St. Vrain Valley School District using video coaching to mentor new teachers

The St. Vrain Valley School District is using video coaching to make it easier for more experienced teachers and district-level coaches to mentor those who are new to the profession.

Diane Lauer, St. Vrain Valley's assistant superintendent of priority programs and academic support, said scheduling observations, especially given the distance among schools, can be tricky. 

Much easier is asking new teachers to record themselves teaching, then have their mentors view the videos and provide feedback — or send the new teachers videos of how they teach certain lessons as an example, she said.

"For new teachers, it's a great way to accelerate their growth," she said. "Seeing yourself with your own eyes, you can get a good perspective and see which strategies are effective. It's been really successful."

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