Stepping Towards The Future

A Reflection On Our One Year Anniversary

One year ago we sat in a little diner in Montclair, NJ. I picked through my Huevos Rancheros. The yolk spilling across my plate. Usually the mix of beans and eggs warms my soul. Something was amiss.

As we ate Patrick Flynn, of ReVision Learning, and I lamented the state of teacher evaluation. How could we, as a nation of educators, gone so wrong? Why were the systems we saw implemented around the country so focused on compliance?

So we set out to make a difference. That same day I scurried back to my hotel and began to draft what would become ReVIEW Talent Feedback System.

So today, one full rotation around the sun from that moment I find myself in the same Courtyard Marriot amazed at how far we have traveled. The distance from paper prototype to production is immense. And yet I feel we have so far to go.

Looking Back

I saved every paper sketch I have designed. I have an affinity for graph paper. It carries so much more life than the Red Pen mock-ups that would soon follow.

So on our one year anniversary I am spending time with my old friends. There are hundreds more that came after, but these, those pictured above. Those are my real babies. They let me know how far we walked.

On November 15 of last year we had our alpha release. It was a normal 21 hour day, but we had a client pitch who would pilot our tool and we needed to be ready.

Then on my birthday we officially launched and also exited beta.

Agreement Signed May 13, 2106 when I turned 39

Looking Forward

I am excited for our next steps with ReVIEW Talent Feedback System. We have signed on numerous districts. In fact I just returned from closing a deal. We have partnerships with some amazing people like ReVision Learning and The BERC Group.

We just pushed a major update which allows us to quickly provide feedback to evaluators in a manner we expect them to coach teachers.

Feedback drives learning. Teachers and evaluators are no different.

To Learn More

I know on our one year anniversary I should be writing some content marketing piece on 5 lessons learned, or some other piece in the genre of Medium Marketing with a call to action on the end.

Yet I am too amazed at where my shoes have taken me. Instead I am going to sit in my hotel room, dig into a stale bag of goldfish and read about our journey.

I invite you along.

Can Teachers Trust Their Observations?
Claim, Connect Action: Quality Feedback
Capacity Not Compliance: Announcing ReVIEW
Evolving role of school administrators
Narrative not a Number
How Open Source Contribution Lead to our Start Up
Accuracy will Never Be Enough in Teacher Evaluation
Making Sense of Educator Evaluation