Whetstone Education Expands Support of KIPP Charter Schools with New Partnerships with KIPP DC and KIPP Bay Area

August 2, 2016

New Orleans, LA – August 2, 2016 — Whetstone Education (www.whetstoneeducation.com) has expanded its partnership with KIPP Charter Schools. Whetstone will now support KIPP DC and KIPP Bay area with their classroom observation and coaching platform, in addition to KIPP NOLA, a partner since 2015.

KIPP DC and KIPP Bay Area will use Whetstone’s observation and coaching platform to streamline their teacher coaching processes and provide their school leaders real-time data insights to help leaders provide personalized professional development to teachers. With one digital home to take observation notes, provide feedback, assign instructional resources, and set goals, Whetstone will make it easier to for leaders to take a data-driven approach to PD.

“Whetstone has a deep respect for the KIPP schools’ commitment to supporting each teacher’s professional growth with frequent observations, feedback, and coaching.,” said Libby Fischer, CEO at Whetstone Education. “We are excited to expand our relationship with KIPP, and the opportunity to now support over 600 of their teachers, coaches, and school leaders.”

“One of our top priorities this year is to strengthen our teacher coaching, by providing them with weekly observations and feedback on those observations,” says Edmund Han, KIPP DC’s Managing Director of Data and Analytics. “We have long been searching for the right tool to help us with this work, and it was immediately clear to our instructional leadership team and school leaders that Whetstone is the absolute best platform for us. We are excited for the structure, processes, and tools for data analyses that Whetstone provides and look forward to partnering with them in the upcoming school year.”

To learn more about how Whetstone Education drives teacher growth through data-driven coaching, email libby@whetstoneeducation.com or visit www.whetstoneeducation.com.

About KIPP
KIPP – the Knowledge Is Power Program – is a national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP was founded in Houston in 1994, and has grown to 162 schools serving more than 59,000 students in 20 states and Washington, D.C. Ninety-five percent of students enrolled in KIPP schools are African American or Hispanic/Latino, and more than 85 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced price meals program. To date, more than 80 percent of students who have graduated from KIPP middle schools have matriculated to college. www.kipp.org.

About Whetstone Education
Whetstone Education was founded in New Orleans in 2011 by educators looking for an efficient, streamlined way to manage teacher evaluation data and feedback. The platform allows school leaders to capture, organize, analyze, and share teacher data in an intuitive interface, making it easy to identify teacher trends and take action to help teachers grow. www.whetstoneeducation.com

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