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The Reinvention of Professional Development


The Redbird Professional Learning Platform is a revolutionary, research-based training tool designed to prepare educators for 21st century learning.

McGraw-Hill Education has collaborated with Stanford's Graduate School of Education to rethink professional development. That work has shaped the Redbird Professional Learning Platform into a revolutionary experience that integrates the research-based best practices of highly effective training and development into a dynamic virtual environment.


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Research Proven Best Practices


Research Finding

Our Approach


Duration and Distribution


Professional development programs with more than 14 hours in duration and delivered over time are most effective at changing teacher practice and improving student achievement.


Redbird Professional Learning Platform offers:

  • 14–18 hours of engaging, multi-modal content.
  • 20-30 minute segments.
  • 24/7 access
  • Short videos, activities, readings, social learning, and instructor guidance.

Exercises and Activities

Simulations of practice (for example, roleplaying exercises and teaching model lessons) positively impact professional practice and produce measurable outcomes.

Each learning objective is taught through interactive activities including simulation tools and activities that test the learners’ grasp of the concept and facilitate active learning.


Coaching and Interactivity

Ongoing, interactive coaching with iterative collaboration among teachers and trainers is an effective professional development method.


Adult learners receive instructor guidance with every learning objective and have opportunities to interact directly with experts and peers throughout the experience.

Learn on any device

A wealth of evidence suggests that carefully designed professional development with other effective attributes can be equally effective whether conducted “in person” or largely over the internet.

Educators have access to content 24/7 and can move at their pace on their time on any device including tablets and smartphones.

Professional Learning for 21st Century Educators


Module 1:

Introduction to Blended Learning


Introduce educators to the concept and purpose of blended learning. Help them foster their evolving role as a teacher that can cater to the needs of digital-native students before they begin to re-design their classrooms.

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The Modern Classroom and 21st Century Learner


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Learners in the 21st Century Classroom

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The Technology-enhanced Classroom


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The 21st Century Teacher

What is and Why Blended Learning?

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A Blended Learning Solution


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The SAMR Framework and Redefining Instruction

Blended Learning Models and Your Blended Learning Transformation

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Blended Learning Models in Action


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Building a Blended Learning Culture in Your Classroom


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Rethinking Instructional Design through Blended Learning and Universal Design for Learning


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Transforming Traditional Classrooms

Module 2:

Integrating Technology Into Classrooms


Educators explore how to effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. They start with understanding digital content and progress to applications and tools. Teachers have opportunities to create lesson plans infusing technology and to learn how to use digital tools responsibly.

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Getting Started with Digital Content


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Understanding Digital Curriculum

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Exploring Digital Curriculum


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Selecting the Right Digital Curriculum


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Applying Digital Curriculum in a Real Setting


Expanding Modalities with Digital Tools


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Discovering Useful Apps and Tools


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Introduction to Google Apps for Education


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Applying SAMR to our New Tools

Lesson Planning: Building on What I Do Well

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Reinventing Your Lesson Plans


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A Blended Learning Lesson Plan


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Integrating Blended Learning into a Unit and Semester


Digital Citizenship


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Digital Citizenship – Awareness and Protection Digital Citizenship – Networking in the New World


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Digital Citizenship – Footprints in the Cyber Sand

Module 3:

Advance Your Blended Learning Practice


Educators are exposed to the next level of technology integration. They learn best practices in classroom management and managing data. Teachers are introduced to a world of tools and discover techniques and strategies to drive personalization and student ownership.

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How to Manage All This and My Students Too


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Classroom Management Basics

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Classroom Management and the Blended Learning Classroom


Making Sense of the Numbers


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Why Use Data to Drive Instruction


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Analyzing Student Data


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Using Data to Adjust Instruction

What Successful Students Need

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Personalizing Instruction


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Personalizing Through Flipping


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Personalization through Problem-Based Learning


Apps Revisited: I've Got It, Now Let's Really Use It!


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GAFE Again! Super-charged


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Your Turn to Select Apps


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Putting Your Apps to Work


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Driving Student Ownership

Ongoing Coaching


Sustainable professional growth happens through ongoing coaching and support. Our comprehensive approach to professional development is rooted in a continual, iterative process of assessing and addressing staff needs. Our experts can be accessed online through the platform, assigned for virtual check-ins and observations, or in person through regular meetings and school visits. They remain engaged through the implementation of new skills, strategies, and concepts to ensure high fidelity and impact. We can develop an ongoing support structure that meets the needs, timeframe, and budget of the school or district.