The research is clear: If we give teachers great materials to use in the classroom, students perform better. And students really excel when teachers receive training on how to make the most of those materials. When you combine high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) with high-quality training, or professional learning (HQPL), students learn more, and inequity in the classroom is reduced.
However, few students have the chance to engage in meaningful, grade-level work every day, because teachers don’t have the support they need. This isn’t because school system leaders don’t care; there just isn’t a wealth of reliable information about what quality looks like for curriculum-aligned professional learning.
Professional learning providers, like most educational services, run the gamut of quality. Some are excellent; too many aren't. Often, the difference between the two is how closely they align with HQIM. Until now, school systems haven’t all had the tools needed to figure out the difference.
The founders of Rivet Education witnessed the importance of this alignment firsthand while leading the implementation of nationally renowned HQIM* at the Louisiana Department of Education. Previously, the state frequently ranked at the bottom of most national performance measures. Seeing the significant impact that HQIM and HQPL had on students there, Rivet Education’s founders decided to create a tool to ensure that more hard-working educators across the country would have access to the resources and support they need.
The Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG) is a free, online tool that evaluates HQIM-aligned professional learning services and curates a list of best-in-class providers. Launched in August 2020, the website allows school and district leaders to connect with professional learning providers who meet strict quality standards and their unique professional learning needs.
Rivet Education is the only company in the country that evaluates HQPL services. When education leaders hire one of the providers listed in the PLPG, they can be confident they have made a great choice for teachers and students alike.
The purpose of the PLPG is twofold:
Grow school district demand for high-quality professional learning by building educators’ understanding of what it takes to deliver clear and effective instruction to teachers and pointing them to high-quality partners equipped to do so.
Improve the quality of the professional learning marketplace by highlighting and fostering strong professional learning providers and curtailing low-quality ones.
Professional learning partners profiled in the guide specialize in the following services:
Ongoing support for teachers and leaders in implementing HQIM
Helping teachers use HQIM in remote or hybrid settings
Helping school leaders create systems of support for teachers and students in remote or hybrid settings
Supporting diverse learners through HQIM
We hope education leaders across the country turn to the PLPG to find a professional learning partner who can support them in adopting and implementing HQIM. Start your search now at www.plpartnerguide.org. If you are an SEA interested in supporting your schools and districts in this work but unsure of where to begin, reach out to us at email@example.com to start the planning process.
* Rivet defines high-quality instructional materials as those that have been reviewed and rated ‘Meets Expectations’ on the first two gateways in EdReports in all grade levels for their respective grade band (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12).