Two prominent education non-profits, Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative, have adopted Torsh Inc.'s TALENT platform for video-based observations, reflection and professional development. These transformational organizations use TALENT's robust feedback and annotation tools to facilitate deep reflection and mentoring for aspiring educators and educational leaders.
The Dallas-based Teaching Trust (www.teachingtrust.org) envisions a community of leaders who have the capacity to transform urban schools in order to eliminate the achievement gap and ensure that all children have an extraordinary education. Their leadership programs support the development of new principals, school leadership teams, and education advocates in Dallas area schools.
TALENT enhances Teaching Trust's vision by allowing participants in their three leadership development programs to capture on-the-job video, and easily and securely share it with Teaching Trust staff and coaches for feedback.
"The Torsh team has been a strategic partner in helping us to better understand and use industry leading technology, which allows us to more efficiently support program participants in real time," says Teresa Khirallah, Chief of School Leadership Development at Teaching Trust.
Breakthrough Collaborative's (www.breakthroughcollaborative.org) mission is twofold: to increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students, and put them on the trajectory of a successful college path, while inspiring and developing the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. They provide accelerated summer programming for underserved students as well as a teaching residency for high school and college students who aim to enter teaching.
Breakthrough Collaborative will use TALENT this summer in Breakthrough Birmingham and Breakthrough Oakland, their two newest sites. Aspiring educators in high school and college will employ the platform during their summer teaching residency to get detailed feedback on their practice from veteran teacher coaches. The platform will also be used to create a library of best practice for new teachers.
"At Breakthrough Collaborative, we believe that the best way to close the achievement gap for students is through the thoughtful and ongoing preparation, training and support of teachers," says Maureen Yusuf-Morales, the Director of Instructional Design at Breakthrough Collaborative. "Using the Torsh TALENT platform for teaching videos allows us to capture excellent teachers using best practices in the field and share those moments as models while we train over 800 novice teachers each year. We are also able to use the platform to support individual teacher growth because we know that watching ourselves teach is one effective way to find our blind spots and improve our practice moving forward."
Recent partnerships with organizations like Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative continue Torsh Inc.'s long-standing work with non-profit education organizations, including Minneapolis-based The Origins Program, and San Francisco's WestEd.
"We are thrilled to add Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative to our roster of partners as it validates our belief that video can be a powerful resource for developing leaders and teachers as they teach and learn," says Courtney Williams, Torsh Inc. CEO.
You can learn more about TALENT directly from Williams and other members of the Torsh Inc. team at the ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, GA from June 28th - July 1st, by stopping by their booth in the startup pavilion, or emailing email@example.com to set up a meeting.
About Torsh Inc.
Torsh Inc. (Today's One Room School House), Since 2011, Torsh Inc. has worked to improve student achievement by increasing teacher and administrator effectiveness. They are the creators of TALENT, a video-based observation, reflection, feedback, coaching and data analytics platform. TALENT delivers a simple mobile app for capturing classroom video, and an online platform that facilitates video-based reflection, coaching, and collaboration around practice. For more information on Torsh Inc., please visit www.torsh.co, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Teaching Trust
Teaching Trust programs prepare educators to lead change from the "inside out" by developing the values and skills essential to transformational school and district change. For more information on Teaching Trust, please visit www.teachingtrust.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Breakthrough Collaborative
At 33 locations across the nation and abroad, Breakthrough Collaborative launches motivated middle-school students on the path to college and prepares older students for careers in education. A national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators. Visit www.breakthroughcollaborative.org to learn more.