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Vicki Kintner-Duffy

vicki.kintner-duffy@teachstone.com
As the Senior Specialist for Coaching, Vicki supports coaches and specialists in the MyTeachingPartner (MTP) program. Whether it is helping coaches individualize feedback for their teachers or developing coaching curricula, Vicki uses her skills to research and implement innovative ways to address teachers’ professional development needs. When she isn’t at the office, Vicki enjoys hanging out with her daughter and hubby, exploring Memphis (blues, anyone?), and going to dance or yoga class.

Recent Posts

How to Support Young Children's Social-Emotional Skills

13 May 2016

I have another rant.

Last time I focused on how adults underestimate children’s cognitive skills. This time, I'd like to talk about how adults tend to overestimate children’s social-emotional skills.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K, Toddler Read More

Does Interaction with Devices Count as Hands-on Learning?

17 Mar 2016

I confess.

I let my daughter watch TV. This is my 2-year old glued to (part of) an episode of Mr. Rogers (or as she calls him, Ra-Ra).

Topics: Technology, Teacher Tips Read More

Ideas for Professors Introducing CLASS to Teachers in Training

19 Jan 2016

We’ve all been there—the spring semester is looming around the corner. Although you have the gist of the syllabus planned, the details still need to be worked out. Assignments need to be finalized and engaging classroom activities need to be developed.

Here are a few ideas that you might be able to adapt for your course.

Topics: Higher Education, Implementation Read More

My Little Rant About "Academics"

16 Nov 2015

I have a rant.

But before I rant, let me tell you a story.

A little after my daughter’s first birthday, she was playing with a small, elephant pull toy. She would try to push it, but it would get stuck on the attached string. After that happened a few times, she tried to bunch the string up and put it on top of the elephant. That didn’t work, so then she tried putting the bunch of string in the hole on the elephant. That failed too. Finally, she decided to put the string over her shoulder while she pushed. The string stayed and she was able to push the elephant, unencumbered.

Topics: Leadership and Policy Read More

What Does CLASS Have to Do With Disciplining Children?

08 Sep 2015

“...even though today's teachers are trained to be sensitive to "social-emotional development" and schools are committed to mainstreaming children with cognitive or developmental issues into regular classrooms, those advances in psychology often go out the window once a difficult kid starts acting out.” —  What if Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids was Wrong?

Topics: Research, Pre-K, CLASS FAQs Read More

Matching CLASS Interactions with Learning Objectives: Concept Development

13 Jul 2015

We all know that Concept Development captures how teachers promote children’s higher-order thinking skills. We can define the indicators and give examples of the behavioral markers. We can identify when teachers are using types of interactions. We can even help teachers take an engaging lesson plan and find some ways to incorporate effective Concept Development into the activity.

Topics: Coach Tips Read More

Is Your Professional Development Effective?

06 Jan 2014

As a first-year preschool teacher, I would wake up early one Saturday every month to attend a teaching workshop at a local college. Some of these workshops provided me with new activities and materials to use in my classroom. Others, however, left me wondering why I woke up so early and how I might incorporate the information into my classroom in meaningful ways. And I still found myself wanting help in the place I needed it most: my daily interactions with the children.

Topics: Professional Development, Research, Coach Tips, Products and Trainings Read More

Case Study: Using the CLASS System to Support Teachers in Higher Education

04 Dec 2013

We spend a lot of time at Teachstone thinking about teachers—pre-service teachers just starting to learn about classroom interactions and in-service teachers who have years of experience but are looking for ways to improve their practices. We ask ourselves questions like, “What do teachers need to implement effective interactions in their classrooms?” and “How can we support such behavioral change in teachers?”

Topics: Higher Education, Implementation, Research Read More

What Does QRIS Mean for Your State?

04 Oct 2013

Recently, a Science article assessing over 600 centers in multiple states highlighted that current ways of assigning quality ratings in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) may not differentiate quality levels or predict important child outcomes. In light of that study, it is important to think about how the findings relate to individual states and their systems of quality measurement.

Topics: Implementation, Research, Leadership and Policy, In the News Read More
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