InterAct 2017 is not too far away. If you didn't attend last year, you probably don't know what to expect, or have a good idea of who you might might meet. Read our list below to find out who you will you be. And which of these people are most like your favorite work colleagues?Topics: Events, Just for Fun Read More
InterAct: A CLASS Summit returns on April 24-25, 2017 to Austin, Texas. For those of who don’t know, InterAct is Teachstone’s annual CLASS-user summit. It’s a place where education leaders can gather to network and discuss the challenges, successes, and stories about using the CLASS tool across the world.Topics: Events Read More
I had to get CLASS certified for my job, but I’m not really doing anything with it. Is there anything else I can do with my certification?
What a great question. It’s one I’ve heard a few times in the field—an observer was asked to get certified to code once, and then she doesn’t get another opportunity to use her CLASS skills. The good news is that there are paying opportunities for reliable observers.Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More
Is this your program’s first year conducting CLASS observations? Do you have new teachers who have never been observed? Implementing any kind of change in an organization can be challenging, so it’s important to provide many opportunities to discuss the factors behind the change and allow your staff to engage in open-ended discussions.Topics: Implementation, Leadership and Policy Read More
One of my favorite parts of InterAct: A CLASS Summit was talking with people who represent so many different organizations that use the CLASS tool. One of those wonderful folks was Andrea Zabel of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development, Office of Child Care, Maryland EXCELS branch. Maryland EXCELS is using the CLASS tool in a way that allows programs to truly focus on improvement—not only on their scores.
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I’ll be the first to admit it: The word “blogging” seems so ... dated. When I graduated college my brothers joked me that I would get a job as a professional blogger—an idea that seemed downright ridiculous. And here I am—managing the Teachstone Blog! So what the heck does that mean? And what does this all have to do with you?
In short, my role is to find great authors who can talk about an array of topics. How boring would this blog be if I wrote each post? You’d probably hate it because I would write too much about my brothers teasing me. Or my cats.
So here’s my open-letter to you—why you are the best thing that can happen to our blog.Topics: Just for Fun Read More
Are you an Infant CLASS tool expert, novice, or student? Test your knowledge by taking this fun quiz on the dimensions that make up the youngest age level of CLASS.
Want to learn more about using CLASS in infant child care? Check out our introductory online course—Learn About Infant CLASS Dimensions.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to explain what my company does. I get so excited and I start off with something like this: “Oh, we create professional development programs for teachers that are based around this assessment tool called CLASS (the Classroom Assessment Scoring System), which is all about observing how teachers interact with the students in their classrooms. You know, like, are the teachers maintaining a positive climate? Are they really clear in how they want their students to behave?”
. . . and I’ve just gotten a glazed-over look from whomever I'm speaking with. My excitement for CLASS results in too much information being thrown at them way too fast.Topics: CLASS FAQs Read More