Last fall, we introduced a brand new type of professional development support with the launch of MyLivePD® Online Coaching Services. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MyLivePD offers teachers a new way to collaborate with experienced instructional coaches to get timely, relevant and practical PD support they can use right now.
MyLivePD has been well received by more than 150 math teachers using the service in participating districts including Baltimore County School District, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tucson Unified School District and several Teach for America regions. We put together a review of MyLivePD’s first year (see link on right sidebar), chock-full of data around why teachers like connecting to coaches online on their own schedule for timely and relevant help.
As we begin a new school year, hundreds of more teachers have signed up to participate. Data from the first year report provides insights on why more teachers want MyLivePD including:
- 85% of teachers connect to a coach and then use the knowledge from their session within one week in their classroom
- 95% of teachers rated the service good, very good or excellent
- Teachers turned to MyLivePD instructional coaches most often to find new resources, discuss specific math concepts or pedagogy
As we begin the 2012-2013 school year, our coaches are excited to help teachers plan and integrate fresh ideas into their classrooms. All of the coaches are well versed in the Common Core Standards and can be a teacher’s best source for integrating new lessons and teaching methodologies that may be part of their district’s Common Core implementation.
If you’d like to learn more about how to bring online instructional coaches into your district, visit tutor.com/mylivepd