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Learning Sciences International

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Learning Sciences International (LSI) is a company that provides professional development and research-based school improvement solutions to K–12 teachers and leaders, as well as a publisher of pedagogical and educational books and resources. Founded in 2002 by Michael D. Toth and fellow university faculty members, LSI partners with schools and districts to strategically achieve significant, sustainable gains in student learning.

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LSI conducts research and pilot projects in school districts to study the effects of educational interventions, professional development solutions, and technology. Based on this research, the company develops solutions and consults with districts and states to implement initiatives including Schools for Rigor and Intensive Support for turnaround schools. Through partnerships with schools and districts, educational staff throughout the United States are implementing evidence-based programs and services to deepen learning and increase student achievement.

In partnership with Robert J. Marzano, LSI has been developing and facilitating the implementation of evaluation systems[1] for teachers, school leaders, district leaders, and non-classroom instructional support staff since 2010. In 2017, the company introduced the updated and simplified Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model. LSI’s web-based professional development and monitoring applications include the LSI Growth Tracker, LSI Standards Tracker, and iObservation.

The LSI Publishing Division produces titles by internationally renowned educators and researchers on topics including formative assessment, rigorous classroom instruction, coaching, educational neuroscience, and school leadership. Dylan Wiliam, William N. Bender, David A. Sousa, Marcia L. Tate, Jaime Castellano, Beverly Carbaugh, Toby Karten, and Carla Moore are among the authors.

Conferences[edit]

Since 2012, Learning Sciences International has hosted Building Expertise, an annual conference for educators and leadership held each summer in Orlando, Florida. The event draws hundreds of attendees from around the world, offering professional development sessions, workshops, lectures, and collaboration opportunities. Prominent education authorities deliver keynote addresses and presentations and remain onsite to meet with attendees and sign books.

The company also holds the annual Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference in Orlando, Florida. At this event, attendees learn about Dylan Wiliam’s Strategic Formative Assessment program, which promotes the use of minute-to-minute monitoring of students’ understanding of content.

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  1. "Curriculum Director Joe Hegland Updates School Board on Teacher Evaluations | NewsDakota". www.newsdakota.com. Retrieved 2017-11-30.


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