Education Direction - Improving student outcomes through data-driven decision making

Professional Development

While strong in theory, all-too-often professional development fails to make the intended impact on classroom instruction. Through a diligent focus on the implications of training on daily instruction, Education Direction helps educators bridge the gap between theory and practice, ensuring opportunities for professional learning translate into improvements in the classroom. To promote capacity-building and sustainability, Education Direction tailors each course to the specific needs of the organization, delivering training both online and on-site, at various intervals and lengths.

Education Direction is committed to helping schools and districts improve instruction through:

  • Exploring and implementing research-based instructional approaches
    • Classroom Instruction That Works (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001)
    • Teach Like a Champion (Lemov, 2010)
    • The Skillful Teacher (Saphler, Haley-Speca, & Gower, 2008)
  • The implementation of data-driven inquiry cycles such as Data Wise (2005, Harvard Education Press)
  • The implementation of Response to Intervention
    • Response to Intervention: Principles and Strategies for Effective Practice (Brown-Chidsey & Steege, 2010)
    • PLCs, DI, & RTI: A Tapestry for School Change (Stoehr, Banks, & Allen, 2011)
  • Developing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement (Dufour & Eaker, 1998)
    • Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Dufour, Dufour, Eaker & Many, 2006)
  • Creating districtwide data cultures that focus on data-driven decision making
    • Collaborative School Improvement: Eight Practices for District-School Partnerships to Transform Teaching and Learning (Kaufman, Grimm, & Miller, 2012)