Tweaking titles, choosing CLASS-themed swag, supporting presenters … it’s just another day at Teachstone with the 4th Annual InterAct CLASS Summit just six short weeks away!
This year, we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure the CLASS Summit is welcoming, dynamic, and most importantly—transformative. After all, CLASS is a tool aimed at empowering teachers to improve children’s lives. As we plan for the Summit, we’re taking a cue from amazing teachers everywhere to try to emulate what they do every day—transform lives.
Here are three key ways you can expect the InterAct CLASS Summit to support your own professional transformation:
Let the CLASS Summit remind you why you got into education in the first place with these opportunities:
Attend a free film screening of No Small Matter, and meet the featured teacher from the movie, Rachel Giannini (you can also catch her keynote address and breakout session!)
Prepare to be moved during the Power to the Profession session, where we’ll be celebrating a distinguished panel of teacher honorees
If you’re a fan of TED talks, don’t miss our inspiring Lightning Talks
2) Take Back Relevant and Specific Strategies
This year, we’re ensuring there is truly something for everybody. That’s why we’re providing more breakout tracks than ever before (no need to stick to just one). Explore them all using our interactive schedule.
Implementing the CLASS Journey (workshop-length sessions)
Empowering Great Teaching
CLASS for All
Systems-Building and Leadership
Community-building is a critical component of any professional conference. This year we’re going to make it easy for you to forge connections:
Join our InterAct Attendee Facebook Group and get to know your fellow attendees before your trip even begins (you’ll find some great Nashville recommendations there too!)
Take in a meal during an optional Birds of a Feather lunch table (topics TBA soon!)
InterAct with key CLASS experts by exploring the Learning Lounge, enjoying the free Monday night reception, or attending one of two breakout sessions facilitated by CLASS authors, Dr. Bridget Hamre and Dr. Robert Pianta.
It’s been a great year. You have just conducted some professional development trainings for the group of teachers you are coaching. You got the opportunity to visit their classrooms and see them in action, do formal and informal CLASS observations, and had countless coaching conversations. You see that it’s all beginning to click. You have the teachers’ buy-in, and the motivation is high.
Teachstone has worked hard to provide you with case studies about various organizations who have transformed their classrooms through the use of the CLASS tool. We hope they help readers like you make informed decisions about some of the products we offer and introduce you to different ways you can impact teacher-student interactions.
You have been coaching Teacher A for 6 months. You’ve gotten to know each other well, you understand her classroom and some of the frustrations she has with the working environment. After your coaching sessions you’ve identified some issues and discussed solutions, but each time you return you discover the issues are the same and the solutions were never tried. As you leave you wonder, “what have I accomplished, why am I not seeing positive change, what am I missing?”
Image: Edward Zigler, assisted by Marilyn M. Smith, presents the first CDA Credential to Margaret E. Wright on July 24, 1975, in Washington, DC (Source - Council for Professional Recognition).
For 54 years, Head Start has prepared children for Kindergarten by providing services that foster growth in their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. In the words of former President Obama, “For millions of families, Head Start has been a lifeline. And for millions of kids, it’s been the start of a better life.”