BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwired - April 01, 2016) -  Solution Tree, an educational publisher and professional development provider, recently announced that its innovative online tool, Global PD, was named as a finalist in the professional development learning category of EdTech Digest's 2016 Cool Tool Awards Program.

Global PD helps school districts strengthen their professional learning communities and sustain school improvement efforts. By utilizing this powerful technology, a school or district's staff can determine essential standards, build common assessments, and identify students in need of intervention or enrichment. Hundreds of videos and resources from top authors provide just-in-time support on crucial topics. Educators can also receive on-demand, personalized virtual coaching from PLC-certified coaches.

Administrators and teachers in districts that have implemented Global PD are reporting significant results. Luke Francois, superintendent of Mineral Point Schools in Wisconsin, states, "Global PD is a can't-miss product that I highly recommend for schools that are serious about organizing their PLC efforts."

Since its launch in 2014, Global PD has proven to be invaluable to administrators and teachers alike. Recently 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," states 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," he adds.

"This year's program had some very stiff competition [and] hard decisions were made in selecting winners," says Victor Rivero, who oversees the Cool Tool Awards program as editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. "The honorees here are among the best and brightest in the edtech space. Finalists and winners both represent an achievement. We're proud to honor these cool tools, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology." For more information about the awards and a complete list of finalists, visit

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

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.

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