Killeen Independent School District Deepens Professional Development Partnership with ASCD
Alexandria, VA (05/9/2013)—Killeen Independent School District (ISD)—whose more than 6,100 staff members serve approximately 42,000 students—is deepening its relationship with ASCD to meet its professional development goals. ASCD is the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
In 2011, Killeen ISD's professional development team chose ASCD's PD In Focus® online application to support district professional development goals, solve learning challenges, and answer questions in real time for educators in their professional learning community. ASCD's PD In Focus application is an award-winning, cost-effective, professional development tool that provides hundreds of hours of highly effective videos, related resources, activities, and insights from some of the most important voices in education today. Killeen ISD now implements the PD In Focus application in all 32 of its elementary schools and 17 of its secondary schools, which reaches approximately 3,600 educators.
Recently, Killeen ISD's professional development team sought to expand their professional development efforts again, this time to support middle school mathematics educators as they work to meet the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™), which has replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). To help meet this need, Killeen ISD's professional development staff chose ASCD's customizable and sustainable capacity-building solution. Available to schools, districts, regional service agencies and state departments of education, ASCD's capacity-building solution can be delivered on-site, virtually, or through a blended model.
"Working with a trusted partner, one who knows Killeen ISD and the unique challenges we face in serving the students outside one of the largest military bases in the world, was important," explained Killeen ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Diana Miller. "ASCD's ability to consult with our professional development staff, ascertain our needs, and then build an effective, custom solution that would interface neatly with our existing professional development efforts was a crucial determinate in building on our relationship."
Built on the idea that school improvement needs structure and procedures that support ongoing sustainability, ASCD's capacity-building solution is customized for each partner through a highly consultative process that focuses on awareness building, skill development, implementation, and maintenance of targeted educational behaviors over time. The capacity-building solution's exclusive goal is to support teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators as they become local experts in instruction and leadership.
Currently, ASCD and Killeen ISD staffs are collaborating to plan the roll out of this latest professional development effort. In September of this year, Killeen staff will begin implementing this program with a mixture of online and in person professional development events.
"Job-embedded, sustained professional development is a crucial to meeting the evolving needs of today's students," said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. "ASCD is proud to continue working with Killeen ISD's talented educators and administrators to meet our shared goal of supporting the success of each learner."
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