Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) April 11, 2011
Administrators in Maui's public schools are charting new courses for their teachers' professional growth and development thanks to a unique pairing of the online educator observation tool Teacher Compass and the now ubiquitous Apple iPad.
Starting in January on-the-go administrators began loading up their new-issue iPads with the innovative Teacher Compass, an online program that provides the ability to seamlessly observe, collect, organize, and analyze data to personalize professional development plans for teachers. The goal of this initiative is to help Maui's educators gain visibility into instructional practices in the classroom and provide coaching and support that may be needed.
Teacher Compass from the education and technology company Pearson is an easy-to-use, research-based solution for teacher evaluation and support, which Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education developed with the help of K-12 school administrators.
Wireless access to Teacher Compass will allow educators to easily input data via the iPad, quickly disaggregate results, and generate easy-to-read reports and graphs related to various performance indicators.
Because Teacher Compass can be customized, Maui's teaching effectiveness specifications are fully integrated into the program. With personalized professional development plans matched to individual needs, Maui is seeking to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.
Tony McGuiness, Pearson's representative in Hawaii, said, "Maui's iPad initiative with Pearson provides a single automated and diagnostic system to help instructional leaders guide continually improving classroom instructional practices. With mobile access to Teacher Compass, Maui's educators can more easily identify trends and insights around areas for professional growth, which can then be correlated to personalized online coaching and professional development videos and modules."
Teacher Compass on the iPad will also be tied to the district's professional development program conducted under the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model (SIOP®), a research-driven approach to teaching English learners. Three years ago, Maui adopted the "sheltered instruction" design to teach math, science and social studies -- a method that makes subject area concepts easier to understand, while also strengthening a student's academic English language development.
Pearson has a vision of effective education, optimizing assessment data and putting it to work for continuous improvement in student progress and teaching effectiveness. Learn more, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com.
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