PALO ALTO, Calif. — June 8, 2016 — BloomBoard, the leading educator-focused professional development platform, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a national organization for leadership from state departments of education, have partnered to provide leadership development opportunities around the new National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) standards. Principals and administrators in CCSSO’s Principal Action Group will curate collections of peer-reviewed online resources aligned to the new NPBEA 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders to empower key stakeholders to actively engage with and interpret the new standards, and bring policy directly into practice. Education leaders nationwide seeking deep knowledge of the new standards and related practices can access these online resources anytime and in a manner that fulfills each leader’s personal gaps, learning preferences, and growth needs.
Of the $1 billion in federal funds earmarked for educator professional development each year, only a small fraction goes to improving school leaders. Half of new principals leave the profession after five years, contributing to attrition rates similarly high to teacher attrition rates–a cost that is ultimately shouldered most heavily by students. With these new collections of resources, BloomBoard and CCSSO are meeting a demand expressed by school leaders everywhere for quality resources, recommended and vetted by peers, and in-line with the needs of today’s students and teachers.
“Unfortunately, high-quality, personalized professional development for our school leaders is all too often absent in schools today, despite research that indicates the quality of a school leader is one of the most important drivers of student learning in a school,” says BloomBoard CEO, Jason Lange. “From leading with mission and vision, to striving for equity and creating change management processes, a school leader is tasked with ensuring the safety, growth and support of every member of the school community. Their own progress shouldn’t be last in line.”
The goal of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders is to make sure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations. These standards influence definitions of principal and administrator effectiveness in almost every state, and the Principal Action Group will create a comprehensive set of learning collections, including articles, videos, eBooks, and other media aligned to each standard that will be available to school leaders nationwide.
Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO, said, “CCSSO and the members of our principal working group are pleased to partner with BloomBoard to create tools and resources that every school leader can use to put the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders into practice. With these standards, states can help ensure district and school leaders have what they need to improve academic achievement for all kids.”
The following are sample collections created by CCSSO members. School leaders can view more at next.bloomboard.com.
- Reducing the Teacher Shortage
- Performance Pay for Teachers
- Performance Pay for Principals
- A Path to More Effective Feedback: Improving Post Observation Conferences
- Engaging Families and Communities Through Partnerships
- Advocacy for Students, Families and the Community
- Advocating for Student Needs in the School and District
Founded in 2010, BloomBoard is the leading professional development platform for empowering continuous, personalized, competency-based learning for K-12 educators. With BloomBoard, district administrators can provide meaningful professional learning experiences, improving how they support, scale, and grow effective teachers. For educators, BloomBoard provides a place to build their teaching skills and earn recognition through micro-credentials. For more information, visit schools.bloomboard.com
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.