Did you know that over 12 million children in the United States (and more every year!) speak a language other than English at home? While the education workforce does not exactly parallel its students’ demographics, we know that many educators are also multilingual. That’s why Teachstone has resources available in both English and Spanish. All children deserve the individualized support and care that best fosters learning - and so do their caregivers and educators.
CLASS® professional development resources are one of the most used tools in Teachstone's teaching-learning process. Let’s take a closer look at three bilingual (English and Spanish) resources for teachers, parents, early childhood advocates, and anyone else interested in CLASS.
Interactions at the Heart of Healing is a trauma-informed CLASS professional development series. It’s one of Teachstone’s newest resources and is offered online and on-demand. You can switch between languages as they go through the course at their own pace, exploring the importance of interactions in supporting children, families, and staff. You’ll learn about trauma, its impact on learning and development, and trauma-informed care strategies. With over a year of uncertainty, turmoil, and for many children and families, loss, it has never been more important to be intentional about meeting their needs.
To deepen learning, learners can also participate in a live webinar - facilitated by CLASS experts in English or in Spanish - that helps them bridge the gap from knowledge to practice. Or, groups can engage in a full day of facilitated learning to cover both elements.
Pre-K CLASS Foundations for Teachers
The Pre-K CLASS Foundations for Teachers online course series is a collection of online courses specific to the CLASS tool. Early childhood educators learn about CLASS concepts and the importance of interactions. As you explore the fundamentals of CLASS, or dig deeper into Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, or Instructional Support, you can toggle between English and Spanish instruction. In fact, course assessments are offered in both languages, too!
Finally, CLASS Strategy Cards are a hands-on, physical resource applicable across age groups. If you or your teachers are focusing on CLASS strategies, you’re probably intentionally increasing the frequency, depth, and duration of the quality interactions already happening in the classroom. That planning can be a lot of work! The CLASS Strategy Cards offer new, CLASS-aligned ideas to support teachers’ growth and development working at the infant, toddler, pre-K, and K-3 age levels. And, you guessed it; they come in both English and Spanish.
Of course, there are so many more resources on our blog, in our webinars, or in the research summaries! But these three offer deep learning in multiple languages and can offer teachers the chance to learn in the language and modality that work best for them.
I’d love to hear your thoughts: What resources do you get excited about? What are we missing from our bilingual resources? Get in touch with us and let us know!
At Teachstone, we talk to a lot of educators. From coast to coast and around the globe, there’s a common thread that unites them: wanting to be better for their students.
Even when things are tough in education, even in years made even more challenging by the pandemic and its effects on teaching and learning, educators are striving to be their best. That dedication to equitable, ongoing development is what inspires Teachstone’s work. To reach the day when all children are afforded excellent education and care, it’s going to take a systematic, data-driven approach, and we are enthusiastic partners in getting there.
Hey there, Teachstone community! My name is Stephanie Lewandowski, and I am the Senior Product Manager for myTeachstone. Before joining Teachstone, I built digital products for education companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. I’m passionate about delivering impactful products, particularly the tools that make the everyday work of teaching and learning a little bit easier. As a parent, and as a product manager, I know how invaluable early childhood education is, and I’m inspired by the teachers in both my personal and professional life.
We know positive relationships are important, but factors such as absenteeism, racial or cultural differences, and other biases can make it difficult for teachers to form those meaningful relationships with every child in their class. And, after a tumultuous 2020-2021 school year, teachers and students alike may need stronger relationships more than ever before.
Ask any educator why they do what they do, and they’ll most likely respond ‘for the children’ without missing a beat. It’s why I was a teacher and why a lot of my friends were teachers. It’s the impact we can have on the children in our care that motivates us, drives us, and is the foundation of our passion.
I can look back and for every single class I taught, I can rattle off the names of the children who I had a super strong relationship with, and those that were on the other extreme–a relationship that was weak, or fragmented.