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!
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?
I have a confession to make—I'm a social media junkie. I had to go through a 12-step program to cure my Facebook habit. I had a short relapse, but I was able to kick it again. I tried Twitter years ago, but that just wasn't for me. Pinterest is just straight up evil. I've planned two weddings, a total remodel of a home, and a trip to Hawaii. None of these things is ever going to happen, but Pinterest has robbed me of about 400 hours of time that I put into these nonexistent projects. Instagram is one of those things that I can take or leave.