The two-year initiative will allow the District, UPD Consulting, and Pearson K12 Learning to create and implement customized professional development that will benefit the District’s middle school math teachers who are in their first four years of teaching.
The partnership, made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative, will work to demonstrate that high-quality instructional materials allow teachers to better help students master the skills, knowledge, and experiences that will support them in school and in life. However, because the adoption of instructional materials alone is insufficient to ensure that teachers are fully equipped to deliver high-quality instruction that meets individual student learning needs, curriculum must also be accompanied by professional learning opportunities.
The targeted training and support developed by this partnership will help enhance teachers’ instructional skills so that they can more effectively implement Pearson K12’s enVision Florida Mathematics program and will provide a focus on mathematics standards and pedagogy, diversity and equity, and differentiating for the needs of new and beginning teachers. The goals of the grant align with the District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan of bettering the academic gains for its Black, Latino, ELL and low-income students.
As part of this partnership, Pearson K12 Learning and UPD will work hand-in-hand with the school district to develop supplementary professional learning content and improved ways of delivering it that will better support novice teachers who are often placed in classrooms serving high concentrations of low-income students and students of color. The partnership approach shifts traditional “stand-and-deliver” sessions to professional learning that is collaborative, grounded in data and examples of student work, focuses on continuous cycles of implementation, and is supported by aligned classroom coaching. These services will supplement the existing array of innovative professional services that Pearson K12 Learning already provides the District to help its teachers learn best practices on teaching enVision Florida Mathematics curriculum, including on-site workshops and shoulder-to-shoulder coaching.
The enVision Florida Mathematics program — created for print, digital, or blended instruction — uses interactive multimedia experiences to engage learners in student choice and dynamic problem solving, empowering them to take ownership of their understanding of mathematical ideas.
Palm Beach County and Pearson K12 Learning on this very exciting work that will enable new teachers to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure that high-quality curriculum, as designed, is what gets delivered, in practice,” said Douglass Austin, president & CEO of UPD Consulting.’ data-reactid=”33″>”We are thrilled to collaborate with the School District of Palm Beach County and Pearson K12 Learning on this very exciting work that will enable new teachers to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure that high-quality curriculum, as designed, is what gets delivered, in practice,” said Douglass Austin, president & CEO of UPD Consulting.
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