Performance Matters introduces classroom observation tool for K-12 districts

July 19th, 2016

Truenorthlogic Observation helps school leaders schedule and conduct observations with ease, connect results to professional development, and increase transparency for teachers

Being observed in the classroom can be a nerve-wracking experience for teachers. Yet, observations that paint a fair, accurate picture of teachers’ strengths and areas of need can play a crucial role in their professional growth. To make the observation experience easy and efficient for both observers and teachers, Performance Matters announces Truenorthlogic Observation.

Truenorthlogic Observation is an intuitive, online solution for conducting classroom observations, collecting evidence and sharing feedback. Going far beyond simple scripting tools, it gives K-12 districts the tools to configure, customize and streamline the observation process, eliminating the need for onerous paper-driven processes.

With Truenorthlogic Observation, districts can design observation templates that match existing observation instruments, rubrics and ratings scales, and highlight desired teaching practices. School leaders can easily schedule formal observations or classroom walkthroughs, or start one on demand. They can also see how many scheduled observations are on the calendar and which teachers have not yet been observed.

With easy-to-use scripting tools and one-click rating tools, observers can conduct swift, focused note-taking and evidence collection. Intuitive search tools also provide instant access to observation histories and other relevant information.

To increase transparency, observers can share notes, ratings and evidence with teachers. Dashboards also allow teachers to see their overall observation results, as well as results for each element of the rubric.

To support teachers’ professional growth, school leaders can link observation results directly to professional development resources. A helpful lightbulb icon indicates areas where professional learning opportunities are aligned to the rubric. Then, with just a few clicks from the observation rating results, observers can recommend or require professional development courses or self-paced learning opportunities.

Truenorthlogic Observation is part of the Performance Matters Educator Professional Growth Platform, which provides districts with a single online source for professional development, evaluations, observations, and observer calibration.


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