The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced plans today to offer educators a suite of free online professional development sessions this fall. Included in the offerings are a four-part Google Hangout On Air series and a two-part webinar series, which demonstrate how educators are using data to inform instruction and improve student achievement. The online initiatives are the latest products of the collaborative initiative, Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project.
The educational sessions highlight the Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit, which provides a step-by-step curricular plan and resources aimed at strengthening instructional practice and improving student achievement. During the interactive sessions, educators will learn from their peers and educational industry experts about how data can be used to inform their instructional practices and the critical need for effective professional development.
“Learn how innovative leaders are leveraging data to inform teachers and students and how this terrific professional development toolkit can help you and your district,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO.
“The professional development interactive sessions, coupled with the Toolkit, will help educators at all levels transform their classrooms, schools and school districts into data-driven learning environments,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “With these tools, teachers and administrators will have the roadmap they need to turn data into action and improve student achievement. We are confident educators will find the resources of great value in their professional development efforts.”
Register for the four-part CoSN Professional Development Google Hangouts On Air Series:
After registering, participants will be emailed a link to the Hangout and also invited to submit questions to the district presenters.
October 2, 2013 from 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET – Part 1: Professional Development Toolkit: Building a Data-Rich Culture for the Effective Use of Educational Data and Establishing Professional Learning Communities. Participating educational leaders include Katy Independent School District, TX, and Mooresville Graded School District, NC. Register for Part 1
October 16, 2013 from 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET – Part 2: Professional Development Toolkit – Evidence-Based Practices Supporting the Use of Educational Data. Participating educational leaders include Henry County Schools, GA, and Lincoln County Department of Education, TN. Register for Part 2
October 30, 2013 from 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET – Part 3: Professional Development Toolkit – Process of Analyzing Educational Data. Participating educational leaders include Huntsville City Schools, AL, and Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. Register for Part 3
November 13, 2013 from 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET – Part 4: Professional Development Toolkit – Technologies Enabling the use of Educational Data. Participating educational leaders include Clarke County School District, NV, and Forsyth County Schools, GA. Register for Part 4 Register for the two-part AASA Professional Development Webinar Series:
October 1, 2013 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET – Part 1: Professional Development: The Key to Establishing a Successful Data-Driven Culture that Increases Student Achievement. Participants include educational leaders from Enlarged City School District of Middletown, NY, and Sharnell Jackson, Data-Driven Innovations Consulting. Register for Part 1
October 8, 2013 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET – Part 2: Putting the Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit into Action – Districts Share their Stories Participants include educational leaders from Lafourche Parish School District, LA, Randolph Township School District, NJ and Township High School District 214, IL and Sharnell Jackson, Data-Driven Innovations Consulting. Register for Part 2
Visit the Closing the Gap website for updates on future professional development sessions and to access resources that are designed to assist educators with improving instructional practice and student achievement. Resources include: district case studies, videos, best practices, and tools and templates for transitioning to a data-rich culture. All resources are free to the K-12 educational community.
Closing the Gap is funded through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.