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!
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, today unveiled "Banking Time: Investing in Relationships," a new suite of tools to improve the quality of interactions between teachers and specific children birth through third grade, and in turn, to build strong, positive, equitable teacher-child relationships.
Nearly two years ago I joined Teachstone with a deep desire and commitment to support leaders and teachers with real-time, practical, and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the current needs of children, families, and educators. For the 20 years prior, I led organizations working at the national, state, and local levels focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in marginalized communities. As a practitioner at heart, my passion has been translating research to practice to drive impact and positive outcomes for children. This passion brought me to Teachstone.
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.
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.