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Emily Doyle

In 2010, Emily joined Teachstone as an office assistant; over the years, she has worn many hats, including managing the affiliate trainer program, writing content aimed at improving child outcomes, and serving as a product manager while building myTeachstone. In her current role as Strategic Community Manager, Emily loves putting her creative problem-solving skills to work as she grows and facilitates the CLASS Community. A true people-person, she loves interacting with educators and finding out what makes them tick.

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Nye, 5th–12th grade (Drama Club)

Recent Posts

3 Rules for Nurturing Creative Children

13 Jan 2017

 A couple weeks ago, a friend shared this short video below from The Atlantic with me. Turns out, this video was everything I love about good media: it was concise, included simple takeaways, and gave me something to think about (long after the video ended).

Topics: Pre-K Read More

The 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid When Taking Teacher Learning Online

27 Dec 2016

If you’re a Teachstone blog-reader, you may have noticed that we focus on being “strengths-based” instructional coaching all the time. But sometimes it’s equally healthy to reflect on the stuff that didn’t go so well so we can avoid it next time. (By the way, if you’re looking for something purely strengths-based, Gina Gates recently wrote this fantastic post for the myTeachstone blog on ways to support resistant teachers using an online platform.) 

This post is about what not to do. These are the seven deadly sins of taking teacher learning online:

Topics: Professional Development, Coach Tips Read More

What’s the Minimum Number of Children Needed for a CLASS Observation?

25 Oct 2016

You’re a CLASS observer. You arrive to a classroom to conduct an observation but you quickly realize that there are multiple absent children. You wonder: What’s the minimum number of children that need to be present in order for this data to be valid?

Topics: Observation Training Read More

Observers: Put Your Bias on a Sticky Note!

22 Aug 2016

Have you ever meditated? One of the most challenging aspects of this practice is clearing your mind from day-to-day thoughts that pop into your head. If you meditate, you know that trying to push those thoughts away doesn’t work—in order to free your mind you must first acknowledge those distracting thoughts before you can return to your “moment of zen.”

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More

The Case for Developing Reliable CLASS Observers in Your Coaches

05 Jul 2016

Imagine sitting down beside a music student as he practices a new song. As a mentor, your role is to provide feedback to the student on how well he’s interpreted the piece, translated the notations into an audible melody, and literally used his fingers to create music as dictated by the sheet music.

Now consider this: How successful would you be as a mentor if you did not know how to read music?

Topics: Professional Development, Coach Tips Read More

4 Ways You Might Get CLASS Wrong (And Why That’s Okay!)

16 May 2016

As I sat in on an Infant Train-the-Trainer session, participants reflected on their previous experiences with CLASS: learning about it, using it to observe classrooms, supporting teachers, and training others to observe. One participant spoke up:

“CLASS is a measure you have to get wrong to get right.”

Topics: Implementation, CLASS FAQs Read More

Maximize Professional Development Using the CLASS Discussion Toolkit

20 Apr 2016

Have you ever heard educators say they have too much time on their hands?

Me neither!

Topics: Coach Tips, Products and Trainings Read More

Is the Train-the-Trainer Program Right for You?

31 Mar 2016

From phone calls to meetings to conferences to trainings to social media—I spent A LOT of time discussing the CLASS. And one thing people constantly ask me is, “How can I take the next step in boosting my CLASS knowledge?”

Topics: Just for Fun, Products and Trainings Read More

The Truth About CLASS Reliability Pass Rates

07 Mar 2016

Brace yourself. I’m about to bring up a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of thousands of early childhood professionals—the CLASS reliability test! But as the list below demonstrates, it doesn’t have to be so scary.

Test your knowledge by answering fact or fiction to each statement below!

Topics: Observation Training Read More

Avoiding “What Would You Have Done Differently” and Other Well-Intentioned Temptations in Coaching

05 Jan 2016

Imagine you’re a cook in a restaurant. It’s what you do every day, you are passionate about it, and consider yourself pretty darn good at it. One evening, the owner of the restaurant decides he is going to attend a meal “as a guest” and is served one of your featured dishes: chicken pot pie. You emerge from the kitchen, excited to find out what he thinks, and his response: “Taste this. What would you do differently next time?” 

Topics: Coach Tips Read More
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