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How to Keep Your Data Accurate with CLASS Calibration

27 Oct 2016

 

So, you’re a Certified CLASS Observer. Now, what?

You recertify once a year to make sure you are staying true to the tool—that’s essential. But what happens between annual recertifications, during the course of each year? The data you collect is a crucial component of a comprehensive professional development plan and research. So, how can you really be sure you are conducting fair and accurate observations at all times? We have the answer for that: CLASS Calibration!

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Announcements, Products and Trainings, Observation Training Read More

What’s the Minimum Number of Children Needed for a CLASS Observation?

25 Oct 2016

You’re a CLASS observer. You arrive to a classroom to conduct an observation but you quickly realize that there are multiple absent children. You wonder: What’s the minimum number of children that need to be present in order for this data to be valid?

Topics: Observation Training Read More

How Do You Code Teacher Sensitivity if You Don’t See Any Problems?

20 Oct 2016

We recently received an email from an observer who had just completed his K-3 recertification and had some difficulty with Teacher Sensitivity. He stated that he was uncertain how to code the indicator of Addresses Proble­­ms if the students do not appear to have difficulties. He wondered if he needed to be more attentive to minor signs of awareness and responsiveness. If you've ever wondered that yourself or have had a trainee ask you that question, read on to see our response. 

Topics: K-3, Pre-K, Observation Training Read More

Prepare Children (and Their Parents) For Kindergarten

17 Oct 2016

 

 

Early educators are prepared for transitions in a child’s life. Whether it’s introducing them to solid foods, teaching them how to paint within the lines, or even toilet training, it’s important to help children ease into new responsibilities by instilling confidence in them. One of the more significant transitions is from a child care setting to kindergarten. As children get closer to five years of age, it’s vital to prepare them for a smooth transition into kindergarten, but depending on where they are coming from a family child care, their own homes, or a center-based settingtheir transition might be more noticeable and/or challenging.

What is most important to consider when applying transitional tips to your daily work as early educators is the relationship you have with the children and their families. That way, you and the parents can work together to make children feel at as their environment changes and as they no longer see familiar faces.

Topics: Teacher Tips, K-3, Pre-K Read More

What the Head Start Performance Standards Mean for Coaching & Professional Development

13 Oct 2016

As a former teacher, teacher leader, and teacher educator, I understand at my core the tremendous impact that a high-quality teacher can have on the lives of children and their families. But, I also know the deep feelings of frustration we often feel as teachers and leaders when we just cannot figure out to connect with, how to motivate, how to engage with those children within our classrooms that we are desperately trying to reach but just fail to figure out.  

Topics: Professional Development, Head Start, Events Read More

What Emotional Support Interactions Happen during Mealtime?

12 Oct 2016

We often hear people asking about conducting CLASS observations during mealtimes. What kinds of interactions can be observed while children are just eating? Turns out—there are many examples of high-quality interactions during breakfast or lunch. Let's focus first on the Emotional Support CLASS domain. 

Topics: Teacher Tips, Observation Training Read More

Why You Should Present at InterAct2017

10 Oct 2016

 

InterAct: A CLASS Summit returns on April 24-25, 2017 to Austin, Texas. For those of who don’t know, InterAct is Teachstone’s annual CLASS-user summit. It’s a place where education leaders can gather to network and discuss the challenges, successes, and stories about using the CLASS tool across the world.

Topics: Events Read More

What Teachers Have Inspired You?

05 Oct 2016

It's no surprise that we at Teachstone have been impacted and inspired by many teachers. So, today we wanted to share a little more about who these educators are and how they've made a difference in our lives.

 

Topics: Just for Fun Read More

Bringing Science to CLASS: How Science-based Learning Can Support Classroom Quality

03 Oct 2016

If you’ve ever been to a CLASS training, you’ve probably seen a graph showing a sort of “state of the union” for CLASS scores, the range of scores in each domain that we typically see in pre-K to third grade classrooms across the country. The peak of the curve for Emotional Support sits proudly right between mid and high quality. Classroom Organization is not too far behind it, on the high side of mid. But the Instructional Support curve looks like a sad little turtle in the race to high quality, smack dab in the low range. You can see this in the graph below which shows the average CLASS scores in Head Start pre-K classrooms.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Top 6 Challenges in Implementing CLASS PD– Establishing Teacher Buy-In

29 Sep 2016


 
At our recent 2016 InterAct CLASS Summit, we asked a group of educators to share their biggest difficulties in implementing professional development within their organizations. Despite the group’s diverse backgrounds, they reported similar challenges:

  • Buy-in
  • Uneven teacher skill sets
  • Planning and logistics
  • Time
  • Sustainability
  • Costs

We're excited to introduce the next post in our four-post series discussing strategies to help with these common challenges. 

Topics: Professional Development, Implementation, Leadership and Policy Read More

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