We are invested in making myTeachstone your one-stop-shop for continuous quality improvement (CQI). Most recently, we’ve made enhancements that will help you collect CLASS® observational data from your classrooms, receive reports that help you better understand your organization’s needs, and facilitate professional development that creates lasting impact. And, we are committed to do this all within one platform.
Since our last update on myTeachstone, we’ve made great progress that we are excited to share.
But before celebrating the latest enhancements, if you aren't familiar with myTeachstone, it is our research-based, all-in-one platform designed to focus, measure, and improve teacher-child interactions—a key factor proven to drive children’s academic and life-long success. This platform allows programs to guide and track professional development and support observation and CLASS implementation.
Within this new tool, as data is being entered, the system will alert to possible errors, provide detailed warning messages, and has an updated user interface to make it easier and more efficient to enter CLASS data.
The new data collection tool prompts for data collection at the indicator level, and then uses that data to provide recommended areas of strength and growth. It also includes additional space for observers to add notes with specific feedback about each indicator. Administrators and coaches can now get more value from each observation in their organization.
With more robust data, the reporting functionality has been updated to drive actionable data usage. The new CLASS reports will not only provide indicator information about areas of strength and improvement, but also allow for score comparison based on funding streams and program descriptions.
Most importantly, our new data collection application also enables CLASS observation scores to be shared with your organization’s information system via our API (Application Program Interface). By entering scores in myTeachstone, you can leverage our reporting features and seamlessly transfer data to your accountability system without having to reenter your CLASS scores.
These exciting updates and new features are just the start!
We are committed to making your lives as educators easier by making the tools you rely on faster, simpler and more connected to your network.
We know that your focus needs to be on your program, creating the best educational experience you can provide for your children, and we want to support that goal. We are investing in providing you data-driven insights and making our products easier to use, so that you can make meaningful improvements in your classrooms.
Continue to connect with us in the community and tell us the ways you’d like us to invest in myTeachstone to make CQI implementation easier in your program.
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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.
If you've ever been through a CLASS Observation training, you are probably familiar with the graphic below. Research tells us that improving teacher-child interactions is a process that includes many pieces.
The first step is to identify a teacher’s strengths and opportunities for growth, which can be done through a CLASS observation. Once you have this data, you can share it with teachers through a formal report, a face-to-face conference, or a feedback session. You’re off to a great start, but now what?
The frameworks that power great interactions with children can be applied to relationships with our coworkers. In our webinar Staying In-Sync: Creating Positive Interactions Between Teachers, panelists Kate Cline, Professional Services Manager at Teachstone, and Deidre Harris, Educational Consultant at Team Agreements, led a lively discussion about how to foster healthy relationships among your staff. They identified a few key areas that make up the foundation of this work. Let’s get into it!