New policies incorporate video reflection for teacher certification

Recently, Edthena visited the 2013 American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Conference (AACTE) in Orlando, Fla. Integrating video into the teacher certification process was the hot topic this year as a result of edTPA, a multi-measure assessment of a teacher’s readiness to enter the classroom. Aligned with national standards and supported by 24 states…

Teacher tools are like an ice-cream sandwich

In consumer technology explaining your place can be as simple as explaining the problem and solution in one sentences: People have a pain point, and we have a solution for that. In education, though, while you might be solving a real problem for educators and delivering value, you also need to explain how you’re part…

Clarifying a misconception about teacher improvement and teacher evaluation

There’s a misconception developing about the umbrella term “teacher quality” as the process of “teacher improvement and evaluation” – that evaluation and improvement are the same process. I see this happening in my day-to-day conversations with people about Edthena. I often say that we’re bringing observation and feedback online for teacher improvement. The most common…