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Professional Development

Research by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences concluded that student achievement can improve by as much as 21 percentile points as a result of teachers’ participation in well-designed professional development programs.

LBL ESD is dedicated to providing information and opportunities for school staff to continue learning throughout their careers.

October 11th Statewide In-service Day Professional Development Opportunities

This list will be updated as more PD opportunities are discovered. Please share with your fellow educators!

LBL ESD Provided

LBL ESD Partner School Districts

Other Agencies and Opportunities

Ongoing updates on Improvement Science and data driven and tested ideas surrounding some of our greatest barriers in education:

Learn with us! Continuous improvement is about testing, refining and spreading high-leverage practices. We invite you to try some of the change ideas that have led to improvement in our schools and networks, and adapt them to your unique context. Our work is always evolving, so let us know how they work for you.

Ongoing edX Online courses:

edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities on Support Services for Students, Parents, and Faculty:

Oregon Family Support Network is the longest standing organization in Oregon with the ability to provide advocacy, support, education and direct peer delivered services.

Bureau of Education & Research:

Bureau of Education & Research (BER) is the leading provider of professional development and PD training resources for educators in North America. Founded by educators in 1976, the Bureau has grown to provide national and regional PD programs across the entire United States and Canada. The Bureau is especially proud of its outstanding presenters, all of whom have extensive practical experience in their content areas and many of whom are national and international leaders in their respective fields.

BER sponsors PD seminars, conferences, institutes and train-the-trainer programs. Most PD events can be brought to schools and districts through BER’s On-Site PD program.  BER also produces PD resource products for educators: PD Resource Kits, Online PD Courses, and Audio Seminars. Our goal is to provide high quality programs based on sound research, with an emphasis on practical strategies and techniques that can be immediately implemented.

We stand behind every program and PD product we provide. If a participant is not satisfied with a PD event or product, we provide a 100% refund of the fee.

Data and Improvement Science

Data Literacy Training is an important aspect of using data to improve instruction. All of the data you can pull will only give you data. It’s knowing what to do with it that makes a difference.

Hans Rosling was someone who knew what do to with all of that data. TedTalk provides great examples of how to use data to write a narrative:

The best Hans Rosling talks you’ve ever seen

How Not To Be Ignorant About the World


Argos is a web-based application which provides tools to create ad-hoc, simple, or advanced queries to retrieve and analyze data from our data warehouse. An Argos “dashboard” is a customized query that presents data in a specific, formatted layout. The layout may include additional filter options, interactive charts and graphs, and OLAP cubes. Access to Argos is controlled by WebSIS security settings.

LBL ESD provides an extensive set of dashboards. We also work with authorized district administrators or staff to discuss and develop customized dashboards if needed. Unlimited training and support (at no additional cost) is available.

Improvement Science

“All improvement requires change, but not all change is an improvement.” When we realize that a change needs to be made, there are times it seems like an overwhelming task. BIG problems seem like they need BIG solutions, but the Carnegie Foundation has shown that big problems need many small solutions on a continuous growth and learning journey.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve longstanding inequities in educational outcomes.

Using Improvement Science to Accelerate Learning and Address Problems of Practice

Carnegie advocates for the use of improvement science to accelerate how a field learns to improve. Improvement science deploys rapid tests of change to guide the development, revision and continued fine-tuning of new tools, processes, work roles and relationships.

Improvement science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing. It’s a more user-centered and problem-centered approached to improving teaching and learning.

As the improvement process advances, previously invisible problems often emerge and improvement activities may need to tack in new directions. The objective here is quite different from the traditional pilot program that seeks to offer a proof of concept. Improvement research, in contrast, is a focused learning journey. The overall goal is to develop the necessary know-how for a reform idea ultimately to spread faster and more effectively. Since improvement research is an iterative process often extending over considerable periods of time, it is also referred to as continuous improvement.


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Nancy Griffith