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Promoting Literacy
and Problem Solving through
Professional Development

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is home to 205 schools and more than 125,000 students. On June 16, 2014, PGCPS partnered with Discovery Education to deliver a one-day professional development learning conference for the district's 9000 educators that focused on effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
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Prince George's County Public Schools, MD

Watch this video and learn how Prince George's County Public Schools and Discovery Education joined forces to promote literacy and problem solving in support of Common Core State Standards:

Challenge

To support the upcoming implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Prince George's County Public Schools was challenged with providing relevant, engaging professional development across all 9,000 educators in a short window of time. The goal: To enhance student learning and effectively integrate Maryland's College and Career-Ready Standards into classroom instruction.

Solution

On June 16, over 100 experts from Discovery Education in partnership with PGCPS instructional staff took part in an unprecedented professional development collaboration, teaching new instructional strategies and tactics to all of the district's 9,000 educators spanning across 9 High School sites in the county.

Results

Throughout the day, educators learned how to use Discovery Education's digital content and other educational technologies to promote creativity and problem-solving, support literacy standards, and inspire curiosity in their students. A variety of informative sessions on topics including evidence-based reading, purposeful assessments, and using texts and tasks with rigor and complexity were presented, showcasing creative ways to implement the latest innovations in teaching and learning to engage students and accelerate achievement.

Participant Survey Results:

  • 7 out of 9 schools had 80% of its survey respondents rated their overall experience 3 stars or higher
  • 88% of Grade 9-12 survey respondents rated their overall 3 stars or higher
  • 86% rated the DE-led sessions "Excellent" or "Good"
  • 82% rated the PGCPS-led sessions "Excellent" or "Good"
  • 98% learned a CCSS (Common Core Standards) strategy they plan to use in the classroom
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What People Are Saying

"PGCPS is committed to preparing all students to graduate career or workforce ready. To achieve this goal, we must improve the quality of teaching in every classroom, equip teachers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities, and ensure that all facets of the system support teachers in this goal. Discovery Education shares our commitment to this mission, and we look forward to continuing to build on what has been a very successful relationship."

Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell
CEO, Prince George's County Public Schools
District Administration, June 4, 2014

"This was the most engaging PD session I've ever attended for PGCPS. PLEASE continue to show us how to use technology to integrate standards into classroom learning.”

Educator
Prince George's County Publich Schools

Discovery Education Professional Development

Teacher Approved. Research Based.

Our professional development team is committed to the highest standards of professional learning grounded in research and successful practice. With topics including student collaboration and flipped classrooms, lesson planning around the Common Core State Standards, and digital media integration in environments that are 1:1 or 20:1.

We Partner with Districts to:

  • Collaboratively design professional learning plans that provide continuous improvement in teachers’ skills
  • Support professional learning communities via access to the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Address professional learning needs for both classroom teachers and district administrators
  • Provide highly-trained and certified educators for all on-site and web-based professional learning experiences
Our Approach to Professional Development

Our Approach

We partner with districts to identify their goals and develop a customized learning plan.

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