Thursday, February 24, 2011

Arkansas Department of Education Enhances Current Professional Development with PD 360

“PD 360 provides all Arkansas educators with on-demand access to research-based professional development. It enhances current professional development activities and supports common language and practice statewide.”
Deborah Coffman
Professional Development Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education

In 2000, as part of its effort to improve teacher quality, the state raised the minimum professional development required to retain a teaching license from 30 to 60 hours per year.

On September 6, 2006, ADE introduced its new Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools (IDEAS) portal to provide online PD for districts and teachers. It wanted to make teacher training easier, more job-embedded, and more targeted to the actual needs of its more than 35,000 teachers. It wanted to supply its teachers with the best online PD resources, which in turn would raise student proficiency scores.

The fifteen education service cooperatives throughout Arkansas offer support to the school districts in their region, and provide PD opportunities. ADE Professional Development Coordinator, Deborah Coffman, and the cooperatives were very familiar and involved with The Video Journal of Education PD videos. They were pleased to learn the programs were available online as an on-demand product called PD 360 and quickly added it to their IDEAS portal.

To learn more about how Arkansas used PD 360 to improve student achievement, read the entire case study HERE

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