As a Product Manager at Teachstone, it’s important for me to get out of the office and connect with educators in the field. That might mean attending a conference, visiting a center, or sitting in on a training. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend Teachstone’s regional training event in Atlanta, where I met dozens of participants, “fighting the good fight” to improve outcomes for young children. Throughout the week, Teachstone hosted several events including CLASS Observation Trainings, Train-the-Trainer programs, CLASS Feedback Strategies trainings, and Instructional Support Strategies trainings. Whew! In addition to the trainings, we also held other informal events, including an opening reception and a demo featuring Teachstone’s newest product, an online subscription service called myTeachtstone.
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 …
I have sat down to write a Happy New Year blog post from Teachstone on numerous occasions during the past three weeks, but it seems that every time I begin to write I am pulled away for another exciting conversation with a research partner, a higher education partner, a community partner, or a state partner. If the last three weeks are any indication of what 2015 will bring for the birth to five community, it is going to be one exciting and productive year. It will also be a wild ride! So I am going to take a deep breath as I relax on my fourth flight in 36 hours and share a bit of what I have been thinking about but unable to put down on paper (well actually on my laptop) for the past 20 days.
Do you ever receive emails from Teachstone, asking you to “fill out a quick survey?” Are you aware that Teachstone sends out a survey after each training? Do you ever wonder who looks at the surveys that Teachstone sends out?
At Teachstone, we are lucky enough to spend time reviewing videos of fabulous classrooms and teaching moments. Earlier this year, I began a blog series of short classroom videos we’ve plucked from our reviews to demonstrate just some of the reasons why children are wonderful.