SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2017) – Teachers can take further ownership of their professional learning plans and better track all of the to-do list items stemming from their coaching conversations with Edthena’s new Commitments feature. This tool enables coaches and peers to flag comments from the video feedback process as actionable proposals. Teachers decide which proposals they’d like to accept, set a target date for the goal, and report back on their progress.
“The coaching process is all about helping teachers identify trends in their teaching and set goals to improve their professional practice to ensure student growth and success,” said Rychie Rhodes, an instructional coach in St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO. “With the Commitments feature in Edthena, we will now be able to have a bird’s-eye view of the specific areas of teaching we are focusing on and better track those ‘next steps’ discussed during the coaching process to keep us moving forward. When both the teacher and the coach agree upon a focus of improvement, and it is evidenced by the data, we are able to go deeper with our conversations.”
With the Edthena platform, teachers quickly and easily 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. Each comment – and subsequent commitment – is tied to a professional skill as defined by their school or district’s professional standards to describe high-quality teaching.
One-click reporting allows teachers and coaches to track and summarize the commitments throughout the school year to help identify both short- and long-term progress and trends in teaching practice based on those standards. This tight alignment to standards is useful for teachers as they document – and collect data to support – their professional learning throughout the year.
“Supporting the ability to create and track teacher commitments grew out of feedback from our partners,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “Reflecting on teaching practice is only part of the process of teachers improving their skills – they must also decide to take action and commit to trying a change in their teaching. The Commitments feature provides teachers with an organized, evidence-based way to do this throughout the year.”
In addition to tracking commitments originating from activity inside Edthena, teachers can also use the Commitments feature to document goals set through other professional development conversations such as a face-to-face meeting.
Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in nearly 30 states are using the Edthena platform to make video observation an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.
To learn more about Edthena and its new Commitments feature, visit www.edthena.com.
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