Assist with Administrative Tasks
• Assist with Administrative Tasks as Needed on a Temporary Basis
EdTech Specialists understands that there can be temporary needs for helping to streamline administrative tasks and/or assist during periods of “overload”. By hiring an EdTech Specialists consultant, a district can save a great deal of money by not having to hire a full-time person with benefits.
• Design and Lead a Customized New Teacher Academy
We specialize in supporting early-career educators with current best practices for the classroom and profession. We work with schools and districts to create a program that fits the needs they have to onboard and support their new teachers. Customizing content, format, and duration, we will develop and help lead an academy to support new teachers. Areas of focus might include such topics as instruction, assessment, leadership, technology, and relational literacy.
• Individual or Group Instructional Coaching Sessions
EdTech Specialists consultants know that mentoring and coaching can help teachers not only improve but also make the leap from good to great. We recognize that while juggling other responsibilities, administrators and teacher mentors aren’t always available to support teachers when they need it. Our experienced team can work with teachers individually, or in groups, to assist schools in helping educators to enhance their professional practice. Coaching and mentoring services are available to teachers for face-to-face sessions or virtual meetings so that existing staff can avoid overload.
• Instructional Rounds
Educators learn from one another by collaborating but seldom do they get to learn from watching each other in action. Instructional Rounds are a great way to get educators into one another’s classroom to understand instructional practice, develop shared vocabulary for instructional conversations, and elevate the collective efficacy of a teaching staff. We will work with schools or districts to develop an Instructional Rounds experience and help them to implement it with some or all of their teaching staff. The Instructional Rounds experience would take a group of educators on learning walks to visit several classrooms around a theme of instructional practice, and then debrief the learning with them to inform their own practice. Facilitating classroom observations in this non-evaluative way supports the onboarding of new teachers and enhances the professional development of veteran educators.
• Digital Solutions for Educator Evaluations
Evaluations are supposed to measure performance and support professional growth; however, they are also time-intensive and sometimes the evaluation process itself can get in the way of reaching its intended outcomes. By adopting digital solutions, which reduce bureaucracy and decrease uncertainty, both educators and evaluators will be able to work smarter, not harder at evaluation.
• Review of Existing Educator Evaluation Process and Workflow
We offer a Process Audit of existing evaluation systems, which can help determine how effectively a school or district’s educator evaluation process is achieving its intended goals. This audit will:
- identify areas of strength and weakness in current evaluation process
- review the way performance is documented, feedback is provided, and communication takes place between evaluator and educator
- recommend practices to enhance the evaluation experience for both evaluator and educator
• Elicit Stakeholder Input on Evaluation Processes and Workflows
We can conduct surveys or focus groups to acquire perception data about existing and potential evaluation solutions. Feedback is then used to inform the development of evaluation solutions and guide implementation.
• Create Digital Workflows to Improve Educator Evaluation
We specialize in creating digital workflows, using low-cost or free digital tools, for educator evaluation to help districts by reducing paperwork, removing redundancies, and improving communication between evaluator and educator. Throughout the development of digital workflows, we coordinate with stakeholders, and counsel as needed, to ensure that the solutions meet the letter of the law and serve the needs of end users. This give districts an evaluation process that better measures performance and supports professional growth—allowing everyone to focus on what matters.
• Provide Training on Digital Solutions for Evaluations
We specialize in training opportunities and professional development for administrators and educators to help them understand and use the digital solutions we help them to create for educator evaluation.