Discovery Education has announced the launch of the Digital Leader Corps (DLC). A new professional development service, the DLC supports school systems as they develop teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering their district’s digital transition. Under the DLC’s shared leadership model, Discovery Education works collaboratively with school district partners to develop comprehensive professional learning plans that scale to any size learning initiative, build a culture of continuous improvement and ultimately, create lasting, systemic change, according to the announcement.
The new professional development model builds and nurtures a network of teacher-leaders to design and implement successful and innovative teaching strategies that can be shared with their peers. Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy and tools, the DLC helps participating educators learn to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction. A new innovation included in the DLC is educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers bring to life new teaching strategies, and practice and adapt their skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The DLC program provides teachers with continuous customized, job-embedded consultation throughout the process with on-going modeling, coaching and feedback from Discovery Education DLC trainers in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications and implementation phases.
The DLC utilizes multiple measures of data to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of participants’ professional learning. Through surveys, direct observation, increased use of digital content and tools by teachers and students, and gains in student achievement, school systems can monitor the impact of the DLC and adjust their efforts as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com