SALT LAKE CITY — Dec 16, 2011 —It didn’t take much. The click of a mouse pad, a few Google searches, and the fate of an entire school district was changed.
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.
Having tried some of the more traditional approaches to professional development and finding little success with any of them, Hogan felt that her district needed something new and innovative. She started her search for professional development alternatives online, and within little time was reading about PD developer School Improvement Network and the almost too-good-to-be-true successes that districts just like hers were having with its suite of products. Hogan signed up for a free thirty-day trial and was so impressed with the company’s ability to address all of Humansville’s challenges that she quickly signed up for the entire district.
That was in 2010.
Now, little more than a year out, Humansville R-VI School District is experiencing an explosion in student achievement that, even for all of Hogan’s enthusiasm about School Improvement Network, no one could have expected. In very little time, Humansville’s math proficiency scores have increased by almost 50%, from a 26.9% proficiency rate to 40.1%. Communication Arts proficiency scores also advanced from 32.2% to 40.6%.
Hogan attributes much of Humansville’s success to School Improvement Network, and especially PD 360, its premiere professional development platform. Coming from a district with an especially diverse set of needs, she has been impressed with the way that one product can solve a myriad of problems.
“As a small district in a high poverty area, we have very specific needs,” Hogan says. “PD 360 is a perfect partner in achieving our goals. We are so impressed with its scope and its ability to speak to the diverse needs of all educators. No longer do teachers need to sit through training meetings that have nothing to do with them.”
And Hogan isn’t alone. Over 720,000 educators currently subscribe to PD 360, and are elevating their students‘ proficiency rates in reading and math by an average of 19%.
As for Hogan, she only anticipates continued growth with School Improvement Network, and couldn’t be happier with her decision to sign up. “PD 360 is the most powerful and diverse professional development program available,” she says. “Schools cannot afford to NOT implement it. I’m sold on it!”
Anyone can join the School Improvement Network community and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, the world’s largest online video and professional development distribution network for educators, just by logging on to www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking on the free trial button.