After reading Colleen Schmit’s blog post How to Regain Some Joy in the Midst of Teacher Burnout, I started to reflect on the ways in which my work supports teachers. As Teachstone’s content marketing manager, I’m committed to creating content that is helpful for our larger audience of teachers, mentors, education leaders, and anyone else supporting young learners. I wanted to share the latest resources that Teachstone is building out that will help you maintain your momentum this school year.
Whether you are supporting a struggling teacher, scaling CLASS® in an organization, gaining buy-in, cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, or improving your daily interactions with children—your work is tough—but you are not alone in your journey. Connect with other teachers, coaches, and education leaders in the CLASS Learning Community (CLC). The CLC is your home for discussions related to improving interactions.
There are six primary groups: All Things CLASS, Teachers, Administrators & Leaders, Coaches & Observers, CDA with CLASS, and a Job Board. Within each group you’ll find related resources and events shared by members and by Teachstone’s experts.
The CLC is free and easy to join. All you need to do is submit this form if you don’t already have access in your myTeachstone portal. If you prefer using Facebook, you can also join our private group there to share tips with other educators.
In September, Teachstone launched its new podcast series for teachers called Teaching with CLASS. Each episode is short — only about 20 minutes — but they’re packed full of tips that teachers can bring into their own teaching practice. You’ll hear from guests who have been there, done that, as they share their experiences with host Mamie Morrow.
The most recent episode, Encouraging Voice and Choice in the Classroom, focused on how to find balance when allowing for more Regard for Students’ Perspectives. Guest Colleen Schmit talked through how she incorporates students’ ideas without getting totally derailed from lesson plans. If you haven’t had a chance to listen, this is a great episode to start with.
Other episodes from this season include Keeping Families Engaged in the Early Childhood Years and Reframing “Challenging” Behaviors and Why Our Response Matters. New episodes come out every other week on Thursdays, so be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.
And, stay tuned for a new podcast coming this fall. Impacting the Classroom looks at some of the broader issues in education that ultimately affect what’s going on in education settings across the country. We’re bringing together researchers, policymakers, and educators to all discuss big picture challenges, including workforce development, new funding and how some plan on using it, and promising new studies. More to come!
Did you know that dozens of Teachstone’s recorded webinars can be found on our website? Many of the recordings also include links to the slides, certificates for watching the full video, as well as additional resources.
We recently hosted a Back to School Webinar Series that thousands of teachers found helpful:
And while these engaging webinars took place at the beginning of the school year, the takeaways are evergreen. You’ll learn how to build stronger relationships, why those relationships are crucial to academic success, and how to take your teaching practices to a stronger level.
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Teachstone recently hosted the What Is “Quality” Teaching Anyway? webinar with Laura Iannazzo, Professional Services Manager at Teachstone, and Gena Puckett, Education and Training Specialist from the University of Mississippi School of Education. Together, they talked about the significance of quality interactions between early childhood educators and infants or toddlers in their care.
IIn our recent webinar, Making the Move to CLASS® 2nd Edition, we shared how programs and individuals can begin to experience and use the enhanced Pre-K–3rd CLASS tool. Certified CLASS observers play a critical role in helping every child reach their full potential.
Without reliable and valid data on the quality of educator-child interactions, programs and educators would not have the actionable insights they need to make continuous quality improvements in the areas that matter the most for children.
I moved to the United States years ago when I was a teenager. I felt confused, scared, and out of place in my new school. As soon as I learned English, I decided to stop speaking my native language to hide who I was. I thought that by hiding my identity people would not notice I was different, and accept me.
Today starts the kick-off to another Week of the Young Child! While I, and I know others at Teachstone, feel strongly that young children, their educators, and their families deserve to be celebrated every day, we’re excited to have an opportunity to intentionally highlight the impact you have on young children, celebrate the rapidly developing brains of young children, and recognize that each day, even beyond this week, offers ample opportunities for meaningful interactions.