Arkansas has recently contracted with BloomBoard (an online platform for educator development) to work with schools and districts across the state to help implement a sustainable system for teacher and administrator evaluation and growth. The new Arkansas Educator Evaluation Observation and Data System will compile essential learning elements into a systematic educator effectiveness framework that encompasses every facet of the teacher and principal evaluation process. The online evaluation data management system will transform the evaluation process, including the rubrics, evaluation forms, professional growth plans, and other supporting documents, into a digital format that can be accessed online and on multiple mobile devices.
This spring each district will designate a primary contact person who will work with an assigned BloomBoard Account Manager. The account manager will serve as a guide through the onboarding process, training, and offer ongoing differentiated support. More details will be given to the teacher center coordinators the first week of April. Co-ops will communicate with their respective districts at that time.
Administrators and teachers will be trained this summer on how to use the system to conduct observations, to create professional goals, and to monitor progress on Professional Growth Plans. Representatives from BloomBoard will train with ADE trainers to demonstrate step-by-step the use of the technology platform’s ability to streamline TESS and LEADS evaluation processes including both professional practice and student growth data.
The system will be provided free of charge to all districts in the state. Due to the requirement for reporting teacher evaluation ratings on school performance reports, all districts will be required to utilize the system.
- BloomBoard At a Glance
- Arkansas Super User Role
- Arkansas Training Plan 2014-2015
- Application System Requirements & Technical Specifications
- Implementation Considerations for Lead Contacts and Administrators
The Super User Training Power Point and Super User Participant Guide should be used to train educators on how to utilize BloomBoard. These materials were developed to ensure consistency and training support for trained Super Users and Administrators in preparing educators to use the system.