Unlocking the instructional black box
All teachers want to be great. They want to be great not for greatness’ sake, but because when they are at their instructional best, learning becomes contagious and students excel.
Here at Torsh, we help teachers pursue greatness by “unlocking the instructional black box” in ways that demystify the art of highly effective instruction. Our powerful tools and services help educators deepen their understanding of what is happening in the classroom while simultaneously enabling them to track how these trends impact student learning.
And we do all of this in a scalable, cost effective way that increases returns on professional development investments while reducing total teacher development costs — a win/win situation for everyone involved.
Greatness doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time. We are committed to helping teachers, administrators and students achieve it, one step at a time, one day at a time, one video at a time.
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Jim Shelton, Ass’t Deputy Secretary of Education for Innovation and Improvement, has had a storied career in education. On September 10, 2012 he convened a panel of educators and entrepreneurs to discuss “Transforming Education Through Technology” via a Google+ Hangout. Our CEO was asked to discuss the gaps in products and services that truly meet the needs of teachers and those who support them.
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As teacher evaluations and a culture of accountability become more entrenched in our schools, the use of video as an observational tool will become more prevalent. Not only is video observation a more cost effective method of capturing teacher interactions, it also helps teachers improve by facilitating self reflection and efficient feedback loops with peers and mentors. Here is an overview of some scholarly articles that support the use of videos.
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Spring is here! That means standardized testing and finals, but also preparation for summer and a well-deserved break for our teachers! Here at Torsh, spring involves gearing up for summer conferences and events. Check here for the latest updates on what we’re doing and where we’ll be. If you hear of an exciting conference or event that we shouldn’t miss, or you would like us to help you promote some of your events, drop us an email on the Contact Us page and we’ll help you get the word out!