- Who are we?
- Why did we create the Professional Learning Partner Guide?
- What is high-quality professional learning?
- How do we evaluate high-quality professional learning?
Who are we?
The Professional Learning Partner Guide is a product of Rivet Education. It supports our mission to ensure that every teacher in America has the instructional materials and professional learning they need to provide all students with the education they deserve.
Rivet wants to increase the use of high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) and aligned professional learning. We do this by (1) reviewing and vetting these services, and (2) developing detailed plans for rolling them out.
We bring state and local education agencies together with top-quality professional learning partners who can meet their specific instructional needs – similar to how a rivet fastens together two pieces of metal. Meet the Rivet Education team.
Why did we create the Professional Learning Partner Guide?
When teachers have great materials and high quality professional learning aligned to those materials, student achievement increases and classroom inequity is reduced. However, all too often, professional learning is of mixed quality and disconnected from the materials that teachers are using in their classrooms.
A primary reason this happens is school and district leaders lack reliable information about the quality of professional learning services. Rivet Education launched the PLPG to take this burden off of districts; we evaluate professional learning organizations and make recommendations on who has the highest quality services.
We hope that the PLPG helps:
- Grow the demand for high-quality professional learning in schools and districts, and
- Improve the quality of the professional learning marketplace by highlighting the best professional learning partners.
What is high-quality professional learning?
Research indicates that high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) improve outcomes for students in substantial, cost-effective, and scalable ways.
However, implementing HQIM effectively requires a shift in how teachers teach. Therefore, teachers and leaders need high-quality professional learning (HQPL) that demonstrates how to use HQIM to meet the learning needs of every student.
Rivet Education’s framework for high-quality, curriculum-aligned professional learning synthesizes key research in high-quality professional learning (HQPL) aligned to HQIM.
The framework includes three components:
- The overarching characteristics of HQPL are consistent across all types of professional learning. These include characteristics that our market research indicated teachers want in their professional learning, such as specificity to context, collaboration, and interactive engagement.
- The types of professional learning needed to support the effective use of HQIM, including ongoing adoption and launch for teachers, and systems design and leadership support. These reflect the research that shows that whether you’re implementing a new behavior management system or curriculum, “implementation is a process, not an event.” It requires a sustained and deliberate effort over time.
- The structures can be leveraged to provide educators with the professional learning they want and need. These include but are not limited to: workshops, which often come to mind first when people think about professional learning, collaborative planning time or professional learning communities (PLCs), coaching, and consultation with experts.
By clearly defining HQPL and the structures and types for delivery, Rivet’s framework for HQPL allows leaders to more easily develop professional learning plans that have a deliberate and cohesive scope and sequence to support HQIM implementation. Additionally, the framework provides leaders with a north star for what a vetted and well-planned HQPL should look like.
How do we evaluate high-quality professional learning?
We invite any and all professional learning partners that specialize in providing high-quality, curriculum-aligned professional learning services to apply for the PLPG.
Our review team
Our trained team of educators are selected for their expertise in high quality instructional materials (HQIM) and aligned professional learning. Each reviewer also undergoes training on the PLPG’s evaluation process and criteria in order to ensure a fair and rigorous review of every application.
Our expert review team has:
- 26 reviewers with 350+ years working towards equity through education
- 23+ post-graduate degrees
- Expertise in 20+ HQIM
- Expertise in student learning from birth to grade 12
- 26% identify as persons of color
Our review process
We are committed to ensuring that the professional learning partners featured in the PLPG are best-in-class and provide the high-quality support that students and teachers deserve.
We have a three-step evaluation process. Applicants submit professional detailed learning materials like training presentations, handouts, guidebooks, course syllabi, and coaching notes. Our expert reviewers evaluate the materials against criteria to assess if the organization provides significant evidence of robust, HQIM-aligned professional learning services. Professional learning partners that meet these criteria are profiled in the PLPG. See our Scoring & Evidence Guide for more details.
Our review cycles
We have two application and evaluation cycles each year, and we add new professional learning partners to the guide every February and July. Professional learning partners are approved to be in the PLPG for a period of two years.
Current Review Cycle: To add providers to the PLPG in February 2023
- Step 1: Create an account in the PLPG portal
- Step 2: Attend an informational webinar about Gateway 1 (August 25 or September 8)
- Step 3: Submit gateway 1 by September 30 at 9:00 A.M. CST (required)
- Step 4: Attend an informational webinar about Gateways 2 & 3 (October 26 or November 8)
- Step 5: Submit the full application by December 16 (required)
- Step 6: Complete the PLPG profile by February 17 (required)
Providers who pass all gateways in the application process will be featured as certified providers in the PLPG in late February 2023.
Next Review Cycle: Launches in April 2023
Rivet Education’s Disclaimer
Rivet Education, LLC (“Rivet”) provides this Professional Learning Partner Guide “Guide” for general information purposes only. All information contained in this Guide is provided in good faith, however, Rivet neither guarantees nor makes any representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Guide. Rivet evaluates third-party providers based on information that is self-reported, including assurances from third-party providers that they have all necessary rights and permissions to provide their services. Rivet does not evaluate, and makes no representations with respect to, whether the services of professional learning providers violate the copyright or other intellectual property rights of the authors or publishers of curriculum materials. Unless specifically indicated, Rivet makes no claim that a publisher authorizes, approves, sponsors, or endorses any professional learning provider. Rivet has not evaluated, and does not make any representation regarding, whether any professional learning provider’s use of curriculum materials in rendering services constitutes infringement of any copyrighted materials. Rivet does not claim responsibility for any actions taken by any third-party service provider listed in this Guide, including by way of example and not limitation, any infringement of the intellectual property rights of others.
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