We're thrilled to announce Dr. Bridget Hamre as Teachstone's new CEO. Bridget is a co-founder of Teachstone and co-author of the CLASS. To learn more about her and this appointment, read the full press release below.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 11, 2020 - Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced the appointment of Dr. Bridget Hamre as Chief Executive Officer.
"Bridget believes in the power of relationships between teachers and students to put children on a positive trajectory -- and affect outcomes at scale," said Dr. Bob Pianta, Ph.D., Dean of the Curry School of Education and Human Development at University of Virginia and Teachstone co-founder. "As an educator, researcher, and practitioner, she will bring the vision of an entrepreneur -- and experience of a classroom teacher --- to bear on our work and mission."
A co-founder and current board member of Teachstone, Hamre's appointment reflects the organization's continued commitment to the field, and ongoing investment in the development of tools that translate the science of learning into practice for educators.
An Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow, Dr. Hamre serves as Research Associate Professor of the University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and co-developer of innovative solutions to support teaching, including CLASS 1-on-1 Video Coaching (MTP), a video-based coaching model, as well as coursework for teachers (traditional and online).
"We created Teachstone to provide the field with reliable, research-based tools to measure and improve teaching quality and to ensure we're giving students the best start possible," said Dr. Hamre. "I am honored to lead our organization at a time when the promise of delivering on quality at scale has never been more critical, and emerging technologies provide almost limitless opportunities to support the work of educators."
A native of Sacramento, California, Hamre received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and her MEd and PhD in clinical psychology and school psychology from the University of Virginia.
On Wednesday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will be suspending CLASS reviews for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We sincerely hope this news relieves some of the stress our Head Start partners have felt as they grapple with new challenges related to pandemic conditions.
It is also our hope that programs will use this time to provide specific CLASS support to staff in order to strengthen interactions, regardless of the delivery model in which they are serving children.
You likely know children in your schools and local neighborhoods who are dual-language learners—eager to explore and whose parents want the best opportunities for them in school and in life. But did you know dual-language learners in the U.S. make up 32% of children under the age of five?
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).
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