Do you ever stop to think whether you are making a difference? We live in a world with so many causes worth fighting for—access to medical treatment, cancer research, affordable housing, civil rights, clean drinking water ... the list goes on. But I can think of few causes that are as critical and worth fighting for than our investment in young children. Because giving children every opportunity to be great drives the future success of just about every worthy initiative out there.
Nelson Mandela told us: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At Teachstone, we’re committed to arming every child with this weapon—because early education isn’t just an “education issue”—it’s a social, political, and economic issue, too. And we believe that CLASS is one way to do it, because arming children with the power of education starts with strong teachers, and CLASS gives us a way to objectively assess and improve teaching. CLASS is about more than meeting compliance standards or checking a box. CLASS was developed with one goal in mind: to achieve better outcomes for kids—and by doing so we achieve better outcomes for everyone.
At Teachstone, we’re delivering on the promise of CLASS the best way we know how: by continuing to understand early childhood education challenges and develop products that give teachers and children a fighting chance at greatness. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to attend and present at the 2015 QRIS National Meeting; this year’s theme is “Higher Ground—Taking Quality to Scale.” We hope to see you there!
In the wake of the widespread civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd, the national conversation about the inequities in the educational opportunities provided white students and students of color has been amplified. Due to racial and socioeconomic segregation, Black students, and other students of color, are more likely to attend poorly funded schools. EdBuild, a non-profit focused on fair and equitable school funding, reports that high poverty school districts that predominantly enroll children of color receive on average, $1,600 less per student than the national average. By their calculations, there is a $23,000,000,000 gap between funding for schools that primarily serve high poverty Black students and those that predominantly serve white students. Schools that predominantly serve high poverty white students, only receive $1440 less per student (EdBuild, 2019).
I recognize and admit to having a chip on my shoulder about the field of early childhood education - and, at times, disbelief that others may not see that period of time as the power-packed years in our developmental timeline which can lay the groundwork and set the course for much of the rest of our lives.
Since the coronavirus has disrupted many of our in-person plans, you might be trying to figure out how you can transition in-person coaching to online coaching. Online coaching can open a number of doors for coaches and teachers that might not be an option in face-to-face work.