After a couple of very challenging years, bringing people together feels even more significant than ever before. That’s why we are excited to bring people together again to build connections, share ideas, and inspire each other at our 8th annual InterAct CLASS® Summit taking place in Miami, Florida, April 18-19, 2023.
The in-person conference will be an intimate event, capped at just 300 attendees, which means it will be small enough to make real connections and large enough to be exposed to new people and perspectives. Choose from a variety of breakout sessions, including in-depth workshops, tactical sessions, inspiring lightning talks, and more.
Not only is this the prime time to focus on your professional goals—but did we mention it's in Miami? Spend your evenings exploring the beautiful waterfront and sunny Miami! We’ll even provide breakfast and lunch each day and invite you to a free reception with drinks and snacks.
Registration is open now with limited-time early bird pricing of just $500. When the discounted rate ends on January 6, 2023, prices will go up to $575, so register soon!
We’ll announce more details soon, so stay tuned for exciting news!
Can’t make it to Miami? Want more of your staff to join? Because space is so tight, we encourage program leaders to invite their team members to join our virtual InterAct Now CLASS Summit on May 2-4. The virtual event includes additional programming for educators, coaches, and leaders alike. Registration for our virtual summit opens on January 11.
Teachstone’s mission is to ensure that every child has access to life-changing teachers. We also believe that every educator deserves career-changing professional learning experiences. This is why we’re excited to offer the InterAct CLASS Summit Scholarship program.
Our three scholarship recipients will receive free InterAct CLASS Summit registration plus hotel, meals, and travel reimbursement.
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Can we talk about structure? When CLASS® entered my life, I was 20 years into my career in the field of early childhood education. What I remember most about that initial training, besides the nervousness about an impending reliability test, was a sense of relief. Structure, including state and program standards, curriculum, materials in the classroom, and approaches to childcare and pedagogy, had dominated my working hours. CLASS was a lot to learn, but for me, it was a breath of fresh air. Observing with CLASS meant I could set aside my obsession with all things structural, which encompassed my thoughts every time I walked into an early childhood classroom.
If you've ever been through a CLASS Observation training, you are probably familiar with the graphic below. Research tells us that improving teacher-child interactions is a process that includes many pieces.
The first step is to identify a teacher’s strengths and opportunities for growth, which can be done through a CLASS observation. Once you have this data, you can share it with teachers through a formal report, a face-to-face conference, or a feedback session. You’re off to a great start, but now what?
The frameworks that power great interactions with children can be applied to relationships with our coworkers. In our webinar Staying In-Sync: Creating Positive Interactions Between Teachers, panelists Kate Cline, Professional Services Manager at Teachstone, and Deidre Harris, Educational Consultant at Team Agreements, led a lively discussion about how to foster healthy relationships among your staff. They identified a few key areas that make up the foundation of this work. Let’s get into it!
The time that you spend with all your staff together is limited, so how can you make the most of it? It’s crucial to ensure that you’re building strong relationships with staff and creating a structure that best works for your team. After all, you want your team to leave your in-service trainings feeling safe to grow, proud of their collective success, and supported with the tools they need to make an impact.