i‑Ready® Professional Development Course Descriptions

Our professional development is designed to grow along with your implementation, meeting the learning needs and interests of educators at each phase of their development: New, Practicing, and Advanced. Our courses address a set of common learning outcomes, while our Tailored Support sessions deliver targeted outcomes specific to your needs.

Courses for New Users

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Getting Good Data with i-Ready

Help educators understand iReady’s potential for student growth and plan for a successful first year of implementation.

This course is the integral first step for educators to begin implementing iReady and building a classroom data culture with their students. After taking the iReady Diagnostic themselves, educators learn how to administer the Diagnostic for reliable student data and why that unlocks the power of the Diagnostic to drive differentiated instruction. As time permits, participants may further explore engaging students in the initial Diagnostic through data chats or getting started with iReady Online Instruction.

Outcomes

  • Motivate and prepare students to do their best on the Diagnostic in order to get reliable data to drive instruction.
  • Incorporate iReady data and tools into classroom practice.
  • Explain what iReady Online Instruction is and how it complements teacher-led instruction and addresses student needs.
  • Implement data chats with students to support data-driven instruction and student ownership.

Format

The recommended length for this centrally delivered course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Teachers and instructional coaches
  • Leaders are also encouraged to attend.

Using Data to Plan Instruction

Prepare educators to make the most of their iReady data for instructional decision-making to meet the needs of each learner and help students grow.

Prepares educators to use effective data practices as they analyze their own students’ data from the first Diagnostic. Using a process for data analysis, participants uncover new insights and information about student performance to inform instructional decisions. Educators also begin to plan instruction that addresses gaps and needs to reach differentiated growth measures. As time permits, participants may further explore critical steps for monitoring and managing Online Instruction and/or how student data tracking can be used to engage students in a classroom data culture.

Outcomes

  • Analyze and use data to plan differentiated instruction.
  • Manage Online Instruction to maximize student impact.
  • Track and celebrate student growth and progress.

Format

The recommended length for this site-based course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Teachers and instructional coaches
  • Leaders are also encouraged to attend.

Data-Driven Leadership Best Practices I

Prepare to successfully lead an iReady implementation.

Helps leaders establish effective implementation strategies and foundations that unlock iReady’s potential to drive student growth. Leaders who are new to iReady engage in hands-on exploration of the most important reports and features for administrators. This prepares leaders to use iReady for data-driven decision-making and instructional planning. As time permits, participants discuss the Top Leader Actions for successful assessment, instruction, and student engagement and develop communication plans that support a strong iReady rollout.

Outcomes

  • Use the iReady administrator application and key reports in data-driven decision-making and instructional planning.
  • Use tested strategies to launch a successful school-level iReady implementation.
  • Develop and execute a school-level communication plan to share the purpose and priorities for the first year of iReady use.

Format

The recommended length of this centrally delivered course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Principals and other site-level implementation leaders, such as instructional coaches
  • District leaders responsible for the implementation

Tailored Support

Tailored Support is planned collaboratively with you to meet the local needs of your implementation by addressing key areas of professional development at each stage of your iReady use. For New Users, we identify data trends and extend momentum to ensure a successful first year.

Topics Include:

  • Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction
  • Online Instruction
  • Data Culture
  • Building Coaching Capacity

Digital Learning Extensions

Digital Learning Extensions are a flexible complement to and extension of your onsite iReady Professional Development program. Designed as short modules (15–45 minutes in length), Digital Learning Extensions are more than videos—they are interactive vehicles for active learning that ask educators to think critically and deeply about how they are using iReady in their classroom.

Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Online Instruction
  • Using Data to Plan Instruction
  • Setting Goals and Measuring Growth
  • Analyzing Diagnostic Growth (for Leaders)
  • Introducing iReady (Brief Program Overview)
  • Administering the Diagnostic
  • Differentiating Small Group Instruction for Students
  • Engaging Students through Data Chats

Practicing Users

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Delivering Differentiated Instruction

Connect data to action for effective instructional decision-making to drive student growth.

Helps educators make the leap from analyzing their data to effectively differentiating instruction. Using their data from the first Diagnostic, educators use data analysis best practices to identify small group or individual student needs and then connect those needs to teacher-led instruction plans. Educators focus on strategies for deepening a classroom data culture such as student engagement and collective goal setting using iReady growth measures and resources. As time permits, participants may monitor Online Instruction and determine next steps for students who are struggling.

Outcomes

  • Plan and deliver data-driven differentiated instruction at the small group and student level.
  • Monitor Online Instruction and respond to student needs.
  • Collaborate with students to set short- and long-term goals based on their data.

Format

The recommended length for this centrally delivered course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Teachers and instructional coaches
  • Leaders are also encouraged to attend.

Helping All Learners Succeed

Help educators use data in a continuous feedback process to accelerate student growth.

Engages educators in analyzing and responding to their students’ growth after the second Diagnostic to strengthen their data culture and practices. Educators participate in a process to use Diagnostic growth, Diagnostic performance, and Online Instruction data (if applicable) to answer key questions, determine priorities, and outline next steps. As time permits, participants may explore ways to strategically use Online Instruction and data chats with students to target skills gaps and further facilitate student growth.

Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond to student growth to adjust instruction.
  • Implement student engagement strategies, such as data chats, to drive student ownership.
  • Explore ways to use Online Instruction strategically to target skills gaps.

Format

The recommended length for this site-based course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Teachers and instructional coaches
  • Leaders are also encouraged to attend.

Data-Driven Leadership Best Practices II

Use data to effect change in your school.

Prepares leaders who have used iReady for at least one year to use their data to effect change within their schools. Leaders focus on data analysis to target student needs and guide teachers in planning and delivering differentiated instruction. As time permits, leaders collaboratively discuss their schoolwide implementation to build on prior years’ successes and include purposeful data use that cultivates data culture through team planning, transparent data sharing, and/or goal setting to address student growth and proficiency needs.

Outcomes

  • Use iReady data to identify and prioritize instructional needs.
  • Refine and execute a school-level implementation plan that builds on past successes and focuses on how data will be used to purposefully address student needs in the coming year.
  • Support schoolwide use of new iReady features and enhancements.

Format

The recommended length of this centrally delivered course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Principals and other site-level implementation leaders, such as instructional coaches
  • District leaders responsible for the implementation

Tailored Support

Tailored Support is planned collaboratively with you to meet the local needs of your implementation by addressing key areas of professional development at each stage of your iReady use. For Practicing Users, we build differentiated agendas to meet teachers’ needs and build internal coaching capacity.

Topics Include:

  • Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction
  • Online Instruction
  • Data Culture
  • Building Coaching Capacity

Digital Learning Extensions

Digital Learning Extensions are a flexible complement to and extension of your onsite iReady Professional Development program. Designed as short modules (15–45 minutes in length), Digital Learning Extensions are more than videos—they are interactive vehicles for active learning that ask educators to think critically and deeply about how they are using iReady in their classroom.

Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Online Instruction
  • Using Data to Plan Instruction
  • Setting Goals and Measuring Growth
  • Analyzing Diagnostic Growth (for Leaders)
  • Introducing iReady (Brief Program Overview)
  • Administering the Diagnostic
  • Differentiating Small Group Instruction for Students
  • Engaging Students through Data Chats

Advanced Users

View Other iReady Courses: New Users | Practicing Users

Data-Driven Leadership Best Practices III

Build and diversify strategies for engagement and bolstering student growth.

Offers leaders who are already experienced managers of effective iReady implementations options to explore multiple ways of analyzing and using data, deepening data culture, and strengthening their implementation to increase student growth. Leaders iterate on their prior years’ schoolwide iReady implementation plans to further progress their goals. As time permits, leaders delve into elective topics, including but not limited to:

  • Promoting shared responsibility for student outcomes
  • Empowering students as agents of their own learning
  • Supporting teachers’ development as data practitioners and facilitators of differentiated instruction

Outcomes

  • Refine iReady implementation plans in response to student data to further progress district/school proficiency and growth goals.
  • Deepen data culture and shared responsibility for student growth within the school community.
  • Strengthen use of iReady data and instructional resources to meet the goals and needs of each schoolwide implementation.
  • Support schoolwide use of new iReady features and enhancements.

Format

The recommended length of this centrally delivered course is three hours, but we work within the flexibility of up to six hours to meet your needs. Computer and web access are strongly recommended.

Audience

  • Principals and other site-level implementation leaders, such as instructional coaches
  • District leaders responsible for the implementation

Tailored Support

Tailored Support is planned collaboratively with you to meet the local needs of your implementation by addressing key areas of professional development at each stage of your iReady use. For Advanced Users, we deliver targeted support to address building- or classroom-level interests and issues, support new users, and ensure that all educators are evolving their practice using the latest and greatest updates and tools for iReady.

Topics Include:

  • Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction
  • Online Instruction
  • Data Culture
  • Building Coaching Capacity

Digital Learning Extensions

Digital Learning Extensions are a flexible complement to and extension of your onsite iReady Professional Development program. Designed as short modules (15–45 minutes in length), Digital Learning Extensions are more than videos—they are interactive vehicles for active learning that ask educators to think critically and deeply about how they are using iReady in their classroom.

Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Online Instruction
  • Using Data to Plan Instruction
  • Setting Goals and Measuring Growth
  • Analyzing Diagnostic Growth (for Leaders)
  • Introducing iReady (Brief Program Overview)
  • Administering the Diagnostic
  • Differentiating Small Group Instruction for Students
  • Engaging Students through Data Chats

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