Evaluations are not very useful for improving teacher quality, but we can merge them with professional development to help focus on the growth of teacher quality instead.
In my first post, I told you about me. Today, I want to tell you about my startup, ProfessorWord. Our goal is to help students learn vocabulary as they read online.
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.
Being a solo entrepreneur requires doing the jobs of five people while having the time of one. Startup life is not meant to be shouldered by one person forever.
There are many entrepreneurs who can claim that "they've always known they would start their own business," but I am not one of them. So how did I end up as an entrepreneur writing this blog?
I've gone from the quietest kid in class to teacher, and now to entrepreneur working on an online, interactive video platform for educators.
Moving towards performance coaching instead of lecture-based professional development can be a game changer for teacher quality.
A lot of people use the phrase "it's a journey" to describe the process of a startup. Me included. The problem is that we all pretend like the "journey" of a startup like strolling up one of the hills of San Francisco. In fact, the "journey" is more like being dropped off in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, in Alaska, and needing to find your way to the top of a specific mountain. Without a map.
Last week we hired a new employee in the role of Customer Success. We chose this title because we wanted the job to be meaningful to an external audience while also accommodating the internal ambiguity of the role.
Some of Edthena's potential customers may also be pitched by other companies with similarish offerings. Those companies try to skew the differences as our weakness. But the differences may actually represent a present position of strength in overall quality or outcomes for Edthena.