It’s now been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school facilities and forced educators across the globe to shift how they engage learners. At Teachstone, we too made shifts to ensure we met the moment, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to improving the interactions that matter most to children’s development and success.
Continuing to Innovate in Order to Support Teachers at Scale
The last year has accelerated the use of technology in education. A shift to new learning formats that may have taken years to fully adopt was suddenly a necessity. Coaches shifted how they engage with teachers by using digital platforms. However, sometimes programs struggled with leveraging technology to properly connect teachers with a certified coach.
To help coaches and teachers connect more seamlessly, we are excited to announce a strategic partnership with Torsh Inc., the company behind TORSH Talent. For the past 8 years, TORSH Talent has been a leading online professional learning platform that, among other things, enables schools and organizations to support educator growth throughout the entire development cycle of assessment, observation, feedback, goal-setting, and coaching. While Teachstone has been offering distance coaching for years, this new partnership with Torsh introduces a new and exciting offering to the field by bringing together a unique and innovative technology platform developed by Torsh with our expertise in CLASS-based coaching. And, as a result, it will reimagine the ways in which you receive coaching and support to drive improvement, quality, and student outcomes in your programs.
Our partnership with Torsh allows for our coaches, expertise and research-based coaching to be accessible to all through an on-demand virtual platform. At our InterAct CLASS Summit next week we will unveil this powerful new product that is poised to transform coaching practices across the country.
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When I was a teacher, I can remember taking care to intentionally plan differentiated, or individualized, instruction. And, when I was teaching pre-K I added the same level of intentionality to which materials were available in interest areas, and how I approached transitions throughout the day.
While any level of intentionally, specifically in relation to planning, is important -- I missed a critical opportunity in being more intentional in my interactions with the children in my class.
As an educator, you’re busy. Your time is being split by competing priorities, from managing students’ needs, meeting your program’s goals, and communicating with parents. While you’re juggling your work, it can be difficult to keep learning about important ways to improve your daily teaching practice. Teachstone is here to help!
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.”
Teachstone, pioneering developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced it partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company to release toolkits to support the literacy skills of all children, including dual-language learners, in the classroom and at home. The CLASS® Literacy Support Kit and the Literacy At-Home Kit, designed for children in prekindergarten and kindergarten, are now available for purchase and shipping.