New Observation Resource Enables Tighter Connection Between Teacher Observations and Targeted Professional Development

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Edivate Observe Gives Administrators the Ability to Quickly and Easily Prescribe Professional Development That Aligns Observed Behavior with Desired Outcomes

School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of Edivate Observe, a comprehensive observation resource that makes it easier for administrators to conduct meaningful and supportive teacher observations—observations that encourage teacher growth and effectiveness.

Edivate Observe officially launches January 2016 and will replace the current observation product Observation 360.

Edivate Observe Supports Educator Growth and Effectiveness by Allowing Instructional Leaders to Quickly and Easily Prescribe Professional Development That Aligns Observed Behavior with Desired Outcomes.

“We strongly believe that observations can be more than just compliance activities. Observations provide a wonderful opportunity for administrators and educators to come together to assess strengths and to identify opportunities for growth,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network.

The important role that observations play in supporting teacher growth and student achievement is becoming increasingly clear. In a recent study published in the Journal of College Teaching & Learning, researchers found that schools with higher observation rates and professional development activity aligned to observation results saw significant one-year gains in student achievement—an average of 24.9% in math and 24.6% in reading over baseline.*

“Edivate Observe makes it much simpler and easier to give every educator specific, personalized professional learning recommendations that are aligned to observed behavior. The educator can then access their observation and their professional learning recommendations where they access all their professional development, through the Edivate learning platform,” said Linton.

Edivate Observe will be available to all School Improvement Network clients for implementation beginning in January 2016, and it is scalable to any school or system.

School Improvement Network will be highlighting Edivate Observe at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Washington, DC on December 7-8, booth 201.

*Shaha, S.H., Glassett, K.F., Copas, A., (2015). The Impact of Teacher Observations With Coordinated Professional Development On Student Performance: A 27-State Program Evaluation. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 12(1), 55-63.

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