In June 2017 the California State Library undertook a new project to make online resources available to all California students. The project aimed to digitally connect students with content that aligns with the state’s curriculum, creating a statewide suite of online content that would ensure greater access to all students.
Encyclopædia Britannica was one of three resource providers selected by a team of experts and announced in April 2018 by the State Library. All schools in the state may incorporate Britannica access into their learning platforms, supporting learning in a broad range of subject areas, including language arts, science, history/social studies, even visual and performing arts.
Napa Valley Unified School District
What did we do?
Britannica moved quickly and effectively to implement statewide access by launching an ambitious professional learning program, distributing press and promotional support, and building a digital onboarding experience.
Britannica strategically partnered with the California State Library to ensure a successful implementation and continued growth of curriculum integration throughout California schools and libraries through professional learning workshops and Web-based training. The focus of the professional learning centered around leveraging Britannica resources to promote and teach information and digital literacy across the curriculum.
From the initial implementation date in June 2018 to December 2018, Britannica provided 20 in-person professional learning workshops at regional County of Education offices and at district-wide professional development days.
Britannica also provided 30 Web-based training sessions. The combination of in-person training and webinars impacted thousands of educators through a train-the-trainer model and provided them with targeted learning tasks to empower students to develop informational and digital literacy through the use of Britannica resources. Britannica continues to partner closely with the California State Library to expand access and impact student achievement through a robust professional learning initiative.
In addition to professional learning programs, the digital onboarding experience served as a critical tool for statewide leaders to get the word out to their educators, provide a single portal into key support, training, and usage-driving resources, and to introduce California to our various nationwide educator communities.
The result of these efforts has been rapid adoption throughout California, with average statewide use more than doubling in each month of the new school year.
After a great start, we know that our partnership with California will only keep growing. Britannica continues to provide innovative professional learning opportunities to California educators, and we are reaching out to integrate fully with the Learning Management Systems used by school systems throughout the state. By the end of the school year, we expect to see Britannica resources used by California students more than 9 million times. And Britannica’s commitment to serving California’s schools will see that number continue to rise in the years to come.