Kaplan K12 Learning Services Offers Online Educator Toolkit for Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development

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Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Carina Wong, carina.wong@kaplan.com, 212.453.7571

New York, NY (October 04, 2011) – With teachers increasingly seeking support and clarity on how the Common Core State Standards will impact their classroom, Kaplan K12 Learning Services has launched an online toolkit with robust instructional and professional development resources to help them transition between what students learn now and future expectations.

Based in pedagogical best practices and aligned to state-specific and Common Core standards, Kaplan’s Teach!® Strategies & Resources is a Web-based platform with resources to support rigorous differentiated instruction, training and assessment. It includes:

  •     Teaching resources: an online library of more than 3,000 lessons, assessments, and videos that educators can filter by grade (2-12), subject area, state-specific standards, and/or Common Core State Standards to find immediate actionable tools for classroom use
  •     Professional development support: multimedia assets and hundreds of case studies, activities, and resources enabling educators to enhance instructional practice
  •     Tracking: reporting tools that measure teacher, school and district usage, making it easy to view and monitor highly-rated resources and downloads

“As schools and districts shift from policy to practice with the Common Core State Standards, Teach! Strategies & Resources provides time-saving and practical tools based on research and differentiated instruction to improve teacher effectiveness,” said Justin Serrano, president, Kaplan K12 and College Prep. “This program is designed to provide lesson-planning resources and professional development assets to support teachers as they transition from what students need to do now on state-specific standards and what they’ll need to do in the future.”

Keith Rogers, Deputy Executive Director of Academic Enrichment and Outreach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, leads programs to assist students and their families in overcoming challenges by providing comprehensive support services that increase their academic success in high school and college. “Schools and districts have to cope with budget constraints, but limited funding does not have to mean limited professional development,” Rogers stated. “It is critical to invest in our teachers to reduce the achievement gap so that students are set up for success. This program is an affordable and smart solution.”

Teach! Strategies and Resources is $1,900 for an annual school license for all teachers and $59 for an annual individual teacher license. For more information, please go to http://www.KaplanK12.com/Teach.

The Common Core Standards are an effort led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to define the knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics that students will need upon high school graduation. Forty-four states have adopted the Common Core State Standards and are turning their attention to the critical work of how and when to implement the new standards.

About Kaplan K12 Learning Services

Kaplan K12 Learning Services (http://www.kaplank12.com), a unit of Kaplan Test Prep (http://www.kaptest.com), partners with schools to measurably propel student achievement. Kaplan K12 offers state test readiness programs to help students meet and exceed state standards, and college preparation solutions that support students as they prepare for college entrance exams and the admissions process. Its solutions also provide teachers with robust Kaplan K12 resources and professional development support to impact achievement in their classrooms. Kaplan Test Prep is a division of Kaplan Inc. (http://www.kaplan.com), a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

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