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Why Have CLASS Pre-K CLASS Observation Training in One Language When You Can Have it in Two?

15 Dec 2016


Have you heard the news? Teachstone has just launched our newest training—Pre-K CLASS Observation Training in Spanish! We kicked off this training just this month in sunny Miami, Florida. That's right, two whole days of learning how to become a CLASS certified observer, all delivered in Spanish.   

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How to Keep Your Data Accurate with CLASS Calibration

27 Oct 2016


So, you’re a Certified CLASS Observer. Now, what?

You recertify once a year to make sure you are staying true to the tool—that’s essential. But what happens between annual recertifications, during the course of each year? The data you collect is a crucial component of a comprehensive professional development plan and research. So, how can you really be sure you are conducting fair and accurate observations at all times? We have the answer for that: CLASS Calibration!

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Teachstone and Sesame Workshop Are Getting to the Heart of Great Teaching Together

06 Sep 2016


As a former teacher and teacher educator, I deeply understand the tremendous impact that a high-quality teacher can have on the lives of children and their families. But I also understand how difficult the job of teaching can be every hour of every day of every week of every year. So many teachers enter and stay in the classroom without the ongoing professional development they need to stay current with research and strategies that can help them perform their craft to its fullest potential. Even those who are provided professional development by their school district or program often experience stale, “one and done” workshops that are not integrated into a larger learning curriculum and that are, at best, dry and uninspiring.

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Teachstone is Now an Accredited Provider of CEUs

18 Jul 2016

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.

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Why Early Childhood Research and Policy Matters (and My Next Steps)

29 Jun 2015
Hey there! I'm Jennifer, the new Director of Applied Research and Public Policy at Teachstone. I am so excited to join this group of innovative, action-oriented thinkers. While I'm new to Teachstone, I am not new to early childhood education. I first came to this field as a toddler teacher in Florida and have great memories of catching frogs with children on the playground and having wonderful conversations during rain storms. My time as a teacher was invaluable in preparing me for each of my other experiences in this field. 
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Jennifer Park Joins Teachstone as Director of Applied Research and Public Policy

12 May 2015

Charlottesville, VA – Teachstone®, a leader in the field of quality early childhood education, announced that Dr. Jennifer Park has joined the company as the Director of Applied Research and Public Policy. In this role, Park will lead collaborations in research and evaluation, and will design and drive all public policy initiatives.

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Announcing the 2015 NHSA-Teachstone Scholarship Winners!

13 Apr 2015

Last week at the National Head Start (NHSA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, we were honored to recognize the winners of the 2015 NHSA-Teachstone Scholarship Awards. These NHSA members embody the spirit of our work at Teachstone, where we recognize the parallel process centered on supporting teachers in their most critical role in the classroom: educating and nurturing the youngest members of the next generation.

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The Value in Not Knowing

31 Mar 2015

Editor's note: This post was originally published in August 2014, but has since been revamped for accuracy.

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Bean Counting: Four Pillars, Ten Ambassadors, and One Strong ROI

12 Mar 2015

By training, I’m an accountant. Or as some on my staff say, “a bean counter.” I like to know what things are going to cost, I need to know that we can pay for them, and of course, I want to know that we are getting a strong return on our investment (a.k.a. ROI).

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Become Our Partner! Announcing Our New Partnership Program for Coaches and Centers

19 Feb 2015

As a former teacher, coach and Center Director, I remember hearing about new types of professional development and other materials across the early childhood field. I wanted to try everything! But budgets and time are limited, and I always felt like I was missing out on the good stuff.

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