School Improvement Network’s Newly Released Teacher Effectiveness System Helps Improve Teaching the Most Important Step in Getting all Students College and Career Ready

Salt Lake City, UT – June 20, 2012 – For even the best teachers, success in the classroom is not a light switch simply waiting to be flipped. Teacher effectiveness is achieved through a process that demands preparation, the dedication of day-to-day-work, and constant self-examination and improvement.

School Improvement Network has spent over two decades researching and developing this process, documenting how the highest performing schools in the United States have helped their students reach college and career readiness. The results of this research have culminated in a set of tools that guides educators through a systematic approach to developing effective teachers. This set of tools, along with the system they support, is called the Teacher Effectiveness System (TES), an integrated system that incorporates every step of the teacher learning cycle to help educators get 100% of students college and career ready.

“We’re a company of firsts,” says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. “We were the first to film teachers in the classroom for professional development videos, we were the first to take our PD offerings online, and now we are the first to develop a comprehensive, step-by-step process that encompasses every facet of the teacher learning cycle that makes teachers more effective.”

The Teacher Effectiveness System walks educators through a systematic, six-step process to improve classroom practice, and provides users with tools to successfully complete each step:

1. Goals and Objectives
2. Process & Workflow Management
3. Systemic Professional Development
4. Observations, & Evaluations
5. Personalized Professional Learning
6. Progress and Evidence
The tools educators will utilize to successfully complete these steps have been independently proven effective in classrooms of all types (urban, rural and suburban) throughout the nation to support educators as they have increased student achievement for over 20 years:

• PD 360 is the world’s largest on-demand professional development suite, including a comprehensive video library of over 2,000 videos on 125 topics. Using classroom examples of known best practices by master teachers, the PD 360 videos turn theory into practice.
• Common Core 360, the teaching standards tool in the Teacher Effectiveness System, is the leading Common Core resource for understanding and implementing the state standards with fidelity.
• Observation 360 helps administrators turn a simple evaluation into a multi-measure data collection point with prescriptive, personalized training that focuses on helping teachers become more effective with every observation and evaluation.
• My Portfolio gives educators control over their own growth and professional learning by integrating professional development planning and goals into the Teacher Effectiveness System.
The steps and tools in the Teacher Effectiveness System have been repeatedly proven in schools throughout the United States—showing teachers how to make every student college and career ready. TES supports teachers as they make 100% happen.

Start improving classroom practice at your school; request a free, no-obligation demonstration of TES. Call one of School Improvement Network’s professional development advisors at 800-572-1153.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent more time researching and documenting the best practices in education than any other organization in the world. From this research, School Improvement network has developed the Teacher Effectiveness System (TES). TES outlines a step-by-step process to improve teacher practice, and arms educators with a set of powerful tools that can be used to complete each step. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Teacher Effectiveness System produce better teachers, and as a result experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30% in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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