Valdosta Adopts PDExpress-Based Programs


11.09.2006—The Valdosta City School District in Georgia has implemented Lucid Data's PDExpress, a professional development and information management system for educators and staff. According to Lucid, the district is using the technology to manage its professional learning programs and related activities.

The Valdosta City School District includes more than 500 full-time teachers. It adopted PDExpress to handle certifications and licenses, workshop registrations in the district, other activities outside the district. It also uses the technology to manage its Professional Learning Unit (PLU) credits by automating the approval process, eliminating paper applications for credits and run reports on classes and credits.

According to Lucid, "Before using PDExpress, Valdosta teachers had difficulty getting information on their licensing status. Some didn't understand how the PLU requirements operated and, as a result, often had to scramble to take classes or workshops near the end of each licensing period. Using PDExpress, the district can now post classes online and teachers can register online from school or home. Teachers can access their own credit information and view information on classes, credits received and credits pending. They can print a transcript of all completed PLU activities and workshops and know where they are in the re-certification process. This helps the teachers plan their professional development classes more effectively and eliminates the last-minute rush to take classes."

Scarlet Correll, Valdosta's Director of Professional Learning, said PDExpress was being used initially to automate staff registration for the district's professional learning day at the beginning of this school year. "We were able to concentrate on the professional learning content that we wanted our staff to experience and not be bogged down in registration paperwork," she said in a prepared statement.

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