WHY A PLATFORM?
Instructional coaching can have a huge impact on classroom outcomes, but it can be hard to manage. It’s hard enough to find time in the day to get into classrooms at all, much less track down observation notes and coaching meeting feedback. Plus, coaching requires a paradigm shift in your entire school. If you’ve taken the time to build the necessary culture of coaching in your school, you and your leadership team need to hold each other accountable to doing the coaching you promised to teachers, and your teachers will expect to get feedback in a timely manner. Whetstone can help you do both, plus improve the PD you’re giving to teachers by making it data-driven, and cutting down on the headache of reporting paperwork at the end of the year.
School leaders spend nearly 10% of their time each week managing the mountain of paperwork that comes from teacher observations and feedback. Platforms like Whetstone pull together all of those observation notes, trackers, and email chains into one central location, saving leaders precious time the can spend in classrooms. What would you do with 10% more time in your day?
SIMPLIFY year end REPORTING
Thirty three states require annual reporting of classroom observations and evaluations. This means school and district HR teams are responsible for wrangling data for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of teachers. The end of the year is busy enough — it shouldn’t take days to compile exports. Do you have a platform that makes it easy to report observation data at the end of the year to ensure your school or district remains in compliance?
Ditch “sit and get” PD
Classroom observations and coaching meetings can be impactful, but what really moves the needle on outcomes is PD that is specifically tailored to a teacher’s individual professional growth needs. Without a platform, it’s nearly impossible to pull coaching data into meaningful reports. With Whetstone, you can see in which areas teachers are struggling most and group them together for targeted PD sessions, rather than sit and get PD.
It costs $20,000 to replace a teacher, and 55% of teachers cite dissatisfaction as the reason they are leaving the classroom. Coaching strengthens relationships between teachers and administrators, and builds a sense of connection to the school community. Plus, Whetstone makes it easy to share feedback in real time, creating a seamless way to show teachers they are valued recognizing their work and challenging them to grow.