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.
We have some exciting news! If you made it to the last Affiliate Trainer Webinar then you may already know that Teachstone has been accredited by The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and this has some good implications for your future Pre-K Observation Training participants.
¿Sabías que CLASS se utiliza en más de 30 países alrededor del mundo? Estudios a nivel mundial han demostrado que CLASS es una herramienta válida en diversos contextos culturales. Nos da gusto lanzar un blog internacional llamado Punto de Mira, el cual está dedicado a destacar el uso global de CLASS. Si vives fuera de los Estados Unidos y te interesa compartir la experiencia de tu implementación de CLASS en nuestro blog, por favor, contacte a Lorena Sernett, gerente de cuentas internacionales de Teachstone.
Did you know that CLASS is now being used in more than 30 countries across the globe? Research studies worldwide have already shown that CLASS has been validated in varying cultural contexts. We are excited to launch an internationally-focused blog on CLASS use around the world called Country Spotlight. If you live in a country outside the United States and would like to submit a blog about your CLASS implementation, please contact Lorena Sernett, Teachstone's international account manager.
Have you ever considered sharing your training tips or experiences with your fellow Affiliate Trainers? Well, now you can!
We are looking for enthusiastic CLASS Affiliate Trainers, MTP Coaches, and MMCI Instructors to author blog posts that will help trainers be more effective in improving teacher-child interactions worldwide.
In December, we welcomed four full-time trainers and one part-time trainer to our growing training team! While they come from a variety of backgrounds, each trainer comes with a wealth of CLASS knowledge. We are extremely excited to introduce our new trainers to the CLASS community! Read below to learn more about them.
You may have heard that we are launching a Facebook group for CLASS affiliate trainers, educators, observers, and more!
We have about 2000 Affiliate Trainers and that number is quickly rising. In fact, we trained over 400 Affiliates in 2015 alone! With all of that CLASS content and training knowledge, we wanted to create a space where you can openly interact, share CLASS knowledge and training tips, and discuss other relevant topics with fellow CLASS Affiliate Trainers from all over the world.