The Reinvention of Professional Development

Redbird Advanced Learning introduces the Redbird Professional Learning Platform A revolutionary, research-based approach designed to prepare educators for 21st century learning.

Standards are changing. Classrooms are evolving. New tools are emerging. Students are more technologically proficient than ever before. As a result, how we teach needs to change. To help educators with this transition, Redbird has developed solutions based on pioneering Stanford University research on professional learning. Redbird Advanced Learning has collaborated with Stanford's Graduate School of Education to rethink professional development. The result is the Redbird Professional Learning Platform, a revolutionary experience that integrates the best practices and research of highly effective training and development into a dynamic virtual environment.

Redbird Professional Learning Platform Overview Video

Some of the schools and districts that are reinventing professional development with us:
  • Abbotsford School District (British Columbia)
  • Meriden School District (Connecticut)
  • Rio Unified School District (California)
  • San Carlos Unified School District (California)
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District (California)
  • Newark Charter Schools Fund (New Jersey)
  • Landmark Academy (National Heritage Academies)
  • Bronzeville Scholastic Institute (Chicago Public Schools)
  • Academia del Perpetuo (Puerto Rico)

Research Proven Best Practices

Research Findings Our Approach
Duration and Distribution 14 hours over time Professional development programs with more than 14 hours in duration and delivered over time are most effective at changing teacher practice and improving student achievement. Redbird Professional Learning Platform offers:
  • 14-18 hours of engaging, multi-modal content
  • 20-30 minute segments
  • Available 24/7
  • Including short videos, activities, readings, social learning, and instructor guidance
Simulations of Practice Exercises & Activities Simulations of practice (for example, role playing exercises and teaching model lessons) positively impact professional practice and produce measurable outcomes. Each learning objective is taught through interactive activities including simulation tools and activities that test the learners grasp of the concept and facilitate active learning.
Coaching & Interactivity Ongoing, Iterative and Collaborative Ongoing, interactive coaching with iterative collaboration between teachers and trainers is an effective professional development method. Adult learners receive instructor guidance with every learning objective and have opportunities to interact directly with experts and peers throughout the experience.
Technology enhanced Learn on any device A wealth of evidence suggests that carefully designed professional development with other effective attributes can be equally effective whether conducted “in person” or largely over the internet. Educators have access to content 24/7 and can move at their pace on their time on any device including tablets and smartphones.

The best of adult learning brought online

A highly engaging, self-paced, multi-modal experience for educators

The Redbird Professional Learning Platform is the first project-based, social, learning system for educators. In a self-paced and self-directed manner, educators navigate through various modes of training including short videos, text, interactive activities, collaborative exercises, and instructor guidance.  

Know that teachers are learning and engaged

A real-time, multi-pronged progress monitoring tool for administrators.

The Redbird Professional Learning Platform helps administrators monitor their professional learning initiative, anytime, anywhere, in real-time. Our robust administrators’ dashboard tracks teacher usage, engagement, learnings, and shifts in mindset. Administrators can view teacher progress at a macro level (district, schools) or drill down to individual teachers to ensure that learning goals are being met.

Our Blended Learning Series prepares teachers for 21st Century classrooms

Harness the power of technology-enhanced learning models

Experience Blended Learning is a scaffolded series that helps educators at all levels effectively deliver 21st Century instruction through:
  • increased personalization
  • better integrated technology
  • effective data and classroom management
  • engaging lesson planning
The 14-18 hour experience is delivered in 20 minute blocks to increase retention of information and engagement. Throughout the experience, teachers receive checks for understanding, frequent motivation, and points to incentivize continued learning. Online and real world projects create direct connections between learning and practice.

Educators are introduced to the concept and purpose of blended learning. They are exposed to the evolving role of the teacher and the needs of digital native students. Educators begin to re-design their classrooms.

Module One

Scaffold Tile Number Tile Name
The Modern Classroom & 21st Century Learner 1 Learners in The 21st Century Classroom
2 The Technology-enhanced Classroom
3 The 21st Century Teacher
What and Why Blended Learning? 4 A Blended Learning Solution
5 The SAMR Framework and Redefining Instruction
Blended Learning Models & Your Blended Learning Transformation 6 Blended Learning Models in Action
7 Building a Blended Learning Culture in Your Classroom
8 Rethinking Instructional Design through Blended Learning and Universal Design for Learning
9 Transforming Traditional Classrooms
Educators explore how to effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. They start with understanding digital content and progress to applications and tools. Teachershave opportunities to create lesson plans infusing technology and learn how to use digital tools responsibly.

Module Two

Scaffold Tile Number Tile Name
Getting Started with Digital Content 1 Understanding Digital Curriculum
2 Exploring Digital Curriculum
3 Selecting the Right Digital Curriculum
4 Applying Digital Curriculum in a Real Setting
Expanding Modalities with Digital Tools 5 Discovering Useful Apps & Tools
6 Introduction to Google Apps for Education
7 Applying SAMR to our New Tools
Lesson Planning: Building on What I Do Well 8 Reinventing Your Lesson Plans
9 A Blended Learning Lesson Plan
10 Integrating Blended Learning into a Unit and Semester
Digital Citizenship 11 Digital Citizenship - Awareness & Protectiion Digital Citizenship - Networking in the New World
12 Digital Citizenship - Footprints in the Cyber Sand
Educators are exposed to the next level of technology integration. They learn best practices in classroom management and managing data. Teachers are introduced to a world of tools and discover techniques and strategies to drive personalization and student ownership.

Module Three

Scaffold Tile Number Tile Name
How to Manage All This and My Students Tool 1 Classroom Management Basics
2 Classroom Management and the Blended Learning Classroom
Making Sense of the Numbers 3 Why Use Data to Drive Instruction
4 Analyzing Student Data
5 Using Data to Adjust Instruction
What Successful Students Need 6 Personalizing Instruction
7 Personalizing Through Flipping
8 Personalization through Problem-based Learning
Apps Revisited: I've Got, Now Let's Really Use It! 9 GAFE Again! Super-charged
10 Your Turn to Select Apps
11 Putting Your Apps to Work
12 Driving Student Ownership

Supplement your online learning with in-person support

Our experts building your experts.

Our philosophy for professional learning focuses on building local capacity and helping teachers deliver the most effective instruction possible. We seek to deliver the best professional learning experience based upon the needs and goals of our partners. This often means combining online and in-person experiences. In-Person Modules
Introduction to Blended Learning Participants will be introduced to the definition and concept of Blended Learning and learn specific classroom practices, instructional strategies and resources to support their usage of digital learning in the classroom.
Building Your 21st Century Classroom-Blended Learning Models Participants will be introduced to best practice models of Blended Learning classrooms. They will learn how to design their classroom to best meet the needs of their students and their instructional goals.
Selecting the Right Mix of Digital Content and Tools Participants will understand the role of digital content in the Blended Classroom and how it influences their teaching practices. Participants will receive a framework to help in the selection of the best mix of content and tools.
Integrating Technology Into Lesson Plans (Multi-part Course) Participants work together to plan one full blended learning lesson with a special focus on digital content, apps and tools currently available to them. Participants plan and build ongoing lesson plan structures incorporating additional tools and routines to help both the teacher and the student learn how to improve the learning environment using technology.
Classroom Management and Best Practice Implementation of Blended Learning Participants will learn key elements of a highly performing blended classroom with a focus on sustained implementation. In this workshop, we will identify and review practical behavioral modification strategies and routines to help both the teacher and the student learn how to improve the learning environment using technology.
Developing Independent Learners Participants learn the relationship between Blended Learning and Independent Learning. Teachers learn ways to facilitate greater independence through student ownership of data, resources and their learning path.
Using Technology to Create Data-Driven Classrooms This workshop is designed to provide an introduction of how to use digital tools for frequent assessment, interpret data, and create personalized intervention plans. Participants will create their own plan of action based on their classroom assessment cycle.
The Blended Learning Rubric– Evaluating Your Blended Learning Classroom The BL Rubric provides teachers and leaders with a tool to assess the effectiveness of the BL instruction for ongoing coaching and improvements.

Ongoing Coaching

Sustainable professional growth happens through ongoing coaching and support. Our comprehensive approach to professional development is rooted in a continual, iterative process of assessing and addressing staff needs. Our experts can be accessed online through the platform, assigned for virtual check-ins and observations, or in person through regular meetings and school visits. They remain engaged through the implementation of new skills, strategies and concepts to ensure high fidelity and impact. We can develop an ongoing support structure that meets the needs, timeframe and budget of the school or district.