Sumter County, Alabama ranks in the 10 lowest counties for average household income in the U.S. But it’s also home to one of the top teacher education programs. The University of West Alabama (UWA) is working to overcome the state’s teacher shortage by using GoReact to help more teacher candidates become successful, licensed educators.
Because of the unique demographic UWA serves, they also face unique challenges. Every year, CAEP raises the bar for teacher candidates, which can be difficult for first-generation and rural students already struggling to meet GPA requirements.
Another major challenge for UWA is travel. Before implementing GoReact video assessment software, supervisors needed funds for hotels, meals, and gas just to observe two-hour lessons around the state—sometimes up to four hours away. In one year, because of growth in online students, the department exceeded their travel budget by $30,000.
First Generation Students
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"GoReact is a life saver, a time saver, and a money saver. It’s all of those things for us."
Leaders in the UWA College of Education knew they needed to make a big change, one that would prepare candidates for successful teaching careers, while decreasing time and money spent on travel.
After introducing GoReact into their program, faculty quickly discovered that video + feedback provided solutions for all their challenges. It allowed candidates to watch themselves teach and become instantly self-aware of their performance. It made traveling for observations optional. Additionally, time-coded text, audio, and video feedback increased UWA supervisors’ ability to prepare candidates for certification and beyond.
According to Dr. Jan Miller, Dean of the College of Education, “GoReact is a life saver, a time saver, and a money saver. It’s all of those things for us.”
UWA now uses GoReact for graduate and undergraduate teacher education, instructional leadership, school counseling, and library media. In their next round of initiatives, faculty plan to build rubrics within GoReact, teach classroom management skills with video, and build a library of exemplary videos from UWA students.