Watermark Announces Partnership with The Best Teachers Institute to Promote Deeper Learning

Leading assessment and educational intelligence solutions provider and the Best Teachers Institute introduce partnership to promote deeper learning within higher education.

NEW YORK, NY— April 30, 2018—Watermark is pleased to announce its partnership with the Best Teachers Institute, an organization led by Dr. Ken Bain, an award-winning teacher and author of What the Best College Teachers Do, and Dr. James Lang, author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Guided by a shared mission, Watermark and the Best Teachers Institute are working together to help institutions close the assessment loop and make meaningful improvements in teaching and learning.

Drawing on a long-term and ongoing study of the most effective teachers and teaching practices in higher education, the Best Teachers Institute collaborates with faculty and administrators to transform their curricula, courses, and even individual class sessions into powerful new learning experiences for their students. With the goal of helping institutions use better data to make decisions that will improve student outcomes, Watermark partners with colleges and universities to support an intentional strategy of engaging students in compelling learning experiences and backing institutions with the educational intelligence needed to improve outcomes at all levels.

“Our partnership with the Best Teachers Institute underscores a shared commitment to helping institutions of higher education improve student learning and institutional outcomes,” said Kevin Michielsen, CEO of Watermark.

“All too often, there is a disconnect between assessment efforts and teaching and learning on campus. We are pleased to partner with the Best Teachers Institute to explore how we can help institutions bring assessment and teaching practices together more meaningfully.”

“Our Fellows work with faculty and students to create evidence-based approaches to motivating students and fostering learning. When students learn deeply, they value their education and are more likely to stay in school and graduate. We look forward to working with Watermark to share these best practices and encourage institutions to make evidence-based decisions to improve teaching and learning,” said Ken Bain.

As part of this partnership, the Best Teachers Institute and Watermark will work together to create new learning opportunities and resources for building assessment practices that result in meaningful improvements in teaching and learning. In addition, Watermark will serve as a key supporter for the 21st annual Best Teachers Summer Institute, taking place June 26-28 in West Orange, NJ. The goal of the conference is to collaborate and share ideas through thought-provoking discussions on the transformation of student learning and advancement of meaningful assessment. For more information, visit our partner page.

About Watermark
Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, educators, and learners everywhere in order to empower them to connect information and gain insights into learning which will drive meaningful improvements. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and development based on data they can trust.

About the Best Teachers Institute
The Best Teachers Institute draws on the research and expertise of Ken Bain and James Lang, two of the leading writers and consultants in higher education today, and on the experience and expertise of Best Teachers Institute fellows. The Best Teachers Institute works globally to help colleges and universities create dynamic new learning opportunities for their students, boost retention and graduation rates, enhance their public profile, and strengthen academic integrity on their campuses. The Best Teachers Institute offers educational consulting, workshpops, and a summer institute. For more information, visit www.bestteachersinstitute.org.

Victoria Guzzo