Capstone – Project Charter

Assist K12 teacher observation SaaS company evaluate product and business development opportunities

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Engagement Synopsis

Whetstone Education is looking for help evaluating different ways they can develop the business. Currently, the company offers a SaaS product that monitors and tracks teacher performance. They believe the natural next step is to explore ways they can offer teachers professional development opportunities based on their existing performance and career goals.

Company Information

CompanyWhetstone Education
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview

Whetstone Education provides an online teacher observation tool that is fully customizable to a school’s teacher observation process and rubrics. It allows principals to store all teacher observations in one easily accessible site, identify trends in teacher observation data, and collaborate with each other to develop teachers. It also lets teachers receive instant feedback from observations, continue the conversation online, and access their total observation history. Instead of wasting time and resources recording and sorting through observations, Whetstone allows school leaders to allocate their time and energy on identifying the trends in their observation data and planning meaningful professional development to address their teachers’ needs. Founded in 2011 by three educators, Whetstone Education seeks to help school leaders use actionable data to drive their instructional coaching and staffing decisions. We deeply believe that collecting and analyzing quantitative data during teacher coaching increases the effectiveness of teachers and improves student learning. Just as teachers need tools and frameworks to collect assessment data on their students, coaches need tools and frameworks to quantify their observations.

Company Supervising Team

There are currently no supervisors assigned.

Course Info & Engagement Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in small groups of 2-6 directly with faculty and host company project champions on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
ProgramCollege of Business
Course2020 SPRING – MBA Interterm (IMPACT)
Students Enrolled120 Enrolled, 2-5 per group per project
Meeting Day & Time3/2 - 3/5/2019 on-site at host company
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration4 days (03/02/2020 - 03/05/2020)
Departments InvolvedAccount Management
Growth Strategy
Product Design & Development
Research & Development
Sales & Business Development
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Collaboration Timeline

  • January 19, 2020

    Student Teams Finalized. Companies provided with final roster of students that will be visiting your office to work on the interterm project.

  • February 7, 2020

    Companies will send a formal welcome/on-boarding email to students to get them excited and ramped up for the project, which should include any pre-work/pre-reading. We’ll provide you with a template you can use when we notify you of your student roster.

  • March 2, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: Students will be on-site working for the week

  • March 5, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: Students will present results to company leadership on-site

Key Milestones & Project Process