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.
We created the Observer Directory to bridge the gap between certified observers and organizations doing CLASS observations that do not have their owned trained and certified observers.
Then, the logistics are up to you. The observer and the organization will determine the best date and time for the observation and be responsible for coordinating payment.
The CLASS Observer Directory is free to both observers and organizations.
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We know that one of the most important factors in children and adolescents' success in school is the quality of their teachers—and specifically the effectiveness of the daily interactions that support students' social and academic learning. Today more than ever, teachers need time to learn and reflect on their own professional practice.
But too often professional learning experiences are ‘sit and get’ presentations and disconnected from teachers' daily practice. And many research based professional learning programs have failed to demonstrate impact at large scale because they are often highly resource intensive and do not fit well into schools professional learning plans.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In March of this year, Teachstone announced the launch of its new CLASS® Observers Fellows Program to maximize children’s learning potential through improved classroom interactions. Nearly 300 applications were submitted, and Teachstone has selected 30 professionals to participate in this prestigious program. Fellows will receive complimentary CLASS® training along with specialized support from Teachstone.
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.
Again we face a morning heartbroken. The killing of young children and educators in Uvalde, Texas adds to the long list of senseless acts of murder that we have experienced, as individuals, as a community and as a nation. We send our love and compassion to the families of those lost and injured and the Robb Elementary School and Uvalde communities.