Friday, April 11, 2014

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

School Improvement Network Survey Gathers Educator Insight to Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

We have recently released a new survey gathering educator insights 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.”

The five-question survey asks educators how often they see symptoms of the various types of child abuse and neglect in their students, what resources are available to help them help their students, and other related questions. Survey results will be publicly available at the end of April and will be used to guide future awareness efforts, research, and resource development.

Click here to take the survey about child abuse and neglect prevention.

Click here to see other “Voices of Education” surveys.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Create Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks with Jay McTighe

Free Education Webinar Shows How to Create Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks
Webinar Recording Shows Education Expert Jay McTighe Outlining How to Develop Rich Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks to Measure Student Learning

Webinar recording with education expert Jay McTighe showing how to create Common Core-aligned assessment tasks to measure student learning is now available.

“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.”

In this webinar recording, educators receive a set of proven and practical design tools for developing quality performance tasks to help them create Common Core-aligned assessment tasks to engage students from Jay McTighe’s new LumiBook, “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most.”

Click here to see the webinar recording.

Click here for more information on Jay McTighe’s LumiBook, “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most.”

Click here to see another Jay McTighe webinar about creating Common Core-aligned assessments.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Video Series for Educators Helps Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

New School Improvement Network Video Series Helps Educators Identify, Report, Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

We have just released a new video series 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.”

The videos are part of PD 360’s compliance series, which also includes video series on blood-borne pathogens, bullying, copyright issues, Internet safety, sexual harassment, and physical hazards on school grounds.

PD 360 offers a library of more than 3,000 expert-produced training videos, powerful support tools and resources, and an online professional learning community of more than one million educators.

Click here to see the first segment of the series on preventing child abuse and neglect.

Click here to learn more about the series.

Click here for a free trial of PD 360.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Case Study Shows Artesia Public Schools’ Growth with PD 360

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

New Case Study Shows Artesia Public Schools’ Growth with PD 360.

The 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.”

The Educator Effectiveness System is powered by a web-based, on-demand platform that delivers professional learning resources to any educator, anytime, anywhere. It’s expansive enough to cover every situation educators face, yet flexible enough to be customized to individual needs.

All of the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System—from content to management—are tightly integrated, giving educators a comprehensive, single sign-in professional learning solution.

View the case study

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chet D. Linton to Moderate Panel at Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona

Panel to Discuss Implementing 21st Century Learning

School Improvement Network 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.”

The invitation-only event highlights the world’s most innovative education leaders who utilize the power of technology to help students reach their full potential. Linton will moderate an expert panel on 21st Century Learning.

In 2012, Linton keynoted the Global Forum held in Prague, demonstrating the impact of on-demand professional development resources in increasing teacher effectiveness and student success, regardless of geography, socio-economic challenges or achievement gaps.

Download the new PDF presented at the conference - Impact of a Teacher

Friday, March 7, 2014

How to Create Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks

Free Education Webinar with Jay McTighe Helps Educators Develop Rich Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tasks to Measure Student Learning


Join us for this 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.”

Educators who attend this webinar will get a set of practical and proven design tools for developing quality performance tasks based on Jay McTighe’s new LumiBook, “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most” to help them create Common Core-aligned assessment tasks to engage students.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Click here for more information on Jay McTighe’s LumiBook “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most.”

Click here to see another Jay McTighe webinar about creating Common Core-aligned assessments.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New LumiBook Shows Educators How to Create Standards-Based or Common Core-Aligned Assessments to Measure Student Mastery

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

New LumiBook Shows Educators How to Create Standards-Based or Common Core-Aligned Assessments to Measure Student Mastery


We will be releasing 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.”

Educators who visit the School Improvement Network booth #1101 at ASCD 2014 will receive a free version of Jay McTighe’s best-selling LumiBook, “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most,” that shows educators how to:

  • Turn standards-based or Common Core-aligned assessments into learning experiences
  • Get an accurate picture of how well state standards or Common Core implementation is going in a school or district
  • Create interventions to help spur improvement in standards implementation

Click here to learn more about Jay McTighe’s Lumibook, “Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most.”

Click here to see a free webinar with Jay McTighe on how to create effective standards-based or Common Core-aligned assessments.

Click here to see other events School Improvement Network is attending.