Think about the biggest challenge you’re facing in your role today.
Perhaps it’s handling teacher turnover, managing your time while coaching over large geographic regions, or dealing with the disappointment of not seeing the results you thought you might see when you implemented that new professional development program.
Now, think about what it is you do best in your job.
Maybe you are a master planner—putting together implementation pathways and schedules for your program’s new family engagement initiative. Or maybe you’re just really skilled in explaining the nuances of the CLASS tool—and people ask for your advice all the time as they are developing their reliability skills or new classroom strategies.
Whatever it is you struggle with—or bring to the table—there is an online community that wants to hear from you. Recently, we developed The CLASS Learning Community. The idea was simple: provide a space for all CLASS users (beginners to experts) to come together to connect and share questions, stories, ideas, or support. And the response so far has been overwhelming. People are requesting to join and inviting their friends every single day.
I’m sharing this with you, our blog readers, for three reasons:
Just the other day, I spoke to a PD manager who oversees professional development for an entire state’s department of early childhood education. She told me that beyond any trainings or tools—a teacher’s best asset is the support of other teachers and educators. I hope Teachstone can help provide that asset—and I hope you’ll get on board!
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.
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