SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2007–Teachscape has reorganized its product offering into Professional Learning Series that include its new Online Program Manager to help facilitate improved instruction and improved achievement. Products are now organized into Professional Study Programs and Institutes. Both offerings allow schools and districts to use the online manager´s suite of communication, content, data reporting and other work management applications to easily facilitate staff development.
According to Cheryl Williams, Vice President, Marketing at Teachscape, “Research shows that educators need the same collaborative, project-based skills as other professionals. So we begin with a data-driven diagnosis of teachers´ and students´ needs and then provide tech-enabled services with a continual emphasis on outcomes that result in authentic student learning.”
Professional Study Programs
The 12-month professional study programs help instructional leaders and teachers to obtain measurable outcomes through professional development. The six series programs are: High-Yield Strategies, Developing and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Best Practices in Instructional Coaching, The Algebra Series, Supporting English Language Learners and The Early Childhood Series.
Each program offers a blend of face-to-face and classroom-based experiences, along with facilitated access to the Online Program Manager and ongoing onsite and online support. Participants study research, observe exemplary teaching, practice modeled approaches and collect data and samples of student work.
Participants have access to a library containing video case studies, publications and research articles. Learning is facilitated via pacing calendars, sample schedules, discussion prompts, session plans, activities, assessment tools, rubrics and more.
The Institutes focus on helping districts to embed online resources into their professional development. The eight topic areas are: Teaching with High Yield Strategies, Developing and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Planning for Results, Supporting Effective ELL Practice, Using Data, Enhancing Instructional Leadership, Key Ideas in Algebra, and Informing Math Practice through Questioning and Assessment.
Teachscape´s Institutes consist of three days of face-to-face instruction and the modeling of technology-supported professional development. In addition, attendees have a semester of access to the Online Program Manager for every teacher in their school. Institute participants also have access to the library of video case studies, publications and research articles.
Flexibility and Easy Access
Districts choose between the Professional Study Programs and the Institutes, or they choose a combination of both to train instructional leaders. Teachscape´s Online Program Manager facilitates participation by allowing professional learning to be easily integrated in every attendee´s workday at any time and anywhere.
Teachscape is a technology-enabled professional development services company that provides research-based, data-driven, integrated professional learning for educators throughout a school system. As a strong proponent of the National Staff Development Council´s standards, Teachscape´s mission is to integrate 21st century skills into every teacher´s day. Teachscape has partnered with renowned institutions like Stanford University, McREL, the Concord Consortium, the University of Texas and others to shape its approach to professional learning. For more information, visit Teachscape at http://www.teachscape.com.