ASCD’s Award-winning PD Online Courses
ASCD’s award-winning PD Online® courses are interactive, in-depth and self-paced online professional development courses for educators.
Designed for individual or group use, PD Online courses clearly connect course materials to real-world practice. Our courses are mobile-friendly, so PD Online makes it easy and practical to continue your professional learning anytime and anywhere.
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How You Can Use PD Online
PD Online courses help educators address individual and group professional development.
- Teachers use PD Online to learn independently through a self-paced format that helps improve classroom practice, advance professional development and earn academic or continuing education credit.
- Teacher leaders use PD Online to establish an ongoing, collaborative professional learning community engaged in virtual or face-to-face learning.
- State, district and school administrators use PD Online to tailor and target professional development for groups or individual learners.
- Staff development coordinators use PD Online to bolster school-based district programs with research-based content from ASCD authors.
- College faculty use PD Online to supplement or provide course work for college credit in degree or certification programs.
PD Online Course Features
PD Online makes it easier and more affordable to learn directly from ASCD's expert authors. Each course consists of succinct learning modules reflecting current outlooks on best practice.
Each course follows a six-lesson learning design that:
- Introduces a concept explored by an ASCD author or expert
- Engages learners with a blend of media-rich learning featuring experts and practitioners
- Provides access to additional reading materials to expand knowledge
- Allows unlimited revisiting of content and video applications
- Assesses understanding of the content through an integrated learning management system (LMS)
This learning design helps ensure that learners clearly connect their professional development experience with daily practice.
Developing habits for independent reading takes time, explicit instruction and practice. This course is designed to help school and district leaders build or enhance a schoolwide culture where independent reading in self-selected texts occurs daily in all classrooms and at home. You will learn about and use surveys and a classroom visit instrument to determine the status of independent reading throughout a school community. Then, you will synthesize this data to develop a plan to address needs. Additionally, you will learn and be able to apply resources to look for implementation of instructional practices taught and discussed during professional learning. Finally, you will review what worked and set a course for next steps. > View course
From Vision to Action
In From Vision to Action, you’ll explore what educators mean by 21st-century teaching and learning. Throughout, you’ll work with the tools and concepts needed to develop a vision of 21st-century teaching and translate it into an actionable practice for your school or district. > View course
In What Works in Schools: School Leadership in Action, 2nd Edition, you will explore Robert J. Marzano’s factors for an effective school. You will also learn about Marzano’s general principles for improving student performance and school productivity. More specifically, you will examine Marzano’s five school-level factors in student achievement. These factors, involving a combination of policy, procedure and practice, have proven highly effective in helping make schools genuine communities of learning. Through video examples and in-depth readings, you’ll learn how to improve your school or district. > View course