Teachstone has long been an advocate of using CLASS in a variety of educational settings. We're proud to have two case studies about family child care (FCC) settings!
Family child care often presents different challenges for teachers, observers, and admins/directors. FCC providers usually have mixed-age groups, they might involve multiple adults being present in the same room, and they sometimes serve lower numbers of children. A few years ago we published a white paper on FCC homes, Using the CLASS Measure in Family Child Care Homes. In it, we discussed these unique challenges that observers face and recommendations for addressing them.
Our Ventura County Case Study and First 5 Santa Clara County Case Study both discuss how myTeachstone was used in FCC settings to support teachers in their classrooms and to improve teacher-child interactions. myTeachstone is especially effective as it allows coaches to give personalized professional development recommendations to teachers. Teachers are able to learn based on their own individual needs and they get to see what effective teacher-child interactions look like in action.
Our coaches carry a very heavy load. myTeachstone has been a great tool because you can reach a lot of teachers
-Sloane Burt, Operations Specialist, Early Childhood Programs, Ventura County Office of Education
Both counties have had promising outcomes after implementing program such as myTeachstone, CLASS Group Coaching, and A CLASS Primer for Teachers. Specifically, in Ventura County, 97% of the FCC providers said that the myTeachstone work, “influenced their teaching practices and interactions with children, providing new ideas and strategies to implement." Not to mention, the county's CLASS tool scores beat national averages in every domain!
If you run a family child care center and want to learn how CLASS can help your teachers and students, shoot us an email. We love talking to different programs and helping them figure out how they can improve teacher-student interactions and student outcomes!
The time has come for hard conversations.
That’s the feedback we have been receiving from educators across the country. There are plenty of tough conversations educators are trained, taught, or feel equipped to handle with children and families - gently bringing up a developmental concern, facilitating a disagreement between students, or explaining what happened with the classroom goldfish are all part of a day in the life. But in the last year, since the killing of George Floyd and other Black people at the hands of police, educators are increasingly asking for help in communicating more comfortably with young children about diversity and difference.
I was supposed to be an architect, instead I was a teacher of young children; it felt like my calling.
When I started my coursework, they tasked me with visiting multiple classrooms. It overwhelmed me when in some classrooms, children were crying, teachers were frustrated, and no one seemed to enjoy the day. I thought I had made a mistake. Thankfully, I had a professor who inspired me to continue. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the behaviors I observed in both children and teachers, the professor charged me to uncover the root of those behaviors.
And so, my journey to support social-emotional development began.
Every state, every district, every school, every teacher faced decisions that they had never anticipated in the last academic year. As the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, it’s time to reflect on those decisions, learn from others, and prepare for the fall ahead.
This past year of hybrid and virtual learning due to the pandemic highlighted the gaps in learning and the inequities that we already knew existed. It is apparent, now more than ever, that there needs to be a narrow focus on bridging the divides (e.g., digital) that exist and meeting students where they are in order to promote growth and put less emphasis on standardized testing. This would allow teachers to concentrate on curriculum with greater impact, differentiate their instruction, and utilize effective strategies that they know make a difference for children’s outcomes.