Data-Driven Professional Development
Whetstone is a customizable classroom observation platform schools use to take observation notes, share feedback, track goals, and analyze growth in one place.
School leaders spend nearly 10% of their time each week managing the mountain of paperwork that comes from teacher observations and feedback. In many schools, observation data is scattered across spreadsheets, emails, word documents, and Post-It notes, making it difficult to share feedback and analyze trends.
LEADERS SHOULD HAVE ONE TOOL TO DO EVERYTHING
Schools spend hundreds of hours a year tracking down teacher performance data across paper forms, shared drives, spreadsheets, and email. Leaders need one place to take notes, share feedback, track goals, and analyze trends so that they can spend more time with teachers and students and less time managing paperwork.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE DATA-DRIVEN
Without data, school leaders provide professional development to teachers based on a hunch. When PD is not aligned to a teacher’s unique professional growth needs, teacher satisfaction goes down. School leaders should have an easy way to see a teacher’s growth areas and strengths in order to personalize professional development.
STATE REPORTING SHOULDN’T BE A NIGHTMARE
Thirty three states require annual reporting of classroom observations and evaluations. School leaders must report teacher observation data to both districts and states in order to remain in compliance, and they deserve a platform that makes it easy.
We built Whetstone to make classroom observation easier and simplify data analysis so that school leaders can provide data-driven professional development to their teachers. Whetstone streamlines observations with a one digital home where leaders can take observation and meeting notes, share feedback with teachers, set goals, and analyze teachers' needs and growth.
- STREAMLINE: Whetstone lets leaders capture digital and video observations, share feedback, set goals, & analyze growth on one platform.
- ANALYZE: Whetstone's quantitative and qualitative reporting pinpoints teacher growth needs so that school leaders can provide data-driven professional development to all teachers.
- COMMUNICATE: Share observation data and feedback with one click, support teachers with video coaching, and connect teachers with resources to drive their development in real time.
THOUGHT PARTNERSHIP IS NON-NEGOTIABLE
We insist on working collaboratively with our school partners to configure Whetstone's flexible platform to align to an organization's unique teacher development process. Many partners join Whetstone to improve efficiency; they stay because our non-negotiable thought partnership fosters a process of continual iteration as their processes evolve.
Whetstone works with the thought leaders on the cutting edge teacher observation, feedback, and evaluation.
“You guys have a really great product. Thank you, so much, for the thoughtfulness of this. I look forward to giving feedback as I have it because I can tell that you are going to listen to it and adapt!”
HOW WE DO IT
Whetstone supports over 300 schools across districts of all sizes, from 3 schools to 111, with a robust feature set that districts can pick and choose from in order to customize their site. Beyond streamlining classroom observations and analytics that help make professional development data-driven, Whetstone can even help school districts automate their end of year HR processes. Check out the features that districts use to manage both formal teacher evaluations and informal classroom observations.
Build your organization’s forms and rubrics into your personalized Whetstone site, or create new ones containing both quantitative and qualitative measurements.
Capture in-the-moment observations on your laptop or mobile device, and give teachers time-stamped feedback with our video coaching toolkit.
Whetstone’s Action Step and Goal managers track and analyze teachers’ incremental progress, allowing leaders to personalize PD in real-time and measure teachers’ skill development over a school year.
Teacher performance cannot always be summarized with a number. Whetstone measures Quantitative & Qualitative data side-by-side to identify trends and build a holistic picture of teacher development.
Build a narrative of teacher development over the school year to give teachers transparency into their professional growth and invest them their place as a member of your school family.
When you identify a teacher’s growth area, use Whetstone’s resource suggester to find and share videos, resources, and coaching plans targeted to individual’s needs.
“I just wish I had one place to keep track of all of my classroom observations, teacher feedback, meeting notes, and professional development goals.” Check out our features to see how Whetstone can help!
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Like most good ideas, Whetstone was hatched over lunch. In a humid New Orleans cafeteria in 2011, two school leaders were commiserating about the inefficiencies of their teacher coaching process. There were binders full of rubrics, drives full of forms and trackers, and multi-year email chains with action steps and accolades. No systems talked to each other; reporting was a nightmare. That night, Andrew Cox went home and wrote the original code that is the backbone of Whetstone’s classroom observation and coaching platform. Today, Whetstone’s technology supports both Teacher Coaching and Teacher Evaluation at more than 300 schools across the United States.