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See You at NAEYC!

15 Nov 2013

In my last blog post, Moving On After the Shutdown, I proposed that everyone create a short- and long-term personal agenda focused on advocacy for high-quality early childhood education. Now is the time to take the first step on that journey by joining me and my Teachstone teammates at the 2013 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference next week. The list of sessions is already online and is so packed full of insightful presentations that it's difficult for me to narrow my recommendations. For some time slots, I'm actually trying to determine how to clone myself so that I can be in multiple places at once!

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Miss Matters of CLASS on Positive Climate and Cultural Sensitivity

14 Nov 2013

DEAR MISS MATTERS:

Topics: CLASS FAQs, Observation Training Read More

What We're Reading (and Watching): November

14 Nov 2013

Greetings from Phoenix! I’m here for some training, but the travel provided room for reading and relaxing. I do love to read, but it’s also nice to be able to kick back and watch some good tube. I’ve been digging into our new YouTube page. We already have our newest video—the Power of Interactions—up, as well as our recent Infant/Toddler webinar recording and some explanatory videos. I’m excited we have a new social channel, in addition to Facebook and Twitter, where we can post videos and get feedback from you. Speaking of feedback, let us know what you’d like to see on our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe!

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Show Us What You Know about the Pre-K CLASS Tool and Win!

12 Nov 2013

This contest has ended, but we’d still love to hear how you would improve this teacher’s Positive Climate interactions. Share your thoughts in the comments below, and check out this week’s contest for a chance to win 10% off Instructional Support Strategies training!

Topics: Teacher Tips, Coach Tips, Just for Fun Read More

Demystifying the Mysterious Master Coding Process

11 Nov 2013

Ever wondered about the master coding process at Teachstone? How does it work? Who is involved? How do master coders become master coders? If so, look no further than this blog post for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to information that will unveil the magic and mystery that is master coding.

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Products and Trainings Read More

Miss Matters of CLASS on Negative Climate

08 Nov 2013

DEAR MISS MATTERS:

I observed a classroom where there was no respect at all. Can I give this classroom a higher score in Negative Climate?

Topics: CLASS FAQs, Observation Training Read More

A (Mostly) Good Day for Pre-K at the Polls

07 Nov 2013

Expanding access to high-quality pre-K is officially a bipartisan issue! Elections held all over the country this week included measures to increase pre-K funding, and candidates on all sides addressed pre-K in their platforms. Despite major advances over the past decade, though, this election brought a mixed bag of victories and defeats.

Topics: Leadership and Policy, In the News Read More

It’s Getting Better All The Time: Pre-K CLASS Training Materials

06 Nov 2013

The Teachstone Team is constantly striving to develop new, innovative products and discovering ways to improve our current materials. We recently focused our efforts of improving the suite of Pre-K CLASS training materials, including Introduction and Observation Trainings and the Train-the-Trainer program.

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Coming Soon: The Infant CLASS Tool

01 Nov 2013

In April, Teachstone and Brookes Publishing will release the Infant CLASSTM tool! It’s been a little over a year since I provided a series of pilot trainings to learn about the validity of the measure and how best to train observers. We are now busy compiling that data and putting the final touches on resources to help you learn about the Infant CLASS tool, measure interactions using the Infant CLASS measure, and ultimately, improve these interactions. Expect to see observation trainings, Video Library clips, a Dimensions Guide, and other professional development opportunities related to the Infant CLASS tool.

Topics: Infant, Announcements, Products and Trainings Read More

Teachstone: Kids at Heart

31 Oct 2013

Happy Halloween!

Topics: Just for Fun Read More

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