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observe4success Named District Administration Top 100 Product

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2013 saw web-based observation platform earn awards from DA, Tech & Learning, eSchool News, and EdTech Digest

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Dec. 5, 2013 – observe4success, leading provider of classroom walkthrough and observation software, is thrilled to announce that it has been named a Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product by District Administration Magazine. 2013 has been an exciting year for observe4success, receiving prestigious awards and recognition from Tech & Learning, eSchool News, and EdTech digest as well.

The award-winning classroom walkthrough software from observe4success offers users a robust but simplified process, bringing together the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, and graphic reports. Educators and administrators alike have the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process and classroom culture, putting real time data collected to effective use.

The 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 winners, selected by District Administration’s editors from a record setting 1,800-plus nominations, were products that received the highest number of nominations and best descriptions from K-12 leaders. In recognizing the most innovative products, the annual award informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel.

“The fact that we had a record number of readers participating in this recognition program is a testament to the interest that K-12 leaders have in products for improving educational outcomes and operational efficiencies,” said JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “All of the honorees in our Top 100 program should be very proud of their achievement.”

“2013 has been a wonderful year for observe4success,“ says Vice President Abby Sterensis. “Being chosen for such a prestigious award is very humbling particularly because it is customer driven. This is a true testament to all the hard work our team does to provide the best possible solution for our users. We want to thank all of our amazing customers who submitted on our behalf and congratulate the other recipients as well!”

To learn more about observe4success, go to http://www.observe4success.com

About District Administration

District Administration provides K-12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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An Old Fashioned Approach For A High Tech Purpose

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Tulsa Charter School sells cookies to fund purchase of observe4success solution

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Nov. 6, 2013 – St. Petersburg, FL- (Nov. 6, 2013) Selling cookies as a fundraiser may conjure up old-fashioned images, but at Tulsa Lighthouse Charter Academy, it helps them stay cutting edge. After an incredibly successful first year which administrators attribute to their accomplished and driven staff, Tulsa Lighthouse has identified the need to further encourage staff growth and development. To help make this vision a reality, they have selected observe4success, an online teacher observation tool.

With budgets tight, administrators looked for a creative way to raise money to purchase observe4success. Teachers and students alike will sell cookies to raise the money needed to cover the cost of the software.

“Having a strong, flexible tool to observe and encourage our faculty will help increase achievement for the whole school as well as to promote our positive school culture,” states Nickia Greene, Director of Teacher Leadership. “This is truly something that will benefit the entire school, faculty and staff. While selling cookies may seem old fashioned; it is the best way for the entire school community to participate in an investment this valuable.“

Greene adds, “observe4success has streamlined our observation process, saving us valuable time while making collecting and organizing observation data even easier. The data that is collected allows school leaders to review graphs and assign relevant professional development based on teacher, grade level, and school-wide strengths and weaknesses.”

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success captures and systemically reports the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

“It is schools like Tulsa Lighthouse Charter Academy that make us love what we do. Supporting innovative, committed administrators in their mission of creating school environments that inspire learning and offer professional growth opportunities for teachers is at the heart of observe4success,” states Erin Antonius, Director of Sales and Product Strategy at observe4success. She continues, “Leadership at Tulsa Lighthouse wasted no time digging in, starting observations the day they implemented our platform. This is why we created observ4success – to ease the load of administrators and to create an environment of collaboration. And while we encourage buy-in at all levels of schools adoption the system, this is literally buy-in at a level we’ve never seen before! It’s fantastic!”

For more about Tulsa Lighthouse Charter Academy please visit: http://www.lighthouse-academies.org/schools/tlcs

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Schools in Half the Nation Using observe4success

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Easy-to-use, fully customizable observation and evaluation software being used to observe and evaluate teachers in 24 states

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Oct 16, 2013 – To date, nearly half of all states, 24 to be exact, have seen charter schools and districts alike adopt the award winning, easy-to-use teacher observation and evaluation platform offered by observe4success. A young company by many standards, observe4success is entering its third full year in the K12 education marketplace with a reach that many “old” companies would like to have, seeing implementations as far away as Alaska, as well as in their backyard in Florida.

Staying true to their commitment to continual platform enhancements, many of which are based solely on end user feedback, observe4success has seen adoptions soar from coast to coast, in all niches of K12 education: public, charter, and private. Many of these users site ease-of use, depth of customization, as well as the simple yet robust graphic reports as factors in their decision to purchase.

observe4success Vice President Abby Sterensis comments, “To say that educators in 24 states are using observe4success to foster positive growth in their school communities is such an honor. We attribute much of our success to the fact that we listen to our customers and to the education industry, and based on their needs and wants, make necessary adjustments to our platform. This means big changes in the user experience and added features that directly impact our customers’ day to day use of the platform.” She continues, “The customization options continue to grow and expand, but we never lose sight of the fact that the system must remain user-friendly. The entire observe4success team is honored to be supporting schools and districts in so many states across the country.”

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

Sterensis adds, “Our customers are our R&D Department! Their close proximity and connection with the needs of their district, school, and teachers help us to focus on continual enhancements that truly assist school leaders in building positive school culture that thrives on honest, open conversations around innovative techniques for constant improvement.”

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Engages observe4success to Offer Web-Based Evaluation System

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Evaluation tool meeting requirements of SB 736, now available digitally through easy-to-use observation platform

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Oct 8, 2013 – observe4success and the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) are pleased to announce the recent launch of a web-based version of the FCPCS Evaluation System. This new evaluation option, now offered digitally through the observe4success interface was developed by FCPCS in response to a need for a more flexible, customizable observation and evaluation format.

To help ensure public charter schools’ compliance with Senate Bill 736 (SB 736), also known as the Student Success Act, FCPCS developed this comprehensive evaluation system for classroom teachers, instructional specialists, and student services personnel as well as an evaluation system for school-based administrators. The FCPCS evaluation systems were recently recognized by the Florida DOE as having met all requirements stipulated in SB 736 and are currently available for all FCPCS members. Extensive training is available via webinars posted on the FCPCS website. FCPCS has recently engaged Florida-based observe4success to provide a web-based platform allowing administrators to easily use the evaluation tool. A product demonstration, as well as informational webinars, are available on the FCPCS website.

Created in response to the challenging and demanding task of evaluating teachers, the development process was a collaborative effort, combining both teacher and administrator feedback along with industry feedback surrounding existing solutions. Blending that feedback with the experience and knowledge of curriculum and evaluation experts, this new option from FCPCS offers administrators a more flexible, customizable option and is available from any web-enabled device through this partnership with observe4success.

observe4success Vice President, Abby Sterensis, says, “We are honored to be working with the team at FCPCS and could not be happier with the digital evaluation and observation solution we have to offer educators We feel the FCPCS system offers a comprehensive approach to evaluating school staff and administration while keeping the process itself simple enough to not become cumbersome. Designed to support the vision and uniqueness of individual charter schools, the Consortium’s approach is a great response to SB 736.”

This all-inclusive evaluation system offers differentiated evaluation options for classroom teachers, student services personnel, curriculum support personnel, media specialists, as well as school-based administrators. observe4success’ award winning classroom observation platform brings this powerful evaluation tool online, combining observe4success’ simple user-interface and powerful analysis capabilities with FCPCS’ comprehensive evaluation tool.

For more about Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, please visit: http://floridacharterschools.org/

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Charter School Associates Selects observe4success as Classroom Observation Partner

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Florida based charter management organization chooses observe4succes, cites ease of use and customization

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – September 11, 2013Charter School Associates (CSA), a Florida based charter management organization with 20+ high performing charter schools throughout the state recently named observe4success as its partner in classroom observation. Leading with their mission of “increasing student achievement in a safe and nurturing environment”, CSA and its schools look to make observe4success an integral part of their teacher effectiveness strategy and overall vision for success.

CSA President, Mike Strader, comments, “We believe that a focus on understanding existing strengths and weaknesses within our classrooms is extremely important to fostering positive growth at our campuses. We are excited to partner with observe4success and look to their platform to provide valuable feedback and facilitate actionable items to improve the learning process.” He continues, “observe4success’ flexibility and customization options made observe4success the obvious choice for CSA, as it empowers both teachers and administrators to build on what is working and shine a light on where we need to provide additional support to our educators.”

The award winning classroom observation platform from observe4success combines the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, peer observations and reporting, graphic reports, and a cloud based platform accessible from any internet enabled device.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President at observe4success states, “When building our platform, we were highly focused on building a solution that is flexible enough to work in any school environment and are thrilled that Charter School Associates has chosen observe4success for each of its high performing charter schools. The CSA team puts a high emphasis on supporting their schools, educators, and students, and we are honored to be able to play a role in their ongoing success and growth.”

Strader adds, “It was paramount for us at CSA to find a partner that could support our school culture, promote professional growth as well as meet both district and state requirements for FL charter schools. observe4success does that and more.”

Developed by educators for educators, from its onset, observe4success set out to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. By collecting storing, sorting, and analyzing observation data over time, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

For more about Charter School Associates, please visit: http://www.charterschoolassociates.com/pages/CSA

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Delaware Charter School Selects observe4success for Classroom Observation

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Positive Outcomes Charter School identifies customization, flexibility, and ease-of-use as the keys to supporting teachers with constructive feedback

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – August 20, 2013 – Positive Outcomes Charter School has chosen observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software, as its partner in fostering positive teacher growth. Positive Outcomes was looking for a solution with the flexibility to monitor their unique, internal teacher observation and evaluation measures established by school administrators and found observe4success to be the perfect fit.

At Positive Outcomes Charter School, flexibility is truly paramount. With a student population heavily comprised of kids who have experienced difficulty in traditional school settings, choosing solutions that support their unique school culture is extremely important. Founded in 1996, Positive Outcomes welcomes students from all over Delaware. Their unique approach to education stems from the idea that all students have the ability to learn, but they may learn differently, which means approaching instructional techniques with a focus on one student at a time. To do so, Positive Outcomes takes additional measures to support and professionally grow the educators in each of their classrooms.

Positive Outcomes Principal Steve Norman comments, “We set very high standards when our administration made the decision to evaluate various teacher observation tools. Over time, we looked at a number of options and ultimately found observe4success’ customization features, flexibility, and ease-of-use to be the best fit for our needs.” He continues, “Since implementing observe4success, we have seen their team add even more system features to help meet our specific and often unique needs and could not be more thrilled with how accommodating they have been. We feel we have found a great partner in observe4success.”

observe4success allows schools and districts to easily create and implement fully custom rubrics for quick walkthroughs as well as longer observations. The data that is collected is automatically stored, sorted, and analyzed to identify teaching trends, which can be used to inform conversations and collaborative work towards consistent improvement.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President of observe4success says, “observe4success is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the amazing work that Positive Outcomes Charter School is doing not only with their students but also with their staff. The value of the unique and personalized approach their staff takes to educate every child in the manner that they learn best cannot be understated.” She adds, “To meet and exceed their vision, administrators at Positive Outcomes consistently take steps to fully support their staff which leads to providing each student with the best education possible. We look forward to working with them to continue making their vision a reality over the next 3 years.”

“Our hope is that by customizing and making adjustments to the observation process as a whole, the data collected over time will enable us to drive instruction, encourage positive growth in our staff, and most importantly increase student achievement” comments Positive Outcomes School Director, Ed Emmett.

The award-winning classroom walkthrough software from observe4success offers users a robust but simplified process, bringing together the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, and graphic reports. Educators and administrators alike have the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process and classroom culture.

For more about Positive Outcomes Charter School, please visit: http://www.positiveoutcomescs.org/

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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observe4success Receives eSchool News Reader’s Choice Award

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Classroom observation software named to Top 40 solutions of 2013 by eSchool News Readers

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – August 7, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software is honored to be named as a top 40 solution for the 2013 eSchool News Reader’s Choice Awards.

Educators and administrators from K-12 schools across North America nominated their favorite ed-tech product or service from February through April 2013. When submitting nominations, educators were asked to include not just the name of the product or service, but also how it was being used to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. Nearly 700 nominations were received, and from these, eSchool Media editors chose 40 winning products and 60 honorable mentions, based on the quality of the nomination and the solution.

The award-winning classroom walkthrough software from observe4success offers users a robust but simplified process, bringing together the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, and graphic reports. Educators and administrators alike have the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process and classroom culture, putting real time data collected to effective use.

“We are incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award and be in the company of these amazing ed-tech products and services. We would like to thank our incredible customers for their ongoing support of observe4success, and for taking time out of their busy schedules to nominate us for this prestigious award. We are thrilled that eSchool News chose us from such a large pool of nominees,” states Abby Sterensis, observe4success Vice President. “We are grateful for the feedback that allows us to continually meet the needs of our customers. The fact that observe4success plays a role in the inspiring work our customers do to help each student everyday is what makes our work so rewarding.”

eSchool News will recognize the winners and honorable mentions in a special feature to be published in the July/August 2013 edition of eSchool News and eCampus News, as well as on eSchoolNews.com, eCampusNews.com, and eClassroomNews.com on Aug. 1. This special feature highlights the winning products and services and includes comments from readers about why each entry deserves the award.

To read about this year’s award winners, go to http://www.eschoolnews.com/rca

To learn more about observe4success, go to http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Texas Charter Schools Select observe4success for Classroom Observation

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Ranch Academy Superintendent finds a fit for unique needs in observe4success

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – June 13, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software is pleased to announce The Ranch Academy has chosen its platform for their two campuses. The Ranch Academy’s Superintendent, Melissa Pardue, needed a customizable observation solution to meet the unique needs of their campuses in Tyler and Canton Texas where teacher support and collaboration are top priorities.

In rural East Texas, students have limited options when it comes to school choice. However, The Ranch Academy, whose motto is “work hard and be nice”, provides a unique and flexible atmosphere for students looking to recover credit, avoid bullying, and work at their own pace. Approximately 95% of the students attending The Ranch Academy are considered at-risk and require individualized, self-pace instruction.

“In our unique setting, most one-size-fits-all solutions don’t fit our needs.” Superintendent Pardue explains, “We seek out tools that are flexible and customizable. We believe the observation process should be positive and collaborative, and observe4success facilitates that.” She continues, “The self-pace curriculum at The Ranch Academy means that none of our 150 plus students are at the same place at the same time, which poses an additional set of challenges for our teachers because this does not allow them to follow a typical lesson planning cycle. We needed an observation tool that could keep up with individual teachers and are excited to have found observe4success.”

Very rarely do you see classes beginning at the same point, getting instruction together, moving to guided practice, practicing alone, doing homework, and turning it in. Rather, classes are structured with many levels of one content area, for example Pre-Algebra through Algebra, all in one classroom of 3 to 10 students. Teachers instruct in small groups or with one-to-one tutoring, and rely on students to be engaged in and take responsibility for their learning. This makes using traditional teacher observation rubrics tough.

Erin Antonius, observe4success’ Director of Sales and Product Strategy says, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support the exciting work Ranch Academy does in rural Texas. They offer a crucial option to students that may otherwise have nowhere to continue their education. Their focus on personalizing each learning experience and meeting students where they are academically is something that observe4success is so proud to support.”

observe4success allows The Ranch Academy to add quick, customized walkthroughs to their routine, and meets their longer observation requirements. They look forward to using focused forms, as well as seeing trends develop as they gather data over time.

The award-winning classroom walkthrough software from observe4success offers users a robust but simplified process, bringing together the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, and graphic reports. Educators and administrators alike have the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process and classroom culture.

For more about Ranch Academy, please visit: http://www.ranchacademy.esc7.net

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Jacob Hanson
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Charter Schools Using Custom Observation Software to Promote Teacher Innovation, Collaboration

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observe4success’ fully customizable observation software allows charter schools to build unique rubrics, forms and identify trends

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – April 9, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use classroom observation and walkthrough software is thrilled to announce an increased focus on supporting innovation and collaboration within charter schools across the country. Charter schools have very individualized needs and have found observe4success’ customizable system to be a natural fit for easily recording data, identifying trends, and promoting positive teacher growth.

observe4success Vice President Abby Sterensis comments, “Charter schools across the country were the first to take notice of the value of our fully-customizable walkthrough solution. We have been very fortunate to play a supporting role in the amazing work they do.” She continues, “Charter schools have been successful in large part because they are granted more autonomy than traditional public schools and often have more leeway when it comes to state requirements, including those for teacher evaluation. Charter school leaders nationwide have sought out our customizable observation solution to further develop their school culture, while positively impacting teacher growth.”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success combines the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, graphic reports, and peer observation and reporting. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process. This web-based tool is accessible from virtually any device.

“Collaborating with charter schools using observe4success has allowed us to further enhance our solution to meet each campus’ unique needs and goals. Since no two schools are the same, we felt that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teacher evaluation was not going to be the answer.” Sterensis adds, “The ability to provide immediate feedback empowers teachers to become a part of the process while encouraging open communication and collaboration, and positively impacting school culture.”

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

Contact:
Jacob Hanson
PR with Panache
jacob@prwithpanache.com

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Greenbrier Schools Tackling New AR State Teacher Evaluation System

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Using observe4success’ fully customizable observation software, GPS administrators and teachers navigate new requirements with ease

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – April 9, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use classroom observation and walkthrough software is pleased to see its fully customizable solution become an integral component in the understanding and implementation of new Arkansas state teacher evaluation standards in Greenbrier Public Schools. School districts across the state of Arkansas are in the beginning stages of learning, understanding, and meeting new state teacher evaluation requirements, and with the help of the observe4success platform, Greenbrier administrators feel that they are ahead of the game.

Greenbrier Schools Deputy Superintendent Lisa Todd comments, “We are seeing observe4success used for both formal and informal observations and have seen teacher engagement continually rise as administrators create their own personalized rubrics. The state evaluation requirements have posed additional challenges, but with the flexibility of this solution, we have been able to fully align the platform with new state requirements.” She continues, “We have eliminated much of the learning curve and minimized confusion as teachers and administrators are familiarizing themselves with the new state requirements. This allows us to continue to focus on what is really important - improving instruction and supporting our teachers’ growth.”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success combines the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, graphic reports, and peer observation and reporting. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President at observe4success states, “We are thrilled that observe4success is being used not only for collaborative observations, feedback, and positive teacher growth, but also to ease the transition to meeting state evaluation standards.” She goes on to say, “We want to applaud Lisa and her team for the work they do to support their schools and couldn’t be happier that our solution allows them to use a system they are comfortable with while meeting and even better understanding these new requirements.”

“The immediate feedback has been key in the transition. Many of our principals are providing teachers with feedback before they even leave the classroom!” Deputy Superintendent Todd adds. Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

For more about Greenbrier Public Schools, please visit: http://www.greenbrierschools.org/.

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com.

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Jacob Hanson
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jacob@prwithpanache.com

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Teacher Observation is Collaborative in KY Middle School

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observe4success’ peer observation component encourages teachers to work together to improve instruction

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – January 15, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software is thrilled to see its peer observation component being used to encourage collaboration amongst educators. Since its implementation at Western Middle School in Louisville, KY, the observe4success platform has become an invaluable avenue for peer feedback, as well as an integral part of teacher growth. The school’s leadership has a long history of emphasizing collaboration to drive improved instructional practices, and they now have a solution to support their vision.

“The implementation of observe4success was incredibly easy and since has been an indispensible tool for our administrators and educators alike” says Western Middle School Assistant Principal Austin Allain. He continues, “We encourage our teachers to use observe4success to identify strengths and weaknesses within the classroom, constructively discuss them, and continuously implement positive changes. Thus far we have seen fantastic results! This observation solution has allowed us to drill down and focus on specific instructional topics, analyze the data, and realize positive growth in individual teachers, departments, and as an entire school in the area of instruction.”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success melds the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, graphic reports, and peer observation and reporting. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President at observe4success states, “We truly believe that observe4success is a collaborative tool and are so proud of the work being done in Jefferson County Schools at Western Middle.” She continues, “Allowing teachers to observe their peers, provide feedback, and work together to improve in a school with a culture and a climate that encourages open, honest dialogue is an amazing thing to see.”

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

For more about Western Middle School, please visit them on the web: http://westernms.jefferson.kyschools.us.

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com.

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Platform Enhancements Make observe4success More Relevant Than Ever

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Ability to attach custom files to teacher observations just one of the exciting enhancements to the observe4success platform

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – January 15, 2013 – observe4success, a leading provider of classroom observation and walkthrough software is thrilled to announce that it has kicked off 2013 with numerous exciting product enhancements to its fully customizable teacher observation platform. In its never ending quest to provide districts with the most relevant observation solutions, observe4success listened to the needs of administrators nationwide, responding with a number of enhancements to its platform. These enhancements include the ability to upload files (pictures, audio/video recordings, excel files, documents, etc) and attach them to a relevant observation, enhanced communication functions within the platform, as well as additional data analysis and trend identification options for district administrators.

Building on the solid foundation established in previous versions of its observation software, observe4success continues to solidify its place in the K12 marketplace by focusing on the needs of districts today, while anticipating and meeting the needs of tomorrow. This user-friendly software system allows users to create and quickly customize their own observation forms and record, store, sort, and analyze data gathered to identify trends. These trends are displayed in aggregate graphic reports. Keeping robust simplicity at the heart of the observation process, observe4success has increased the value and reach of its solution with the addition of these exciting new features.

Administrators have indicated that the ability to upload files as ‘evidence’ or ‘supporting documentation’ is crucial for the success of the observation and feedback process. This feedback is the centerpiece of the most recent enhancements. The ability to upload and attach files to any observation gives the observer an opportunity to include any/all relevant data in an observation. If a photo was taken to show an exemplary word wall, a teacher provided their lesson plan as a guide, or a video recording was captured to allow specific review of questioning techniques, they can be attached to an observation, offering even more relevant feedback while giving credence to a follow up discussion.

Additionally, observe4success has streamlined its email communication system. This simple feature allows the user to add text to the body of an emailed report, providing the opportunity to schedule a follow up conversation about the observation or add additional thoughts. The uploaded files can also be attached to a given emailed observation for added information.

Another option for both school and district administrators to make constructive use of observation data collected is the ability to sort data by department in addition to a single teacher, grade level, or entire school. The department reporting allows department heads to identify trends within their team and better direct professional development decisions and collaboration efforts.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President, observe4success comments, “We have always felt that as a smaller company we have a distinct advantage, setting us apart from the rest of the market. The open lines of communication with our customers and internal team structure and approach to development keep us agile and truly allow for immediate action based on market feedback and customer suggestions. These are both crucial and invaluable assets in this time of rapidly changing classroom needs.” Sterensis adds, “District needs vary greatly, so by listening to the marketplace we have the ability to take action when it is needed. Since implementing these enhancements, the feedback we have received has been extremely positive!”

To learn more or to schedule a demonstration, please visit: http://www.observe4success.com/

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Indiana Charter School Principal Selects observe4success…Again!

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Charter school principal brings toolbox for success to new school - robust, cloud-based observation tool at the top of the list.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – October 30, 2012 – observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software is pleased to announce the implementation of its system by LEAD College Prep Charter School in Gary, Indiana. LEAD’s principal, Nehemiah Thomas, may be new to Gary, but he knows what makes a winning charter school - teacher support is high on his priority list. His strong belief in the power of accurate, meaningful, timely feedback stems from his firsthand knowledge of how the observation process can change the culture of a school. Thomas, formerly Principal of a successful charter school in Kansas City, has brought many of the valuable tools he used previously to his new role in Gary - among them, observe4success.

Thomas began using observe4success in his Kansas City school during the 2011-2012 school year. Impressed by the ease of use and powerful reporting features, he was quick to recommend it to colleagues in surrounding schools and was pleased to see the software system adopted by many of them. The 2012-2013 school year brought major changes as Thomas and his family relocated to Indiana where he and his toolbox for success took over the position of principal at LEAD College Prep Charter School in Gary.

“As an administrator, I have always placed great emphasis on supporting teachers and developing positive classroom culture. In observe4success, we have found an easy-to-use, cloud-based resource that plays an invaluable role in this process,” says Thomas. Collecting the right data over time and providing actionable feedback is a must in cultivating changes in the classroom. “With observe4success, my team is able to quickly understand what is happening in the classroom. We can easily identify the strengths and work to build upon them. In addition, we are able to identify areas in need of improvement and work with teachers to provide the right resources and support to continually improve.”

Abby Sterensis, VP at observe4success remarks, “We are thrilled to continue supporting Nehemiah in his new role at LEAD. His enthusiasm about the education process is contagious and his passion for students and teachers alike is evident in every decision he makes.” She continues, “We are honored to work with an administrator of his caliber and that observe4success is part of his toolbox for success at LEAD College Prep.”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today for its robust, but simplified process, observe4success brings together the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, and graphic reports. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process and classroom culture.

Thomas remarks, “observe4success was the first purchase decision I made as Principal of LEAD College Prep Charter School, and it is already making an impact in the classroom!”

For more about LEAD College Prep Charter School, please visit: http://www.leadcollegeprep.org/

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observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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observe4success Launches Fully Customizable Classroom Observation Forms

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New platform allows for quick, but meaningful creation of custom observation forms for administrators — "so easy to use just got even easier!"

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – September 18, 2012 – observe4success, a leading provider of classroom observation and walkthrough software is thrilled to announce its newest, fully customizable version of their industry best teacher observation platform. Principals and administrators alike can easily create custom observation forms using observe4success content, their own content, or a combination of the two. observe4success has responded to the needs of administrators nationwide with a simple, straightforward user experience offering custom form creation that is done in a logical, step-by-step manner. This state-of-the-art software system is web-based and can be accessed wherever and whenever, on virtually all devices.

Building on previous versions of their custom observation software, observe4success has made the wheel rounder with the release of their newest customizable observation software boasting an extremely user-friendly platform and new user interface. The new software system makes it easy for users to create and customize their own observation forms and make changes and updates to their process as necessary. Once a form has been customized and used for an observation, the observe4success system automatically analyzes the results and compares them over time in the same clean, easy-to-understand graphic reports that customers have come to rely on.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President, observe4success comments, "The process of conducting classroom observations and providing feedback varies from district to district and is always changing. We listened to the marketplace, creating a platform that gives both districts and individual schools the opportunity to customize this crucial process to address their unique needs and challenges." Sterensis continues, "The initial feedback from the marketplace has been overwhelmingly positive, we keep hearing, 'so easy to use just got even easier'!"

With the importance and necessity of relevant classroom observations rapidly increasing, observe4success continues to offer the best product on the market today. In addition to saving administrators valuable time, the new software system offers a clean user interface, easy-to-understand graphic reports, and most importantly the ability to create and customize observation forms. observe4success, which is still offered at one low annual fee, is an essential tool that will benefit not only administrators, but truly help teachers improve their craft.

To learn more go to: http://www.observe4success.com/

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observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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Alabama Elementary School Finds observe4success Classroom Observation Software "So Easy To Use!"

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – May 22, 2012 – Susan White, Principal of Pearl Haskew Elementary School in the Mobile, Alabama area is honest about one of her biggest weaknesses. “I am not very tech savvy, but observe4success is so easy to use. I'm convinced that if I can do it, anyone can!” says White.

Classroom observation software is often talked about using terms such as “cumbersome” or “difficult”, the process is even sometimes “dreaded”. observe4success changes this perception with its simple, user-friendly software system that makes the process of getting into the classroom and providing teachers with feedback about their observation easy, simple, and even fun!

White appreciates that she can use the software on her iPad and finds great value in the format which allows her to spend more time observing and entering data and less time actually writing notes. Her teachers have enjoyed observe4success as well. White says, “My teachers love the instant feedback that the software provides! I email the observation form to my teacher before I leave the classroom, sometimes I can hear the “ding” of a new email arriving at their computer before I walk out the door!”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success melds the benefits of technology, research-based content, and graphic reports to create an easy to use system. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of recording and using data to support and improve the teaching process.

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected, stored, and sorted, administrators and teacher work together to identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to address. As current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices, observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

The data tracking also keeps Principal White and her administrative team accountable to their board, parents, and supervisors. observe4success tracks the date, time, duration, and observer every time she completes an observation.

Ready to transform your classroom observation and walkthrough practices? Visit observe4success to schedule your personal demonstration at: http://www.observe4success.com/

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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observe4success’ Classroom Observation Software Helps Data Driven Kansas City School Improve Professional Development

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Premier Walkthrough Software Opens Lines of Communication and Directs Professional Development

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – April 26, 2012 – Dr. Philip Hickman, Principal and Director of Education at Genesis Promise Academy in Kansas City, the only K-8 charter school serving at-risk and high-risk inner city youth in the Kansas City area, knows that offering ongoing professional development opportunities to his faculty and staff is a necessity. He also knows that decisions about how and what to include must be data driven. This is the primary reason that Dr. Hickman began using observe4success.

"After hearing about observe4success from some of my colleagues, I was eager to use a system that assisted my team in making data driven decisions,” says Dr. Hickman. “As a nationally recognized school, we strive to be on the cutting edge of change and innovation; we owe it to our students to make sure we are constantly improving and adapting to their needs. observe4success has helped us stay current with the research in this field and has played a big part in helping Genesis Promise Academy identify areas that will benefit from additional professional development."

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success melds the benefits of technology, research-based content, and graphic reports. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process.

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected, stored, and sorted, administrators and teacher work together to identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to address. As current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices, observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

Dr. Hickman credits observe4success for a change in his school culture, opening the lines of communication between administrators and teachers and allowing the school as a whole to talk about, work towards, and implement improvements.

The data tracking also keeps Dr. Hickman and his administrative team accountable to their board, parents, and supervisors. "observe4success tracks the date, time, duration, and observer every time we are in the classroom. It’s been helpful to show exactly when and with what kind of frequency we are getting into each of the the classrooms."

Ready to transform your classroom observation and walkthrough practices? Visit observe4success to schedule your personal demonstration at: http://www.observe4success.com/

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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observe4success Relaunches Its Commitment to Strengthen Teaching at ASCD

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Walkthrough Software Helps Transform, Enhance Educational Practices

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – March 22, 2012observe4success has changed its name but not its focus—to offer an efficient yet practical tool for administrators to observe and enhance effective teaching practice and classroom cultures. Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success melds the benefits of technology, research-based content, and graphic reports. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process.

"We believe teachers have more impact on student learning than any other factor such as class size or socioeconomic background," says Abby Sterensis, Vice President at observe4success. "But until recently, there was no solid agreement among educators, administrators, and reform experts about how to measure 'effective teaching'. With observe4success, you get a comprehensive yet easy-to-use software tool that produces meaningful graphic reports. These reports help administrators and teachers constantly improve the craft of teaching."

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected, stored, and sorted, administrators and teacher work together to identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to address. As current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices, observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

According to Abby Sterensis, observe4success offers a powerful but uniquely simple user interface and data collection process. Knowing that time is a critically precious commodity for administrators, the product's developers actively steered away from anything that was cumbersome or frustrating to use. Furthermore, the tool was developed specifically on the tenets of the strongest available research from experts like Danielson and Marzano, among others, to help teachers improve their craft in demonstrable, measurable ways. Factor in a customizable, affordable, and web-based interface that will only be strengthened by future innovations in technology, and observe4success is poised to benefit teaching practices for years to come.

"observe4success has been an amazing resource as I work to help my teachers dramatically improve their instructional practices. The tool helps me focus the feedback I give teachers and reinforces the expectations we have established as a school," explains principal Shane Knight, Derrick Thomas Academy in Kansas City, MO. "The charts and data that are available to help us monitor our progress as individual teachers, grade levels, and the school as a whole will be instrumental in helping us plan for future professional development and monitoring trends of instructional practices."

Ready to transform your classroom observation and walkthrough practices? Visit observe4success at ASCD/Booth #330 on March 24-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

About observe4success

observe4success is a powerful, web-based tool administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. observe4success combines the newest technology, look-fors and rubrics that are easy to understand, and concise graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.

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