Building a digital platform to enhance teachers’ performance

Why do we need it?

School’s leaders are often overwhelmed with tons of unstructured data on their schools’ daily operation even on a daily basis. Data is collected from multiples emails and spreadsheets to hand-written observation notes, which hinders decision-makers’ ability in solving rising issues in a timely manner.

Stakeholders often spend a considerable amount of time categorizing those data for later use. More often than not, the effort does not yield any critical impact on school’s overall performance. Even if they manage to clean up all the data, it would likely have passed the best time to solve the issue.

And the circle goes on.

Instead, we suggest establishing a comprehensive framework and input platform even before the school year starts, which would eliminate waste spent on data clean-up and gift school’s leaders with more time to identify and solve issues at hand.

How do we do it?

In this article, we focus solely on how analytics could transform how we manage and help teachers to boost their teaching techniques.

In the first phase, the focal point is to capture the current performance.

School must go back to its original vision, mission and values to identify what they want students to achieve and, consequently, how teachers should teach and behave both inside and beyond the classroom’s wall. By using these values combined with academic (inter)national standards, leaders could synthesize a comprehensive framework that matches both its local context and global demands. It would be the backbone of the teaching evaluation process, which guarantees all teachers are judged equally, irrespective of their teaching classes, grades or campuses.

Upon that foundation, to leverage data effectively, leaders need to embrace a data-driven culture. This change requires more than encouraging words from the top; it urges managers to step out and remove frictions from previous procedures. All traditional approaches (from hand-written notes, emails to spreadsheets) should be reviewed and merged into one single input channel for ease and consistency of both data gathering and interpreting. We suggest creating one platform that has a lean user-interface, mobile-responsive, and richly detailed for analysts to work later on.

After building the platform, change-makers must not rush into implementing the platform on a large scale because, at this stage, they do not yet know what their product should be. With rapid change in the world of Education, it gets harder even for experienced schools’ leaders to predict the future. Instead, try conduct some prototypes and iterate several times. The initial platform should

  1. be fast to build

  2. cheap and

  3. have only basic key intended functions

It would allow