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  1. The Ron Clark Academy Staff Development Initiative Staff development unlike any other!

  2. Who is Ron Clark? • Co-Founder of the Ron Clark Academy • Disney American Teacher of the Year • New York Times best-selling author • The Essential 55 • The Excellent 11 • The End of Molasses Classes • The Movie: The Ron Clark Story • The Today Show, Oprah, CNN, and more

  3. The Ron Clark Academy • Model middle school • Trained more than 15,000 teachers • Innovative and outside-the-box teaching methods • Three pillars: • Student engagement • Rigor • Climate & Culture

  4. Taking Teachers and Students to New Levels • Convenient • Cost Effective • Rewarding • Common Core Standards • Significant Outcomes

  5. Pre-Assessment • Representatives from the Ron Clark Academy and Sierra Nevada College will work together with school administrators and staff to develop pre-assessment benchmarks and surveys relative to: • Climate • Rigor • Student engagement • Student achievement • Teacher effectiveness * The breadth and scope of the pre-assessment will depend on the package selected by the school administrator.

  6. Staff Development Training Live 3-hour workshop Training with an experienced RCA Teacher Class location selected by school officials

  7. Staff Development Training Continued Live training 6-week asynchronous (move at your own pace) online training Graduate credits with Sierra Nevada College ($75 fee per credit) Future grants awarded to attend live onsite training at RCA

  8. What’s Next? • Leadership team • Future plans • Live follow-ups • Post-assessments

  9. It’s All About Positive Results Three Pillars of RCA Advanced Rigor 18% before RCA 82% increase 64% after RCA Climate and Culture 36% before RCA increase 56% after RCA 92% Student Engagement 28% before RCA increase 61% after RCA 89% Participants’ awareness of the importance of advanced rigor, climate and culture, and student engagement before/after attending the Ron Clark Academy.

  10. Implementation Analysis 90% of participants strongly agree that they learned new strategies that they would like to implement in their classroom. 95%of participants indicated that they will be able to use the strategies learned at RCA to improve as an educator. 1,144 educators who have been to RCA’s educator-training program over the past five years (2007-2012) participated in this survey.

  11. Student Engagement After returning to the classroom, teachers attending the Ron Clark Academy Education Workshops demonstrated an 11% increase in student achievement.

  12. Findings Physical Movement and Learning Games Effective Questioning Leadership Summary

  13. Beyond RCA Ithica Elementary in Villa Rica, GA Principal Mike Roberts was able to raise test scores by raising expectations for not only his students but his staff. Ithica ES Reading/ELA AYP 2007-2011 Ithica ES Math AYP 2007-2011

  14. Cost • 3-hour live staff development training - $50/teacher • 6-week asynchronous (move at your own pace) online training - $ 60/teacher • Separate expenses • Presenter • Travel • Pre and Post Assessment tools * Costs are based on the commitment of a school or school district to train teachers and make the necessary transformation.

  15. “Of all the variables under a school’s control, the single most decisive factor in student achievement is excellent teaching. It’s astonishing what great teachers can do for their students.” - Bill Gates

  16. Questions?