Online Staff Development
Comprehensive, efficient and accountable are the three words that inspired the design and development of PD3. Designed by an educator for educators, support staff and parents, PD3 is an online training system that provides a comprehensive catalog of professional development courses delivered through engaging videos and slideshows with narration. The catalog contains topics and titles in accordance with statutory and regulatory guidelines. The catalog extends beyond the minimum requirements for professional development to serve as a provider of best practices through its specialized topics and titles that support foundational topics and titles. It is important to understand that PD3 is not merely an online professional development portal—it is a comprehensive professional development management system. PD3 is designed to alleviate the administrative burdens related to the delivery and management of a district’s professional development programs.
PD3 provides an extensive catalog of training topics and titles that extend beyond the typical offerings of most online training providers. In addition, PD3 serves as a learning management system that enables subscribers to develop and share custom training programs.
Each course is divided into easy to manage micro-chapters that can be completed over multiple sessions. This provides users with the flexibility to complete assigned courses over time in a highly efficient manner. Participants are not required to sit for hours at a time in front of a computer screen to meet the course requirements. Some course chapters are as low five minutes in length, which delivers the overall content in more easily digestible portions over time.
PD3 is built upon a powerful, proprietary platform that enables school districts to assign, manage, monitor and record all professional development. Each course concludes with an online assessment that randomizes the order of questions and responses to maintain fidelity. Upon successful completion of the assessment, the user is provided with a PDF of his or her certificate of completion and the software archives the record and sends an alert to the assigned system administrator. PD3 districts benefit from the system’s ability to set a completion date for each assigned course by user; track each user’s progress in real-time; send auto-alerts and reminders to users and administrators; send notifications to assigned users upon successful or unsuccessful completion of course; and generate user and district-level reports that include course title, user name, date and time of completion and assessment results. All features result in a highly reliable professional development management system that ensures staff and district accountability.