Colorado Union Steps Up Teacher Development (Politico)

The Colorado arm of the National Education Association is partnering with professional development platform Edthena to deliver teacher-to-teacher professional support to its members. The union’s partnership with Edthena will expand its professional development offerings by using video to connect teachers hoping to improve their skills, while fulfilling the training requirements imposed by their districts. “Using Edthena, teachers can record their classroom instruction and receive feedback from other educators who they respect and trust,” the union said. “Video coaching also allows teachers to become an active part of the evaluation process.”

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