Education Professional Development A PD 360 Case Study – Manassas City Public Schools, VA
Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) is located in Manassas City, Virginia, "a small community that provides big opportunities to its residents." As a district of 6,866 students in ten schools, its size is also a plus and allows the staff to get to know the children as individuals and develop personal education plans to make sure that those individual needs are met. The district benefits from all the advantages a smaller city offers and feels a true sense of community with a collaborative bond between home and school that works to ensure the success of every student.
Manassas City Public Schools embraces its mission to educate and develop productive, responsible, and contributing citizens of local and global communities. It is a school system that enjoys diversity as a challenging and balanced learning experience. The dedicated and highly qualified staff is equipped with ample resources and vital partnerships with family, community, business, and government.
MCPS is very proud of its outstanding instructional staff…
• 18 National Board Certified Teachers
• 100% Highly Qualified Teachers (per No Child Left Behind requirements)
• 52.3% Licensed staff with post-graduate degrees
Even with an extraordinary teaching staff, MCPS has an ongoing desire to continually better its professional development (PD) in order to provide excellent student education. This means giving its teachers the most comprehensive PD available.
Dr. Michaelene Meyer, MCPS Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, wanted to hike up the quality as well as streamline the PD process. She looked for a job-embedded resource that teachers could access immediately when they needed it and experience immediate success.
Dr. Meyer had been a dedicated user of School Improvement Network’s The Video Journal of Education video products for many years. When she was introduced to PD 360, also from School Improvement Network, she knew she had found a high-quality answer for MCPS.
ABOUT PD 360
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for educators with over 700,000 subscribers. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, etc., have access to over 1,400 indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples. Each segment includes content from respected educational experts such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. PD 360 can be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, professional learning community, or entire school. It bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 also gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and around the world. See a demonstration at pd360.com.
DRIVING USAGE AND IMPLEMENTATION
One year into its use, Dr. Meyer has already put many applications of PD 360 into place, such as:
• A Three-Year Implementation Plan for Targeted Goals and Actions
• Relevant Topics
New, quality content is continually being added to the up-to-date PD 360 library providing a resource that helps teachers continue to grow professionally. PD 360 has programs dealing with nearly every educational initiative of the past two decades.
• Research Based and Best Practices
PD 360 programs are always research-based and classroom-proven, dealing with nearly every educational initiative of the past two decades. Each program shows real classrooms from around the country using the best teaching methods.
• A Common Voice
PD 360 encourages consistency in a common language and practice. The Focus Objectives support a more efficient, focused commonality with all educators in the district.
• Individual Accountability
Teachers are empowered to take control of their own growth by having everything they need to improve their teaching in one place. Administrators can ensure that PD happens consistently with PD 360’s integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up.
• Easy-to-Use Search Features
With hundreds of fully indexed and searchable learning segments, teachers and administrators can easily find the answers they require. PD 360 has everything MCPS teachers need to immediately improve their teaching and implement the best classroom practices.
• Real Classroom Examples
Dr. Meyer has been pleased with the wide variety of real classrooms from across the country that are shown in every PD 360 program so that teachers can actually see how to implement best practices in their own classroom management.
"New teachers and teachers who are struggling often can’t visualize themselves putting best practices into action. PD 360 is a link for bringing in visual professional development, which starts meaningful conversations such as "What does this practice mean to us?" and "How can we implement it in our classrooms?"
Dr. Michaelene Meyer
Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Manassas City Public Schools, Virginia
• Tracking Features
Administrators can oversee PD usage with PD 360’s integrated tracking, reporting, and follow-up and will know which areas need extra reinforcement. The logs they are providing are really terrific in terms of how the videos are encouraging discussion and learning.
• Real Experts
Over 120 respected education experts are available at each MCPS teacher’s fingertips whenever needed. Educators no longer have to wait to attend conferences, or pay the high costs associated with them, to learn from acclaimed authorities.
Dr. Meyer is insuring that Manassas City Public Schools, the small district in the small town, will continue to enjoy big benefits from PD 360, the most all-inclusive and effective teacher professional development obtainable.
"We have more to learn on how to utilize the benefits of the program, but one step at a time."
Manassas City Public Schools, Virginia