I'm currently the Director of Community and Credentialing, but I've been with Teachstone since 2010! It's been amazing to work with such a growing and mission-driven organization. Being at an education company has taught me so much about the importance of interactions (in and out of the classroom). I've been lucky enough to serve in a wide variety of teams and roles across Teachstone. Some of my previous experiences include providing customer and affiliate support, writing for the content team, delivering trainings, conducting CLASS observations, managing our products ... and now leading our community work! I can't wait to see the amazing things that will happen when we bring together groups of like-minded individuals who are passionate about impacting child outcomes--and I'm honored to be part of the journey in cultivating a community around this.
When I'm not at Teachstone, you might find me singing Motown hits around campfires, spending time with my nieces and nephews, tasting wine at local vineyards, cooking up something yummy in the kitchen, hiking with my pup, or kayaking a Virginia river with my husband.
Teachers that watch videos of effective classroom interactions are more likely to improve their own interactions. Knowing this, Teachstone created and continues to cultivate a robust CLASS Video Library, featuring real teachers effectively interacting with children. In order to help coaches and mentors make the most of their Video Library usage with teachers, Teachstone also created the Video Library Companion, a roadmap for planning and facilitating effective conversations around the videos.
What comes to your mind when you read this term? If you’re anything like the hundreds of coaches we’ve talked to, this term might bring to mind frustration or even anxiety—knowing that Instructional Support is typically the lowest rated domain measured by the CLASS tool—and often, the most misunderstood.
As a Product Manager at Teachstone, it’s important for me to get out of the office and connect with educators in the field. That might mean attending a conference, visiting a center, or sitting in on a training. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend Teachstone’s regional training event in Atlanta, where I met dozens of participants, “fighting the good fight” to improve outcomes for young children. Throughout the week, Teachstone hosted several events including CLASS Observation Trainings, Train-the-Trainer programs, CLASS Feedback Strategies trainings, and Instructional Support Strategies trainings. Whew! In addition to the trainings, we also held other informal events, including an opening reception and a demo featuring Teachstone’s newest product, an online subscription service called myTeachtstone.
I’m no tech-nerd. And if you’re anything like me, you probably cringe when you see couples sitting in restaurants blankly staring at their phones instead of talking to one another; or worse yet, toddlers eerily scrolling through an iPad with ease as if it were as natural as sucking on a bottle. Although I’m relatively young, I’ve never been into gadgets—to give you an idea, I was still using a flip phone less than a year ago. Technology was never a passion of mine until I began working at Teachstone and saw the ways it could impact education for the better.
Try googling “data-driven professional development.” That’s what I did this morning and it yielded over nine million results. But what’s all the buzz about? What kind of data is important to capture? And how can that data be used to drive professional development?
Online learning is all the rage. With the advent of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), we have more opportunities than ever before to explore new information, perspectives, and people. Valuable online learning experiences are available for teachers, students, and professionals in nearly every field. For example, in K-12 and higher education, the concept of “the flipped classroom” is becoming more and more popular.