ETA hand2mind Launches Core PD™Professional development solution designed to help students achieve success through learning by doing

Professional development solution designed to help students achieve success through learning by doing

VERNON HILLS, Ill - July 16, 2012 - ETA hand2mind, the leader in hands-on education materials for more than 40 years, has launchedCore PD™, a professional development and teacher coaching solution that engages educators in discovery-based, hands-on learning.

ETA hand2mind offers a unique approach to professional developmentgrounded in classroom-tested strategies that help students achieve success through learning by doing.

The content-rich courses are teacher-focused and student-centered, and they produce immediate, measurable results in the classroom, according to Jude Rake, the company's president and CEO. Core PD helps teachers understand the individual learning needs of their students and supports development of actionable, easy-to-implement strategies for student growth, Rake added.

"Our Professional Development and Coaching staff understand the dynamics of teaching-how children learn and the realities of the school day," Rake said. "We know what it takes to inspire students to learn and to elevate performance. Core PD provides sustained coaching and professional development, reinforcing our role as a trusted partner to educators."

"We recognize that classroom schedules make it a challenge for teachers to dedicate quality time for professional development," Rake added. "We also know that professional development is most effective when delivered consistently over time."

To meet this challenge,Core PDoffers flexible delivery options: online for self-directed learning, or on-site for group learning. A blended model, which can be tailored to the specific needs of individual schools, districts, and teachers is also available.

"Core PD helps educators understand what classroom success looks like when incorporating hands-on instruction into their daily routine," Rake said. "It's significant to note that our professional development programs are designed, validated, and delivered by master teachers and subject matter experts."

The diverse ETA hand2mind professional development team includes:

  • Dr. Barbara diSioudi, vice president of research and development, 2007-2015. Her career in education includes eight years at Pearson Scott Foresman as an editorial manager and technology editor. Dr. diSioudi also served as a biology instructor at College of Lake County (Grayslake, Ill.), a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University, where she earned her doctorate degree, and as an eighth-grade science teacher at Victoria (Texas) Independent School District.

  • Dr. Sara Delano Moore, Director of mathematics and science at ETA since 2006, earned her degrees at the University of Virginia, University of Oxford, and The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining ETA, Dr. Moore's career accomplishments span serving as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky and as a middle school teacher. She also was director of the Center for Middle School Academic Achievement at Eastern Kentucky University, and academic dean at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Dr. Diana Dumetz Carry, has served as an elementary school principal, executive director of Chicago Public Schools, president of American Educational Services, adjunct professor at both Northeastern University and DePaul University, and chief academic officer of Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools. She also has authored,Writing Destinations, a rigorous vocabulary-based writing program for K-8. Dr. Carry earned her degrees in education from Loyola University Chicago, Indiana University, and Northern Illinois University.

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About ETA hand2mind
ETA hand2mind's mission is to support P-12 educators and partners in its quest to inspire learning and champion learning-by-doing with research-based, proven hands-on solutions. The Vernon Hills, Ill.-based company's solutions in mathematics, science and literacy are unique in the marketplace, providing instructional curriculum, custom-kit solutions for content providers, manipulatives, interactive digital applications for education, and teacher coaching and development.