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How to Form a Relationship with Your Coach

07 Jul 2017

Coaching is becoming common across many organizations. If coaching works for top athletes, Fortune 500 companies, and other professions, why shouldn’t educators capitalize on the benefits of coaching as well? 

Topics: Teacher Tips Read More

Three Reasons Good Observers Go Bad

29 Jun 2017

CLASS observer drift is a simple concept. It is a term we use to describe what happens when an observer becomes less reliable. The more an observer drifts, the less likely the CLASS data he or she collects will be valid. 

Topics: Reliability & Certification Read More

Quiz: Which Pre-K Dimension Describes Your Life?

27 Jun 2017

If you're like me, you've started to notice that CLASS domains and dimensions are applicable to life even outside the classroom. You start wondering why your siblings aren't giving more regard to your perspective, and you start asking your significant other more open-ended questions.

Topics: Just for Fun, CLASS FAQs Read More

InterAct 2017 Infographic

23 Jun 2017

InterAct 2017 was a huge success! Huge thanks to everyone who attended, presented, and to the Teachstone staff who helped out behind the scenes (especially Meghan Cornwell for orchestrating the event). You can check out a few recordings of the 2017 sessions and keynotes on our website.

Topics: Just for Fun Read More

How CLASS and Social-Emotional Learning Can Work Together

20 Jun 2017

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is having its moment in education. SEL and CLASS program developers and practitioners would be well-served to better understand how SEL and CLASS initiatives are intricately intertwined, and how they can help drive positive outcomes in each area.

Topics: Implementation, Leadership and Policy Read More

We Created an Internal CLASS Video Library. Here's What We Learned.

15 Jun 2017

In preparing summer professional development for teachers, my district knew we wanted CLASS to play a larger role in our trainings. But how were we going to do that?

Once we began writing our training on centers we decided to videotape some of our model teachers to highlight interactions in each specific center—in essence, we wanted to create our own internal version of the CLASS Video Library. 

Topics: Technology, Teacher Tips, Coach Tips Read More

Observing Outdoors: When Is It Appropriate?

08 Jun 2017

It’s hard to deny that the CLASS Observation Training is effective in its primary goal: developing reliable CLASS Observers. Our impressive pass rates are proof of this. However, there is a lot more to conducting CLASS observations than just “being reliable” (AKA choosing valid scores). Field assessors must also learn the observation protocol that is outlined in Chapter 2 of the CLASS Manual. The manual provides guidance on field protocol; however, it is often up to organizations to develop their own standards for data collection.

Topics: Pre-K, Tips and Tools Read More

Lessons from Teachstone's Free Resources

06 Jun 2017

If you’re reading this blog post, then there’s now a 100% chance that you’ve engaged with Teachstone’s free resources. After all—our blog is just one type of our free resources. You might have also attended a webinar, downloaded an e-book, or even scanned through our research papers. 

Topics: Tips and Tools Read More

What You Need to Know about the Federal Budget

02 Jun 2017

May was a busy—and very confusing—month for federal budgets. First, on May 7th Congress finally passed, and the President signed, a federal budget for Fiscal Year 2017--the budget year that we are more than half way through! In addition, on May 23, the President came out with his Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which would start October 1. We wanted to take a minute to break these budget events down and discuss what it might mean for schools and programs using the CLASS, such as Head Start, and what it might mean for child well-being more generally.

Topics: Leadership and Policy Read More

MMCI? MTP? CmyTs? What are these letters and how can they help my organization?

01 Jun 2017

If you've ever been through a CLASS Observation training, you are probably familiar with the graphic below. Research tells us that improving teacher-child interactions is a process that includes many pieces. 

The first step is to identify a teacher’s strengths and opportunities for growth, which can be done through a CLASS observation. Once you have this data, you can share it with teachers through a formal report, a face-to-face conference, or a feedback session. You’re off to a great start, but now what?

Topics: Coach Tips, myTeachstone, MMCI Training Read More

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