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It’s not a secret: U.S. K-12 schools and districts spend an inordinate amount of money on professional learning.

Recent data suggest K-12 school districts shell out somewhere between $140 to $160 per workshop or coaching hour for every staff member in attendance. Some estimates peg U.S. public K-12 school annual professional learning spend at upwards of $18,000, per instructional employee.

With costs like these, your district can’t afford to fling precious taxpayer dollars at untested speakers and consultants whose message misses the mark with employees.

In this use case, you’ll learn how U.S. K-12 school district leaders and professional development coordinators can use LaunchPad from RocketPD to confidently vet potential K-12 speakers and professional development consultants and/or coaches before allocating significant budget dollars to new or untested programs.

Protect your investment by vetting potential K-12 speakers and/or consultants before hiring them to support your team and its specific professional learning needs.

U.S. K-12 schools districts spend as much as $18,000 annually, per teacher on professional learning. But it’s difficult to know whether untested speakers and their programs will resonate with employees.  

K-12 school district leaders use LaunchPad from RocketPD to confidently vet potential speakers and professional learning coaches before investing in untested programs or services. 

  • Short video-based courses offer an efficient way for school leaders and professional development committees to vet and evaluate expert K-12 speakers and coaches. 
  • Unlike webinars or phone calls, Masterclass-style recordings showcase a speaker’s delivery and instructional approach, so school districts know what they’re getting.
  • Practial workbooks (PDF) showcase the practical application of key concepts at the individual level.

District leaders choose LaunchPad from RocketPD over the competition for four key reasons:

  • Video-based courses provide confidence in a potential expert speaker’s delivery and instructional style.
  • Intimate, Masterclass-style recordings offer an in-depth view of the content and/or concepts covered and their alignment with strated professional learning goals.
  • Downloadable workbooks provide tangible proof of practical execution of key concepts in classrooms and/or among PLCs and instructional committees.
  • Low-cost annual subscription means your district can vet new thought leaders at a fraction of the cost of a half or full-day consulting contract.

Expert-led video-based courses help K-12 school district leaders and professional development coordinators achieve the following key results: 

  • Confidence in annual professional development budgeting and spend
  • Advanced scouting for new professional development workshops and/or programs
  • Increase in overall staff engagement and satisfaction with professional development
  • Deeper commitment among teachers and staff to professional enrichment and career growth

Netflix + MasterClass’ for K-12 teachers & staff
There is a reason only 29% of educators say they get what they need out of the training they receive at school.

Faced with historic learning gaps for students and rising employee attrition, K-12 schools need to support the career development and passions of their most committed teachers and staff.

LaunchPad from RocketPD is your virtual professional learning library. An annual subscription gets your team convenient access to a growing selection of video-based mini-courses on the topics that matter, delivered by some of the biggest names in K-12 education.

Each mini-course includes:

  • A video introduction from the thought leader
  • 3 key video lessons with practical outcomes
  • A downloadable course workbook
  • A “So, what’s next?” section
  • A shareable Certificate of Completion

Available topics include: Family Engagement, Teacher Supervision, Coaching and Evaluation, School Communications, Transformational School Leadership, Blended Learning, Reading Instruction, School Culture and Inclusion, Adult Well-Being and more, with new content added every quarter.

To learn more about how your district can use LaunchPad from RocketPD to generate internal buy-in and support for critical K-12 school district strategic initiatives, visit or email us at [email protected] and ask for a FREE demonstration of this use case.

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