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Jessica Swope

Teachstone‘s magic happens in the classroom, but it’s on the web that customers learn what makes us—and the CLASS system—truly magical. Jessica‘s job is to help Teachstone connect with our online audience, whether they’re reading our blog, visiting our website, shopping our online store, or staying up to date with our monthly newsletter. She spends her workdays tinkering with words, images, and the occasional HTML tag and her after hours attempting yoga poses, hanging with friends, and voraciously reading e-book samples.

Growing up surrounded by farms, and not much else, in rural Pennsylvania instilled in Jessica an appreciation for simplicity—aesthetic and otherwise. It also made her eager for culture and stimulation, which she finds just the right amount of in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jessica holds an MA in English from the University of Virginia and a BS in Philosophy from Mary Baldwin College.

Favorite Teacher: Mrs. King, 4th grade

Recent Posts

5 CLASS Reliability Test Hacks

14 Jan 2016

Let’s skip past all the reasons reliability on the CLASS measure is super important. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been to a CLASS training and already know that improving teaching starts with gathering fair and valid observation data—hence the dreaded CLASS reliability test, to prove your coding skills are on point.  

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More

Strength in Numbers: Group Learning in Professional Development

02 Jul 2015

The Good

What’s so great about being a preschool teacher? A lot, actually. Working with kids can be an enormously rich, rewarding experience, one that’s regularly sprinkled with “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!” moments.

  • Like the moment a child hands you a picture they’ve drawn for you of you.

  • Like the moment a child’s face lights up when you start singing their favorite song.

  • Like that moment when you’ve engaged all the kids in an activity that brings glee (sheer glee!) into the classroom.

Topics: Professional Development, Pre-K Read More

Infographic: Problems & Solutions to Online Professional Development

11 Jun 2015

Leveraging technology to support professional development for teachers is a growing trend in education—one that's really just getting started. If you've been keeping up with our blog posts, e-books, and research papers, you've heard us talk a lot recently about how technology is empowering teacher growth by:

Topics: Technology, Professional Development, Implementation Read More

Happy Holidays from Teachstone!

24 Dec 2014

Wishing you wonderful holiday season and a happy 2015 from all of us here at Teachstone!

Topics: Just for Fun Read More

Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight (And Here’s Why)

09 Dec 2014

Exploring the Readiness Continuum

We all have bad habits. We all want to change something about ourselves—a nicotine addiction, a lack of physical exercise, a relentless sweet tooth (like mine!), an ineffective way or relating to our children or significant others in times of stress, and on and on.

Topics: Implementation, Coach Tips Read More

5 Great Apps for Preschool Teachers

09 Oct 2014

You and I both know: preschool teachers have their hands full. Literally!

Topics: Technology, Teacher Tips, Pre-K, Just for Fun Read More

Bob Pianta's Letter to the Editor

05 Feb 2014

Bob Pianta, Teachstone co-founder and dean of UVA's Curry School of Education, was featured yesterday in the New York Times Opinion Pages. Below is his response to Nicolas Kristof's “Pre-K, the Great Debate":

Topics: Announcements, Pre-K, Leadership and Policy, In the News Read More

Brad Groff Announced as Teachstone's CEO

14 Jan 2014

Brad Groff has been acting as our Interim CEO for a little over a year now. We're thrilled to announce that as of January 1, 2014, Brad officially became the Chief Executive Officer of Teachstone.

Topics: Announcements Read More

Storybooks: Sharing Culture and Increasing Vocabulary

10 Jan 2014

Over this last year, I have had the honor to work with some pretty amazing early educators teaching in Head Start programs that serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children around the country. Recently I had a conversation with a seasoned teacher about how she combines culture and language development in her classroom. We discussed at length the importance of building solid vocabulary in young learners as well as using stories that accurately represent the Native American cultures of the children we are reading to.

Topics: Teacher Tips Read More

Holiday Party 2013: Jingles, Mingles, and Merrymaking

19 Dec 2013

As you've heard us say before, Teachstone has a lot to be thankful for this year. Here's another one to add to the gratitude list: a fantastic 2013 holiday party!

Topics: Just for Fun Read More
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