November 30, 2022

BetterLesson partners with TeachFX to drive student-centered instructional practices with actionable data

“Measuring the impact that changing teaching practices have on student engagement and participation is perhaps the most powerful insight we can offer educators on their professional journey,” said Matthew Kennard, CEO of BetterLesson.

BetterLesson, a leading provider of high-quality K-12 virtual and in-person professional learning, announces a partnership with TeachFX, whose voice-enhancing artificial intelligence technology shows teachers personalized insights into the dynamics classroom learning, instructional practices and meaningful student engagement. The partnership will provide educators with a way to measure learning dynamics when practicing new classroom teaching strategies that is safe, secure, and aligned with FERPA’s privacy standards.

BetterLesson’s one-to-one virtual coaching meets the individual needs of educators as they continue their professional development in the classroom. With TeachFX, educators using BetterLesson’s professional learning materials now have a secure, user-friendly way to immediately measure incremental changes in their teaching practices on student engagement and classroom equity. The partnership between BetterLesson and TeachFX deepens BetterLesson’s signature “try-measure-learn” framework, giving teachers actionable, real-time insights to refine their approach to improving student outcomes.

“Measuring the impact that changing teaching practices have on student engagement and participation is perhaps the most powerful insight we can offer educators on their professional journey,” said Matthew Kennard, CEO of BetterLesson. “We are proud to enhance our professional learning offerings through our partnership with TeachFX. Together, we pursue our common goal of modernizing professional learning so that all students have access to a world-class education.

TeachFX uses voice-enabled AI to measure student engagement by analyzing classroom speech patterns. Teachers can use TeachFX on their phone, tablet or laptop to record audio for their in-person or virtual lessons. The app provides real-time, targeted feedback that presents teachers with information about their open-ended questions, thinking time, voice equity, and student speech.

In Detroit Public Schools, 300 teachers who participated in continuous professional learning while using TeachFX as a formative assessment of their professional growth saw a 45% increase in student conversation. This change in discourse, in a district where 90% of students come from underrepresented communities, supported their goal of an equitable student voice in the classroom. Detroit Public Schools has achieved this growth over time through professional learning workshops and other methods to hone teaching skills, demonstrating that the impact of TeachFX is most profound when it is supported by intentional professional learning methods.

“To effect meaningful change in education, we must focus on helping teachers become excellent facilitators and guides of student-centered experiences,” said Jamie Poskin, co-founder and CEO of TeachFX. “Our mission at TeachFX is to promote more meaningful and equitable classroom dialogue by giving teachers regular, automated feedback on their practice. BetterLesson coaching helps educators intentionally harness TeachFX insights and have a lasting impact on their pedagogy.

BetterLesson with TeachFX is now available for schools and school districts.

To learn more about BetterLesson, please visit http://www.betterlesson.com/.

About BetterLesson

BetterLesson offers 1:1 virtual coaching and professional small group learning to help educators create classrooms where students drive their own learning, exercise choice and ownership, and develop the personal agency they need to to succeed. They provide integrated employment support across a wide range of topics, including instructional leadership, responsive and inclusive practices, flexible instructional models, and curriculum and academic content. BetterLesson has partnered with over 30,000 educators in 47 states as well as DC, Puerto Rico, and 5 countries internationally. The company hosts a growing library of evidence-based strategies with 500,000 average monthly users. BetterLesson values ​​the pursuit of equity in education and is committed to ensuring that every student, regardless of race, income, national origin, gender identity, ability, or place of residence, has access to an excellent education. Learn more at http://www.betterlesson.com.

About TeachFX

Founded by a team of educators and technologists, TeachFX provides AI technology and personalized professional learning that helps educators see student speech, academic speech patterns, and teaching practices that engage students in deeper learning. TeachFX currently helps more than 60 districts and 10,000 teachers engage their students in more meaningful, engaging, and equitable classroom dialogue. TeachFX District Partners have been featured by AASA, Learning Forward, and The Washington Post for their innovative work to improve student learning and close opportunity gaps through its learning-based professional development. voice AI. TeachFX’s work is based on decades of research showing that students need to talk to learn in the classroom. And data that shows that despite research, teachers speak an average of 75% of class time, which limits student learning, exacerbates stubborn opportunity gaps, and further contributes to teacher burnout. TeachFX has developed the evidence-based “Talking to Learn” PD model to help teachers increase student conversation in their classrooms. With TeachFX, partners measurably increase student conversation in their classrooms, deepen student learning, and close opportunity gaps. Learn more at http://www.teachfx.com.

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