BloomBoard win in Colorado

Jul 24, 2012

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From time to time, we'll share news of key partnerships orcustomer wins and the "lessons learned" that came withclinching the deal. It's not justabout the PR--it's about improving everyone's understanding of how the marketworks.

BloomBoard in CO: BloomBoard said this week thatthe Colorado Legacy Foundation, working with the Colorado Department ofEducation (DoE), will use its software platform for doing a pilot program doingteacher and principal evaluations. Nice win for Bloomboard, which has struck similar deals in New Jersey, Indiana and with a couple of charter management organizations.

BloomBoard founder, Jason Lange, sayshis company aims to help states fulfill legal obligations--say, federal mandates around Race To The Top or state legislation. It's a smart strategy: states are eager to find ways to meet their obligations. And in times of tight budgets, the least expensive, the better.

BloomBoard's pitch:use its platform for free (and meet the compliance requirements). In return,BloomBoard collects data about areas where teachers need more--andbetter--professional development. BloomBoard creates a "heat map" ofthe district's needs and can then help connect the district to the mostappropriate professional development services via its PD "marketplace." Lange reports the deal was inked in less than 60days. The approach seems to be working: in addition to Colorado, New Jersey, Indiana, and several charter school networks have signed up.

Lesson learned: Focus onwhere the states are legally obliged to comply with regulations. "We wantto help them solve compliance issues and create value for teachers" says Lange, aiming to turn measures of teacher and principal effectiveness from a punitiveexperience into a positive, professional development moment.

BloomBoard win in Colorado

Jul 24, 2012

BEHIND THE NEWS  

From time to time, we'll share news of key partnerships orcustomer wins and the "lessons learned" that came withclinching the deal. It's not justabout the PR--it's about improving everyone's understanding of how the marketworks.

BloomBoard in CO: BloomBoard said this week thatthe Colorado Legacy Foundation, working with the Colorado Department ofEducation (DoE), will use its software platform for doing a pilot program doingteacher and principal evaluations. Nice win for Bloomboard, which has struck similar deals in New Jersey, Indiana and with a couple of charter management organizations.

BloomBoard founder, Jason Lange, sayshis company aims to help states fulfill legal obligations--say, federal mandates around Race To The Top or state legislation. It's a smart strategy: states are eager to find ways to meet their obligations. And in times of tight budgets, the least expensive, the better.

BloomBoard's pitch:use its platform for free (and meet the compliance requirements). In return,BloomBoard collects data about areas where teachers need more--andbetter--professional development. BloomBoard creates a "heat map" ofthe district's needs and can then help connect the district to the mostappropriate professional development services via its PD "marketplace." Lange reports the deal was inked in less than 60days. The approach seems to be working: in addition to Colorado, New Jersey, Indiana, and several charter school networks have signed up.

Lesson learned: Focus onwhere the states are legally obliged to comply with regulations. "We wantto help them solve compliance issues and create value for teachers" says Lange, aiming to turn measures of teacher and principal effectiveness from a punitiveexperience into a positive, professional development moment.

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