Concept

Great teachers are the cornerstone of pupil achievement and development – that’s the belief of Bloomboard, a teacher-coaching platform that is applying the principles of differentiated instruction for students to teacher development and support. Bloomboard has built a holistic set of tools and products to power both effective coaching and continuous, personalised, competency-based learning for teachers. By providing educators with meaningful professional learning experiences and opportunities to demonstrate their expertise, Bloomboard helps improve how teachers are supported and scaled.

How they’re disrupting

Providing personalised opportunities for teacher growth and development has traditionally been difficult and expensive. But mounting research tells us that a systematic approach like the one Bloomboard is using yields positive outcomes for students during school and into young adulthood.

Disruption potential

A 2015 study of 10,000 teachers found that traditional professional development of teachers – which costs taxpayers millions each year — is largely a waste. The study by TNT found that despite spending an average of $18,000 per teacher in the US annually on professional development, there was little reward for the money.

Investments and future

Bloomboard has received $12.2 million to date, including funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In many countries, continued professional development has seen cuts as global economies have struggled to keep up with increasing populations. Bloomboard aims to become a global go-to platform for teachers to maintain professional standards.