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Yale: Platform to Improve Teacher Quality Wins $25,000 Prize Sponsored by Yale School of Public Health

When Mr. Chris Cutrona was teaching high school math in a large urban district in the South, he quickly saw that teacher quality was a critical element in improving outcomes — and future opportunities — for students.

While instructional coaching is a common approach to professional development, his district and many others did not have a meaningful way to track their programs and gauge whether they were effectively improving teacher performance. 

Now a student at Yale, Mr. Cutrona developed EdSightful — a technology solution that uses Google Suite to allow instructional coaches to document their support and large and small districts to easily see an overview of their programs and determine their efficacy.

While the tool is still in its infancy, the concept and its potential impressed a panel of five judges from industry and academia that they awarded Mr. Cutrona the $25,000 Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education this month.

The Thorne Prize is the signature competition of InnovateHealth Yale, a program at the Yale School of Public Health created to tap student ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to find solutions to pressing health and education challenges.

Currently, Mr. Cutrona, the sole founder of EdSightful, is performing all roles for the small startup — new sales, maintaining client relationships and software development. “The Thorne Prize will allow us to expand our impact,” said Mr. Cutrona, an MBA student at the School of Management. “We currently have two paying clients and our goal for this summer is to get five new clients — this prize will directly help us do this.”