Today, a school’s success relies on its implementation of research-based and current instructional best practices. To improve student achievement and teaching practices, educators must also focus on integrating their own continuous learning in a sustained and measurable way. While there’s no debating the importance of professional learning, schools sometimes find themselves challenged to effectively deliver programs that “stick” and have long-term impact. Schoolwide supports educator responsiveness to student needs by providing access to thousands of rigorous, standards-aligned, high-quality teaching and learning resources that address individual literacy learning needs, supports various teaching styles and ensures equity.
Designing meaningful Professional Learning plans has played an important role in forming close partnerships with districts they work with across the United States. Founded in 1993, Schoolwide was propelled onto the scene by a feature article in Parade Magazine that highlighted its student-run school bookstore program. The program was designed to help economically disadvantaged students and families gain access to, and ownership of, new, high-quality children’s books at low cost. Schoolwide exclusively supported and serviced student-run bookstores for the first five years of its existence, supplying collections of books called “bargain bundles” for an average price of $1.00 each.
They recently created a new annual professional learning program called Partners for Progress where they have created professional learning experiences that address the individual needs and objectives of each partner. And they provide continual access and support throughout the year, helping to ensure the district is meeting its goals.