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Making a Case for “Making Butterflies"

05 May 2016

If you are a Pre-K Affiliate Trainer, you may be growing a little weary of the training video, “Making Butterflies.” It may surprise you to hear this, but as a staff trainer for Teachstone, “Making Butterflies” happens to be one of my favorite videos in the Pre-K CLASS Observation training. “WHAT?” you may have just asked your computer screen out loud! Yes, it’s true. We trainers need a video like “Making Butterflies” in our trainer toolbox; it is a valuable experience for your participants, and it supports them in becoming objective, reliable CLASS observers. Here are three reasons why you too should embrace this video:

Topics: CLASS Content: Pre-K, Training Tips Read More

Why Aren't the Infant and Toddler CLASS Tools the Same?

03 May 2016

Let's talk today about the CLASS tool being used for infants and toddlers. You may be familiar with the fact that the Infant measure (birth to 18 months) has one domain—Responsive Caregiving— with four dimensions, while the Toddler measure (15-36 months) has two domains—Emotional and Behavioral Support and Engaged Support for Learning—with eight dimensions.

Topics: CLASS Content: Toddler, CLASS Content: Infant Read More

What to Say When Your Trainees Don’t Understand Why They Must Recertify Annually

28 Apr 2016

For your busy Observation trainees, maintaining CLASS certification may not be at the top of their to-do lists after they've attended observation training and passed their first reliability test. They're likely looking forward to the important work they'll be doing throughout the year, using their skills as a CLASS observer to make an impact on the quality of education in their area.

This is understandable, given that they won’t be required to recertify for an entire year, and they have a lot to do before that year is up! However, as we all know, a year goes by quicker than you think, and before you know it you’ll be receiving an e-mail reminder from Teachstone: it’s time for your annual CLASS recertification!

Topics: Reliability & Certification, CLASS Content: K-3, CLASS Content: Toddler, CLASS Content: Pre-K, CLASS Content: Infant, Training Tips Read More

VLOG: How to Organize Your Training Materials

26 Apr 2016

Have you ever wanted to know exactly how you should organize your training materials? Everyone has their own system, but we think staff trainer Becky Danis’s organizational method is pretty amazing! Watch this video to learn exactly how Becky makes organizes her training materials so that she doesn’t lose any time during training.

What do you think? Do you have any organizational tips that help keep you on track during training? Please share them in the comment section!

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April Affiliate Trainer Spotlight: Marilyn Rice

21 Apr 2016

This month's Affiliate Trainer spotlight is on Marilyn Rice from Richmond, Virginia. Marilyn is a veteran CLASS observer, originally certifying in 2006 after Virginia adopted the CLASS as a part of its Quality Rating and Improvement System. She became an Affiliate Trainer in 2008.

Topics: Updates Read More

How Do Integration and Connections to the Real World Contribute to Concept Development?

19 Apr 2016

Concept Development can be a tricky dimension to wrap your head around, but when you really consider the meaning, the fog starts to lift!

Topics: CLASS Content: K-3, CLASS Content: Pre-K Read More

The Truth about CLASS Reliability Pass Rates

14 Apr 2016

Brace yourself. I’m about to bring up a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of thousands of early childhood professionals—the CLASS reliability test! But as the list below demonstrates, it doesn’t have to be so scary.

Test your knowledge by answering fact or fiction to each statement below!

Topics: Reliability & Certification Read More

“What Did You Have for Breakfast?” How a Simple Question Can Help Clarify Feedback Loops

12 Apr 2016

CLASS Feedback LoopsI recently completed a Train-The-Trainer program with an enthusiastic and well-prepared group of CLASS observers. Yet, despite their status as certified CLASS observers, several of them were identifying basic conversational exchanges as feedback loops. 

Topics: CLASS Content: K-3, CLASS Content: Pre-K, Training Tips Read More

Use Everyday Examples to Break Down Tricky Concept Development Concepts

07 Apr 2016


Carmen is facilitating a CLASS Observation Training and has made sure to explain, in detail, the definition of each CLASS dimension, along with some examples of what these behaviors might look like in a classroom. Her trainees mostly get it. Behaviors like “setting clear expectations” are familiar. Maybe they didn’t always call it “CLASS,” but they all have seen firsthand how important it is to provide clear behavioral expectations in the classroom.

Topics: CLASS Content: K-3, CLASS Content: Pre-K Read More

VLOG: Scaffolding the Notetaking Process, Part 2

04 Apr 2016

Often, trainees are great with noticing observable behaviors in training videos, but they can be unsure where to write them in their notes. Watch this video to learn how to build your trainees’ notetaking skills so they can walk out of your training ready to code classrooms accurately and confidently.

Topics: Training Tips Read More

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