Fitchburg State University Collaborates With PCG Education to Deliver High-Quality Professional Development Graduate Courses
Author | Alyssa Miller | January 23, 2019
With recent data showing teachers are leaving the classroom at alarming rates, there is a growing demand for professional learning opportunities that support K-12 educators. To meet this need, Fitchburg State University’s (Fitchburg State) Office of Extended Campus Programsannounced today the launch of a new suite of online professional development courses delivered by PCG Education (PCG), the leading provider of research-based, online professional learning for districts and educators. Through this partnership, Fitchburg State will offer twenty graduate-level professional development online courses, developed by PCG’s team of educational experts that will allow current K-12 educators to build their skills while actively teaching in the classroom.
Partnership will create professional development opportunities for teachers
Author | Fitchburg State University | January, 24, 2019
With recent data showing teachers are leaving the classroom at alarming rates, there is a growing demand for professional learning opportunities that support K-12 educators. To meet this need, Fitchburg State University’s Office of Extended Campus Programs announces the launch of a new suite of online professional development courses delivered by PCG Education (PCG), a leading provider of research-based, online professional learning for districts and educators...
SIIA’s Education Division Announces Board Leadership
Author | Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA | January, 11, 2019
ETIN, the education division of SIIA, is pleased to announce the 2019 board leadership. Alvin Crawford from PCG serves as the chair and Ashley Andersen Zantop from Pinpoint Learning serves as the vice-chair. “It’s an exciting time at SIIA and a very important time for the EdTech Industry,” explains Crawford. “I’m excited to work with the new leadership of SIIA to create the right ecosystem to provide our industry with better insight...
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Training for Educators Launches in Washington State
Author | Alyssa Miller | December 10, 2018
As part of the statewide focus on inequities experienced by students of color in the classroom and closing the opportunity gap in Washington State, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has launched The Cultural and Linguistic Competency Training modules through a contract with Public Consulting Group, Inc., the leading provider of research-based, online professional learning programs. Following a competitive...
Public Consulting Group and Learning Forward Partner to Launch Innovative Coaching PD Course for Educators
Author | Alyssa Miller | December 3, 2018
Recent research of over 60 studies, found that instructional coaching can improve the quality of a teacher’s instruction and lead to gains in student achievement. To meet this need, Public Consulting Group, Inc., the leading provider of research-based professional learning programs, is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative online course “Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction,” developed in collaboration...
Asking the Wrong Questions about Equity in the Classroom
Author | Alvin Crawford, General Manager - Public Consulting Group | November 28, 2018
Asking the right questions is a skill. It requires insight driven by experience, a strong base of existing knowledge and deep understanding of the problem or discussion. It’s not easy to do. It is, though, a crucial part of the learning process. That’s why it saddens me that, on the subject of equity in education as recently reported in the New York Times, we’re collectively stuck asking questions we knew the answers to decades ago...
4 Characteristics of Transformative Professional Development
Author | Alvin Crawford - Getting Smart | September 17, 2015
If any education expert, policy maker or practitioner sat down with a blank sheet of paper and made notes about what needs fixing in our schools, I’d bet that improving professional development would make that list. We know the dismal numbers. According to a recent study, some school districts spend, on average, $18,000 per teacher per year on professional development. With about 3.5 million teachers on the job ...
5 Steps to Effective and Transformative Professional Development
Author | Alvin Crawford - Getting Smart | March 28, 2015
At last year’s Learning Forward Conference in Texas, Linda Darling-Hammond (the respected Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future) was asked about the effectiveness of teacher professional development. She said that while she believes some districts are doing a great job and could just tweak it around the edges, about 90% of school districts need to think about starting over and redesigning their PD.
A Farewell to Pointless PD
Author | Alvin Crawford -EdSurge | December 5, 2014
It’s time for technology to change professional development for teachers. That’s my view. And it’s why I run a company trying to do exactly that. I see it that way not because of my job but because of the answers to two simple questions. The first: does professional development need to change? The second: can technology actually do it? To answer the first question, yes. Among the teachers we work with, this is an article of faith--so obvious it doesn’t require deep exploration. Even so, there’s...
The Huge Problem with Professional Development for Teachers
Author | Alvin Crawford -The Washington Post | September 6, 2014
One of the things that teachers have long said they need is quality professional development but most of them don’t get it. In this post, Alvin Crawford, CEO of Knowledge Delivery Systems, the largest provider of online teacher professional development programs, writes about the problem and what to do about it. Crawford has been in the teacher training space for close to 20 years and writes about these issues.