New AI Coach Platform Expands Access to Coaching for All Teachers

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Today, Edthena is announcing the AI Coach™ platform. We’ve been working on this for close to a year, and we’re excited to welcome you to the future of teacher development.

Wary of robots gone awry? Not to worry.

Edthena’s first-of-its-kind solution isn’t trying to replace humans. Rather, the AI Coach platform helps schools and districts provide all teachers with supportive coaching in order to improve teaching effectiveness.

Educators know that effective coaching is teacher-driven and has structures for feedback and conversations. In the AI Coach platform, teachers have a conversation with a virtual coach named Edie, as they work through structured coaching cycles aligned to common growth areas.

Read on for what the AI Coach platform can do and how it will revolutionize professional learning for educators.

Understanding the AI Coach coaching process

Edie, the virtual coach in the AI Coach platform, helps teachers break down the complex process of self-observation, goal setting, and action planning while providing customized resources based on your specific needs and preferences. Edie is not watching a teacher’s video for them. She’s coaching teachers to coach themselves.
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Designed and trained by experienced instructional coaches, the AI Coach platform is aligned with teachers’ important professional skills and common growth areas like managing student behavior, cultivating positive teacher-student relationships, and checking for student understanding.

Are you a teacher working on strengthening students’ independent work time? Tell Edie, and she’ll make sure you have specific observation tips aligned to that priority area in your teaching videos.

Edie the virtual coach engages teachers in a conversational experience by asking probing questions that help them self-reflect. Guided by Edie, teachers will watch videos of their classroom instruction, add time-stamped comments aligned to personalized priority areas, and summarize observations during a coaching cycle.

As part of their conversation with Edie, teachers develop a short-term goal, identify a strategy for change, and commit to a timeline for implementation. This evidence-based process enables teachers to receive many of the benefits of instructional coaching.

The AI Coach process doesn’t replace coaching, it supports existing coaching

At its core, AI Coach by Edthena enables educators to receive customized coaching support even when an in-person coach isn’t available.

Edie is not trying to replace teachers’ existing coaches. In fact, the AI Coach platform is rooted in the understanding and belief that coaches provide invaluable support.

However, if a teacher’s instructional coach has been called away to “other duties as assigned,” or teachers want to continue professional reflection and growth in between observations, Edie will be their virtual coach.

“Quality coaching is essential to helping teachers succeed in the classroom. However, ensuring that a coach is available for every teacher on a regular basis to support ongoing reflection was a near-impossible task until now,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “The AI Coach platform is a supportive guide-on-the-side for teachers that complements the efforts of school leaders and instructional coaches.”

AI Coach by Edthena also expands equitable access for every teacher by providing a coach, whether they already have one or not, anywhere there is an internet connection. And, it enables unlimited professional learning–teachers can repeat the coaching cycle process multiple times throughout the school year.

It’s time for an innovative, evidence-based way to accelerate teachers’ growth.

AI Coach by Edthena is in continued development and testing with teachers this spring. Schools and districts will be able to share the platform with all of their teachers starting Fall 2022. Request early access or learn more about the AI Coach platform here.

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