Daniel LaCava, Trainer |
Daniel came to Teachstone from Los Angeles in 2010 after graduating from Loyola Marymount University with an M.A. in education. Prior to that he received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Arkansas. His initial work with the CLASS was as an observer on the Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching study, before contributing to many projects for both UVA's Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, as well as for Teachstone. He has been training with a focus on the UE and Secondary tools since 2011, and more recently attained Pre-K and K-3 trainer certifications.
Daniel spends most of his free time rock climbing or snowboarding in the deserts and mountains of Utah, where he currently lives. He was recently ordained as a minister in order to officiate his little sister's wedding.
If you're a CLASS observer, you've probably found yourself in a situation where you have to make inferences or rely on contextual evidence when assigning scores. However, it should always be your goal to minimize subjectivity and assumptions. You have to prevent your emotions, opinions, and ideas that are not a part of the CLASS tool from influencing scoring. Achieving an emotionless state of objectivity while observing can be incredibly challenging. It takes practice to recognize when objectivity is threatened and respond accordingly.
Maintaining your CLASS certification may not be at the top of your to-do list after you’ve attended observation training and passed your first reliability test. You’re likely looking forward to the important work you’ll be doing throughout the year, using your skills as a CLASS observer to make an impact on the quality of education in your area.
This is understandable, given that you won’t be required to recertify for an entire year, and you have a lot to do before that year is up! However, as we all know, a year goes by quicker than you think, and before you know it you’ll be receiving an e-mail reminder from Teachstone: it’s time for your annual CLASS recertification!
A CLASS Observation Training is an interactive, content-packed experience, and even the most enthusiastic participants may find it difficult to think clearly as they gather their notebooks to head home at the end of day two. Of course we understand how busy everyone is leading up to a training, so none of the below is technically required of you to attend the training. However, a few minutes of preparation can give you a framework for the CLASS knowledge you’re about to gain, enriching the experience for you and everyone around you!