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New Mexico Implementation

Chimney Rock in New Mexico

Empirical Education and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) are entering into their fourth year of collaboration using Observation Engine to increase educator effectiveness by improving understanding of the NMTEACH observation protocol and inter-rater reliability amongst observers using it.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools Uses 20 New Content Suite Videos

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In June 2015, Pittsburgh Public Schools began using Observation Engine for calibration and training their teacher evaluators. They were one of our first clients to use the Content Suite to calibrate and certify classroom observers. The Content Suite contains a

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Arkansas Implements Observation Engine Statewide

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BloomBoard’s observation tool, EdReflect, has been used across the state of Arkansas since fall 2014. Last year the Arkansas Department of Education piloted Observation Engine, an online observation training and calibration tool from Empirical Education Inc., in four districts under

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Presentation at the 2016 Learning Forward Annual Conference

Learning Forward announced that our proposal was accepted for the 2016 annual conference being held in Vancouver, Canada this year. Teacher Evaluation Specialist K.C. MacQueen will join Fort Wayne Community Schools’ (FWCS) Todd Cummings and Learning Forward’s Kay Psencik in

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Learning Forward Presentation Highlights Fort Wayne Partnership

This past December, Teacher Evaluation Specialist, K.C. MacQueen, presented at the annual Learning Forward conference. MacQueen presented alongside Fort Wayne Community Schools’ (FWCS) Todd Cummings and Laura Cain, and Learning Forward’s Kay Psencik. The presentation titled, “Implementing Inter-Rater Reliability in

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Kickstart your Calibration and Training with the Observation Engine Content Suite!

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Empirical Education has launched the latest and most exciting enhancement to our certification and calibration tool, Observation Engine™.  Our Content Suite is currently being used by two of our clients: Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Arkansas Equitable Access districts. Content Suite

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North Carolina Improves Calibration of their Evaluators with Observation Engine

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is using Observation Engine™ to improve the calibration of their teacher evaluators.  And it works!   In the pilot of their Observation Calibration Training (OCT) resources during the 2014–15 school year, NCDPI worked with

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Newton-Conover in North Carolina Documents Improvement in the Calibration of Their Classroom Observers

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Empirical Education, working with our partner BloomBoard, initiated a pilot implementation of North Carolina’s Observation Calibration Training (OCT) platform. The OCT platform uses BloomBoard’s Professional Development resource library as an entry point for Observation Engine™ with its calibration activities and suite

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Gloucester Joins the Team

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Last month, we welcomed Gloucester County Special Services School District (GCSSSD) and Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District into our Observation Engine™ family. Gloucester is using the McREL Teacher Evaluation System in conjunction with McREL’s Observation Engine Content Suite, which consists

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CEO Denis Newman Discusses the Use of Video in Observer Calibration and Research


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