Capella University and KDS Launch New Professional Development Partnership

July 3, 2013

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Out of more than 1,300 studies analyzing the impact of teacher professional development on student achievement, only nine meet the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards and were found to have an impact on student achievement. In response to this need, Capella University and Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) announced a competency-based K-12 professional development partnership that clearly measures and supports the effectiveness of educators, and offers a more affordable pathway to graduate degrees for teachers.

This new partnership provides a comprehensive online and blended model of professional development that significantly lowers the cost and time required to achieve effective teacher professional development.  For example, KDS has found that when implementing a professional development  program for a school district of 5,000 educators, it can take more than 5 years and cost more than $6 million to reach teachers district-wide.  By combining KDS’ blended model approach with Capella’s expertise in online degree programs, school districts and educators can now improve classroom instruction and measure results in as little as 12 weeks at nearly half the cost.

In addition, select KDS courses qualify for four quarter credits from Capella University, with a maximum of 12 credits eligible to be applied towards Capella degree programs. Teachers who take approved KDS courses can save up to $3,000 towards an advanced degree at Capella. The full list of Capella-approved KDS courses can be found at www.kdsi.org/capella.

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