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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

As a secondary educator, John Linton realized the best way to improve his teaching skills was to observe what other successful teachers did in their classrooms. John believed theory was important, but nothing was more effective than watching his peers.

But John, like most teachers, didn’t have a lot of time to spend observing. He found that when others who could be observed were teaching, he was also.

Still, he had a strong desire to improve his skills through observation, and it was that desire that led him to create The Video Journal of Education & TeachStream.

If you’ve ever heard of the Video Journal & TeachStream, you know that it’s a program that offers educators, administrators and teachers, the greatest opportunity to improve their skills. Through a series of video and online presentations, educational experts from around the world present their research-proven theories and then demonstrate those theories in classrooms using real teachers and real students.

Each year, The Video Journal’s production staff visits 200 different classrooms to videotape successful teaching practices from schools throughout North America. Each program features top international experts presenting their theories. The company’s library includes more than 250 video, online and CD-ROM staff development programs.

It’s been 10 years since John created this system of instruction, and during that time, the company has remained dedicated to its mission of providing training solutions to increase learning in today's schools.

Recently, The Video Journal & TeachStream received a patent for their award-winning training platform technology, which combines streaming, interactivity, assessment, and detailed reporting and tracking capabilities. This professional development platform encourages broad participation, extreme flexibility, teacher and administrative accountability, and an engaging, results-oriented experience.

Thanks to John Linton, now over 4,500 school districts across the United States and Canada regularly use the company’s programs. In fact, more than 65 percent of medium- to large-school systems integrate The Video Journal’s products into their training to help increase teacher and administrator knowledge and ultimately, student achievement.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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