Are you looking to hone your myTeachstone skills? Are you new to myTeachstone and wish to learn more about how to use the system? Has it been a while since you had your introductory walk-through call and need a refresher on using the system?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have a solution! Starting in March 2017, we will be holding regular calls to help you understand, or re-learn, how to use myTeachstone. These webinars will give you the foundational skills you need to become a myTeachstone pro.
The first three calls of each month will be role-specific. Starting in April, we will also offer special topic webinars with deeper dives into specific features like Teacher Groups, Teacher Surveys, or Reporting.
As there are quite a few resources, we created this guide to make these new CLASS professional development resources as accessible as possible! Below, you'll find detailed information about each type of resource and how to use it to maximize your teacher support!
I am excited to announce a new myTeachstone content series to help teachers support dual language learners (DLLs). We created this content because users have been telling us for years that they would like to learn more about DLL teaching strategies aligned with CLASS professional development. We also wanted to show how these teaching strategies are aligned to effective CLASS interactions.
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.
I am excited to announce some new resources to help Observers prepare for recertification. Observers have told us that it would be helpful to have more videos to practice coding before beginning recertification (especially if they have not been consistently coding in recent weeks!). In response to this, we have made two updates to recertification preparation that create more opportunities for practice.
To talk about CLASS, you have to start with kids. Beginning anywhere else just doesn’t capture what’s at the heart of CLASS: interactions that help children grow and improve their outcomes.
That’s why Teachstone’s newest teacher PD series in myTeachstone is organized around teacher’s real experiences with children. Created with the learning experts at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit that brought you Sesame Street, the courses open by asking teachers to think about a specific interaction with a child:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: AN INVESTMENT IN OUR TEACHERS
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.
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.