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Alexandria, VA (08/09/2012)—Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) Title I Office has chosen ASCD as its newest professional development partner. As the second largest school system in Maryland and the 18th largest in the nation, PGCPS's 9,000 educators serve 125,000 students in 205 schools. ASCD is the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
To meet the goal of improving teacher effectiveness in nine identified Title I schools, PGCPS Title I staff chose ASCD and its customizable and sustainable capacity-building solution. Available to schools, districts, or regional service agencies, ASCD's capacity-building solution can be delivered on site, virtually, or in a blended model.
"The second of Prince George's County Public Schools five strategic goals is highly effective teaching," said Debra Mahone, PGCPS Title I director. "To achieve that goal, we sought a partner that would collaborate with us to provide job-embedded, sustained professional development specifically tailored to our district’s focus and to the needs of our schools. By working with ASCD, we were able to create a program for the identified Title I schools that helps us achieve our goals and empower school leaders and teachers to support the success of each learner."
Built on the idea that school improvement needs structures and procedures that support sustainability, ASCD's capacity-building solution is customized for each partner through a highly consultative process that focuses on building awareness, skill development, implementation, and maintenance of targeted educational behaviors over time. The capacity-building solution's exclusive goal is to support teacher leaders and administrators as they become local experts in specific instruction and leadership practices supporting teacher growth and development at their schools.
In close collaboration with Tracey Adesegun, Title I coordinating supervisor, and other PGCPS Title I team members, ASCD's team created a multilevel professional development initiative. One level of the initiative focuses on the development of teacher leaders with expertise not only in research-based best practices that support the PGCPS teacher evaluation components, but also in providing school-based, job-embedded professional development on those practices to their peers.
Another facet of the initiative focuses on providing professional training to designated school administrators and Title I staff members on ASCD's capacity-building approach to professional development. This includes the collaboration of ASCD, PGCPS Title I staff, and the administrators of nine identified schools to review, revise, or if needed create school policies and practices that support the implementation of best practices and build capacity and expertise of teachers.
This initiative, funded through a Title I grant awarded by the state of Maryland, began with a two-day overview session for administrators in late June and two-week-long professional development institutes for teacher leaders in early July. Following the kickoff, ASCD staff is providing follow-up on site and virtual coaching to teacher leaders and administrators.
"ASCD is pleased to be partnering with Dr. Mahone, Mrs. Adesegun, and the rest of the Prince George's County Schools Title I staff on this initiative," said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. "Truly forward thinking school systems, like Prince George's County Public Schools, recognize one of the keys to supporting the learning of each child in each school is to provide, sustained, job-embedded professional development that builds educators' capacity. We look forward to continuing this partnership and working together on our shared goal to support the success of each learner."
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