The LessonCast Story
The seed that planted LessonCast took root as Nicole served as an assistant principal at a middle school that was being restructured through zero-basing – every staff member had to reapply for his position. Essentially, the school had become a startup organization. Charged with planning PD for the school community, she realized that there had to be a better way to support teachers in learning what works to help students achieve. Nicole combined what she learned from experience regarding high quality PD, impactful school leadership, and lean startup principles. The resulting PD process focused on putting into practice the strategies and instructional approaches that showed an improvement in learning for their students.
The condensed 2.5 minute format of each lessoncast focused teams of teachers on collaboratively planning and implementing target strategies in the classroom. Teachers shared what worked and what didn’t, and collectively they evaluated what approaches actually helped students grow as learners. Within two years, the school moved from “failing” to meeting the state standard in every category. Now Nicole and the LessonCast Founding Team are committed to making this process accessible, affordable, and achievable for education leaders everywhere.