I love words and dictionaries. So, when I started drafting this blog post about the importance of CLASS Observer Certification, I looked up “certify” to get myself grounded. Here’s what I found in Merriam-Webster:
Putting that third definition aside(!), let’s take a look at the importance of becoming a Certified CLASS Observer:
Certification matters for all these reasons. When you can, ask to see your CLASS observer’s certification card. She’s earned it!
Marla Munter has spent most of her professional life supporting teaching and learning—inside and outside of the classroom. She’s worked for newspapers, nonprofits, public schools, and education companies. As the former Marketing and Communications Manager for Teachstone, she thrived on creative work through designing instructional programs, managing complex projects, leading creative teams, and designing engaging communications materials.
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