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Tripod Education Partners Inc
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Tripod is the nation's leading provider of classroom-level survey assessments for K-12 education. Tripod surveys are in their 18th generation, refined over more than a decade of field experience and in response to valuable feedback from educators. Tripod'...
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In 2003 Rob Ramsdell began work ...
In 2003 Rob Ramsdell began work with Ron and together they have developed Tripod into the national project it is today.
Rob Ramsdell, M.Ed.
Rob began his career as a high school social studies teacher and founded FreshPond Education in 1996.
Since that time he
has worked with hundreds of schools and districts to design and implement high quality school improvement programs and professional development initiatives.
During a three-year period from 2002-2005 Rob served as Senior Director of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development initiative funded by the US Department of Education.
In 2007 FreshPond Education joined Cambridge Education where Rob serves as its Vice-President of School Improvement Services.
Rob holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a M.Ed. in educational technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Making the rest as good as the best | Mott MacDonald
Weâ€™re capturing best practice for the benefit of the whole profession.â€ Rob Ramsdell, Mott MacDonald project director
Mott MacDonald project director Rob Ramsdell explains: â€œExisting assessments focus on academic achievement and donâ€™t measure the quality of teaching that pupils receive.
Tripod diagnoses conditions in classrooms, highlighting the teaching skills and practices that help kids of all abilities to advance.
â€œOur findings will help educators by identifying the skills, knowledge and techniques that deliver the best results,â€ he
The insight gained will be used to shape better targeted professional development for teachers and is expected to influence policy related to teacher accountability and performance related pay.
As well as enabling the MET
project team to identify excellence, establish benchmarks for best practice and develop professional guidance, the Tripod methodology efficiently provides teachers with feedback on how they perform.
Tripod surveys were completed by 100,000 pupils at the end of the 2009/10 academic year.
With another year to run before the MET project concludes, initial findings were released to a national audience in Washington DC in December 2010. â€œThese showed that the survey responses were important measures of effective teaching, validating the Tripod methodology,â€ Rob
Rob Ramsdell, Founder and PresidentRob Ramsdell founded FreshPond Education in 1996 and has spent more than 10 years developing innovative professional development programs for K-12 educators.
Rob recently served as Senior Director of PBS TeacherLine
, an online professional development initiative funded by the US Department of Education
(www.pbs.org/teacherline).TeacherLine has developed more than 90 online courses for K-12 teachers in the areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, and technology integration.Rob's unique blend of professional development experience has given him a deep understanding of the potential of both online and face-to-face approaches.Rob returns to FreshPond
with a commitment to high quality professional development and strategies to overcome typical barriers to effective professional development.Rob
is dedicated to working with both service providers and school districts to craft professional development programs that meet the needs of educators and students.Rob began his career as a social studies teacher.He holds a BA from Brown University and Masters Degrees in educational administration and educational technology from Teachers College, Columbia University and Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
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- Rob Ramsdell, Executive Director, PBS TeacherLine
Rob Ramsdell founded FreshPond Education in 1996 and has spent the past 10 years leading the development of professional development programs for K-12 educators