Have you been noticing, in many of our recent blog posts, how the authors have been referring to themselves as CLASS Specialists? And have you been furthering wondering why your favorite CLASS Staff trainer, or your equally favorite Professional Development Specialist have both been referring to themselves as CLASS Specialists? Wait, what? What happened?
Well, our Training and Professional Development departments have recently undergone a bit of a structural cha ... wait, you know what? Let’s just have Cierra Johnson (former Staff Trainer) and Jaquelynn Jauregui (former Professional Development Specialist) explain it to you, in their own words!
Even though this update is pretty specific to Teachstone, we thought it was a good example of something great that is also happening in the field: the integration of classroom data with aligned coaching and professional development opportunities. In a way, you can think of our new team structure as the reflection of a changing (and improving) field! Why keep reliability trainers and PD specialists separate, when what they do is so connected?
P.S. We've added a Bonus Blooper video for your enjoyment below. Just try watching this without cracking a smile!
As the Community Manager with Teachstone, I have been able to talk to many observers, trainers, coaches, and general CLASS lovers. I have found a common thread among these groups: a desire to connect with other CLASS users and put their CLASS knowledge to use.
We often hear from CLASS Observers that are interested in observing more classrooms. Meanwhile, many organizations—particularly smaller organizations or those doing research studies—don’t have Certified CLASS Observers and are in search of observers in their area.
There's a new and exciting way to contact Teachstone's Customer Support team - by text! You can text us at (866) 998-8352 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. The service is also available for Spanish users from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Use texting for all of your Customer Support needs (it's faster and easier).
Here are three ways our new texting service benefits you!
We're excited to share a sneak peek of just a few things you'll see at the 2019 InterAct CLASS Summit coming to Nashville April 15-16. In addition to everything you've come to expect (engaging sessions, interactive learning opportunities, delicious food, opportunities to network with other educators and thought leaders, and more), this year we're hosting a special free, pre-summit event! We're screening the film No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education.
On August 1 I joined Teachstone as Chief Impact Officer. If my name sounds familiar, it may be because I am one of the authors of the CLASS and a co-founder, with Bob Pianta, of Teachstone. For the last 20 years, I’ve spent my days researching ways teachers can best support children’s and adolescents’ development and learning. I’ve conducted many studies, written many papers, and trained doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who have gone on to do even more and better work in this area. Most of those 20 years I’ve worked at the University of Virginia’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and have had the privilege of working with incredible colleagues at UVA and elsewhere. Honestly, it’s a dream job: getting paid to think, write, and travel to talk about our work and find inspiration in the ideas of others. So, not surprisingly, when I tell people about my new job, I get a lot of quizzical looks.