A more social form of professional development

Educate Texas, a public-private partnership working across diverse districts in Texas, will use Teaching Channel Teams to support its coaches and educators in high schools focusing on its college-ready and STEM initiatives, using video-enabled collaboration and coaching to connect educators across the state.

A professional development solution that taps into social media could empower teachers to address classroom challenges and share important best practices and knowledge, said John Fitzpatrick, executive director at Educate Texas.

“Teams is allowing us to give teachers the job-embedded, individualized support they need to significantly improve student outcomes,” he said.

Coaches and mentors can make time-stamped notes when reviewing colleagues’ videos. Teachers can save and schedule eMail reminders for videos, and can make their own notes as well.

Video-enabled groups let teachers collaborate on-demand. Groups can be private or open to an entire community. Teachers can work one-on-one with a coach or can work with a group of colleagues. Community members can pose questions to small groups or to the entire Teams community. The cloud-based web service is available anywhere a reliable internet connection is found.

Laura Ascione

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