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7 Elements of Effective PD Implementation

20 Jul 2017



Teacher professional development (PD) is often defined as, “structured professional learning that results in changes to teacher knowledge and practices, and improvements in student learning outcomes" (Darling-Hammond, Hyler & Gardner). Research has illustrated that teacher competency and skill is directly correlated to student achievement. Policy makers, educators, parents, and students alike, all have a vested interest in identifying the central aspects of effective teacher PD to enhance student outcomes. 

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A Look at Louisiana's Sweeping Changes in Early Childhood

11 Jul 2017

When I first started working at Teachstone, I had the pleasure of supporting a group of MyTeachingPartner coaches working in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Now, let me tell you, this was no ordinary group of coaches and I knew it as soon as I was greeted at the airport. Within the first ten minutes of meeting Paula Polito, my suspicion was confirmed.

Topics: Professional Development, CLASS Success Stories Read More

How to Form a Relationship with Your Coach

07 Jul 2017

Coaching is becoming common across many organizations. If coaching works for top athletes, Fortune 500 companies, and other professions, why shouldn’t educators capitalize on the benefits of coaching as well? 

Topics: Teacher Tips Read More

Three Reasons Good Observers Go Bad

29 Jun 2017

CLASS observer drift is a simple concept. It is a term we use to describe what happens when an observer becomes less reliable. The more an observer drifts, the less likely the CLASS data he or she collects will be valid. 

Topics: Reliability & Certification Read More

Quiz: Which Pre-K Dimension Describes Your Life?

27 Jun 2017

If you're like me, you've started to notice that CLASS domains and dimensions are applicable to life even outside the classroom. You start wondering why your siblings aren't giving more regard to your perspective, and you start asking your significant other more open-ended questions.

Topics: Just for Fun, CLASS FAQs Read More

InterAct 2017 Infographic

23 Jun 2017

InterAct 2017 was a huge success! Huge thanks to everyone who attended, presented, and to the Teachstone staff who helped out behind the scenes (especially Meghan Cornwell for orchestrating the event). You can check out a few recordings of the 2017 sessions and keynotes on our website.

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How CLASS and Social-Emotional Learning Can Work Together

20 Jun 2017

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is having its moment in education. SEL and CLASS program developers and practitioners would be well-served to better understand how SEL and CLASS initiatives are intricately intertwined, and how they can help drive positive outcomes in each area.

Topics: Implementation, Leadership and Policy Read More

We Created an Internal CLASS Video Library. Here's What We Learned.

15 Jun 2017

In preparing summer professional development for teachers, my district knew we wanted CLASS to play a larger role in our trainings. But how were we going to do that?

Once we began writing our training on centers we decided to videotape some of our model teachers to highlight interactions in each specific center—in essence, we wanted to create our own internal version of the CLASS Video Library. 

Topics: Technology, Teacher Tips, Coach Tips Read More

Observing Outdoors: When Is It Appropriate?

08 Jun 2017

It’s hard to deny that the CLASS Observation Training is effective in its primary goal: developing reliable CLASS Observers. Our impressive pass rates are proof of this. However, there is a lot more to conducting CLASS observations than just “being reliable” (AKA choosing valid scores). Field assessors must also learn the observation protocol that is outlined in Chapter 2 of the CLASS Manual. The manual provides guidance on field protocol; however, it is often up to organizations to develop their own standards for data collection.

Topics: Pre-K, Tips and Tools Read More

Lessons from Teachstone's Free Resources

06 Jun 2017

If you’re reading this blog post, then there’s now a 100% chance that you’ve engaged with Teachstone’s free resources. After all—our blog is just one type of our free resources. You might have also attended a webinar, downloaded an e-book, or even scanned through our research papers. 

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