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Teachstone Blog

A Glimpse Into Video Diversity at Teachstone

15 Feb 2017

As the Content Asset Manager at Teachstone, I spent most of my time managing our classroom videos. So when I talk to CLASS users in the field, I am frequently asked about the amount of racial, ethnic, and regional diversity in our video collections. When I respond, I usually begin by explaining that creating products that reflect the diversity of classrooms and communities across the country is a core value for Teachstone. 

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The 5 Questions that Feedback Strategies Training Will Help You Answer

13 Feb 2017

 

 

Being an instructional coach or mentor is difficult. Sometimes it may feel like you don't have any support—especially when it comes to providing effective feedback to the teachers you work with. Have you, as a coach, ever asked yourself any of the following questions?

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Is the Instructional Support Domain boring?

09 Feb 2017

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

You're in a coaching session trying to help your teacher understand how to be more intentional in her interactions with children in the dimension of Concept Development. When you start to explain what analysis and reasoning look like, she looks at you with that quizzical look in her eye. You suggest, “Let’s look at the Dimension Guide on page 19 and let’s read these informational paragraphs.” 

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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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Digging Deeper in myTeachstone with a Little Help from Sesame Street

28 Sep 2016

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.

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Helping Preschoolers Navigate the Two Worlds of Home & School

13 Sep 2016

The first day of preschool can be as exciting as it is challenging for a young child. While they may not be able to articulate it clearly, children likely have thoughts, concerns and questions such as:

“Why aren't my parents staying with me?”

“Who will I play with?”

“What if my teacher doesn’t like me?’  

“Look at all the toys! I don't have these toys at my house.”

“Why do I have to sit on this spot and wait for my turn. I don’t want to share these blocks!”

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

06 Sep 2016

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.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Teachstone's Classroom Videos

16 Aug 2016
Classroom video is at the heart of Teachstone’s products. We certify observers by asking them to reliably code video segments. Our Video Libraries, myTeachstone video resources, and interactive courses use authentic classroom moments to model exemplary CLASS practices and support teacher professional development. Since we are constantly adding new resources to myTeachstone and creating new videos for our six reliability tests, we have consistent need to collect new classroom footage. Topics: Products and Trainings, CLASS FAQs Read More

Maximize Professional Development Using the CLASS Discussion Toolkit

20 Apr 2016

Have you ever heard educators say they have too much time on their hands?

Me neither!

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