Hanover employees used their lunch break this week to gain more knowledge about the company’s new teacher-selection software, Paragon K12. Joel Sackett, Product Manager, who has led the launch of Paragon, and Alex Leo, Associate Director of Strategy and leader of Paragon’s initial IP & product definition, presented Paragon’s inception and exciting trajectory at Hanover’s February Lunch and Learn. Hanover uses its company-wide Lunch and Learns as a way to explore the unique functions of Hanover’s departments and products.
Leo kicked off the February session by explaining the creation of Paragon K12. The software fills the needs of primary and secondary schools to accurately identify teachers that will positively influence student performance. Through an extensive research process, Hanover created an algorithm to rank teaching candidates during the hiring process based on factors proven to influence teacher success in the classroom.
Sackett noted that Paragon K12 will continue to define its algorithm based on student performance in classes of the resulting teaching hires. The software allows districts to hone in on certain aspects they value most in teachers, guided by the software’s intuitive candidate ranking system. Paragon’s positive reception among initial users forecast an exciting trajectory for the product.
Employees, in-office and remote, enjoyed the Lunch and Learn presentation in Hanover’s offices live and via instantaneous screen sharing and voice conferencing. Colleagues across offices engaged in a lively round of question and answer at the conclusion of the presentation.
Below is an introductory video created by the Paragon K12 team (which can also be viewed on Hanover’s YouTube page):