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Overview

Teachscapeoffers several systems to support professional development, including: acatalogue of courses including videos of best practices,

  • communities to reflecton learning:
  • tools for observationand evaluation,
  • and talent management.

Eachsystem can be purchased separately, or combined to create a holistic approachto professional development.

Through‘Teachscape Learn,’ teachers developtheir own customized learning plans based on the needs and goals of individualteachers, schools and districts. They can then tag resources, videos, andcourses to that plan. It provides over 160 courses and 2,500 videos of bestpractices, expert commentaries, and interactive courses, which cover preK-12and all subjects. Users can create their own communities to share resources anddiscuss what they learn.

Teachscape Reflect’ allows principals andteachers to use customizable digital forms and upload evidence from theobservation and evaluation process online. It also allows schools to evaluateteachers based on a specified framework determined by the district. ‘TeachscapeReflect’ also has exclusive rights to CharlotteDanielson’s 2011 and 2013 editions of her Framework for TeachingEvaluation, which is directly available on Reflect as an availableframework for administrators to use to perform their evaluations.

Teachscape Advance’ focuses on talentmanagement, to support a district’s HR needs. ‘Teachscape Focus’ helps administratorsdevelop a common language around what good teaching looks like, in order tohone their observation skills.

  • Purpose: Engage, Learn, Measure
  • Primary Users: Teachers, Administrators, Districts
  • Cost: ‘Teachscape Learn’ is $3,399 per site, ‘Teachscape Reflect’ $399 per user for observers and $45 per user for teachers. ‘Teachscape Reflect’ is $800 per site. Teachscape offers volume discounts on all their products. Set up fees are either 5% of the total purchase or $2,000.
  • Skill Development: Pedagogy skills, content knowledge, and PD system improvement
  • On-Brand Use: Teachers can receive personalized learning plans based on their goals and needs. Districts can facilitate PD across schools, community-based discussions, and teacher observations.
  • Platforms: Web-based, iOS and Android apps available for ‘Teachscape Reflect,’ as well as an iOS video capture app for ‘Teachscape Learn.’
  • Deal breakers: This is for school districts wanting to do a total system overhaul that potentially includes a new approach to PD.  If districts are only looking for supplementary tools, this might not be the best fit.
  • Types of Schools Using It: Districts, States

Product Brief

Value Added:

Teachscapeoffers a unique approach to professional development by creating courses,modules, and webinars around real-life teacher videos. Experts in the fieldreview best-practice videos to identify key learning potential for teachers.For example, a 30-minute video may be edited down to 10 minutes focused onspecific skills such as project based learning, classroom management, or otherteaching techniques.

Teachscapealso adds value with its streamlined delivery of professional development andembedded content. Through this model, Teachscape can package all PD foreducators and administration, as well as record all results and notes, into oneLMS for the entire school.

How does it work?

Teachscape Learn:

For Teachers

‘TeachscapeLearn’ is an LMS that combines tools to create personalized learning plans, aprivate social networking platform, and videos and courses. The site features acatalog of over 2,500 videos and over 160 courses. Once Teachscape is purchasedby a district all the courses become open and free for all teachers.

Eachteacher receives a login from the district or directly from Teachscape. Uponlogging in, teachers are directed to develop a learning plan, which includessetting goals and action items that will help them complete those goals.Teachers can then browse the catalog of courses or the video channel thataligns most closely with their professional learning goals.

‘TeachscapeLearn’ provides a large suite of content, along with a defined structure toreflect on and implement that content, and can upload evidence ofimplementation. This creates a continuous learning loop. Once teachers watch avideo, they reflect on it through their ‘Teachscape Learn’ page, which includesfollow-up questions, videos of experts talking about the content in the video,comment on each video, and prompts that suggest how teachers can apply the ideain their own classrooms.

Teacherscan share how they apply a new tool or content by uploading a video ofthemselves teaching or sharing their experience with the community network.This cycle of learning is meant to be a continuous loop where teachers arelearning something new, reflecting through notes, additional videos, orjournaling, and applying what they learned in the classroom. This loop can alsobe tied to ‘Teachscape Reflect,’ which provides rubrics for observation andevaluation.

Thevideo library of courses and learning resources is organized by content area ortopic. To facilitate searching, each course provides an overview of learningobjectives, an introduction of what to expect, estimates of how long it willtake to complete, and highlights of videos from inside the classroom withexpert commentary. Individual videos range from 15-20 minutes, while coursestake no longer than 8 hours.

Professional LearningCourse Topics:

  • The Common Core Series
  • The Competency-Based Learning Series
  • The Data-Driven Instruction Series
  • The Effective Instructional Strategies Series
  • The Elementary Science Series
  • The English Language Learner Series
  • The Literacy Series
  • The Mathematics Series
  • The New Teacher Support Series
  • The Early Childhood Series (available for a separate fee)
  • The Framework for Teaching Effectiveness (available for a separate fee)



The videos all takeplace inside classrooms throughout the United States. The courses are developedwith a content partner such as a university, a district, or an expert in thefield. These partners are all identified based on their alignment with thesubject matter and their influence through research, teaching, speaking, and/orpublications. Teachscape decides what courses to develop based on feedback fromits customers or on advice from experts. 

Theteachers in the videos are recruited by the Teachscape’s in-house productionteam. These teachers are either found at conferences or site visits, orTeachscape will have an outreach campaign to find teachers who might beinterested in taping a lesson.

For Administrators

Administratorscan assign courses and monitor teacher progress on Teachscape courses, createcustom courses directing teachers to third party content, track credits, andmanage all aspects of course delivery.

Afterlogging into their account, administrators will find a dashboard on theirpersonal Teachscape page where they can assign content to a large or smallgroups of teachers, monitor their progress, and create community channels forfollow-up discussion. For example, a principal can browse through theTeachscape content, choose two videos and a course that are aligned to theCommon Core, and assign them to all teachers or a specific set of teachers. Theprincipal can also assign follow-up questions on a discussion board, which canalso be limited to specific teachers. The discussion board could be all fifthgrade teachers in the district, and the follow-up question could ask them todiscuss the implementation of the Common Core in a fifth grade math class, andthe challenges that may or arise.

Administratorscan also upload any files for the whole district to view in specificcommunities or through Knowledge Base, an open file structure for districtlevel employees to share content.

The Community

Thecommunity aspect of Teachscape can be controlled by any teacher oradministrator within a district. For example, anyone in a district with a ‘TeachscapeLearn’ account can create a community by inviting specific users to a groupwhere they can have private discussions and opportunities to share material.


Teachersand administrators can also have private areas on the site through a tab calledMy Channel. Through My Channel, teachers and administrators will find an areato upload videos with related artifacts to their own personal channel. These caninclude PDFs, spreadsheets, Powerpoints, and any other relevant material. 

 



Everyteacher has access to the District Channel, School Channel, and My Channel,which of each contain videos of best practices which the district, the school,and the user can create respectively. Through the video channels area of thesite, Teachscape provides tools for teachers within a district to share,recommend, save, or comment on videos.

Teacherscan record an entire class using any device or using the iOS Teachscape videorecording app. They can then upload it to the Teachscape page, edit certainclips, and then share. For example, a teacher may have 30 minutes of videocontent, but there may only be two shorter clips that are relevant. Using thevideo clip tool on the Teachscape site, teachers can cut out their favoriteclips within the platform, provide a title and description, and share it out tothe rest of the district, where they can receive peer reviews and feedback.

Teachscape Reflect:

‘TeachscapeReflect’ is an observation tool that can be used for in-class and videoevaluations. It provides the framework for an administrator to do classroomwalkthroughs, scored observations in the classroom, and video-based scoredobservations based on an evaluation rubric. This rubric may be uploaded by adistrict; Teachscape also provides a rubric based on the Charlotte DanielsonFramework for Teaching.

Danielson’sFramework for Teaching is widely used across the field of education as adescription of good teaching. The framework has been adopted by many schoolsand turned into a rubric for assessing teaching quality. Teachscape’s exclusiverights to the Framework allows them to integrate it into their system as one ofthe available rubrics for evaluating teachers.

After a principal inputsinformation about teachers, including how long they have been teaching and howlong they have been at the school, that principal can use Teachscape to set aschedule for observations that can be conducted in person or through a videothat the teacher takes and submits.


‘Teachscape Reflect’ assists principals with the observationprocess by aligning evidence to specific components of the Charlotte DanielsonFramework, or other rubrics used by the district. It allows for pre- andpost-observation data meetings with teachers and has a section for teachers toshare a self-review.

Thesoftware helps administrators track how many observations have been done andhow many are supposed to get done. It also shows how teachers are progressingbased on the data from the observation rubrics. It can identify common areas ofstruggle among large groups, which can help schools make the appropriateinvestments in PD. 



Like ‘TeachscapeLearn,’ ‘Teachscape Reflect’ has video clipping tools that allow teachers totake videos and share it with their administrator and/or observer. 

How is it used?

Teachscapeis used by schools as an LMS and PD management tool that helps districts keeptrack of all teachers’ professional learning and progress. However, schools canalso choose to purchase one of the four systems separately to meet a particularneed they have. It is most often used by whole school districts and states.

HillsboroughCounty Public Schools in Tampa, Florida uses ‘Teachscape Reflect’ and ‘TeachscapeLearn’ to facilitate more video based learning. Using Teachscape teacherscapture, upload, and review videos of each other. They also use the communitieson Teachscape Learn to form virtual learning communities around videos theyshare. Through these communities, they facilitate different coaching andfeedback sessions. In 2012-13, 12 schools participated in the efforts. In 2013-14,the district included 8 more schools.

TheHartford Public Schools in Connecticut uses Teachscape to create a large-scaleteacher evaluation and professional learning initiative. It is used to ensurethat the schools are developing and retaining highly effective teachers. TheTeachscape Reflect tool allows administrators and teachers to engage in acomprehensive and meaningful feedback loop with evaluations and post-evaluationconversations. The administration then uses the results of these evaluations tohelp teachers create individualized learning plans to continue growing andlearning as an educator.

TexasTech University uses Teachscape as a feedback tool for teacher practices intheir Teacher Preparation Program. Teacher candidates upload videos, which arethen commented on and evaluated through Teachscape. The videos also provide theopportunity for these candidates to comment on their own practice, or sit withfaculty members and watch their practice with feedback in real time.

Who’s Using It?

Teachscapeis used mostly by districts and schools. However, some universities have alsofound the tool useful in their teacher preparation programs. Users include, butare not limited to:

Districts

  • Hartford Public Schools, CT
  • Red Bank Borough Public Schools, NJ
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL
  • Escambia County School District, FL
  • Syracuse City School District, NY
  • Memphis City Schools, TX
  • Shelby County Schools, TN
  • Mesa Public Schools, AZ

Universities

  • Texas Tech University, TX
  • Gardner Webb University, NC
  • Gwynedd Mercy University, PA

Content, Content, Content….

TheTeachscape Learning Management Suite contains 160 courses and over 2500 videos.Over 20% of the content has been added in 2013, including content focusedaround competency frameworks, Common Core, and data driven instruction. Pastcontent is continually updated, to make it relevant to current trends. Coursesare self-paced and range from 15 minutes to eight hours long. Courses aredesigned to be used for individualized learning, working in small groups ofteachers, with a mentor, or as a module with follow-up discussion. Onlinecourses range from Common Core Aligned Curriculum to the Charlotte DanielsonFramework for Teaching. (For a complete list see “How does it work”)

Someof the lessons are focused on pedagogy while others are case studies ofteaching strategies. For example, Teachscape has a series with Robert Marzano, which outlines highimpact teaching strategies such identifying similarities and differences.Teachscape’s Common Core series focuses on the shift in English language artsand literacy, as well as the standards for mathematical practice. The casestudy model follows one specific lesson from beginning to end with commentarythroughout by chosen experts, who also engage in a dialogue with the teacher inthat video.

Training, Integrating, and Implementing

Training

Teachscapeis a cloud-based system. It helps schools with the initial setup by creatinglog-ins for every teacher and administrator. It can also offer help districtscreate larger goals and PD plans, and integrating any third party videos orcourses that are relevant for that district.

Thereare also workshops and opportunities for extended learning with the Teachscapeteam for an additional fee. Workshops help teachers and administrators use datato target specific improvements in teaching quality, build observation skills,and plan for the successful implementation of Teachscape in a school system. Theseare delivered through face-to-face group training, webinars, coachingindividuals, ongoing online community support and frequent check-ins.

InTeachscape’s “extended learning” program, a Teachscape employee works withschools and districts to create more in-depth professional development. Thisprogram uses a combination of facilitated group learning, self-study, andpractical application to achieve a school or district-wide goal. Thesein-person sessions are combined with online learning and observation throughTeachscape and can occur over a period of a few weeks up to an entire schoolyear. On-site workshops start at around $3500, while webinars start at $1,500.

Assessment and Data

Administrators are able totrack individual, team, or school learning through dashboards and reports.Teachscape assembles the data taken from courses, assessments, observations,and total evaluation scores and compiles it into a trackable report on eachteacher. Administrators can also view an element of the data across teachersand schools. For example, an administrator may be interested in how teachersare succeeding with a new technology that was purchased for each classroom. Thedata will show how many teachers have taken training courses, ratings fromtheir subsequent observations, and how well teachers are following up on thefeedback.



Landmines

TheTeachscape videos and courses do not necessarily offer graduate or PD coursecredit. It depends on whether or not a district chooses to use it as a creditsystem. If a district does not choose to appoint credit for the Teachscapecourses, teachers have to find their PD credit elsewhere. It can also be high-ticketitem, and  cost prohibitive for individual schools.

TheCharlotte Danielson framework has angeredsome teachers who are concerned the framework is more about profit thanteacher improvement. By locking down versions of the framework, Teachscape hasbeen a part of their concerns as well.

Tech/Price/Credit

Tech

Teachscapeis cloud-based, so that all downloads and videos are stored on the cloud, andcan be accessed on any browser. There is also an iOS and Android app for ‘TeachscapeReflect’ walk through observations. A video capture app is also available oniOS which allows teachers to quickly upload video to ‘Teachscape Learn.’

Cost

Schoolscan purchase the different offerings separately or as a total system. ‘TeachscapeLearn’ is $3,399 per site, ‘Teachscape Reflect’ $399 per user for observers and$45 per user for teachers. ‘Teachscape Reflect’ is $800 per site. Teachscapeoffers volume discounts on all their products. Set up fees are either 5% of thetotal purchase or $2,000. Hartford Public Schools adopted Teachscape to its teacherobservations and professional development. The total contract totaled$940,753.

Credit

Thecredit is part of a district configuration, which means a district can offercredits as they choose. If districts do choose to create a custom catalogue ofcourses in their system, they can assign credits and track those credits in thesystem. 

Comparables:

Teachscapeis a large LMS with various aspects that makes it unique. It’s entire system iscomparable to Knowledge Delivery Systems. However there is overlap with otherPD providers like content providers such as ASCD and SimpleK12. It alsooverlaps slightly with larger learning management system’s like Truenorthlogic because itexists to connect a district and its teachers through professional development.It’s video capture and sharing tools in ‘Teachscape Learn’ are similar toproducts like SmarterCookie, Talent, and Edthena. The ‘Teachscape Reflect’tool is also comparable to TeachBoost

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Asynchronous Modules Asynchronous Modules
Asynchronous Social Network Asynchronous Social Network
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