Each October, Teachstone celebrates Head Start Awareness Month. This is a time to acknowledge and applaud the work done to ensure that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.
We’re kicking off the month by launching several resources that will help you a webinar series for Head Start educators and leaders. We hope you’ll join us for each of these events happening this fall:
Throughout the month, we’ll also be sharing stories and celebrating the passion of Head Start educators. Do you want to share your story or nominate an outstanding teacher? Let us know by filling out this form. And, use the #myHeadStart hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to share your Head Start story and learn more about the heroes supporting our youngest learners.
And, in recognition and in celebration of all you do, we're offering a free, one-month subscription to the CLASS® Video Library. Within this library you'll find videos featuring real classrooms, real teachers, and real children and can see meaningful interactions in action. Get your free subscription.
Don’t miss out on our month-long celebration, and the special savings offered just for Head Start!
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On Thursday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced it would not resume monitoring in January 2022 as it had previously stated. Dr. Bernadine Futrell, PhD, director of the Office of Head Start explained during a broadcast that, ”CLASS reviews will not be conducted during the fiscal year 2022 monitoring season...We are following the highest safety precautions possible as we enter in different programs to do the monitoring.”
There’s no sugar coating it - the 2020-21 school year was tough. Teachers, schools, and child care workers shouldered a massive burden, taking work that was already challenging and turning the difficulty up to 11. Well, maybe 12 or 13. Or 15. Who’s counting?
So, as you, educators, prepare for the upcoming school year, Teachstone wanted to recognize all the creativity, flexibility, and impact that teachers have demonstrated. We brought together Teachstone’s Kristin Valdes, Senior Instructional Designer, and Colleen Schmit, CDA Facilitator, in a recent webinar to celebrate the great and important work of teachers and to explore how the smallest moments make big impacts.
Here’s what our hosts shared with and heard from participants.
Knowing that approximately 25% of children under 5 come from homes where Spanish is the predominant language spoken, we were pleased that Lisa White, a researcher at American Institutes for Research, was willing to speak with us about her study that compared the CLASS with the CASEBA, a tool designed to assess quality in classrooms serving dual language learners. To learn more, read on!
In honor of Black History Month and as part of our ongoing Teacher Spotlight series, we recently asked the CLASS Community to nominate outstanding Black educators who are making a difference in their schools. With over 200 nominations, it was certainly difficult to pick just one winner, but Talise Owens-Hundley stood out. Talise has been teaching for 15 years and is currently a lead teacher at Next Door in Milwaukee, WI. The program focuses on getting children ready for school with academic and social-emotional learning as well as a range of health services– at no cost to their families.