Practice Professional Development. Practice What You Teach. Literally.

Introducing Practice, a video-based learning tool that helps districts build and virtually scale high-quality, effective professional development for teachers. Because students shouldn't get to have all the (learning) fun.

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Competent, Confident Teachers Self Reflection Learn and Practice Expert Coaching Peer Feedback Learners watch a short practical skills challenge and then record a video of themselves doing the chal - lenge. Doing this gives learners the chance to practice the skill many times over. Learn And Practice Learners self-assess and reflect on their video compared to modeled best practices. Self Reflection Learners watch each others video responses to the same challenge or prompt, review them, and leave feedback. This create a low-risk, collaborative learning environment. Peer Feedback Instructors provide learners with targeted feedback on their video video submissions with suggestions - on how to improve. Expert Coaching

There’s No Substitute For Quality Teachers

The single most important in-school factor affecting student learning is (no surprise here) a quality teacher.

So how does Canvas support the development of high-quality teachers? With Practice. It combines the most effective pedagogy for adult learners into a patented, four-step learning methodology featuring frequent practice, self assessment, peer feedback, and expert coaching. The road to more quality teachers is paved with Practice.


The stark reality of teacher attrition, and how to change it.

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Why Practice?

Well, because practice (and feedback and more practice) makes perfect.

Current PD falls short
Current PD Hard to Scale
Teachers Want More PD Options
Measuring the Impact of PD
Reducing Teacher Attrition

Current PD is Ineffective

Practice provides tons of opportunities to practice new skills in a safe environment, evaluate performance against a rubric, and then receive peer feedback and expert coaching on how to improve even more.

Scaling PD is Hard to Do

Practice's video-based platform makes it easier than ever to scale your best PD without neglecting the crucial peer collaboration and expert feedback teachers need to boost their confidence and competence.

Teachers Want more choices when it comes to PD

With Practice, districts can provide as many (or as few) Practice courses, so teachers can work on what’s important to them and what the district requires.

Measuring Impact of PD

Videos in Practice literally show teachers’ increased competence and instructional improvement. And rubrics help teachers assess themselves, while also getting feedback from peers and coaches using the same rubrics. That’s measurable impact.

Reducing Teacher Attrition

Research shows that offering teachers more professional learning opportunities can decrease teacher attrition. Practice is an ideal platform for offering difference-making PD opportunities that help teachers feel more prepared and effective in their teaching.

How Can You Bring Continuous Learning and Expert Coaching To ALL Your Teachers?

Fellow Educators Love Practice

Practice’s innovation has the potential to scale -- at low cost -- the ability for teachers to collaboratively learn from each other by viewing, analyzing and critiquing novice and master teachers’ skills in an asynchronous, online format that significantly decreases the need for time-consuming in-person professional development.

Practice can provide relevant, high-quality, school-based professional development without requiring an enormous time commitment from our already over-committed teachers and administrators.

— William R. Hite

School District of Philadelphia

Practice’s platform, in addition to providing teachers a medium to practice their skills, distributes the work of mentoring. In essence it “crowdsources” mentors. In doing so, Practice multiplies the opportunities for high order apprenticeship learning that previously depended on non-scalable, face-to-face interactions.

Although a majority of states require induction/mentoring programs for new teachers, a traditional mentorship is costly and thus not done often or done superficially. Providing a way to scale mentorships can increase the number and persistence of quality teachers in the classroom.

— Jonah Rockoff

Columbia University

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