Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, has unveiled a new, easy-to-use, on-demand platform that will allow experts to provide research-based video coaching to educators seeking to improve their practice—no matter the setting.
The platform, called myCoach Connect, was developed as part of a strategic partnership with Torsh Inc., the company behind TORSH Talent, a leading professional learning platform serving the professional development and coaching needs of educators nationwide.
"Now, more than ever, as we continue to navigate the global pandemic and its effects on teaching and learning, it is critical to equip educators with the guidance and resources they need to foster the high-quality, engaging, positive learning environments we know result in students' academic and life success," said Teachstone Co-Founder and CEO Bridget Hamre. "It's also critical to do so in a way that is both affordable and accessible. We are thrilled to partner with Torsh Inc. on this exciting new product launch."
Torsh CEO Courtney Williams added, "Although technology is a critical component of myCoach Connect, what really sets this product apart is the experienced and highly trained coaches deployed by Teachstone to support programs and teachers across the country. We are honored to embark on this journey with a mission-driven organization like Teachstone."
myCoach Connect enables early childhood education programs to:
"As a longtime partner of Torsh, I have relied upon their platform to help expand my capacity and streamline my approach to training and supporting our early childhood staff," said Melinda Cabral, education manager at Triumph, Inc. in Taunton, Mass. "As a Head Start Ed Manager, I understand the need for educators to have access to expert coaching and am excited about the opportunity that myCoach Connect brings to the coaching world."
myCoach Connect debuted at Teachstone's annual InterAct CLASS Summit. The annual summit, taking place virtually March 23-25, brings together hundreds of leaders across the educational landscape to focus on the interactions that matter most for children's development and learning.
myCoach Connect is now available for purchase through the Teachstone and Torsh websites.
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. CLASS, adopted as part of the federal Head Start monitoring protocol in 2010, is used to assess the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions. Teachstone's CLASS tool is making a difference in classrooms in 50 countries worldwide. For information visit www.teachstone.com.
Founded in 2012, Torsh launched TORSH Talent which began as a video observation platform that has since evolved into a full-service professional learning platform serving educators' professional development and coaching needs nationwide. The platform facilitates classroom observation, virtual coaching, data capture, and management of coaching and learning artifacts. TORSH Talent also seamlessly integrates with third-party platforms like zoom, Canvas, and Salesforce. TORSH Talent is HIPAA- and FERPA-compliant and serves tens of thousands of educators in over 2,000 schools, universities and organizations in the United States. For more information, visit https://torsh.co.
It’s now been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school facilities and forced educators across the globe to shift how they engage learners. At Teachstone, we too made shifts to ensure we met the moment, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to improving the interactions that matter most to children’s development and success.
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.
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.