Teacher Portfolios & Mentoring
Reflections, feedback loops, teach by sharing,
appraisals — all in one place.
Every teacher with an Educa login has a portable and private teacher portfolio or journal. It can be private to the teacher or posts can be shared with selected mentors and peers.
Teachers use the portfolio to:
- Record professional development hours
- Write reflections or inquiry, backed by evidence in Educa
- Write journal entries of events, random insights
- Store documentation
For teachers - easy linking & sharing
Because the teacher portfolio is in Educa, it is easy to link reflections to evidence in Educa, e.g., plans or child observations. Teachers can also share, e.g,. write-ups of a PD event.
All teachers on the same system
For directors and owners, having teachers on one system makes it easier to manage (e.g., set assignments) and easier to monitor and avoid compliance surprises.
Communicate with & manage teachers
Senior staff can post “mentor stories” into teacher portfolios – questions, insights. There is also a teacher messaging system for internal conversations.
Keep it all in one place
Your teacher profile has a documents section for uploading certificates, etc.; a portfolio for your reflections or inquiry as an educator; and a section for notes.
Map to any professional standards
Reflections can be linked to any set of professional standards in Educa, including proprietary service values or ethics.
Take it with you if you leave
If you move to a new centre, no problem – you can download, transfer or maintain your portfolio online privately.
Teacher Training & Mentoring
On The Job Guidance in Real Time
Many of our customers use Educa as a teacher training tool.
Educa has several ways for senior teachers to guide and mentor during the day, in real time, when it is most impactful.
- Story commenting and approval
Mentors support and guide, but can also approve documentation and communication with families. This is particularly handy for newer teachers or where English is not the first language.
Our mentor and peer settings manage privacy in a variety of scenarios.
Story Commenting - See The Learning
Many young teachers need guidance in seeing the underlying learning. For instance, there’s a lot more going on when a child plays with blocks than jsut fine motor skills practice.
Commenting - Help With What's Next
Another area where mentor guidance can be in seeing the possibilities and opportunities, planning next steps.
Commenting - Teacher Reflection
Mentors can also use stories to help younger teachers evaluate their teaching practice, each story being a golden opportunity for a teacher to grow.
Story Approval - Control What Goes Out
Educa has optional tiered approval settings – mentor and ultimate approval roles can be separated.
Teach by Working Together
There are multiple opportunities for senior and junior teachers to work together in Educa – in planning, forms, daily logs, and more. This gives younger teachers the opportunity to see best practice in real time.
Teach By Sharing
Educa has copy and sharing options that makes it easy for younger teachers to use documentation developed by senior staff.
Teacher Forms - Plans, Appraisals
Educa has ready-made templates and a form builder for creating an online version of any documentation, including “teacher forms” which can be seen or not seen by the teacher involved. Common documents available in Educa include:
- Individual teacher annual plans or goals
- Staff appraisals
- Year end inquiry or reflection summaries
Share with others, work together, access it anytime — as well as being able to export it as a PDF when needed.