The Douglas Education Service District and instructional coach Ryan Zeedyk were recognized for implementing a video-based learning platform during the annual state banquet on May 16.
The district received an Oregon Association of Education Service Districts New Ideas in Education award for the implementation of Iris Connect.
“It’s good that the county is being recognized for this because there are a lot of mentors using it, there are a lot of coaches using it, there are a lot of principals using it now,” Zeedyk said in a press release. “The more people use it, the more comfortable people become with the concept.”
Iris Connect is used by all 13 school districts in Douglas County. Zeedyk plans to continue expanding the program, including adding a 360-degree camera piece.
“Ryan was instrumental in not only supporting teachers as they tried out the program, but in ensuring teachers truly embraces the program’s capabilities for professional development,” Alicia Nicholson, the district’s assistant superintendent, said in a press release.
Through the video-based program, the district has seen teacher recording themselves to share best practices in regional workgroups, a trauma-informed coordinator recording professional development sessions, and instructional coaches providing time-stamped feedback.