SALT LAKE CITY—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of Edivate, an on-demand professional learning platform that personalizes content for educators based on their profile and administrator assigned content to launch on July 15, 2014. Edivate replaces their award winning PD 360, which represents a significant new direction for School Improvement Network, and will be the single vehicle for innovative personalized learning products for educators in the future.
Edivate Replaces PD 360 and Brings a New On-demand Professional Learning Platform, Personalized Content Recommendations, and Advanced User Interface
“The evolution from PD 360 to Edivate is yet another landmark in School Improvement Network’s long history of innovating education,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In 1991, we were the first company to document classroom best practices on video. In 2007, we were the first to deliver these resources online and on demand. Now, in 2014, with the transformation of PD 360 to Edivate, we are the first education company to create a resource that intelligently serves personalized content from a rich supply of resources research-proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.”
The name Edivate derives from “edification,” “innovation,” “elevation,” and “motivation,” meant to represent the breadth and depth of the resources available to support educators in every aspect of their work beyond professional development content. The green “i” in the logo represents “implementation” and “individualized” or personalized” learning.
Through Edivate, educators will have access to the resources formerly available in PD 360, Common Core 360 and Observation 360 (the Educator Effectiveness System), such as thousands of videos showing best practices in education with master teachers, lesson plans and classroom aides, meaningful and personalized observation templates, and access to a professional learning community of more than a million educators. But with Edivate, these resources will be automatically served to educators based on their profile and administrator assigned PD. In coming months, this Edivate feature will be expanded to deliver educators personalized content based on their interests and previous searches. Administrators can also seamlessly make and implement professional development plans for an entire district or system, or a single educator.
Edivate will be used by all School Improvement Network clients beginning July 15, 2014, and is scalable to any school or system. Independent, peer-reviewed research in the Journal of Instructional Psychology found that when educators used the tools within Edivate for at least 10 minutes a week, student proficiency on standardized tests increased by an average of 18 percent in a single year compared to district averages. The same study showed dropout rates decreased by 20 percent, discipline issues decreased by 33 percent, and 10 percent more students expressed intention of attending college compared to district averages.