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Portland Public Schools Renews Partnership with Edthena

Portland Public Schools Renews Partnership with Edthena

Through its renewed partnership with Edthena, Portland Public Schools in Oregon will provide video coaching to its dual language teachers throughout the 2017-18 school year.

“Our coaches work collaboratively with bilingual teachers on three main instructional practices – landing the objective, gradual release of responsibility, and student interactions,” said Debbie Armendariz, senior director in the department of dual language at Portland Public Schools. “With Edthena, coaches and small groups of teachers watch four- to five-minute videos of these instructional practices in action and discuss strategies for improvement.”

Teachers upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. Reports and graphs, linked to the school’s or district’s associated professional standards, help identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.

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