ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12's Communities Platform, which enables virtual teacher collaboration, professional learning, and sharing data/resources, will be utilized to support Mr. Venables' Grapple Institutes offered to districts across the nation.
FocalPointK12, an innovative educational technology company headquartered just outside of Atlanta, GA agreed to terms with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) consultant and author, Daniel R. Venables. Mr. Venables, founding director of the Center for Authentic PLCs, offers 3-day workshops to schools and districts nationwide who are committed to using data-driven instruction and teacher collaboration to impact student achievement. Daniel's most recent publication How Teachers can Turn Data into Action (ASCD, 2014) uses a practical approach to make data actionable with easy to use templates and protocols for teachers and administrators.
Greg Newcom, Chief Executive Officer of FocalPointK12, says, "We are excited to be working with Mr. Venables, a noted PLC expert, and believe that our software empowers 21st century teaching and learning through collaborative, virtual PLCs." Nathan Buhl, an education consultant with FocalPointK12, commented on the partnership stating, "Collaboration in our schools is critical and we are glad to have a set of solutions that complement the work Mr. Venables is doing on behalf of students by improving the capacity and fidelity of the PLC framework."
FocalPointK12 enables a scientific approach to improving school district performance by 1) organizing district's technology providing dynamic data dashboards to all stakeholders, 2) enabling individualized learning and differentiated instruction with a digital resource library and an assessment interface, and 3) creating and supporting virtual collaborative spaces called Communities for staff development and teacher collaboration.
Using the Communities Platform, administrators and teachers are given the autonomy to create customized virtual collaboration spaces that support learning & teaching. Job embedded professional learning is enabled as teachers share best practices, create common assessments, analyze student data, and plan for instruction, all while leveraging the training modules, discussion boards, polling, and document sharing capabilities.
For the start of the 2016-2017 school year, FocalPointK12 will be offering districts opportunities to access digital resources and content from Venables while also providing virtual coaching/consultation using the Communities Platform. A variety of price offerings, bundled discounts, and pilots are available to districts and schools interested in using the software and Venables services.
To learn more about FocalPointK12, go to www.focalpointk12.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Daniel R. Venables and Authentic PLCs, LLC, go to www.authenticplcs.com