The beginning of Edmentum incoming sales calls can sound a bit transactional in nature: “I want to get a renewal quote for our subscription…” “I heard about your program and wanted to get a quote for my campus…” “We’re using a trial of your program right now, and I was wondering what the price for my classroom would be…”
Just last month, Kristen Espina, a 6th and 7th grade math teacher at Moundsville Middle School, was named Edmentum’s Educator of the Year for 2018. She was recognized for her creative and effective use of technology in her classroom to encourage her students to strive for success but also for her dedication to helping them learn. Recently, we had the chance to chat with Kristen about how she keeps her students motivated, what she does to be the best teacher she can be, and what matters most to her as a teacher when it comes to her students. But first, we were curious, what made her want to become an educator?
The reporting within Edmentum Courseware offers all the tools necessary to support learners in their journey through the content. It may not be their first choice; it might even be their last option. But, at some point, it’s just the educator and the learner together. Here are a few tools and strategies for using Edmentum Courseware that engage an educator and learner in data-driven decisions to lead learners to success and help educators meet all learner’s needs.
In simplest terms, educators strive to identify with learners, see the world from their point of view, offer an objective or goal, apply a credibility statement, set a plan in motion, and follow up with a plan. This can, as I have seen it happen, put an educator and learner on a path to success in most educational settings but especially in one involving digital curriculum and self-paced learning.
Over the past several years, Edmentum has solicited feedback from our customers through surveys, classroom visits, focus groups, and usability tests. A consistent theme emerged from this research: our products were too complicated for educators who simply did not have time to spend learning how to use all the features we provided to them. The company responded by forming an experience design team with the mission of simplifying our products and saving educators time.
Virtual teachers are not robots – I repeat – virtual teachers are not robots. At least this is the case at EdOptions Academy. The teachers are from your state, often from neighboring districts. They are licensed classroom teachers with at least three years of classroom experience, and they receive extensive training in online education and virtual instruction after joining the EdOptions Academy team.
Earlier this April we asked our customers to tell their own success stories or nominate fellow educators who are making an impact on the lives of students. Now, it's time to announce the winners of our third annual Edmentum Educator of the Year Awards! With so many incredible stories of amazing educators, selecting the winners was an incredibly difficult task.
Providing a seamless integration between our programs and a district partner’s data systems will help to make the overall job of the educator much easier, especially on a day-to-day basis. Edmentum’s commitment to data interoperability can be seen through our strong partnerships and involvement in the interoperability community as outlined below.
#EducatorFirst is a movement at Edmentum. It’s posted on our walls, written on our windows, hanging in our cubicles, printed on our T-shirts, and found in our email signatures. It’s easy to add a hashtag to the world around us, but how does #EducatorFirst really impact curriculum development?
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