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“Superintendent’s Corner”
April 22, 2014

It is with some measure of disbelief that we are closing in on the end of another school year. The school year was kicked off with the introduction of PD360, a powerful instructional tool correlated with student achievement. PD360 features a variety of instructional strategies that are generalized across all content areas. It provides us not only with a common language around instruction but concrete instructional strategies that are immediately applicable to our classrooms. These are many benefits to PD360 that include but not limited to the following:

  • On demand access anytime, anywhere on a desktop, laptop and/or mobile device.
  • Personalized profession development with videos and resources for any instructional situation
  • Peer collaboration in an education only community with almost a million members
  • Seamless integration with the observation tool used by our administrators
  • A clean connection with the Common Core Literacy Standards The features of PD360 are as follows:
    Training Videos - With over 2,000 videos on more than 125 topics, PD 360 continues to add hundreds of new videos to its library every month on the most relevant, trending topics in education and teacher practice.
    PD 360 Community – Teachers can connect with almost a million peers in an educators-only, online professional learning community.
    My Portfolio – Teachers can create personalized professional development plans, that correlate with Academy and District goals.
    Focus Objective Folders – Teachers are able to work with peers on common goals in your academy and/or District.
    PD Plans and Lesson Plans – Teachers can download teacher-created lesson plans and curriculum maps tied to the Common Core Standards.
    Learning Progression Tool (Common Core 360) – Educators have access to the most efficient visual representation of the Common Core Standards.
    Overall, PD 360 provides an on-demand, personalized professional development experience for all our teachers. I am pleased to announce that this resource will continues to be available to all teachers and administrators in our District during the next school year. Independent research has documented a strong correlation between PD 360 usage and improved student learning. In one such study, 422 Title I schools using PD 360 were compared to their neighboring, more affluent schools that did not use PD 360. In this study, the students in Title I schools outperformed their peers by 28.8% (p > .001). This and other independent studies demonstrate the vital impact of on-demand, personalized professional development as found in PD 360. In most cases, the implementation of PD360 has been slow with some progress. A draft plan has been developed to further our progress with PD360 that will begin in the fall. Please email any suggestions you may have regarding the draft plan. The draft plan is as follows:
  • At each weekly staff meeting, at least one PD360 variable related to the Learning Framework will be presented for discussion
  • One PD360 video will be assigned weekly for viewing
  • All lesson plans will include variables related to PD360 and the Learning Framework
  • Development of a PD360 team in each Academy that will assist with Professional Development
  • PD360 staff will provide small group professional development throughout the next school year, beginning this fall

In order to provide students with an education that prepares them to successfully cross the “Bridge to Adulthood” and ensure they are competitive with their non-disabled peers, it is imperative that the PD360 Learning Framework be implemented to deliver the curricula in all our classrooms across the four academies. If you would like more information regarding GNC please visit our website (http://www.greenburghnorthcastleschools.com/). For referral information please contact Dr. Robin Levine at 914-798-7200 ext.2232 regarding day placement and for residential placement please contact either Jill Bergner, Director of Intake, at 914-693-3030 ext. 2037 or Karen Safris, Supervisor of Intake, at 914-949-0665 ext. 2301.
Dr. Edward Placke
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