Atlanta Public Schools turns to ASCD for capacity building solutions

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ASCD is partnering with Atlanta Public Schools to create a customized, blended capacity-building model of professional learning to provide APS district leaders, specialists, coordinators, and coaches with the understanding, knowledge, skills, and resources needed to successfully begin implementing the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards via school-based, job-embedded professional learning within the APS Professional Development System.

The capacity building for APS is a customized, blended (virtual and face-to-face) or "Flipped PD model" and is aligned with the professional development system already in place that focuses on building local capacity and expertise through developing the school teams to begin this work in their schools. These school team experts will be equipped to lead the learning in their schools through the use of research-based PD practices.

"Teachers in every building will benefit from industry best practices and the use of job-embedded PD to learn new skills, maintain and enhance learned practices, transfer what they have learned in school-based PD to the classroom, and determine its effect on student learning," said Kristal Ayres, APS's director of professional development. "In order to continue our district growth, we are pleased to maintain and strengthen our partnership with ASCD, who can provide world-class and timely professional development resources to meet our educators' and student's needs."

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