Launched by EDC and Vulcan Productions in 2010 and now available on The Teaching Channel, Success at the Core (SaC) is a free professional development toolkit designed to help teams and teachers understand, embrace, and implement a vision of effective school leadership and teaching that prepares all students for success in college and careers. The toolkit features the extensive use of videos that show real teachers using evidence-based practices to enhance students’ mathematics, English language arts, and science learning, as well as a rich array of resources focused on instruction, assessment, curriculum, and student support. To date, SaC has helped over 25,000 educators in all 50 states and many countries around the world improve instruction and has won multiple awards for excellence and innovation including a Best Educational Software (BESSIE) for Best Professional Development Website and a CINE Golden Eagle Award (non-fiction category) and Silver Telly Award (outstanding web video). The toolkit contains two types of resources:
- Seven Leadership Development modules, each structured as a group learning experience for schoolwide, content, and grade-level teams. Leadership teams learn to define quality instruction and advocate for it at their school.
- Twenty-four Teacher Development instructional strategies, which work together to drive schoolwide instructional improvement. Teachers learn strategies for making such instruction real in their classrooms. Individual teachers or groups of teachers can use a strategy’s resources to build customized professional development experiences.