Teaching Teachers through Reality TV-Style Videos

What’s the best way to showcase great teachers? Why, through reality TV, of course.

Washington D.C.’s public school district has hired a reality television company to produce videos that show off the district’s most effective teachers. There are 80 videos within the “Professional Development Video Library of Great Teaching,” which covers all nine TEACH standards across all grade levels and major subject areas. Through interviews and snippets of classroom time, the district’s strongest educators demonstrate teaching methods in these videos.

The videos were made possible by a $900,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and were developed as part of IMPACT, the district’s employee evaluation tool. These evaluations are meant to help give teachers feedback on their teaching, while the videos provide examples of the most effective teachers in the district.

Take a look at the library’s overview video, embedded below, or head over to the district’s website and check out the video library.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.