The question that continues to challenge teacher and administrator alike, though, is how to make teachers better.

Professors at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee appear to have come up with an answer.

As Dr. Emily Walker and Dr. Anna Arp were writing the Master of Education program for South College, they heard about School Improvement Network, an online professional development company that caters specifically to educators. Dr. Walker was immediately impressed with the amount of online professional development content that School Improvement Network provided, and with the quality of its work. She soon became a champion of the company’s online professional development offerings, and petitioned the South College dean to purchase it for the Masters of Education program.

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April 9th, 2012

Stop Bullying at School - Learn the Top Ten Strategies

SALT LAKE CITY — April 9, 2012 —Stopping bullying at school has always been a challenge, more so now than ever. Finding solutions to the bullying problem isn’t easy, but for educators willing to look, there is help.

“There’s good reason that we’re hearing about bullying now more than ever,” says Chet Linton, CEO of PD developer School Improvement. “ Studies show that with the advent of the Internet, incidents of bullying at school are on the rise. That’s why our company has brought in some of the leading experts on bullying intervention to help create a series of professional development videos that instruct educators in strategies for stopping bullying at school.”

The videos, which are now available on PD 360, School Improvement Network’s premier online professional development platform, describe:

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April 4th, 2012

Learn the Best Practices for Increasing Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY — April 4, 2012 —Professional development company, School Improvement Network, last week released an interview with author and education consultant Mary Kim Schreck, in which she outlines the best practices that inevitably produce student achievement. The interview is available on School Improvement Network’s online professional development platform, PD 360.

Throughout the interview, Schreck discusses the research that she has conducted, and what it has reveled about how to engage those students who are difficult to reach. As she does this, she details how creative best practices have been used to elevate student achievement—boosting proficiency rates to nearly ten times in a single school year.

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March 29th, 2012

PD 360 Named Top Education Product

SALT LAKE CITY — March 29, 2012 —The annual SIIA CODiE Awards finalists were released last week, and professional development company School Improvement Network topped the list for Education Technology products. Their premier teacher education platform, PD 360, once again received a nod from voters in the “Best Professional Learning Solution for Education” category.

From the CODiE Awards website:

The SIIA CODiE Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. All nominated products and services receive a thorough review from seasoned industry experts who can identify strengths and give significant insights for improvements. In 27 years, SIIA has recognized more than 1,000 companies for achieving greatness in industries that expect innovative thinking and demand market validation.

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March 28th, 2012

Get Free Job-Embedded Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — March 28, 2012 —The Learning 360 Framework, leader in job-embedded professional development, has just hosted a webinar titled “How to Create Learning Targets Aligned to the Common Core,” which can be viewed for free at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/pd360-free-pd/webinars/.

The webinar, just one of the many job-embedded professional development opportunities available through the Learning 360 Framework, provides participants with the opportunity to learn the following:

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March 24th, 2012

School Improvement Network Announces LiveBook, a New Category of Online Learning

SALT LAKE CITY — March 24, 2012 —School Improvement Network has announced the May 1, 2012, release of LiveBook, a new reading platform based in rich media, real-time author updates and collaboration, and an integrated learning community.

The only similarity between the LiveBook platform and ebooks is that they are both published online. But just as the smartphone is much more than a cell phone, LiveBooks push far beyond the functionality of an ebook. Rather than a single, concluded piece of work, LiveBook learning continues to grow by enabling collaboration between the readers and the author. With LiveBook, readers can participate in the text, influence the world-wide discussion of particular elements of that text, and contribute to pool of knowledge that gathers around all users.

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March 24th, 2012

School Improvement Network Announces LivePlanner, an Online Common Core Implementation Tool

SALT LAKE CITY — March 24, 2012 —On May 23, 2012, professional development company School Improvement Network will release LivePlanner, a companion piece to its much-anticipated LiveBook. LivePlanner is the proverbial workshop to LiveBook’s “course and theory” learning process.

The parallels surrounding LiveBook and LivePlanner are as abundant as they are insufficient, with comparisons between LiveBook and ebooks or LivePlanner and workbooks being altogether inadequate to describe these resources. LiveBook and LivePlanner are the first in what promises to be a wave of new online learning methods. LiveBook breaks new ground in online learning territory. Before a competitor will even have the chance to test this new field of online learning, School Improvement Network is pushing the margin further with the release LivePlanner, a tool designed to guide implementation and give hands-on experience.

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March 16th, 2012

How to Solve Your Classroom Management Challenges

SALT LAKE CITY — March 16, 2012 —A new white paper offering solutions to new classroom management challenges in schools has been released this week by the professional development experts at School Improvement Network.

The paper, titled “Solving Your Classroom Management Challenges,” draws from extensive research and School Improvement Network’s decades of experience training teachers to be better classroom managers. It takes a unique look at the problems in contemporary American classrooms, and offers solutions for teachers struggling to manage them.

“The last decade has been a time of explosive change for our schools,” says Curtis Linton, vice president, and head of production at School Improvement Network. “The biggest change, perhaps, has been in the type of students entering the classroom. Our kids are now “digital natives”: they’ve been raised on things like YouTube, Google, Facebook, and even mobile connectivity. The majority of them have never known a world without these things. This is causing, and will continue to cause a big shakeup in the atmosphere of the traditional classroom. Many of the classroom management strategies that have worked in the past are not going to have nearly as strong an impact on the rising generation.”

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March 16th, 2012

School Improvement Network Partners with NCPC

SALT LAKE CITY — March 16, 2012 —School Improvement Network (SINET), the leading developer of PD for educators, announced this week its upcoming partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), a private organization whose primary mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.

“Students cannot learn if they don’t feel safe—if there isn’t a strong element of security in their education experience,” says Cory Linton, vice president of SINET. “This part of learning can sometimes be overlooked, and our partnership with NCPC underlines our commitment to providing a secure learning environment for all students.”

In an effort to use innovative approaches to provide educators and school resource officers with best practices, NCPC has partnered with the School Improvement Network (SINET) to develop the “School Safety and Security Group” on SINET’s interactive tool, PD360. Through this partnership, NCPC seeks to continue to reach those that are on the ground level and provide them tools and resources that can be used at the local level and that have demonstrated to be effective. Together, this partnership allows us to more effectively respond to the needs of the field and address emerging safety issues in our classrooms nationwide.

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March 15th, 2012

Raise Your Students’ Test Scores with Job-Embedded Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — March 15, 2012 —District Administration magazine, one of the leading publications in education, is featuring a study this month that demonstrates the way that job-embedded professional development not only improves teacher performance, but also causes student test scores to go through the roof.

The study, conducted by Steven H. Shaha, PhD, DBA, observes the impact of job-embedded professional development in 422 Title 1 schools across the United States, between the school years 2008/09 and 2009/10, and measures performance by standardized test scores.

Dr. Shaha’s research finds that schools whose teachers use PD 360, a job-embedded professional development platform developed by School Improvement Network, significantly outperform their respective districts in student performance in both reading and mathematics.

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March 8th, 2012

Professional Development Leaders Partner to Provide Online Behavior Management Training for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — March 8, 2012 —School Improvement Network and Autism Training Solutions (ATS) announce a partnership that will deliver much needed, quality professional development to teachers struggling to manage disruptive classroom behavior.

“Before you can effectively teach a student, you have to have firm control of the classroom,” says Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network. “This can be a difficult thing to achieve, especially for teachers of students with autism. Our goal in teaming up with ATS is to give teachers the tools they need to get past disruptive behaviors and move on to the business of teaching.”

And the partnership couldn’t come at a better time. As the student population diversifies, many schools are adopting a more differentiated instruction model, or “whole-school approach” to teaching. This means that students with disabilities like autism are being grouped with other children in the regular classroom environment. The whole-school approach, while it is closing the achievement gap between traditional students and students with disabilities, is also creating new challenges for teachers, who can find it difficult to reach a population of students they don’t entirely understand.

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March 6th, 2012

Get Free Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — March 6, 2012 —In order to supply educators with more of the resources that they need to empower students to achieve, professional development producer School Improvement Network (SINET) will spend the entire month of March posting free, job-embedded professional development for teachers online. The company will host everything from a free webinar about the Common Core Standards, to instructional videos, and hands-on classroom strategy blog posts.

“Over the years, things have gotten harder for educators,” says Chet Linton, president of SINET. “Classroom sizes have ballooned, while resources have diminished, and teachers have less and less time on their hands. By providing job-embedded professional development for teachers—PD that they can do at home, on a bus, or in the teachers’ lounge—we open up their day and give them room to breathe, all while helping them reach their full professional potential.”

Jared Heath, SINET’s content strategy manager, explains the purposes of providing free, job-embedded professional development for teachers.

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March 5th, 2012

Demystifying Common Core Standards Implementation

SALT LAKE CITY — March 5, 2012 —As states all over the U.S. begin the process of Common Core Standards implementation, questions, and even objections, natural to such a comprehensive initiative are arising. Many educators are asking how, in the face of so many challenges, they can successfully achieve complete Common Core Standards implementation. A new tool from professional development producer School Improvement Network is answering this question, and helping educators find success in Common Core Standards implementation.

School Improvement Network has released a new video in its National Association of Elementary School Principles instructional series titled “The School You Would Choose For Your Own Child.” The video outlines the success of California’s Plummer Elementary School, and demonstrates that way that, in the course of a few short years, the school doubled its students’ assessment scores. Throughout the video, educators at Plummer describe strategies that they developed to meet educational standards. They credit community support, teamwork, and especially strong instructional leadership from their principal for the change.

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March 2nd, 2012

Teacher Engagement Skyrockets with the Right Professional Development Tools

SALT LAKE CITY — March 2, 2012 —Choosing the right professional development tool doesn’t have to be very hard. Just ask Dr. Shari Huene-Johnson, supervisor of professional development in Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). When searching for a suitable professional development tool for her district, one name kept coming up again and again.

“People were talking about a professional development platform called PD 360,”she says. “Directors, coordinators—it seemed that everyone was talking about it.”

Curious, Dr. Huene-Johnson decided to give PD 360 a try. After doing some research, and signing up for a free 30-day trial, the professional development tool was purchased for all Title 1 schools in CCPS. Within little time, Dr. Huene-Johnson began to understand what all the talk had been about. Based on the impact it was having on Title 1 schools, in the 2011-2012 school year CCPS ordered PD 360 for every site in the district.

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March 2nd, 2012

Speak Directly to Education Experts with a New Online Professional Development Tool

SALT LAKE CITY — March 2, 2012 —PD producer School Improvement Network (SINET) has announced the May 1, 2012 release of LiveBook, a new online professional development tool that will change the way educators learn and interact.

“We developed LiveBook in conjunction with Heidi Hayes Jacobs, a renowned expert in education, and a longtime partner of ours in online professional development,” explains Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network. “Education is a dynamic field, full people who are always learning and striving to improve. As a result, ideas in the realm of education are in a constant state of growth. Knowledge, in that way, is a living thing, and we wanted to develop an online professional development learning platform that grows and lives right along with the knowledge it conveys.”

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March 1st, 2012

Get a Free Classroom Management Webinar

SALT LAKE CITY — March 1, 2012 —A new classroom management resource is now available for educators and education professionals. PD developers School Improvement Network and Autism Training Solutions have teamed up to put on a free webinar that can be downloaded beginning March 1st, at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/pd360-free-pd/webinars.

The webinar, titled “Training Educators to Do Behavior Assessments” was presented on February 29th by child behavior expert Emaley McCulloch, and outlines a set of strategies for determining the root cause of problem behavior in the classroom.

“Emaley’s insight into classroom management and behavior assessment is great because it’s practical and based upon a few simple principles,” says Scott Bowen, a webinar participant. “And it is useful for teachers, as well as teacher trainers. The classroom management strategies that Emaley describes can be useful to anyone with an interest in understanding and helping to manage the behavior of children and teenagers.”

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March 1st, 2012

Early Bird Registration for the 2012 Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit and Common Core Institute Has Been Extended to April 30

SALT LAKE CITY — March 1, 2012 —School Improvement Network today announced they are extending the early bird pricing discounts for the upcoming 2012 Innovation Summit and Common Core Institute. The new cutoff date for the $100 registration discount is midnight on Monday, April 30, 2012. The Innovation Summit will be held July 16-17, and the Common Core Institute July 18-19 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We understand that in these challenging economic times, the approval process for funding professional development, even for leaders, can be lengthy,” said Chet Linton, President and CEO of School Improvement Network, host of the two events. “In an effort to be fair to everyone who has expressed an interest in attending, we have made the decision to extend the discount deadline a full two months.”

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February 28th, 2012

Boost Student Achievement with the Right Professional Development Resources

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 28, 2012 —Teaching a large, diverse group of students is an enormous challenge, especially with classes all over the country growing at an unprecedented rate. Districts and schools are turning more and more to professional development resources to help educators cultivate personalized learning environments.

In order to empower educators to differentiate learning, PD producer School Improvement Network is releasing a new series of professional development resources that provide simple, proven strategies for personalizing classroom learning, and boosting student achievement in the process.

The newest in addition to School Improvement Network’s video library of professional development resources looks closely at Kihei Charter School, an innovative K-12 charter school in Hawaii, and explores its hands-on approach to learning. In this school, students learn by working side by side with educators, parents, and experts in the fields they study, which gives them a deeper connection to the curriculum.

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February 23rd, 2012

Elevate Your Performance with Online Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 23, 2012 —As exciting a time as it is to be an educator, in some districts, things are also getting a bit scary. With budgets shrinking, educators’ livelihoods are depending more and more on their ability to drive students to achieve. With the stakes so high, many wonder how they can possibly keep up with all the demands made of them.

While there is no easy answer to this question, there is help available. Experience is showing that with quality online professional development, educators are consistently elevating student performance.

“With all of this mounting pressure to perform,” says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network, “educators are seeing how crucial it is not to get stuck in a professional rut, which is an easy thing to do if you teach the same subject or manage the same school for years. It’s not enough anymore just to maintain the status quo. If we are to continue driving student achievement, year after year, we have to take initiative and find opportunities to grow, not just wait for them to be handed to us by our leaders.”

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February 22nd, 2012

Learn the Keys to Successful Classroom Management

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 22, 2012 —Classroom management is hard—it might just be the hardest thing a teacher is ever asked to do. Persuading a room full of students to cooperate can be many times more difficult than Shakespeare, calculus, or physics. How do some teachers do it? How do they get kids who don’t want to be at school to sit down and focus on their work?

On February 29 at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time), Emily McCulloch, CEO and Founder of Autism Training Solutions, will answer these questions in a free webinar that will help teachers develop the skills necessary to manage even the rowdiest, most resistant of classrooms. McCulloch’s webinar will outline the classroom management strategies that the most successful teachers have used to help their students focus, and motivate them to learn.

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February 21st, 2012

Blue Ribbon Mentoring-Advocate Realizes Nearly 100 Percent High School Graduation Rates

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 21, 2012 —The Blue Ribbon Mentoring Program (BRMP) has achieved close to 100% high school graduation and college attendance rates with black and Latino students in North Carolina. At the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, the Coordinator of BRMP and a William C. Friday Fellow, Graig Meyer, will describe how this successful program has changed the lives of thousands of at-risk children and illustrate how attendees can achieve similar success.

The widening achievement gap is an ongoing black mark in America and has been difficult to overcome; yet Meyer and the Blue Ribbon Mentoring Program is a unique and unqualified success. He will help attendees design their own plans to overcome this persistent gap in their schools. This past year Meyer was honored with the University Diversity Award from the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina for his work on closing the achievement gap.

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February 16th, 2012

Elevate Student Achievement with Better Classroom Management

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 16, 2012 —It’s a fact: teaching is getting harder every year.

And for all of the challenges that educators face, perhaps the most difficult is the task of classroom management. In order to enable teachers to effectively manage their classrooms, School Improvement Network, the worldwide leader in professional development for educators, is releasing a series of free resources in the month of February that are proven to increase student achievement by honing classroom management skills. Research has shown that these resources, available anytime online, not only increase classroom management skills, but will raise student test scores by as much as 20 percent in a single school year.

The first of these resources, a professional development video titled “Proactive Classroom Management,” teaches classroom management strategies using footage of real teachers in real classrooms, resolving discipline issues that educators see on a daily basis. The video provides a structure for anticipating problems or interruptions before they occur, and finding ways to eliminate or lessen their impact on learning.

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February 15th, 2012

Felicia Cumings Smith to Present at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 15, 2012 —Felicia Cumings Smith, Associate Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will discuss the dramatic changes seen in Kentucky’s K-12 education with attendees of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, July 16-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith has been instrumental in implementing rigorous new standards in her state that align with national Common Core Standards.

With a goal of 65 percent of students both college and career ready by 2015, Kentucky has positioned itself as a national leader in implementing the Common Core Standards. Smith will share the radically innovative strategies put in place at every level to reach this goal, the exciting results already achieved in 2012, and the lessons learned along the way. Topics to be covered include the KDE’s new, balanced assessment and accountability system, their intensive PD initiative, and the new system of collaboration with post-secondary education so all students can be prepared for life and career after school.

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February 14th, 2012

Secrets of Making AYP Revealed

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 14, 2012 —Student achievement is a difficult and a complicated thing to measure, let alone accomplish. However, as leaders like Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda S. Lane are demonstrating, with the right classroom management strategies, and well-developed district wide initiatives, any teacher and any school can boost student achievement significantly and make AYP.

This month, PD developer School Improvement Network is releasing an extensive interview with Dr. Lane in which she discusses the strategies that led her district to make AYP two out of the past three years.

In the course of the interview, Dr. Lane reveals secrets of classroom management and school leadership that anyone can use to boost performance at school. She discusses how to:

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February 10th, 2012

Get the Best Professional Learning Resources Well Within Your Budget

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 10, 2012 —The leading PD developer in the country, School Improvement Network, has re-released a white paper this week that has helped teachers everywhere improve professional learning at their schools, while saving them tens of thousands of dollars.

“This white paper, ‘Avoiding Foreclosure on Education,’ is one of the most widely read that our company has ever released,” says Cory Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network. “We’re not surprised. It provides teachers with incredible information, and outlines ways to access the best professional learning resources for educators available, without expending their budgets. We’ve received a resounding, positive response to it. It’s really striking a chord with a lot of people. We’re releasing it again, now, to make sure that any educator with an interest has access to it.”

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February 8th, 2012

Win a Free Kindle Fire

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 8, 2012 —Online PD developer, School Improvement Network (SINET), as part of its ongoing initiative to prepare 100% of students to be college and career ready, is offering free online professional development content to teachers. And, for the month of February, those who take advantage of SINET’s professional development offerings will be entered in a drawing for a free Kindle Fire.

“As a thank you to the people who help move our cause along, we're giving away four (4) Kindle Fires in the month of February,” says Cory Linton, vice president of SINET. “We see the drawing as a win-win for all involved—participants are receiving both the highest quality professional development online for educators available, and, in the process, entering for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.”

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February 7th, 2012

Mentor Teachers to Success with Expert, Dr. Harvey Silver

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 7, 2012 —It’s no secret that many American schools are in trouble. With budgets tightening and standards rising, educators all over the country are in search of strategies to help address the challenges they face. In the middle of so much struggle and discouraging news, though, there are many educators who refuse to accept the status quo, and are developing innovative ways to turn their schools around and help their students succeed.

One of the leading innovators in the current school improvement movement, renowned author and educator Dr. Harvey Silver, will be presenting strategies for maximizing teacher performance in a free webinar entitled “Confronting the Challenges of Teacher Evaluation” available on Thursday, February 23, at 8:30 am to 9:30 am, PST. Along with PD developer School Improvement Network, who will be hosting the webinar, Dr. Silver will outline the set of principles and tactics that he has used to turn schools around all over the world.

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February 7th, 2012

Learn to Manage the Special Needs Students in Your Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 7, 2012 —For all of the new challenges that the 21st century educator faces, none is more daunting than having to manage a live classroom. Classroom management has long been one of the hardest parts of a teacher’s job, and the trend only seems to be mounting. In fact, some are calling the current difficulties with classroom management one of the biggest crises in education, with nearly half of teachers leaving the profession within the first five years of their careers, citing discipline issues as the chief cause. With the student population continuing to diversify, teachers are finding themselves faced with classrooms full of learners they don’t entirely understand, and discipline and engagement issues they don’t feel qualified to deal with.

This is nowhere truer than in “whole-school” classes, where students with disabilities sit integrated among traditional learners. More and more, educators are being asked to manage and teach children without receiving any training at all. Such situations, common as they might be, are unfair to both teacher and student.

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February 3rd, 2012

Implement the Common Core with the Best Resource Available

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 3, 2012 —In a study conducted recently by the Center for Education Policy, researchers highlighted a key finding which, while not entirely surprising, sheds clarifying light on the state of the Common Core Standards.

“[Locating] adequate resources to implement the CCSS,” the study reports, “is a major challenge for states in school year 2011-12.” In addition, the report continues “twenty-one states cited resource issues as a major challenge to CCSS implementation.“

As states scramble to find resources to implement the Standards, groups all over the country are busy developing tools to help fill the need. However, not all Common Core resources are created equal.

In its Winter 2012 issue, Scholastic Administrator magazine named the top 6 Common Core sites on the Internet. Ranking among the top of the short list was Common Core 360, an online professional development platform designed by PD producer School Improvement Network that guides educators at every level of Common Core implementation.

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February 3rd, 2012

Learn About Equity for All Students From the Man who Wrote the Book on the Subject

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 3, 2012 —Glenn Eric Singleton, founder and president of the Pacific Educational Group, will lead the Equity strand of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, which takes place July 16-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Singleton has had a direct impact in improving equity in hundreds of schools across the country. In partnership with Curtis Linton, Singleton wrote the highly acclaimed book Courageous Conversations about Race, which has received numerous accolades, including being named the National Staff Development Council’s 2006 Book of the Year.

“The evidence is dramatic that there is a real disparity in achievement along racial lines,” said Chet Linton, president and CEO of School Improvement Network. “One of the most difficult conversations to have in education is about how racial issues impact the achievement gap. To paraphrase an attendee of the 2011 Summit: ‘Inequity is not a black problem, a white problem, a Hispanic problem, or an Asian problem. It’s a human problem that must be addressed.’ The only way to address this problem is to have a transformation in our thinking and in our attitudes.”

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February 2nd, 2012

Students Find Mentors at School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 2, 2012 —The leaders and employees of PD developer School Improvement Network have a lot to be grateful for, a fact that company CEO Chet Linton is quick to remind them of.

“At School Improvement Network we live by the adage ‘where much is given, much is expected,’” he says. “It’s embedded in the culture of our company. We work hard to show gratitude and take responsibility for the community that continues to help us achieve our vision of elevating 100 percent of K-12 students to college and career readiness.”

As part of School Improvement Network’s ongoing mission to reach out to their community, the company invited 30 high school students from Utah’s Canyons School District to visit its offices as part of an annual job-shadowing event, more than any other company in the state. The students, who ranged in age and career interests, had to opportunity to visit with company employees, observe operations, ask questions, and even pitch in and work.

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January 31st, 2012

Help At-Risk Students Find Success Through the Common Core

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 31, 2012 —For teachers who have been asked the question, “when am I ever going to use what you’re teaching me in real life,” education expert Dr. Lisa Leith gives an answer.

In her webinar “Common Core Standards: Equity and Opportunity,” which will be available for free download on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Dr. Leith discusses the way that the Common Core Standards are structured to support more than just the academic life of a student, but the “whole child.” Dr. Leith’s webinar provides detailed, practical strategies for designing lesson plans within the Common Core to support the whole child, and in so doing to assure equal outcomes and opportunities for all students.

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January 27th, 2012

Learn How to Increase Student Achievement

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 27, 2012 —School Improvement Network announces the newest offering in its ever-growing library of online professional development videos for teachers. Join national author Curtis Linton as he interviews Jamie Almanzan, a coach with the non-profit National Equity Project, and one of the foremost experts on equity in K-12 schools. In a series of four online PD videos, Jamie shares what he has learned after years of working with principals and other educational leaders on the issue of racial and cultural equity. “The series of interviews we’ve conducted with Jamie are powerful,” says Linton, “and absolutely indispensible for the educator struggling to make sure that all students, no matter what their backgrounds, succeed within the educational system. Jamie has helped turned schools all over the country around, and now he’s sharing the strategies that have made him successful with us.”

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January 24th, 2012

Implement the Common Core Standards with Heidi Hayes Jacobs

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 24, 2012 —With so many schools facing the challenge of implementing the Common Core Standards, it is good to know that resources exist to assist in the transition. One of the leading voices in the national Common Core initiative, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, is offering a new transitional resource to help teachers and administrators as they being to map their curriculum to the Core. On January 18th, 2012, Dr. Jacobs, in conjunction with PD developer School Improvement Network, presented a webinar titled “Mapping to the Core: Integrating the Common Core Standards into Your Local School Curriculum” in which she laid out strategies for integration. The webinar, which drew thousands of applicants, is now available as a PDF. Throughout her presentation, Dr. Jacobs addresses two essential questions. First, she considers how we might design curriculum to prepare learners for their future, and second, she discusses how to implement the Standards in our local school curriculum to support student learning.

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January 20th, 2012

School Improvement Network Announces New Partnership

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 20, 2012 —School Improvement Network, the leading developer of PD for educators, announced this week its upcoming partnership with the Illinois School Administration Manager (SAM) project, an ongoing initiative designed to increase the role of principals as instructional leaders in schools. As part of the partnership, every member of the 45 SAM teams in the state of Illinois will receive unlimited access to the thousands of professional development videos available on PD 360, School Improvement Network’s premiere professional development platform. “We appreciate School Improvement Network’s willingness to make their resources available to us,” says Roberta Hendee, Assistant Director for the Large Unit District Association in Illinois, president of the National SAM Innovation Project Program Board, and Coordinator of the SAM project in Illinois. “With access to PD 360’s professional development videos and its vast online community of educators, SAM team members look forward to enriching their leadership development expertise and strengthening communication across the Illinois network.”

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January 19th, 2012

Texas District Improves Professional Development with School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 19, 2012 —Employees of the Burleson Independent School District (BISD), a small urban district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, know that educators must lead the charge if schools are to change for the better. Their established, educator-based professional development department demonstrates or is evidence of that fact, as does their developmental partnership with PD producer School Improvement Network.

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January 13th, 2012

Become a National Education Blogger

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 13, 2012 —As of January 1, 2012, leading developer of PD for educators, School Improvement Network (SINET), is putting out a call for teachers and administrators anywhere in the world to get their voices out, to let their colleagues know about who they are and the important work they’re doing, and to contribute to the cause of improving schools. To do this, SINET is making its “School Improvement Blog,” along with its thousands of readers, available to educators with a passion for teaching and a message to send.

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January 11th, 2012

Expert Offers Free Resources to Create Racial Equity in School

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 11, 2012 —School Improvement Network, in association with Pacific Educational Group and Glenn Singleton, hosted a webinar on Monday, January 9, 2012, entitled “Explorations in Equity.” The webinar, which will be available for free download beginning Monday, January 23, 2012, was attended by hundreds of online participants from across Canada and the United States. “We are, and always have been very enthusiastic about Glenn’s work,” says Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network; “it’s refreshing in its honesty and insight, and incredibly important to the health of schools and students. It’s encouraging to see teachers and administrators catching Glenn’s vision, and conducting candid, courageous conversations about race.”

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January 11th, 2012

Give More PD Support to Your Teachers through School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 11, 2012 —Professional development producer, School Improvement Network (SINET), is happy to announce the release this week of 15 new professional development videos for teachers. “With over 1,800 teaching videos on our professional development platform, we still get excited every time we release new material,” says Chet Linton, CEO of SINET. “These newest additions to our library will compose a “How to Use PD 360” program, and will include an instructional video walking viewers through the uses of our Common Core tools.”

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January 6th, 2012

Create Equity in Your School with Glenn Singleton

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 6, 2012 —The last few decades have seen greater advances in racial equality in the United States than were achieved previously in entire centuries. The country has a lot to be proud of. However, as author Glenn Singleton will tell you, becoming less vigilant at this point would be a grave mistake. “In our current context,” Singleton says, “with an African American President, it’s easy for the public to think that we have transcended these issues of race. We have a multi-century history of racial struggle in the United States, and there are tremendous and increasing racial disparities in our society. When you notice that predictable populations of students of color struggle to achieve at a high level in school, you have to ask yourself why.”

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January 6th, 2012

Conduct Classroom Walkthroughs with Your Kindle Fire

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 6, 2012 —Classroom walkthroughs have always played a central role in professional development for teachers, never more so than the present. With the education sector coming under increased scrutiny, and a growing number of districts transitioning into merit pay systems, observing and refining teacher performance is more important than ever.

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January 5th, 2012

District Differentiates Teacher Learning with School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 5, 2012 —Rural Lamesa ISD in Texas Uses Online Professional Development from School Improvement Network to Help Fill Individual PD Needs of Teachers

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January 4th, 2012

Integrate the Common Core Standards with New Tool

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 4, 2012 —As the majority of public schools in the country begin to map their curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards, PD developer School Improvement Network (SINET) has created a tool that will help educators make quick and powerful use of those Standards. The Learning Progression Tool is a groundbreaking function that has been added to SINET’s Common Core solution suite, Common Core 360.

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December 21st, 2011

Utah School District Improves Learning with School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 21, 2011 —Rural Emery County School District in Utah Uses Online Professional Development from School Improvement Network to Increase Teacher Engagement and Save Money

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December 19th, 2011

District Catches National Attention Using School Improvement Network Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 19, 2011 —Educators in Celina, Texas Turn to Mentor Program and School Improvement Network to Help Turn Around Flat-lining Achievement

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December 16th, 2011

Student Assessment Scores Rise by Almost 50% with School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 16, 2011 —When Janice Hogan, mentor coordinator for Humansville R-VI School District in Missouri set out to find ways to improve the level of teaching at her schools; she knew that it would take more than a fly-by-night fix. Humansville, like so many rural districts, faces long standing challenges that scare many educators off, occasioning a high turnover rate for new teachers.

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December 16th, 2011

New Tool Makes PD Planning Simple

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 16, 2011 —PD developer School Improvement Network has added yet another tool to its premiere professional development platform, PD 360. The new addition, called My Portfolio, is a groundbreaking function within the PD 360 platform that gives educators the opportunity to create, share, and implement personalized professional learning plans.

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December 16th, 2011

New Website Offers Online Professional Development for Educators

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 16, 2011 —As schools all over the world continue to play catch up with the digital boom of the last decade, at least one sector in education seems to have arrived. “Professional development for educators has seen spectacular growth online,” says Chet Linton, CEO of PD developer School Improvement Network.

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December 9th, 2011

Learn How the Common Core Can Help with Classroom Management

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 9, 2011 —On December 1, 2011, PD developer School Improvement Network hosted the fourth webinar in its ongoing Common Core Standards series. Presented by education expert Dr. Lisa Leith, the webinar outlined strategies for employing the Common Core to develop better classroom management, and to motivate struggling students.

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December 7th, 2011

Common Core 101: Why, what, and how

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 7, 2011 —At the School Improvement Network, we are documenting Common Core implementation efforts at the state, district and school level. We have engaged with teachers, administrators, and policy makers across the nation in a rigorous discussion about what works and does not work when trying to implement these standards. Through Common Core 360, we demonstrate how these educators are integrating the standards into their practice, classrooms and schools.

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December 2nd, 2011

Win a Free Kindle Fire at CommonCore360.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 2, 2011 —Professional Development Producer School Improvement Network is excited to announce the winners of its November 2011 Kindle Fire give away promotion.

“Our thanks to everyone who signed up,” says Duane Sprague, Director of Marketing for School Improvement Network,” and congratulations to the November winners: Karen Elder of Springfield, Ohio, Andrea Layman of Fairview, West Virginia, and Michele Lewis-Goodrich of Baltimore, Maryland.“

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November 22nd, 2011

School Improvement Network Honored as Leader in Education Technology

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 22, 2011 —EdTech Digest has announced the recipients of its 2011 “Cool Tool Awards,” and professional development platform PD360 appears prominently among them, winning the award for best “professional development solution,” and coming in as a finalist in the “product or service,” “collaboration solution,” and “product or service setting a trend” categories.

“The products, services and people that made this list,” say the editors of EdTech Digest, “are innovative, respected and outstanding cool tools, leaders and trendsetters moving education forward into the 21st century.’“

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November 17th, 2011

School Improvement Network Sponsors Learning Forward 2011—a Conference Dedicated to Advancing Educator Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 17, 2011 —School Improvement Network, the premier provider of comprehensive, online, on-demand professional development for educators, will join forces with Learning Forward at the upcoming Learning Forward Conference. The annual conference, one of the most far-reaching education industry gatherings in the United States, will be held this December 3rd through December 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California

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November 9th, 2011

PD 360 and Observation 360 Named Top Education Products

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 10, 2011 —PD developer School Improvement Network is proud to accept Tech & Learning’s 2011 “Award of Excellence” for both its online professional development platform, PD 360, and its classroom walkthrough aide, Observation 360.

The Award of Excellence recognizes the best companies in the business of teaching, training, and managing educators through technology, and is granted for products that exemplify quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creativity. Past winners include the Discovery Channel, LG Electronics, Prentice Hall, Samsung, and Adobe.

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November 8th, 2011

It’s Gone Mobile! PD 360 Mobile Released

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 8, 2011 —Just two months before the launch of PD360’s regular updates comes the much-anticipated PD 360 Mobile application for any iOS (Apple) or Android mobile device.

PD 360 is the world’s first and largest on-demand professional development platform. The online PD training library has 1,800 video segments, but not until now have the training videos been accessible on a mobile device. As more districts begin equipping their educators with iPads and smartphones, a need has arisen for a professional development program that can be accessed from mobile devices. Now that PD360 Mobile has filled that need, teachers and administrators have access to the 120 experts and 117 topics anytime, and anywhere their iPads and smart phones go.

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November 8th, 2011

National Association of Elementary School Principals Enrolls in PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 8, 2011 —The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has partnered with School Improvement Network and PD 360 to give principals answers to the myriad questions in the changing face of modern education.

NAESP was founded in 1921, a mere three years after child labor laws changed education from quaint school houses to the burgeoning classrooms of today. The NAESP brings school administrators together to collaborate and form a common language surrounding the issues of education and improving student performance.

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November 7th, 2011

Learn to Use Common Core Standards in the Language Arts Classroom

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 7, 2011 —Responding to the enormous need all over the U.S. for fast, effective training in the Common Core Standards, PD developer School Improvement Network has assembled some of the top minds in education to host a series of instructional, Common Core themed webinars. The first of these webinars, conducted on November 3, laid out the purposes of the Common Core and explained how they are designed to work.

The next webinar in the series, titled “Translating ELA Standards,” will pick up where the last left off, going straight into the English Language Arts Standards and offering strategies for integrating them into current core curriculum.

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November 4th, 2011

Title 1 School Collaborates to Dramatically Raise Test Scores and Accelerate Teacher Improvement

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 4, 2011 —A lot can change in a year. Just ask Thomas Feller, former Assistant Principal of Wellcome Middle School, a Title 1 school in Greenville, North Carolina.

Facing the classroom challenges and limited funding typical to so many Title 1’s, Feller and the administration at Wellcome decided to take a proactive approach to impacting teacher improvement and closing the achievement gap. At a faculty meeting in November 2010, Mr. Feller introduced PD 360, an online, on-demand professional development platform for educators created by School Improvement Network. He presented educators with a new teaching video segment from the PD 360 library at every faculty meeting for the rest of the year. By January, training on the platform was in full swing.

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November 3rd, 2011

Get Free Professional Development Videos For Teachers On Newly Launched School Improvement Network Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 3, 2011 —School Improvement Network, the creators of the award winning PD360 professional development software, is excited to announce the launch of their Teaching Strategies Blog, a new tool that gives educators free access to professional video training.  The blog, written by long-time teacher and professional development writer Amy Chamberlain, has been active for only a handful of weeks, and is already receiving hundreds of hits.

“To be honest, we’re not surprised at the sizable response we’re receiving,” says Amy. “With so much changing in the American education, from the growth of technology, to Common Core, to widening achievement gaps, more and more is at stake for our teachers. The need for practical, on-demand professional development has never been greater.”

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November 2nd, 2011

Hawaii and Maryland Emerge as Top Regions for Student Growth

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 2, 2011 —The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), widely known as the “nation’s report card,” has released its most recent round of test scores, and the results, while highlighting advances in math proficiency, indicate a virtual halt in reading gains. The outcomes reveal national reading scores that have risen only a handful of points since 1990, with no progress made at all in the last few years among 4th graders.

“That rang an alarm bell with me,” says Doris R. Hicks, a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and the principal of a charter school in New Orleans. “Even though it wasn’t a decline,” she says of reading scores, “I saw it as losing ground.”

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November 2nd, 2011

PD 360 Voted as Top Product by District Administrators

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 2, 2011 —For the second consecutive year, PD 360 has been honored by the readers of District Administration Magazine with being ranked among the top education improvement products. The publication’s Top 100 list is occupied by a who’s who of companies, from Apple, to Disney and Amazon. The products and services that these companies provide are contributing to teacher improvement all over the world, and are quickly closing the achievement gap.

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November 1st, 2011

Leading Common Core Expert to Give Free Training Webinar

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 1, 2011 —Curtis Linton has worked in education most of his life. Back in the early 90’s, when Curtis was in high school, his parents founded Video Journal of Education, a company dedicated to giving every teacher access to the best classroom practices. More than twenty years later the company name has changed—it’s now called School Improvement Network—and its reach has grown, serving nearly twenty percent of the teachers in the country, but to Curtis, it will always be the family start-up of his youth.

“When other kids were throwing parties and going to football games,” Curtis remembers, “my parents would put all their kids in a van and drive them around the country, filming teachers in their classrooms. It was a great way to grow up.”

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November 1st, 2011

School Improvement Network Named 36th Fastest Growing Company in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 1, 2011 —On October 6, the Mountain West Capital Network named School Improvement Network one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Utah, awarding it a spot on the coveted “Utah 100” list. The “Utah 100” program recognizes companies whose skyrocketing revenue growth places them among the elite innovators in the state.

School Improvement Network, the leader in professional development for educators, debuted on the Utah 100 three years ago, and has risen on the list ever since. The average growth rate for companies ranked in the Utah 100 is nearly 1,000 percent. That number is staggering, especially in the current economy. School Improvement Network is honored to be ranked among such a select group of entrepreneurs. Even more exciting is what such unprecedented growth means for the school districts that make up School Improvement Network’s client base.

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October 31st, 2011

Free Webinar to Instruct Educators in Integrating Common Core English Language Arts Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 31, 2011 —After years of development, the Common Core Standards—an education initiative designed to help students reach college and career readiness—are finally being rolled out in schools all over the country. In order to help educators successfully implement the Standards, PD developer School Improvement Network (SINET) is releasing yet another instructive tool into their suite of Common Core products.

On Thursday, November 10, 2011, SINET will host its second free Common Core themed webinar, entitled “Translating ELA Standards” and presented by Dr. Ann Johnson, education consultant and Director of Professional Development for the Curriculum21 Institute. Drawing upon lessons that she has learned in her years as a teacher, district administrator, and college professor, Dr. Johnson will instruct participants in practical approaches to mapping and applying the new Common Core Standards in their English Language Arts classrooms. In the process, she will define the major components of Common Core’s grade-level Consensus Unit Map, and outline the ways in which the Standards can be used to ensure that students’ English Language Arts Depth of Knowledge increase from year to year.

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October 28th, 2011

Upcoming Series of Webinars to Provide Training in Common Core Standards Integration

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 28, 2011 —The coming year will present a new set of challenges for educators at public schools, as 44 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia prepare to roll out the Common Core Standards—an education initiative designed to align states to the same set of curricula.

Though educators have high hopes for Common Core, the Standards themselves only provide a model for success. Leveraging that model into student achievement will require the efforts of everyone with an interest in education, from national leaders crafting messages, to teachers on the ground, to the parents of American students. With so many groups involved, and so many interests at play, the coming months might well be the most crucial for Common Core. A strong foundation will need to be laid if the program is to have maximum impact on schools.

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October 27th, 2011

School Improvement Network Offers Free Training Resources in the New Common Core Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 27, 2011 —With the development of Common Core Standards for math and English language arts complete, and their almost-universal passage realized (forty-eight states, two territories, and the District of Columbia are participants in the state initiative) schools all over the country are facing the daunting task of beginning to implement the Standards in their classrooms.

“Common Core is going to go a long way in raising teaching standards and student achievement in this country, “ says Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network, “but to do that, educators are going to have to become fluent in the extensive framework of Common Core. The time for talk is over. We have a challenge ahead.”

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October 26th, 2011

Title 1 Schools Improve with PD 360, Outperform Entire District

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 26, 2011 —Independent research recently confirmed that 422 Title 1 schools significantly and consistently outperformed their non-Title 1 peers, experiencing dramatically higher gains in test scores than any other schools—and they did it in one school year.

The achievements were thanks to many factors, including talented teachers, passionate administrators, and students who had a desire to learn. But there was only one common denominator:

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October 11th, 2011

Save the Date for the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit and Common Core Institute

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 26, 2011 —Arriving in July 2012, the School Improvement Innovation Summit and Common Core Institute will showcase the latest school innovation strategies, case studies, and tools all in one place!
   
Hundreds of educators from across the United States came together for a hugely successful conference in 2011 as they met with and learned from leading experts Jim Knight, Michael Fullan, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Glenn Singleton, and many more.
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October 6th, 2011

The Biggest, Best Observation Tool Now Bigger, Better

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 6, 2011 —School Improvement Network provides the only classroom observation tool with prescriptive technology. The program will actually recommend training videos based on the observation results, thanks to its integration with the world’s largest online professional development platform, PD 360.

With Observation 360 v1.5, the application on the iPad now has extended features that respond to the needs and requests of administrators and instructional leaders:

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September 19th, 2011

Answering Common Concerns with Common Core 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 19, 2011 —On 1 September 2011, School Improvement Network launched its premier Common Core training product, replete with videos, documents, and a coming library and mobile app—Common Core 360.

Now Available, Common Core 360 will support educator understanding of how the Common Core Standards work, what the vision is for education, and how teachers will be able to better help students. Educators will have access to a series of videos that include Common Core framework, crosswalk to the Common Core, and state, district, and school case studies.

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September 8th, 2011

David Sousa Provides Educators with Math-Friendly Instructional Strategies

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 8, 2011 —Corwin and School Improvement announce the new interactive online course from David Sousa, How the Brain Learns Mathematics. Based on his best-selling book from Corwin, Sousa defines and elaborates on the classroom practices best suited for the student brain to internalize the principles of mathematics.

“Children often say, ‘I can’t do math!’ But you never hear them say, ‘I can’t do language!’ Yet both are innate capabilities. So why this difference?” says Sousa. How the Brain Learns Math covers the cognitive mechanisms for learning math, the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to math difficulties, and ways to differentiate math instruction. In this course, teachers at all levels will learn how to make informed decisions about which instructional strategies and activities to use in creating a math-friendly classroom.

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August 19th, 2011

2011 Innovation Summit Spells Success

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 19, 2011 —Educators were not only able to see how PD 360 can be tailored to their district’s specific needs, but they were also able to focus on the most important topics in education. From providing an equitable learning environment to Common Core Standards implementation, participants learned, discussed, and left the conference with more tools to help implement positive change and a network of educators striving to give today’s students the education they deserve.

Mary Connery, Director of Staff Development in Fairport, New York, shared her experience at the Summit: "I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Summit. Thanks to all who made the Summit a great time to learn, share, and connect with some of the most innovative and informed professionals in education. I took home ideas and resources…but most importantly…my optimism for schools and the teaching profession is renewed. The time was not a ‘who is who’ like some professional conferences. It was a time to say, ‘We can and we must work together and use what we know.’ It is about the kids and our future. Thanks to all!”

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August 1st, 2011

Hawaii Department of Education is continuing its statewide license agreement with the School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Aug 1, 2011 —We are happy to announce the Hawaii Department of Education is continuing its statewide license agreement with School Improvement Network to provide unlimited access to the PD 360 on-demand professional development resource through SY2011-2012. This license includes 297 schools, 15 districts, 13,000 teachers, and 3,000 administrators and student support personnel on all six major islands in Hawaii.


The investment in PD 360 ensures every school site has access to high-quality individualized professional development that supports the broader initiatives outlined in the 2011-2018 Department of Education's Strategic Plan, including Race to the Top, Literacy for Learning, and Common Core initiatives. Most importantly, this is an ideal resource that can be utilized to aid you in support of the goals and objectives outlined in your school's academic and financial plan.

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July 28th, 2011

Tennessee Teachers Begin Using Online Professional Development to Maintain Quality Learning

SALT LAKE CITY — July 28, 2011 —By most accounts, the Wilson County School System (WCS) in Tennessee was already doing a great job of teaching its 15,000 students in 2009. But it lacked one important thing that could take its program to the next level—a strong professional development solution for teachers.
 
With a staff of nearly 1,000 teachers, 48 percent of whom had a master’s degree or higher, WCS had its hands full ensuring each teacher received the specific training he or she needed. Luckily, WCS administrators found a simple solution to this challenge in an online program called PD 360.
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July 20th, 2011

48 States Work Together to Change the Face of American Education

SALT LAKE CITY — July 20, 2011 —The United States has historically had 50 disparate education programs, but that will change when 48 states adopt new Common Core Standards in 2015, said Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network.
 
“What the Common Core State Standards focus on is fundamentally creating a common set of learning that states can adapt,” Linton said in a recent interview with KPCW, a Utah radio station. He added that they will help students learn lessons faster and give the country a competitive advantage in the global economy.
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July 19th, 2011

School Improvement Network CEO Joins Utah Technology Council

SALT LAKE CITY — July 19, 2011 —Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network, joined a prestigious list of high-tech entrepreneurs last week when he was voted onto the Utah Technology Council’s (UTC) Board of Trustees.
 
In addition to Linton, 11 other Utah business leaders were named trustees by the group’s annual vote. The other new trustees include representatives of Omniture, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
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July 7th, 2011

PD 360 Version 5.0 Unveils a Guide to New Common Core State Standards

SALT LAKE CITY — July 7, 2011 —School Improvement Network is excited to bring educators the latest version of PD 360 on July 7, 2011 to provide them with a more versatile platform designed to better meet the needs of teachers and administrators today. 
New in PD 360 version 5.0, Common Core 360 will provide a guide for states, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core Standards. With Common Core-specific video segments featuring teacher-leader conversations and classroom examples of implementation, Common Core 360 will be there to help every step of the way as educators navigate the transition into the new standards.
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June 22nd, 2011

PD 360 Named 2011 CODiE Award Finalist

SALT LAKE CITY — June 22, 2011 —School Improvement Network is proud to announce PD 360 as a 2011 CODiE Award Finalist for “Best Professional Development Solution” in education technology.

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the CODiE Awards Program represents excellence and rewards innovation in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. Being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, CODiE awards honor the excellence of a product by those who know best.

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June 7th, 2011

Observation 360 Plays Key Role in Tennessee District’s Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — June 7, 2011 —School Improvement Network announces one of the first implementations of its Observation 360 classroom technology deployments in Milan, Tennessee. Observation 360 allows administration professionals to visit classrooms and then seamlessly integrate evaluations with the number-one ranked PD 360 professional development resources.
 
“Since Tennessee was the first state to be awarded Race to the Top funding,” said Sam Rhodes, Supervisor of Staff Development in the Milan Special School District, “We have set a goal to be ‘First to the Top.’” In addition to making PD 360 our core technology platform, we are one of the first districts in the nation to use the iPhone/iPad/iPod-based Observation 360 tool set.”
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May 19th, 2011

Teacher Effectiveness Improvement through New Technologies

SALT LAKE CITY — May 19, 2011 —School Improvement Network (SINET), a top provider of web-based professional development for educators, will reward principals and district administrators in Utah, Idaho, Wyo., Colo., and Nev. with professional development scholarships for sharing their top strategies for improving teacher effectiveness and training.
 
“Principals and district administrators are in a unique position to see what works across a variety of classrooms,” said Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. “We want to hear from the leaders closest to the action, whose voices are important in the national debate.”
 
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May 16th, 2011

Small Wyoming School District Uses PD 360 to Deliver Big District Infrastructure

SALT LAKE CITY — May 16, 2011 —School Improvement Network announces one of the first implementations of its Observation 360 classroom technology deployments in Milan, Tennessee. School Improvement Network announces that PD 360 on-demand technology is particularly valuable to small school districts, like the one in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.
 
“PD 360 gives our small school district a big-district professional development infrastructure,” said Jack Cozart, Superintendent of Laramie County School District #2 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. “Last year we heard about PD 360 at a conference for the Wyoming School Boards. The idea that our educators could collaborate with teachers all over the country was quite compelling.”
 
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May 5th, 2011

School Improvement Innovation Summit Highlights How to Effectively Implement Teacher Evaluation Tools

SALT LAKE CITY — May 5, 2011 —Required teacher evaluations sometimes appear to be removed from learning, and can be intimidating. However, done correctly, evaluations can be an opportunity to help teachers improve their craft and impact student learning. Effective evaluations inform administrators and the teacher of what he or she is doing well, and where that teacher can improve. In addition, both federal and state governments are working feverously to enact teacher evaluation reform and standards.
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April 25th, 2011

Glenn Singleton Guides Educators Through Courageous Conversations About Race

SALT LAKE CITY — April 25, 2011 —Corwin and School Improvement Network announce the latest from equity expert Glenn Singleton—a new innovative online course, Courageous Conversations About Race, for any administrator or teacher looking to participate in conversations about race to better understand students of color in today’s schools, beginning May 1, 2011.
 
Glenn Singleton is the foremost expert on interracial dialogue focused on race, racism, and institutionalized racism. Based on his award-winning Corwin book Courageous Conversations About Race, this online course responds to the need for conversations about race in schools across North America. Singleton notes, “Conversations about race in our society and in our schools can unlock so much and will transform your life and your practice.” Learning how to differentiate instruction for the ever-increasing number of students from multiple racial backgrounds in schools is a vital step for educators—one that starts with the conversations that take place before the teacher ever enters the classroom.
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April 20th, 2011

Jim Knight Shares Secrets to Effective Instructional Coaching at School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — April 20, 2011 —Jim Knight, Research Associate at the University of Kansas, will share his vast knowledge on instructional coaching at the First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit held July 11-13, providing attendees with numerous opportunities to implement and/or improve the coaching methodology in their districts.
Jim Knight has completed several research projects including an IES-funded qualitative and quantitative assessment of coaching; and a district-wide school reform project for the Topeka Public School District. At the Summit, he will expand on his Seven Partnership Principles for Effective Coaching: Equality, Choice, Voice, Dialogue, Reflection, Praxis, and Reciprocity.
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April 13th, 2011

School Improvement Innovation Summit to Address Common Core Challenges

SALT LAKE CITY — April 13, 2011 —The First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit to be held July 11-13 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah will bring together education experts from across the country to discuss one of the most highly-debated issues facing educators today—Common Core Standards. Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Sydnee Dickson and Kathy Glass will all provide their insights on how school districts can incorporate Common Core Standards in their curriculum.
 
Ideally, the Common Core Standards "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them," extending from Kindergarten through grade 12 in both ELA and math. These standards will influence every aspect of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary education.
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March 28th, 2011

PD 360 Helps Newark, New Jersey Realize Great Expectations for 39,440 Students in 75 Schools

SALT LAKE CITY — March 28, 2011 —School Improvement Network announces the enthusiastic adoption of the PD 360 on-demand professional development platform in Newark, New Jersey Public Schools. The 2009-2013 Newark strategic plan is called Great Expectations.

“Priority #1 of our strategic plan, Great Expectations—2009-2013, is to ensure highly effective teachers and principals deliver strong curriculum, instruction and assessment,” said Matthew Brewster, Director of Instructional Staff Development in Newark Public Schools. “PD 360 is indispensible to our efforts to prepare all students for college, work and citizenship so they can make positive contributions to our community our state and our nation.”

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March 23rd, 2011

Curtis Linton Ranked Among Top Forty Under 40

SALT LAKE CITY — March 23, 2011 —Curtis Linton, co-owner and vice president of School Improvement Network, was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s Forty Under 40 in the February 2011 issue.
                                                      
Each year, Utah Business Magazine compiles a list of young, talented leaders in innovative thinking paving the way for excellence across the state of Utah. The young professionals who made the list include CEOs, CFOs, vice presidents, attorneys, and more.
 
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March 17th, 2011

Final Call for Speakers for the School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — March 17, 2011 —The First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit, July 11-13, is seeking presentation submittals from all educators to share their professional development best practices. Presentations should include information on how the district/school used professional development to improve student, teacher, school, and/or district performance. The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2011 for this first annual conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network.

Educators willing to share their use of professional development in an effective or unique way are encouraged to submit a proposal to present. Submittals selected will be offered attendance to the conference at a 50% discount, as well as a one year subscription for Observation 360 and a Flip video camera for their school.
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March 9th, 2011

Karen Cator to Present Opening Remarks at School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — March 9, 2011 —The First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit, July 11-13, is seeking presentation submittals from all educators to share their professional development best practices. Presentations should include information on how the district/school used professional development to improve student, teacher, school, and/or district performance. The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2011 for this first annual conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network.

Educators willing to share their use of professional development in an effective or unique way are encouraged to submit a proposal to present. Submittals selected will be offered attendance to the conference at a 50% discount, as well as a one year subscription for Observation 360 and a Flip video camera for their school.
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February 28th, 2011

School Improvement Network and QLD Partner to Incorporate S.M.A.R.T. Goals into Teacher Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 28, 2011 —Still bringing educators the most relevant, research-based best practices, School Improvement Network and QLD are extending the opportunity to learn and apply the framework that has driven success in schools nationwide.   
                                                        
Although defined differently in each industry, Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill, co-founders of QLD, defined SMART for educators as: S=Specific and Strategic, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Results-based, T=Timebound. They used the term with their first clients more than 10 years ago to support school improvement planning. Coupled with the graphic organizer, the Tree Diagram, S.M.A.R.T. goals become powerful motivators for continuous improvement.
 
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February 22nd, 2011

Experts and Thought Leaders Come Together to Improve Student Achievement at School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 22, 2011 —School Improvement Network (SINET) is excited to announce the first ever School Improvement Innovation Summit to be held July 11-13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
Summit attendees will learn how to use professional development as a key instrument to improve student, teacher, school, and district performance. They also will have the chance to participate in ongoing dialogues on changes, issues, and solutions, and learn about advanced uses of PD 360 and other partner products.
 
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February 10th, 2011

PD 360 Making a Name in Scholastic Administrator Magazine

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 10, 2011 —In the Winter 2011 issue of Scholastic Administrator, Balko Independent School District explained how PD 360 is giving them the tools to provide quality professional development to their teachers.
 
The article, “Professional Development On Demand,” explores the effectiveness of multiple forms of online professional development. Being a small district with a small budget, Balko used PD 360 to keep their teachers up to date on the latest educational strategies and research, especially differentiated instruction. Larry Mills, the district’s superintendent, noted, “We’ve been trying to tie differentiated instruction with response to intervention, to give teachers more and different strategies to use when students aren’t getting the material.”
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February 8th, 2011

Dr. John Covington and Dr. Mary Esselman to Keynote at the School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 8, 2011 —The School Improvement Innovation Summit, the first annual conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network (SINET), will feature Dr. John Covington, Superintendent, Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) and Dr. Mary Esselman, Assistant Superintendent, KCMSD, as keynote speakers.Teacher quality is the key indicator of school performance and the Summit, being held July 11-13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will focus on how to effectively incorporate professional learning to improve teacher quality and in turn—student, school and district performance.

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January 24th, 2011

Jim Knight Provides a Partnership Approach to Instructional Coaching

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 24, 2011 —Corwin and School Improvement Network announce the exciting new online course based on the Corwin best-selling book by Jim Knight, Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction.
 
 Instructional Coaching is the key to guide coaches, trainers, teacher leaders, principals in creating an environment of trust and partnership with those they mentor. In this interactive course, School Improvement Network and Corwin document three instructional coaches mentored by Jim Knight himself to demonstrate how the key components of instructional coaching increase effective teaching. Participants will embark on the journey of instructional coaching on PD 360 with these instructional coaches as they learn from personal experiences, real classroom observations and feedback.
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January 17th, 2011

School Improvement Network and Wavelength Have Partnered to Bring a New Approach to Teacher Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 17, 2011 —School Improvement Network is now bringing a comedic approach in professional development to PD 360 with new videos featuring Wavelength, the performing group that “communicates through comedy.” 
                                                        
Performing for over a million people and featured at numerous education conferences, Wavelength is known for its comedic focus on the serious issues in education. School Improvement Network has taken that focus and provided a way for members of the PD 360 community to benefit from the unique content Wavelength provides.
 
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January 11th, 2011

Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Michael Fullan to Speak at Premier School Improvement Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 11, 2011 —Teacher Education Summit: School Improvement Network (SINET) the leading provider of on-demand professional development for the education community, has announced the first annual user group event: the School Improvement Innovation Summit to be held July 11-13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

PD 360 has opened the doors for educators and administrators to access best practices in education, with real classroom examples from the top experts. Now, SINET is offering those same experts and authors all in the same venue. Keynote sessions will include such highly regarded educational leaders as Michael Fullan, Curtis Linton, and a virtual keynote from Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

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October 26th, 2010

SINET Named 33rd Business in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 10, 2010 —School Improvement Network recognized as one of Utah's 50 fastest growing companies because of its commitment to improving teacher professional development.

In August, Utah Business Magazine named School Improvement Network one of Utah’s 50 fastest growing companies. The Fast 50 program recognizes companies demonstrating innovative business tactics and skyrocketing revenue growth.

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August 24th, 2010

Virginia District 80% Equity Gains

SALT LAKE CITY —Aug 24, 2010 —Completing two full years of PD 360 use, Loudoun County public schools report major achievement improvement in ESL and economically disadvantaged students. 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.

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.

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June 23rd, 2010

School Improvement Network Named Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award Winner in the Utah Region

SALT LAKE CITY —June 23, 2010 —School Improvement Network Named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Award Winner in the Utah Region Critical Mass: Almost 20% of all elementary and secondary U.S. school teachers now have access to and can collaborate with each other via PD 360

Salt Lake City, UT – June 23, 2010 – School Improvement Network announced today the award of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year to CEO Chet Linton, VP of Marketing Cory Linton, and VP of Development Curtis Linton. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. These individuals were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Salt Palace Convention Center on June 2, 2010.

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April 10th, 2010

School Improvement Network Achieves Critical Mass Almost 20% of U.S. Teachers Are Signed Up For PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY —April 10, 2010 —School Improvement Network announced today their 2010 company “report card” to school administrators, teachers, employees, investors and to the education industry in general.

The world’s largest community of verified educators lift each other and their students to unsurpassed achievement.

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March 30th, 2010

PD 360 Now Includes Content from Concentrics

SALT LAKE CITY —March 30, 2010 —School Improvement Network (SINET) and Concentrics, award-winning producer of sexual harassment prevention programs, have teamed up to add sexual harassment prevention video content to PD 360, SINET’s premier on-demand professional learning resource for educators. Concentrics is an industry leader in sexual harassment prevention in both schools and the workplace through educational videos, consultation, and seminars. School Improvement Network will also offer Concentrics resources independently in its online professional learning resource store (http://www.schoolimprovement.com/newstore/).

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March 1st, 2010

Student scores rise with teachers' use of video resource

SALT LAKE CITY —March 1, 2010 —When teachers receive quality professional instruction, does it directly affect their students’ learning and test scores? That’s the question many schools want to answer - before they invest scarce resources in professional development programs.

A new independent national study has attempted to answer this question for one program, PD 360.

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February 24th, 2010

Early Childhood Content added to PD360

SALT LAKE CITY —Feb 24, 2010 —School Improvement Network (SINET) and Educational Activities, Inc. (EA) announced today a new partnership that will add Pre-K content to SINET’s premier on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360. EA has been a leading publisher of high quality early childhood educational resources for over 60 years. School Improvement Network will also offer EA’s resources independently in its online professional learning resource store (http://www.schoolimprovement.com/).

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February 11th, 2010

PD 360 Helps Student Scores

SALT LAKE CITY —Feb 11, 2010 — A new independent national study of 100 high-utilizing PD 360 schools shows dramatic and statistically significant improvement in student achievement in both math and reading. In this study only schools that reported a high use of PD 360 were analyzed. When comparing these schools to their collective district benchmark from the prior year, students showed 72% greater improvement in reading (p<.001) and an amazing 399% greater improvement in math (p<.001). This study confirms that when teachers receive high quality and timely professional instruction their students’ test scores will improve. The charts below visually depict this strong growth.

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January 28th, 2010

PD 360 statewide in Hawaii

SALT LAKE CITY —Jan 27, 2010 —Hawaii plans to use PD 360 at the school level to align professional learning plans with the school’s academic goals and student achievement data to insure teachers have the resources and training necessary to improve student achievement.

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January 6th, 2010

Florida Department of Education Agrees with School Improvement Network to Host its Technology Videos on PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY —Jan 6, 2010 —The School Improvement Network (SINET) announced today a new agreement with the Florida Department of Education’s Digital Educator Program that will allow all Florida educators to have 24/7 access to their techology videos in PD 360. This program is funded through the Department’s Office of Technology Learning & Innovation. A goal of the Digital Educator program is to train educators to integrate technology into their curriculum, and with the addition of PD 360, Florida educators will have easy access to comprehensive technology training.

This agreement allows Florida to incorporate their own state-developed professional learning content within PD 360 for their schools. In addition, SINET will provide training  to allow for quick implementation and effective use of the many features available in PD 360. FLDOE has agreed to allow SINET to incorporate their professional learning content into PD 360 to further enhance and expand this resource.

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January 1st, 2010

Better professional development translates into higher student achievement

SALT LAKE CITY —Jan 1, 2010 —Williamson County Schools is an innovative, medium-sized district that serves over 27,600 students in 38 schools in Franklin, TN and the surrounding towns. In order to provide more effective professional development to its large staff, Williamson recently began implementing the School Improvement Network’s on-demand resource, PD 360.

Karen Hawkins, Director of Professional Development at Williamson, chose PD 360 because it makes professional development throughout the district more consistent.  In addition, she liked how PD 360 gives teachers an accessible job-embedded resource and provides principals with a tool to make site-based training easier.  Says Hawkins, “PD 360 puts every resource into the hands of every teacher.”

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January 1st, 2010

John and Blanch Linton honored as NSDC Ambassadors for High-Quality Professional Learning

SALT LAKE CITY —Jan 1, 2010 —At the annual conference of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), John and Blanch Linton were honored as the first-ever recipients of the NSDC Ambassadors for High-Quality Professional Learning Award.

NSDC is the largest non-profit professional organization committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement.  NSDC created the Ambassadors for High-Quality Professional Learning Award to honor John and Blanch’s exceptional commitment to outstanding, research-based professional development.

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November 3rd, 2009

School Improvement Network Unveils PD 360 V3

SALT LAKE CITY —Nov 3, 2009 —–School Improvement Network’s PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, has expanded its features to include Professional Learning Courses that can be customized per district, school or teacher. In addition, expanded content and capabilities are now available in the Community, Journal and Search features. With the release of version 3 this week, PD 360 continues its cutting edge delivery of what schools and teachers want most in an on-demand resource.

PD 360 continues its rapid growth with over 500,000 users and 11,000 schools now having access to the most comprehensive on-demand professional learning resource available.

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October 14th, 2009

School Improvement Network Wins Adobe MAX 2009 Award

SALT LAKE CITY —Oct 14, 2009 —– School Improvement Network announced today that PD 360, their premier professional learning solution is the 2009 Adobe Max Award winner for education. This prestigious annual international award is given to eight companies that have used Adobe technology to develop innovative and engaging applications for improved user experience. More than 450 entries were received from business, creative and application development professionals worldwide. The award was presented by actor Mark Hamill at Adobe’s esteemed annual event at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on October 7th. The conference brings together computer design and development professionals from across the globe to connect and learn about the latest cutting-edge innovations from Adobe.

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October 6th, 2009

PD 360 Users' Student Math and Reading Scores Increase Significantly

SALT LAKE CITY —Oct 6, 2009 —–An independent national study of 212 schools shows that usage of PD 360, School Improvement Network’s premier on-demand professional learning resource, significantly improves student achievement in both math and reading. In schools that reported a high use of PD 360, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in both reading and math consistently rose dramatically over the collective district benchmark from the prior year.

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September 14th, 2009

School Improvement Network Saves and Renovates Historical Midvale Junction Bowling Lanes Building

SALT LAKE CITY —Sept 14, 2009 —–To celebrate its phenomenal growth and newly renovated office space, School Improvement Network today announced it will hold a celebratory Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at its new location of 32 West Center Street in Midvale, Utah.

This historical move marks the beginning of a new era for School Improvement Network, and the conclusion of another with the renovation of the old Junction Bowling Lanes building, originally slated for demolition.  This move highlights the most successful year in School Improvement Network’s 18 year history-including over 500% growth the last three years-while providing much needed space for its rapidly growing staff.

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August 27th, 2009

School Improvement Network Announces New Partnership with eMINTS

SALT LAKE CITY —Sept 14, 2009 —–The School Improvement Network (SINET) announced today a new collaborative partnership with the respected eMINTS National Center, marking this as the third such announcement in six months.

This relationship will enable eMINTS to use the PD 360 learning platform as part of their program delivery methods. Beginning this fall, eMINTS trainers will have full use of the content available with PD 360, SINET’s premier on-demand professional learning resource. SINET will incorporate eMINTS’ well-regarded technology training programs into PD 360 to increase PD 360’s technology offerings. Most importantly, this new alliance will allow eMINTS and SINET to jointly develop new and expanded content, based on the latest research.

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August 11th, 2009

School Improvement Network's PD 360 Wins Scholastic Best in Tech Award

SALT LAKE CITY —Sept 14, 2009 —–School Improvement Network is proud to announce that their premier on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360, has been named a Scholastic Administrator’s Best in Tech winner in the Professional Resource Category. The Best in Tech winners were recognized at a formal award ceremony at NECC 2009 in Washington DC in June. Award winners were handpicked and carefully evaluated by Scholastic’s expert administrator-level reviewers.

“Best in Tech is awarded to products that are innovative technology solutions for schools,” said Michele Robinson, Group Publisher, Scholastic Administrator. “The reviewers chose PD 360 because it can be individualized; they use experts that teachers respect; plus real classroom examples are shown, using real teachers and administrators.”

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June 1st, 2009

The Leadership and Learning Center and School Improvement Network Partner to Provide Schools with Comprehensive PD Solutions

SALT LAKE CITY —June 1, 2009 —–The Leadership and Learning Center (The Center), founded and led by Dr. Douglas B. Reeves, and School Improvement Network have formed an alliance to leverage their comprehensive professional development knowledge and resources. Together, they will provide the highest quality and most exhaustive online professional development resources to teachers, schools and districts, coupled with The Center’s on-site efforts.

The Center is a pioneer in helping increase student achievement in the most challenging schools and educational systems.  Besides being licensed to over 7,000 schools, PD 360 and the new Lead and Learn Channel, will now allow accessibility and online resources to a much larger and broader spectrum of schools and districts.

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April 7th, 2009

NSDC Partners with School Improvement Network to Illustrate Effective Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY —April 7, 2009 —–School Improvement Network, a leader in research based professional learning resources, has partnered with the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) to help communicate a powerful new definition of the term ‘Professional Development’. This new definition was developed by NSDC to help improve student performance by improving teaching quality and has been introduced in discussions related to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. School Improvement Network has produced two learning segments on the new definition which are available as part of its on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360.

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March 3rd, 2009

School Improvement Network's PD 360 Selected as a CODiE Finalist

SALT LAKE CITY —March 3, 2009 —–PD 360, School Improvement Network is proud to announce that PD 360, their premier on-demand professional learning resource, was chosen as a Finalist in the category of Best Professional Development Solution by the Software and Information Industry (SIIA) in their 24th Annual CODiE Awards. Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries.

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February 5th, 2009

Savings to Districts Spurs Growth of School Improvement Network's PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY —Feb 5, 2009 —–The School Improvement Network’s PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, has experienced phenomenal growth in the last year as the number of licensed users has more than tripled to over 250,000, representing over 7000 schools and 500 districts. While school districts are scouring their budgets for savings, PD 360 has enabled districts to continue to deliver quality professional development with significant cost savings. With nearly 1,000 video segments featuring the top experts and many thousands of real classroom examples, PD 360 has proven to be a very effective tool to help teachers implement research-based best practices in a cost-effective way.

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October 23rd, 2008

The School Improvement Network's PD 360 Raises Student Achievement by 11.3 Percent

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 23, 2008 —–Hawaii Selects PD 360 as Their Statewide Online Professional Learning Resource: January 27, 2010 – Salt Lake City, UT – The School Improvement Network (SINET) announced today that all 289 public schools in Hawaii now have 24/7 access to their premier on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360. The Hawaii Department of Education purchased PD 360 for all their schools after reviewing the strong results obtained by early PD 360 adopters in the State. An independent study showed that PD 360 significantly increased reading scores in these schools.

Hawaii plans to use PD 360 at the school level to align professional learning plans with the school’s academic goals and student achievement data to insure teachers have the resources and training necessary to improve student achievement.

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September 9th, 2008

School Improvement Network Releases Major Addition to PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 9, 2008 —–The School Improvement Network (SINET) has once again expanded PD 360, its on-demand professional learning resource. Over 10 hours of additional research-based video content, divided up into over 100 segments, is now accessible for all PD 360 users. These new videos expand both the scope and depth of the most comprehensive online professional development library available.

“The content of PD 360 is the foundation of what makes it such an effective resource,” said Elaine Hale, Director of Staff Development at Norman Public Schools in Oklahoma. “All the content is research-based, which is essential for a results-driven professional development program, and since respected experts present the content, I feel confident providing it to teachers and administrators.  The content supports the implementation of research-based strategies because it targets practical classroom application.”

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June 17th, 2008

The School Improvement Network's PD 360 Marks One-Year Anniversary with over 150,000 Users

SALT LAKE CITY — June 17, 2008 —–One year after its 2007 launch at NECC, the School Improvement Network’s PD 360 has become the leading on-demand professional learning resource with over 151,000 licensed users. An additional 11,200 educators have registered for a free trial license.

Educators at 7,435 schools in 52 US states, territories, and Canadian provinces use PD 360 to access hundreds of short, easy-to-use video segments that feature the leading experts and present best-practice examples.  Teachers and administrators are impressed by both the quality and content of PD 360’s library.

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June 4th, 2008

Loudoun County Public Schools Selects the School Improvement Network's PD 360 for Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — June 4, 2008 —–Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia purchased PD 360, the School Improvement Network’s on-demand professional learning solution. All teachers and administrators will have full access to the most comprehensive professional development resource available.

Loudon County Public Schools is one of the largest districts in Virginia and one of the fastest growing in the nation.  The system serves over 54,000 students in 72 schools and is recognized as an innovative leader in student learning and technology integration.  In 2007, Forbes.com ranked Loudoun County Public Schools 11th in a nationwide survey of which school systems deliver high performance at low cost.

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May 26th, 2008

Garland ISD Chooses the School Improvement Network’s PD 360 for Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — May 26, 2008 —–Garland ISD in Garland, Texas recently purchased PD 360, the School Improvement Network’s on-demand professional learning solution, for all teachers and administrators. With 74 schools and over 57,000 students, Garland ISD is the second largest district in Dallas County and the twelfth largest in the entire state.

Garland Independent School District is the twelfth largest district in Texas, serving over 57,000 students at 74 campuses. In the spring of 2006, Garland ISD underwent a curriculum audit which included an analysis of the district’s professional development program. The audit report recommended that Garland needed to look for ways to differentiate professional development in order to meet every teacher’s needs with relevant materials.

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May 21st, 2008

Survey Shows High Levels of Satisfaction by School Improvement Network's PD 360 Users

SALT LAKE CITY — May 21, 2008 —–An anonymous survey of over 1,550 users of PD 360 found that both teachers and administrators feel they benefit from the School Improvement Network’s on-demand professional learning solution. Eighty percent of respondents reported that they find it “helpful or very helpful” to have a resource they could access anytime, anywhere.

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April 22nd, 2008

The School Improvement Network's PD 360 Features Over Five Dozen Top Experts

SALT LAKE CITY — April 22, 2008 —–PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, features 69 of the most sought after educational experts. Content featuring an additional 24 experts will be added to PD 360 before the end of the year. Experts include such respected names as Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Richard and Rebecca DuFour, Douglas Reeves, Rick Smith, Eleanor Renee Rodriguez, Gayle Gregory, Rick Stiggins, Mary Montle Bacon, Todd Whitaker, Pat Wolfe, David Sousa, and Spencer and Laurie Kagan.

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February 18th, 2008

Over 69,000 Educators Utilizing the School Improvement Network's PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb 18, 2008 —–Since its release in December 2006, the School Improvement Network’s PD 360 has become the leader in on-demand professional learning. Over 69,000 educators in 4,800 schools have subscribed to PD 360 to instantly access individualized, research-based support on a wide variety of the most relevant topics. PD 360 continues to see impressive growth with nearly 13,000 new subscribers in January alone.

Because PD 360’s searchable video segments feature the top experts and present real best-practice classroom examples, teachers and administrators have the highest-quality professional development at their fingertips

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January 15th, 2008

The School Improvement Network Announces Major Expansion of PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 15, 2008 —–The School Improvement Network (SINET) has added over forty-seven hours of new research-based video content to its on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360. The content is broken into over 300 new segments that are now instantly accessible for all PD 360 users.

“The content of PD 360 is the foundation of what makes it such an effective resource.  All the content is research-based, which is essential for a results-driven professional development program, and since respected experts present the content, I feel confident providing it to teachers and administrators.  The content supports the implementation of research-based strategies because it targets practical classroom application,” said Elaine Hale, Director of Staff Development at Norman Public Schools in Norman, Oklahoma.

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December 4th, 2007

State of Michigan partners with the School Improvement Network

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 4, 2007 —–Michigan teachers will have on-demand access to the powerful professional learning content of PD 360 thanks to a partnership between Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®) and the School Improvement Network. PD 360 will be integrated into Michigan LearnPort® online courses for K-12 educators. The Michigan LearnPort web-based professional development delivery system was created in partnership with MVU and the Michigan Department of Education.

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November 6th, 2007

PD 360 Solving Professional Development Challenges for Rural Districts Across the U.S.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov 6, 2007 —–Rural districts across the United States have adopted the School Improvement Network’s PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource. PD 360 meets the unique needs of rural districts and empowers them to overcome the many challenges facing rural systems.

Rural districts, with their smaller student populations, have very limited professional development funding. Remote locations and wide geographic boundaries also make it very difficult for rural educators to meet in one central location to participate in professional development. High travel costs prohibit bringing in outside consultants or sending teachers to conferences.

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October 19th, 2007

Arkansas Selects School Improvement Network's PD 360 for Professional Development

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct 19, 2007 —–The State of Arkansas has adopted PD 360, the School Improvement Network’s on-demand professional development resource, for all public schools. To enable every Arkansas educator to utilize on-demand professional development, the School Improvement Network (SINET) created a version of PD 360 for the visually impaired.

PD 360 is the leader in on-demand professional development for schools and districts.  Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that feature respected educational experts and address the most relevant topics. Now all of Arkansas’ 32,900 educators will have constant on-demand access to research-based professional development.
 

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September 5th, 2007

School Improvement Network's Learning Framework Eliminates Achievement Gap in a Louisiana School District

SALT LAKE CITY — Sept 5, 2007 —–School Improvement Network’s (SINET) Leadership and Learning Framework™ proved to be extremely effective in West Carroll Parish Schools this past year. Students whose teachers participated in the Framework not only closed the achievement gap that existed in both Math and English Language Arts but surpassed it. Improvement was also made in students’ attitudes, as well as the attitudes, confidence, and skills of the participating teachers.

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June 21st, 2007

State of Iowa Adopts PD 360 for All Schools

SALT LAKE CITY — June 21, 2007 —–The State of Iowa is in the process of implementing the School Improvement Network’s PD 360 in all 1,700 schools statewide. Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) worked with the School Improvement Network to provide every teacher in every school with PD 360 access. Arletta Dawson, Coordinator for Media Materials Acquisition & Utilization at Heartland AEA 11, was the spokesperson for the AEAs. She is looking forward to the way PD 360 will enhance professional development throughout Iowa.

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June 11th, 2007

Two Florida Districts Choose PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — June 11, 2007 —–Two Florida school districts have purchased the School Improvement Network’s PD 360 to aid and improve their professional development offerings. Leon County Schools signed on at the end of May and is now in the process of implementing PD 360 for next school year. Putnam County School District purchased a few days later. These two innovative districts reflect the growing interest in on-demand professional development in Florida and across the nation.

PD 360 is an on-demand library of hundreds of searchable video segments that cover the topics most important to teachers.  Each video segment is presented by a top educational expert and features multiple best-practice classroom examples to help teachers see how they can implement research-based instruction with their students.  Revolutionary in both its user-friendly design and comprehensive approach, PD 360 puts every resource an educator needs in one easily accessible place.

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June 7th, 2007

Education Companies and Associations See the Value of PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — June 7, 2007 —–The School Improvement Network recently launched PD 360, its new on-demand professional development resource. Already numerous organizations have seen the value of PD 360 and have partnered with the School Improvement Network to offer PD 360 to their clients and members.

PD 360 is an on-demand library of hundreds of searchable video segments that cover the topics most relevant to teachers.  Each video segment is presented by a top educational expert and features multiple best-practice classroom examples to help teachers see how they can apply research-based instruction with their students.  PD 360 includes integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up tools to ensure accountability and implementation.  Ideal for teachers, principals, district administrators, coaches, mentors, content specialists, training facilitators, and paraprofessionals, PD 360 provides the accessibility, flexibility, and differentiated support necessary for effective professional development.

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May 25th, 2007

Districts find that PD 360 solves two biggest professional development challenges: time and money

SALT LAKE CITY — June 7, 2007 —–Lamesa Independent School District recently chose the School Improvement Network’s on-demand resource, PD 360, to help solve its most pressing professional development problems. In the past, Lamesa struggled with finding the time and money for professional development. Traditional methods of professional development pulled teachers out of the classroom and cost the district thousands of dollars without providing job-embedded follow-up. In addition, previous professional development emphasized “one size fits all” training rather than addressing the individual needs of teachers.

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May 14th, 2007

The School Improvement Network launches innovative on-demand professional development resource: PD 360

SALT LAKE CITY — May 14, 2007 —–Professional development often draws up images of long workshops or dusty training books from the school media center. The School Improvement Network, producers of The Video Journal of Education and TeachStream Online Courses, would like to change that idea with the newly developed and launched on-demand resource, PD 360.

PD 360 provides teachers, administrators, coaches, mentors, and professional learning communities with instant access to hundreds of hours of research-based, high-quality professional development featuring the best minds in education and including over 1,000 real classroom examples.

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December 5th, 2006

Curtis Linton Receives NSDC Book of the Year Award

SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 5, 2006 —–Curtis Linton, Executive Producer at School Improvement Network, received the National Staff Development Council’s Book of the Year Award at the organization’s annual conference for co-authoring the acclaimed Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools.

The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) is the largest non-profit professional organization committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement.  The NSDC Book of the Year Award is a much-coveted accolade that recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the field of staff development.

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