Last month we hosted a webinar, A Closer Look at CLASS 2nd Edition. And, we were blown away from the responses and excitement to the enhancements. As with any big news, there were also questions. We’re tackling your top asked questions below, and look forward to continuing sharing more updates and insights around CLASS 2nd Edition in the coming weeks.
Throughout the development of CLASS 2nd Edition we focused on gathering information about the elements of CLASS that would be most impactful to improve upon as we continue to refine CLASS as the gold-standard system for continuous quality improvement. In the course of that work it was clear that the field was asking for us to build upon the foundation of CLASS, while working to:
Over the past few years, we have engaged in an intentional research and design process, working to incorporate feedback and learning from a range of experts including practitioners (teachers, coaches, leaders, policymakers) and researchers. This comprehensive process included:
Because the core structure of CLASS remains the same we are confident that the existing evidence for CLASS impacts continues to be relevant with the 2nd Edition. And we are excited to be partnering with the research community to release new findings on CLASS 2nd Edition as they become available. Stay tuned for more to come soon!
CLASS® Environment is a new optional measure of quality that is designed for use in infant/toddler and pre-k/kindergarten environments. Used alongside the CLASS Tool, the environment is observed at the same time as the interactions, thus empowering any organization to begin using CLASS® Environment once they are ready. Ahead of an observation, the observer needs to have completed the low-cost CLASS Environment Observer Training, and it’s recommended that teachers have also completed the complimentary CLASS Environment Teacher PD course.
CLASS® Environment can be used alongside CLASS to measure the elements of interactions and environment that matter most to children’s development and learning. For many systems the combination of CLASS and CLASS Environment can take the place of using two different measures that require separate training and observation, such as CLASS and ECERS. However it is important to note CLASS Environment was not designed as a comprehensive measure of all elements of the environment and does not measure elements such as health and safety that are typically assessed as a part of licensing.
No, we encourage you to move forward as planned! To support a seamless adoption of CLASS 2nd Edition, we have built out pathways to meet your needs, protect investments, and ensure there isn’t any interruption to your implementation timeline. Any currently certified observer will receive asynchronous, online support that introduces the changes in the CLASS 2nd Edition tool and help support their use of the new CLASS 2nd edition field guide. Any newly trained certified observer (trained from Teachstone between March 15-June 30, 2022) will be able to enroll, at no additional cost, into a live, virtual Transition and Overview Training beginning this July.
We are continuing our close partnership with the Office of Head Start, and are committed to continuing to serve all Head Start programs. We are working closely with OHS to review impacts, explore options, and create an impactful and meaningful path forward. The specific changes to the use of CLASS in Head Start will be communicated out from the Office of Head Start.
One of the main goals of the CLASS 2nd Edition enhancement was to better and more broadly represent the variety of settings in which children are cared for. As such, we’ve made intentional updates in the CLASS 2nd Edition to be more inclusive, representative, and offer guidance for the use of CLASS and observing interactions across family child care settings.
We’ve designed the adoption of CLASS 2nd Edition to flow with the observer recertification cycle, and offer free resources to support understanding the 2nd edition improvements. At the time of recertification, observers can choose to bundle their CLASS recertification with an updated 2nd Edition Manual for $180.
For programs who are looking to receive a facilitation transition to support their observers understanding the changes in CLASS 2nd edition, Teachstone has a paid offering of a half-day virtually facilitated training. Please reach out to your CLASS Success team for more details.
For programs who are looking to just receive the new CLASS 2nd Edition, the manuals will be provided at no-additional cost through digital, view-only methods to currently certified observers for one year. Print manuals can be purchased at a low cost of $75 per set, or $55 for the Observation Field Guide.
In our commitment to continue to evolve the CLASS tool, we are also committed to protecting your investments, both in time and budget. We recognize that adopting updated editions takes time, and in the development of all transition supports we are intentionally designing the resources to be as time- and cost-effective as possible.
With the foundational concepts of CLASS® remaining the same, all current investments and current offerings remain accurate and appropriate to use in support of your CLASS implementation. As part of our evolution and commitment to innovation, we will continue to identify opportunities and areas for improvement.
Even though we’re hearing excitement from across the field, we know change, no matter how big or small, can be uncomfortable. It’s why we’re committed to being your partner in supporting you in this exciting evolution. We know CLASS 2nd Edition can and will have a greater impact on moving towards a future in which every child and every educator experiences life-changing interactions.
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In today’s episode of Impacting the Classroom, you’ll hear about exciting news coming to the world of quality assessment and improvement. Earlier this year, Teachstone announced an enhancement to its tool, the CLASS® assessment tool— CLASS 2nd Edition, which will be available starting this next school year.
Today’s guests are two members of the team that helped bring the vision of CLASS 2nd Edition come to life, Grace Funk, Teachstone’s Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Katie Twilley, Director of Product Management: Assessment and CQI. Listen to the episode to learn about CLASS 2nd edition and how it will make a difference for children and educators.
Teachstone recently hosted the Do Learning Environments Make a Big Difference? webinar with Sara Schodt, Impact Program Manager at Teachstone, and Ross Harold, Senior Director of the Early Childhood Assessment and Early Childhood Health Office at the New York City Department of Education.
Our hosts shared how Teachstone’s CLASS Environment™ can be used as a means of supporting meaningful teacher-child interactions, which are strong predictors of future learning and development.
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.