We are ecstatic to announce that Teachstone is now a Certified B Corporation! This certification legally requires us to consider the impact of our decisions on our clients, employees, the communities we work in, and the environment. With this new business model informing our work, we are excited to continue to support ECE programs and leaders to ensure every child experiences life changing teaching and teachers are equipped with the tools to best deliver on that goal.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced it has been certified as a B Corporation, a unique and significant designation awarded to businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
"Founded by researchers and educators, Teachstone has always had a mission-first focus on unlocking the potential of great teachers and creating a culture of sustained excellence for all, especially for students who come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are proud to announce a new business model that underscores that mission," said Teachstone CEO Bridget Hamre. "B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. We're excited to be part of that story."
Teachstone® was founded in 2008 to deliver the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® nationwide and around the globe. Developed through years of research, the CLASS® observation tool measures interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to drive learning and lifelong achievement. More than 200 research studies support the tool's effectiveness in improving both academic and social-emotional outcomes.
Building on its strong foundation, Teachstone is responding to the needs of today's teachers and learners. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation's reckoning with systemic racism, Teachstone partnered with states and localities across the nation to:
Teachstone joins 3,500 businesses in 150 industries and 74 countries around the world recognized as Certified B Corporations™, also referred to as B Corps™. B Corps are required to consider the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders: customers, workers, communities, and the environment.
To become a B Corp, companies must apply through a rigorous certification process using credible, comprehensive, transparent, and independent standards of economic, social, and environmental performance. Since 2006, more than 60,000 companies globally have participated in this process, The process is managed by nonprofit organization B Lab.
To maintain their B Corp status, Teachstone must document the social impact outcomes and undergo verification every three years.
On Wednesday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will be suspending CLASS reviews for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We sincerely hope this news relieves some of the stress our Head Start partners have felt as they grapple with new challenges related to pandemic conditions.
It is also our hope that programs will use this time to provide specific CLASS support to staff in order to strengthen interactions, regardless of the delivery model in which they are serving children.
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