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Solution Tree, a professional development company

April 19, 2016 11:45 ET

Solution Tree's Global PD Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist

BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - Solution Tree, an educational publisher and professional development provider, announced that Global PD was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.

Global PD was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium, the nation's leading education technology conference, in Denver July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner. 

Global PD, an innovative online tool, helps school districts strengthen their professional learning communities and sustain school improvement efforts. By utilizing this powerful technology, school staff can determine essential standards, build common assessments, and identify students in need of intervention or enrichment. Educators can also access hundreds of videos and resources from top authors and receive on-demand, personalized virtual coaching from PLC-certified coaches.

Since its launch in 2014, Global PD has proven to be invaluable to administrators and teachers alike. Luke Francois, superintendent of Mineral Point Schools in Wisconsin, praised the tool, stating, "Global PD is a can't-miss product that I highly recommend for schools that are serious about organizing their PLC efforts."

In 2015, Global PD was updated with a set of brand-new features, including sharable playlists and hundreds of books and video clips. "Global PD is a comprehensive solution that educators can rely on daily to improve schoolwide practices," said Solution Tree CEO Jeffrey C. Jones. "We're excited to introduce [these] new features that teams can use to enhance their skills, collaborate more effectively, and ultimately increase student achievement."

Global PD was created in collaboration with PLC at Work™ champions Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and Mike Mattos, as well as more than 40 top-performing schools and districts. To watch a short video highlighting the features of Global PD, visit

"Every year the list of CODiE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They're opening doors for learners of all ages," said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

Details about each finalist are listed at

About Solution Tree

Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K-12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, online courses and more.

About SIIA

SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA's divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit

About ETIN

ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit

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