Tweaking titles, choosing CLASS-themed swag, supporting presenters … it’s just another day at Teachstone with the 4th Annual InterAct CLASS Summit just six short weeks away!
This year, we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure the CLASS Summit is welcoming, dynamic, and most importantly—transformative. After all, CLASS is a tool aimed at empowering teachers to improve children’s lives. As we plan for the Summit, we’re taking a cue from amazing teachers everywhere to try to emulate what they do every day—transform lives.
Here are three key ways you can expect the InterAct CLASS Summit to support your own professional transformation:
Let the CLASS Summit remind you why you got into education in the first place with these opportunities:
Attend a free film screening of No Small Matter, and meet the featured teacher from the movie, Rachel Giannini (you can also catch her keynote address and breakout session!)
Prepare to be moved during the Power to the Profession session, where we’ll be celebrating a distinguished panel of teacher honorees
If you’re a fan of TED talks, don’t miss our inspiring Lightning Talks
2) Take Back Relevant and Specific Strategies
This year, we’re ensuring there is truly something for everybody. That’s why we’re providing more breakout tracks than ever before (no need to stick to just one). Explore them all using our interactive schedule.
Implementing the CLASS Journey (workshop-length sessions)
Empowering Great Teaching
CLASS for All
Systems-Building and Leadership
Community-building is a critical component of any professional conference. This year we’re going to make it easy for you to forge connections:
Join our InterAct Attendee Facebook Group and get to know your fellow attendees before your trip even begins (you’ll find some great Nashville recommendations there too!)
Take in a meal during an optional Birds of a Feather lunch table (topics TBA soon!)
InterAct with key CLASS experts by exploring the Learning Lounge, enjoying the free Monday night reception, or attending one of two breakout sessions facilitated by CLASS authors, Dr. Bridget Hamre and Dr. Robert Pianta.
Can we talk about structure? When CLASS entered my life, I was 20 years into my career in the field of early childhood education. What I remember most about that initial training, besides the nervousness about an impending reliability test, was a sense of relief. Structure, including State and program standards, curriculum, materials in the classroom, and approaches to childcare and pedagogy, had dominated my working hours. CLASS was a lot to learn, but for me, it was a breath of fresh air. Observing with CLASS meant I could set aside my obsession with all things structural – which encompassed my thoughts every time I walked into an early childhood classroom.
Group coaching has been proven to be effective at improving the quality of teaching. In group settings, teachers can motivate each other and learn from one another’s experiences. Coaches have a unique opportunity of building rapport within their cohort of teachers and supporting their growth.
Decades of evidence indicate that high-quality early childhood education positively affects children. Yet studies reveal that too few programs implement high-quality programming. To date, improvement efforts have primarily focused on what occurs within the classroom. The Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), in partnership with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium), strives to broaden the focus of improvement efforts beyond the classroom to organizational conditions that support teachers and the relationships among staff, children, and families.