New partnership with Edthena to boost video in MAT program

USC Rossier’s MAT program, an early adopter of video, looks to get stronger

The USC Rossier School of Education has decided to partner with the professional development organization Edthena to better incorporate video coaching into its Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Under the partnership, announced Wednesday, teacher candidates will use the video-based classroom observation platform throughout the duration of the program to track their progress in the areas of planning, instruction and assessment, as well as to submit their preliminary licensure assessment.

“When we launched our online MAT in 2009, we made the bold decision to integrate video fully into the design of our program,” said Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of USC Rossier. “With this new partnership with Edthena, we are not only improving on this invaluable and essential practice, we are also providing the tools that will increase effectiveness for new teachers who will be leading classrooms throughout the nation.”

In the past nine years, the MAT program offered by USC Rossier has graduated more than 4,000 teachers nationally and globally, the majority of whom are teaching in hard-to-staff schools.

“We’ve found video analysis to be essential to our teacher candidates’ experience, development, and achievement,” said John Pascarella, chair of the MAT program. “It engages teacher candidates, their peers, and their instructors in joint examinations of teaching and gives them the opportunity to slow down and view the learning taking place in an evidence-based way. The Edthena platform and user experience, which far exceeds our previous video software, will help take this to the next level.”

With the Edthena platform, teachers upload videos of their classroom instruction. They then share those videos with peers and coaches, and receive timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths and notes. The platform enables teachers and their coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles throughout the duration of the MAT program, including student teaching.

“Video-based reflection and feedback helps aspiring teachers, as well as seasoned educators, improve their instructional practices,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “We look forward to providing USC Rossier with the technology needed to use video to help teacher candidates successfully accelerate their professional growth.”

Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in nearly 30 states use the Edthena platform.

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