Half a million teachers leave the classroom every year.
My guess is that you’ve heard that statistic before.
But did you know that the majority of these teachers cite a lack of support or a feeling of isolation as their reason for leaving?
My brother, Jeremy, left the classroom for just that reason. Jeremy was an amazing teacher—he was named teacher of the year during his first year and got incredible results in improving students’ test scores. And Jeremy loved teaching. But he was not getting the “quality support and partnership from other teachers and mentors” that he desired. He couldn’t see a path for growth and yearned for a team-driven environment.
These feelings are not unique to teachers. As I reflected back on the jobs I’ve quit—or really anything I’ve quit (swimming, the guitar, and most recently, an online course)— I’ve left because I felt I wasn’t receiving sufficient support or sensed there was limited room for advancement. And the times I’ve been happiest—personally and professionally—are when I’m connecting with and learning from others who have walked in my shoes.
We all thrive on community and shared experiences. We rely on others to improve, grow, and find meaning in what we do each day. Our observers and coaches, and even more frequently, administrators, tell us this all the time. However, finding the time and the avenue to connect with peers can be tricky.
But we know how important these relationships are— we’re an interactions company after all!— and we are dedicated to finding simple, fast, and meaningful ways to help you connect with colleagues who are facing similar challenges. Our first attempt at this is our new LinkedIn group, Teachstone: A Forum for CLASS Observers and Coaches.
I realize that LinkedIn and social media may be new for some of you, but we’ve found it’s a great way to stay in touch with others in the field, to crowd source problems that you’re having, and to gain inspiration from colleagues. The group is just getting started, and I encourage you to join and lean on your peers for support.
Nearly two years ago I joined Teachstone with a deep desire and commitment to support leaders and teachers with real-time, practical, and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the current needs of children, families, and educators. For the 20 years prior, I led organizations working at the national, state, and local levels focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in marginalized communities. As a practitioner at heart, my passion has been translating research to practice to drive impact and positive outcomes for children. This passion brought me to Teachstone.
Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, has unveiled a new, easy-to-use, on-demand platform that will allow experts to provide research-based video coaching to educators seeking to improve their practice—no matter the setting.
It’s now been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school facilities and forced educators across the globe to shift how they engage learners. At Teachstone, we too made shifts to ensure we met the moment, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to improving the interactions that matter most to children’s development and success.
We are ecstatic to announce that Teachstone is now a Certified B Corporation! This certification legally requires us to consider the impact of our decisions on our clients, employees, the communities we work in, and the environment. With this new business model informing our work, we are excited to continue to support ECE programs and leaders to ensure every child experiences life changing teaching and teachers are equipped with the tools to best deliver on that goal.