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ProductFocus * Steven Wyman-Blackburn
A GUIDE TO ONE SEGMENT OF K12 EDUCATION

Professional development tools
Educators want more effective ways to implement new
teaching methods into lesson plans. The PD market is
advancing, offering flexible and sustainable solutions rather
than one-off workshops, lectures and in-service programs.
Many companies offer PD tools that show teachers
how to embed lessons into learning management systems,
so students have universal access to educational content.
Products that guide teachers in integrating social-emotional

STANDARDS ASSESSMENT
INVENTORY
Learning Forward
This 50-item, web-enabled survey
assesses whether a district's
PD practices align with a set of
standards developed by Learning
Forward with the help of 40
professional associations and
education organizations. States,
regional service centers and
school systems can use the tool
to measure teachers' perceptions
of PD and to guide the planning,
facilitation, implementation and
evaluation of a program.
www.learningforward.org

PLAYBOOK
Panorama Education
Playbook, an online community
where K12 educators share
teaching strategies on all subjects,
features new content on topics
such as how to improve or bolster
student engagement. Panorama
has also partnered with socialemotional learning content
provider Character Lab to offer
WOOP, an app that encourages
students to set goals and to
identify ways for overcoming any
obstacles that might prevent them
from achieving those goals.
playbook.panoramaed.com

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learning into their classrooms have become more prevalent.
The way instructors learn is also changing. While PD videos
remain relevant, the range of educational footage is broadening
beyond DVD. Teachers now view clips online, sometimes via QR
codes provided in e-textbooks.

Educators can earn micro-credentials or badges in
individual courses focused on a specific skill, such as teaching
digital citizenship.

GVRL
Gale, A Cengage Company
GVRL is a platform where
teachers can collect and organize
PD e-books from academic
publishers such as ASCD,
Corwin, ISTE, Solution Tree and
NSTA. Articles on professional
development are available in
easy-to-read HTML, cover-to-cover
book view and audio formats that
educators can download onto any
mobile device.
www.gale.com/GVRLPD

REDBIRD PROFESSIONAL
LEARNING PLATFORM
McGraw-Hill Education
This online learning system
provides 14 to 18 hours of short
videos, text, interactive activities
and collaborative exercises on
various subjects, such as how to
select and apply digital curriculum
in a classroom setting. It also
features instructor guidance,
where users can interact directly
and learn from industry experts
and peers. The platform offers
exercises in 20- to 30-minute
segments and introduces the
fundamentals of the Google Apps
for Education tools.
www.redbirdlearning.com

IMPACT INSIGHT
Creative Leadership
This detailed report includes
interviews, surveys and document
reviews from superintendents and
district leaders who have been
successful in increasing student
success. Impact Insight provides
executive coaching, grant-writing
assistance and workshops, such
as on effective grading practices.
www.creativeleadership.net

FLEXCAT SYSTEM
Lightspeed Technologies
Flexcat is a classroom audio
system with a wearable
microphone, speaker and set of
two-way audio pods. The system
features a new app allowing
instructors to switch between
the two-way audio pods with
their iOS device. It also provides
expanded coverage of up to 12
audio pods and supports Whisper
Coaching, an earpiece that lets a
nearby mentor, who's training the
teacher, listen in on classroom
discussions and have private
conversations with the educator,
offering tips and suggestions.
www.lightspeed-tek.com

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