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Teach the Way Your Students Learn

Redbird Professional Learning is a revolutionary, research-based program that helps educators teach the way their students learn.

Originally developed by the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, Redbird Professional Learning is a professional development program that immerses educators in a highly personalized, virtual learning environment where they learn how to use technology and blended learning strategies to shift instructional practices.


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Professional Learning Built on 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 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.

Prepare Educators for Today's Learners

Current Course Offerings

Experience Blended Learning Module 1:
Introduction to Blended Learning

This is part 1 of a three-module course called Experience Blended Learning that exposes instructors to the principles, practices, and instructional benefits of blended learning. Module 1 acquaints educators with blended learning and explores the importance of adapting to the needs of digital-native students. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify key characteristics of the 21st Century Classroom.  
  • Identify how tech addresses the challenges of the 21st Century Classroom. 
  • Understand the role of the 21st Century Classroom teacher.  
  • Define blended learning (BL) and provide solutions to 21st Century Classroom challenges.  
  • Understand the different levels of tech integration using SAMR.  
  • Become familiar with the different BL models and when they’re applicable. 
  • Understand how to build student and parent relationships in a BL class.  
  • Understand how BL classrooms need to be configured and how work should flow. 
  • Learn how traditional classrooms need to be transformed to enable BL implementations.  

Experience Blended Learning Module 2:
Technology Integration

This is part 2 of a three-module course called Experience Blended Learning that exposes instructors to the principles, practices, and instructional benefits of blended learning. Module 2 builds upon Module 1 by exploring the practical aspects of applying blended learning in the classroom. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the purposes and uses of digital curriculum. 
  • Discover some digital curriculum tools. 
  • Learn how to choose digital curriculum that fits your students’ needs and aligns to standards. 
  • Identify a digital curriculum that can be used in class. 
  • Discover apps and tools that can be useful in modern classrooms. 
  • Become acquainted with G Suite Education. 
  • Relate the SAMR framework to apps and tools. 
  • Discover how lesson plans can be transformed to enable BL. 
  • Learn how to create a BL lesson using a station rotation or flipped class 
  • Learn how to plan ahead for BL instruction. 
  • Understand which laws protect students and how teachers can help students navigate the digital world safely. 
  • Understand the meaning 

Experience Blended Learning Module 3:
Advanced Blended Learning

This is part 3 of a three-module course called Experience Blended Learning that exposes instructors to the principles, practices, and instructional benefits of blended learning. Module 3 takes everything learned from Modules 1 and 2 and puts it to the test.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review classroom management techniques. 
  • Learn about classroom management methods and teaching expectations in BL classes. 
  • Understand the importance of formative assessments to drive instruction. 
  • Learn how to analyze student data in individual and collaborative settings. 
  • Learn how to adjust instruction based on whole group and individual student data.
  • Identify methods for personalizing instruction.
  • Learn how flipping the class allows for personalized pace & content
  • Explore how to add project- and problem-based learning into a BL class to increase personalization.
  • Learn more advanced uses of G Suite for Education
  • Take a deeper dive into the digital app landscape.
  • Explore the use of one app in the class.
  • Learn how to use tech in the classroom to generate more student ownership.

Project-Based Learning

This course introduces the key elements of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and shows how to implement it into the classroom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define PBL for a digital classroom. 
  • Understand the value benefits of practicing PBL in the classroom. 
  • Understand how standards and PBL coexist and the importance of upfront planning. 
  • Understand and apply the key elements of PBL in the classroom. 
  • Examine assessment methods in successful PBL implementation. 
  • Learn to structure collaboration and identify tools to help students communicate. 
  • Describe features of PBL for kindergarten through twelfth grade and cross-curricular projects. 
  • Understand the benefits of technology in a PBL classroom and identify tech tools to enhance PBL. 
  • Identify resources for the students to connect to the real world and help create the bridge from project to application. 
  • Create and implement a PBL project for the classroom.

G Suite for Education Level 1 Training 

This training prepares teachers to successfully complete the Google Educator Level 1 certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the G Suite of tools and its opportunities for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, while supporting student learning objectives.
  • Explore the benefits of a digital classroom.
  • Understand how digital citizenship relates to your classroom.
  • Learn how to instantly collaborate and provide feedback to students and colleagues within a document.
  • Learn how to create classrooms, rosters, assign work, and much more.
  • Learn how to get the most out of Google Drive™.
  • Learn how to use forms to create quizzes, poll students, communicate with parents, and more.
  • Discover how G Suite can be used to gather and analyze student data.
  • Learn how to connect, collaborate, and develop new skills for effective instruction using the G Suite community and tools.
  • Explore the various ways to use Google Classroom™, Google Groups™, and Hangouts to support student discussion inside and outside of the classroom.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education

This course prepares teachers to successfully integrate Microsoft Office 365 into their classrooms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the overall capabilities of Microsoft Office 365 for Education and begin to understand how to integrate it into the classroom.
  • Explore how OneDrive and Sharepoint can be used in the classroom to make processes and procedures more efficient.
  • Identify key characteristics and benefits of using Bing and Skype in the classroom. 
  • Evaluate the benefits of OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook apps and find ways to apply them in the classroom.
  • Explore ways the classroom will benefit from presentation and collaboration tools such as Office Mix, Sway, and Yammer.
  • Identify how to apply Office Online in the classroom and explore the different tools within.
  • Explore Microsoft apps and Teacher Dashboard to evaluate how the tools could benefit learning in the classroom.
  • Discover how Excel can be utilized to track and analyze student data. 
  • Learn how to connect, collaborate, and develop new skills for effective instruction using the Microsoft community and tools.
  • Explore the various ways to use social media to create and support one’s personal learning network.

Blended Learning and Leadership

This course exposes administrators and school leaders to the principles, practices, and instructional benefits of blended learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role and expanded importance of 21st century teachers.
  • Learn how to use reports to coach and motivate teachers in their personalized learning process.
  • Identify blended learning solutions to 21st century challenges.
  • ​Learn how to use effective coaching strategies in blended learning classrooms and to support ongoing teacher professional development.

Earn Graduate School Credit

Educators that complete courses in Redbird Professional Learning are eligible to earn graduate credits from Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in “U.S. News and World Report’s” National Universities category for 2018. These credits are transferable to many higher education institutions worldwide, or they can be applied toward select Ashland University programs. Educators can also use the credits towards license renewal and (depending on district) salary advancement.

A school or district must first purchase licenses to Redbird Professional Learning from McGraw-Hill Education and then work with Ashland University to facilitate eligibility for graduate school credit. Credits will result in additional charges. Contact a McGraw-Hill Education sales rep to learn more.

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 Redbird Professional Learning, 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.

Success with Redbird Professional Learning

Redbird Professional Learning Helps Meriden Public Schools Embrace Blended Learning and Transform Its Classrooms

In 2012, Meriden Public Schools (CT) wanted to introduce a 1:1 classroom device initiative but knew that teachers needed a solid background in blended learning to make it successful. Ultimately, this initiative transformed teaching and learning in Meriden’s schools, and Redbird Professional Learning played an integral role in the transformation. Read about it here.