"A one-stop shop for lesson planning and observations."
Ms. Burney Teacher Leadership Development Teach For America
"Stronger and more effective feedback to promote growth"
Ms. Cottman Veteran Assistant Principal School Leadership Coach
"Humongous bank of resources"
Mr. James Assistant Principal KIPP Soul Academy
"This is teaching made easy"
- Dr. Ford, Metro Atlanta Principal
Frequently Asked Questions
What does TARA's School HQ replace?
We know you and your team are using a lot of different tools and applications to support students. But most teams are still relying on hacking together office tools to support themselves.
TARA's School HQ replaces the need for Google docs/folders, emailing about tasks, spreadsheets of resources, and manually made calendars with standards typed in.
School HQ also eliminates the need for niche tools like SchoolMint Grow, Trello, Chalk and Canvas. With School HQ, you can solve 3 pain points with a single platform.
Can the School HQ be customized for our team?
Of course! TARA's School HQ was designed to be customized for each and every school that uses it.
Here are a few of the things you can customize without needing any help from our team (although we are here to help if you want!): - Teacher groups - Set & assign unit pacing guides - Lesson plan templates - Lesson internalization protocols - Observation templates - Meeting templates - Instructional strategies in the Resource Bank - Shortcuts to apps & websites for your teacher groups
Your School HQ can also have your own custom evaluation rubric for teachers that our team helps to set for you during onboarding.
Does the pilot include any trainings?
Certainly - we are more than happy to offer brief trainings to any pilot partner that requests one (no charge of course). The School HQ also has built-in guides for every user that walks through the various aspects of the platform when you login. We also maintain a pretty extensive YouTube channel of 'How-To' videos for every major feature.
Supporting our partners is very important to us so we guarantee same-day response time for any support request sent our way!
Does TARA have single sign-on (SSO) options?
Yep! Users can sign in using their Google account. We are also finishing up SSO with Clever.
Additional single sign-on options are included free for network and district partners with different SSO needs.
What comes in the Strategy & Resource Bank?
We've scoured the internet for the best, free resources - links to hundreds of graphic organizers, worksheets, engagement & differentiation strategies, standards info, instructional practices - and we've organized in a way that teachers find intuitive and easy without having to go to Google or social media. The best part - you and your team can add to the library at any time and actually build the instructional memory for your school long-term.
If we purchase curriculum (e.g. Eureka Math, EL Education, etc) for some of our teachers, can it be incorporated into TARA too?
Yep! We have several partners who work with external curriculum providers.
Any user can import external files into your School HQ as long as they are in .doc/.pdf/.ppt format and under 20MB. Once imported, users can view the lesson, add internalization notes, receive comments, and schedule the lesson out just as if they had created from scratch in the system itself.
Most partners love to import curriculum while creating their unit pacing guides so that their teachers sign in, see every lesson in the calendar paced out, and can get rolling immediately!
Can we use TARA for our teacher evaluations?
Yes! Your School HQ makes tracking observations and meetings with teachers super easy and streamlined in one place. We can customize the rubric for you (and even adjust it throughout the year) so that observation feature can now serve as an evaluation feature as well.
TARA automatically tracks and averages all observation and evaluation data entered so you can quickly see how you things are going by individual, department/school, or even across multiple schools!
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