Three weeks into 2015 and I’ve made some headway on my personal new year’s resolutions. I’ve been planning out my meals and grocery shopping on Sunday to make weeknights a little bit easier and a lot healthier. I’ve tried to be less critical of my husband’s household contributions (really I have!). And I’ve managed to make it to the gym even when traveling. With my personal confidence bolstered, I’m ready to share my Teachstone resolutions with the world, hoping that you’ll keep me accountable and maybe even share some of your own resolutions. So here goes …
Until all children in America have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences, and until all early childhood providers and teachers receive the training and financial support they require to ensure their commitment and competence, as many advocates as possible are needed to speak out on behalf of children. – Adele Robinson and Deborah Stark, Advocates in Action (NAEYC 2005)
When DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, announced the Preschool Development Grants competition as part of the Preschool for All in early February 2014, she asked for help. Her request? That all of us in the early childhood community find our roles in the grant process and assist applicants to ensure the best possible quality programs are developed and expanded for preschoolers. She called on those able to step up if able to provide “wraparound help”—and Teachstone is heeding that call.
As we introduced here, here, and here, we’re super excited about our two new face-to-face trainings: Feedback Strategies and Instructional Support Strategies. Since we released these trainings, many of our clients have asked, What is the optimal sequence for training implementation?
With the recent launch of our new website, we’ve also launched a new CLASS research summary. This summary reviews the research on teacher-child interactions in classrooms serving children aged zero to eight. It also discusses effective professional development to improve interactions, as well as new directions for research into teacher-child interactions.
MTP coaches and teachers: Have you ever been frustrated by SD cards getting damaged in the mail? Or spent long days waiting for SD cards to arrive so you can start your next coaching cycle? Well, no need to deal with these challenges any longer. Because—drum roll, please!—the Teachstone Mobile App is almost here. It will revolutionize the way you digitally transfer classroom footage from teacher to coach.