Torsh Talent PD Platform Adds New Coaching Component
Torsh is adding new features
to its Torsh
Talent online professional development (PD) platform that is
intended to enhance the coaching phase of PD and add an in-person
what has primarily been a video observation tool.
The traditional Torsh
Talent platform lets
users upload instruction-related video, taken via mobile app, for
provides space for reflection, discussion and feedback. The idea is
teachers can upload video they have shot of their own classroom
then collaborate online with their coaches based on the material to get
the new version includes new navigation upgrades, the focus is on a
Corner" module with multiple tools to improve the coaching process, not
with video but with in-person observation, feedback and coaching.
Corner" module will allow schools, districts and universities using the
both in-person and video-based observation and evaluation;
customized frameworks to assess educator performance;
goals, monitor progress and track educator development over time;
feedback and associated resources in electronic portfolios;
coaching via customized coaching logs;
coaching sessions with a built-in calendar; and
detailed reports for individual educators, schools and districts.
fully expect these new features in Talent to streamline our coaching
even further, and enable better teacher training for our fellows," said
Scheve, project director for Stanford University's Hollyhock Fellowship Program.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.