Adam Geller: How to Train Teachers to Make a Greater Student Impact

In Chapter 12 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, education technology entrepreneur Adam Geller answers "How Are You Helping Teachers Improve and Create a Greater Impact With Their Students?" Geller shares how his company has built an online teacher coaching video platform to improve teacher classroom capabilities. By creating an online community, Geller and his team create a cloud-based community of teachers helping teachers improve their practice.

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