As I sit on my flight from the BUILD Initiative's QRIS National Meeting in New Orleans, I cannot help but reflect on the presentations focused on improving the quality of early childhood education in our nation. One of the key factors that emerged in many of the discussions was the need to support the professionalization of the workforce through better compensation and professional development supports.
We at Teachstone will continue to work with our colleagues at The Ounce, McCormick Center, BUILD, and so many others to advocate for worthy wages for those individuals whom we trust with the care of our nation’s greatest resources—our children. It is absolutely unjust, unfair, and disgraceful that our educators and caretakers make less than dog groomers, parking lot attendants and fast food workers.
Today, I wanted to focus on the professional development support side of the professionalization of the workforce. As you know, since the inception of Teachstone in 2008, we have been dedicated to providing high-quality professional development to teachers, teaching assistants, and everyone else who wears a teaching or support hat. Our content innovation team spends countless hours listening to the field, researching best practices, working with instructional designers, and developing engaging content tied to the CLASS tool. We feel like the professional development we deliver is “Best in CLASS”.
However, we know that sometimes our word is not enough for licensing organizations, registries, or CDA review committees. Therefore, we engaged in a yearlong process with IACET to become an Accredited Provider of CEUs.
What is IACET?
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Teachstone is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for programs that qualify under the IACET standard.
We chose to work with IACET because it is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice (NAEYC has named IACET as the accreditation agency of choice, and it is becoming the standard across the early childhood field).
What is a CEU?
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One CEU is equal to ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.
These questions and others are answered in our FAQs.
As a result of this effort, on July 18 we will begin offering CEUs for Pre-K Observation Training (1.4 CEUs) and MMCI-Teacher Training (2.0 CEUs).
Participants do not need to take any additional steps or pay any additional money to receive the certificates. The CEUs are simply noted on your downloadable completion certificate. We know this is important as time and money are valuable resources that are already over-stretched. We’re adding additional courses for CEUs in the coming months. Keep an eye on our blog for updates.
I am so proud to be part of an organization that continues to put the teacher at the center of our efforts. We are committed to improving the teaching profession—both in improving teaching through high-quality professional development, but also in demonstrating that this is a valued and valuable profession. CEUs are one way of doing this.
You likely know children in your schools and local neighborhoods who are dual-language learners—eager to explore and whose parents want the best opportunities for them in school and in life. But did you know dual-language learners in the U.S. make up 32% of children under the age of five?
As the Community Manager with Teachstone, I have been able to talk to many observers, trainers, coaches, and general CLASS lovers. I have found a common thread among these groups: a desire to connect with other CLASS users and put their CLASS knowledge to use.
We often hear from CLASS Observers that are interested in observing more classrooms. Meanwhile, many organizations—particularly smaller organizations or those doing research studies—don’t have Certified CLASS Observers and are in search of observers in their area.
There's a new and exciting way to contact Teachstone's Customer Support team - by text! You can text us at (866) 998-8352 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. The service is also available for Spanish users from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Use texting for all of your Customer Support needs (it's faster and easier).
Here are three ways our new texting service benefits you!
We're excited to share a sneak peek of just a few things you'll see at the 2019 InterAct CLASS Summit coming to Nashville April 15-16. In addition to everything you've come to expect (engaging sessions, interactive learning opportunities, delicious food, opportunities to network with other educators and thought leaders, and more), this year we're hosting a special free, pre-summit event! We're screening the film No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education.