Pivot Learning Partners Launches the Rural Professional Learning Network, Covering Major Gaps in Professional Support for Rural Educators

October 27, 2015

Oakland, CA – Today, Pivot Learning Partners launched the Rural Professional Learning Network (RPLN) with support from the S.H. Cowell Foundation and the California Education Policy Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Rural Professional Learning Network is a new initiative geared toward helping school districts in remote areas with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, addressing Pivot Learning Partners mission: to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed in college and career.

With over a dozen districts and county offices of education participating across four Northern California counties, RPLN is poised to address the shared teaching and learning challenges of rural educators by closing education technology and resource gaps – connecting them with national experts, resources, education technology tools, and each other. By improving educator access to cutting edge tools and supports, RPLN will clear the hurdles that prevent rural educators from benefiting from best-in-class technical assistance and professional development. The RPLN will also work to identify and publicize the unique and specific needs of rural districts in standards implementation through a two-year research partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education.

“Pivot is thrilled to work with our district and county partners to build this network of rural educators,” said Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning Partners. “Every child deserves a great education regardless of their location. Every school and district deserves the highest level of support regardless of their size. Through the Rural Professional Learning Networks, we have a major opportunity to support the unique needs of rural educators and the millions of student they serve.”

Pivot Learning Partners is a non-profit organization whose mission is to revitalize our public school systems so that all students have the opportunity to succeed in college and career. We partner with education leaders at all levels and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and support proven to strengthen educational systems and transform teaching and learning.

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