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itslearning Introduces New White Paper on Improving Teacher Efficacy


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New white paper “Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers” shares research and real-world examples to explain challenges that reduce teacher efficiency and ways to resolve them

Oct. 3, 2018 – Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway – Teacher efficacy is becoming a focal point for today’s K-12 classroom.  Research has found that improving teacher effectiveness outweighs the impact of any other school education program or policy in improving student performance. To help districts find new ways to create efficiencies across all of their systems, itslearning has published a new white paper, “Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers: A K-12 guide to improving teacher efficiency and student outcomes by providing curriculum-driven technology.”

“Teacher efficiency is defined as the ability to implement plans with the smallest possible resource expenditure,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “And at a time when many schools are being asked to make do with less funds while introducing new instructional strategies and complying with requirements for standards-aligned curriculum and high-stakes assessment, schools need to maximize their resources and ensure the highest possible levels of teacher efficiency.”

This new whitepaper examines the following:

  1. The most critical efficiency challenges impacting teachers in today’s K-12 classroom
  2. The crucial nature of teacher effectiveness in student success
  3. The importance of professional development in the process
  4. The ways in which the right technology supports district-wide teacher efficiency.

Efficiency challenges, e.g., the amount of time spent searching for web resources or struggling to make multiple systems interact, can severely impact teachers’ efficiency in the classroom and subsequently, their students’ ability to learn and engage with the curriculum. “Over time, even the slightest reductions in teacher efficiency can add up to significant learning losses in the classroom,” said Bergby. Additionally, according to the Center for Public Education, 90 percent of teachers participate in professional development but most of them reported that the experience was “totally useless.” As Bergby explains, “The issue is that the typical professional development offerings are ineffective at changing teachers’ practice or student learning.”

“Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers,” explains how using an end-to-end LMS lets educators streamline the curriculum management process and create a one-stop shop for curriculum guides, instructional frameworks, professional development and other critical resources. The white paper includes case studies of the Dekalb County School District in Georgia and the Spartanburg County School District 6 in South Carolina to demonstrate how those two school systems were able to help their teachers become significantly more efficient and effective in the classroom.

“By using an enterprise-level learning management solutions, districts can effectively abandon multiple platforms and streamline into a single system with multiple capabilities,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “It’s a win-win-win scenario for the district, its teachers and its students.”

The “Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers” white paper can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2JeBSVM

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