The 2018 InterAct CLASS Summit is less than a week away! The badges are made, boxes are packed, and swag bags are ready. We’re very excited. Now is also a good time to do a little reflecting. I reached out to LuAnn LaCava, who attended the 2017 InterAct Summit, to learn about her experience and perspective. LuAnn has been involved in early childhood education since 1987. After spending 13 years in a preschool classroom she became a curriculum specialist and is now coaching Head Start and Early Head Start staff.
What was your favorite part of attending?
Meeting and networking with people that share the same passion that I do about CLASS. The presentations that validated everything I was trying to accomplish as a coach was refreshing.
What's something you learned?
That CLASS can go much deeper, and that it needed to be attacked at different levels to meet the needs of each teacher. I learned more about the true value that myTeachstone could be to teachers. I made it a personal mission to let others in my agency know the value of it and why it was a must to add to our professional development.
What were you surprised by?
The different levels of information delivered. There truly was something for everyone! The professionalism was top notch.
What's something you wish you knew before you went?
How much my passion for CLASS would grow. I think I'm more of a CLASS nerd now.
This year, the InterAct Summit has grown again. We have 300 attendees from 34 states and four countries attending. And LuAnn is coming back to InterAct! She’ll enjoy attending sessions but is also helping present with the CLASS Community Advisory Board. If you see her, say hi!
Teachers everywhere have yet another new challenge—supporting students and their families from home. We know that high-quality interactions, including interesting, hands-on experiences that are facilitated and supported with feedback, scaffolding, and higher-order thinking questions, best support young students' learning. So how do you help your students' caregivers offer the same high-quality interactions while at home? Well, Rachel Giannini has some super fun ideas to share! The following are ideas she shared during her session at our recent InterAct CLASS Summit.
When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers everywhere were given a new challenge—supporting students from home. This Teacher Appreciation Week, we at Teachstone want to celebrate the teachers impacting families and say thank you to teachers everywhere.
Here are a few thoughts from some of our team on the impact teachers are having on their families' lives.
Before the 2019 InterAct Class Summit in Nashville was even over, we were already excitedly planning 2020! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's take a quick look back at the incredible presenters, attendees, and staff that made 2019 possible. We had nearly 400 participants from all backgrounds—teachers, caregivers, mentors, coaches, trainers, implementation leaders, administrators, assessors, researchers, and more. However, their common passion for improving classroom interactions and empowering life-changing teachers was evident.
Teachstone is celebrating Week of the Young Child hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We'll be posting articles, videos, activities, and more all week on Facebook and Twitter.
For Tasty Tuesday, we've found a few healthy recipes for every mealtime, including dessert. These recipes are easy to assemble and make, and your early learners can help out as well. What are your favorite healthy recipes?