In our recent webinar, Making the Move to CLASS® 2nd Edition, we shared how programs and individuals can begin to experience and use the enhanced Pre-K–3rd CLASS® tool. And, in this recent blog post we took a closer look at what these enhancements mean for certified observers.
To engage in continuous quality improvement, effective coaching is key. With effective coaching structures and programs in place, organizations can drive quality improvements that support children's development and learning. And, with CLASS® and CLASS coaching certifications, organizations can focus their improvements on research-proven educator-child interactions.
During the development of CLASS 2nd Edition, we wanted to build on this strong coaching foundation, but make it easier than ever for coaches to be more effective in driving improvements.
CLASS 2nd Edition incorporates intentional feedback collected over the last 15 years from the field, and from subject matter experts to ensure that the tool more accurately represents the diverse and unique settings of today’s educators.
The definitions of meaningful interactions were carefully reviewed and updated to ensure they are more inclusive and more representative of cultural, language, and setting variations. And, additional guidance and support is provided to ensure educators, coaches, and observers have a stronger understanding of how interactions look and sound across various contexts, such as in classrooms with dual language learners or children with disabilities.
Coaching practices can be made more impactful when improvement plans are data-driven. With CLASS 2nd Edition, observers will collect additional data points that will provide coaches with a more holistic picture of quality, and the factors that can either support or detract from meaningful interactions taking place.
The formalization of assigning a score range at the indicator level will give coaches more insights into the specific behaviors and skills that can drive meaningful interactions. And, the addition of “Activity Settings” and the optional CLASS Environment™ offers data-points around the type of content exposure and elements of the environment that impact the interactions. Together, these three specific enhancements offer a more comprehensive picture of the classroom quality, and can help coaches more effectively create an individualized coaching plan to holistically address areas within a teacher’s direct practice that can be supported to better drive children’s development and learning.
And, if programs are utilizing the myTeachstone Observation Data Collection tool, the updated tool will provide reports that generate automated feedback that identifies strengths and opportunities based on indicator data, making a coach’s job even easier!
CLASS 2nd Edition is an evolution—an evolution of the tools, and an evolutionary process to having each program adopt the updated tools. As with any evolution, this process is gradual and will occur over time.
Once the CLASS 2nd Edition Pre-k–3rd Manual Set is available, coaches can begin using and/or incorporating the enhancements from the 2nd Edition into their coaching practices. If you are a certified observer, click here to learn more about the recertification processes and supports available. Pre-order the Manual Set today!
The 2nd Edition of CLASS is bringing forward enhancements that make the tool more equitable to use, easier to access, and more impactful. It is not changing the foundation of CLASS, nor is it changing the definition of meaningful interactions.
The intentionality behind the enhancements ensure that coaches can maintain, and continue their daily practices and keep the same focus, but hopefully with greater impact through the CLASS 2nd Edition tools.
Looking for even more information and guidance around CLASS 2nd Edition? We’re here to help!
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Teachstone hosted the How to Support Your Teachers by Improving Your Culture webinar on June 16, 2022. Led by Erin Sabina, CLASS® Consultant at Teachstone, and Keiyonna Dubashi, Executive Director at Profound Ladies and DEI Program Manager for Teachstone, this webinar focused on building a strong culture in early childhood programs.
When was the last time you experienced strong feelings in your classroom? Probably every day. Working with children is demanding and can bring up a lot of strong feelings.
Are you considering your own self-regulation needs as well as those of the children you’re working with? How can we process all of what we're feeling so we can move through challenging moments and make a difference for each child in our classrooms?
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.