I’m very excited to go to the Zero to Three National Training Institute next week in Texas. I’ve never been before, and I hear that it’s an energizing and inspiring conference. I’m especially excited for Nathan Fox’s plenary session on the developing brain. Dr. Fox is an amazing researcher who studies temperament and individual differences in infancy.
On Friday, I’ll be speaking about the Infant and Toddler CLASS measures with my good friend, Christine Hughes. The Infant CLASS measure, set for release in April, focuses on the interactions that are most important for babies from birth to 18 months. Unlike other age levels, the Infant CLASS tool has a single domain that the authors call Responsive Caregiving. The four dimensions are Relational Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, Facilitated Exploration, and Early Language Support. Together, they capture how caregivers provide babies with a secure base for exploration, respond to their needs in sensitive ways, and encourage early language development.
The Toddler CLASS measure covers children from 15 months to 36 months old. It focuses on how teachers help children navigate the choppy waters of toddlerhood—establishing some degree of autonomy, learning to manage their behavior, and beginning to make connections between things that they learn. I’ve been helping my own two-year-old through some of these challenges, so I have a renewed appreciation for teachers who do it well!
Christine Hughes will be taking the conversation a step farther, talking about how Miami-Dade County in Florida has implemented the CLASS in their QRIS. She has a lot of practical experience and advice to share.
We hope to see you there!
Zero to Three National Training Institute
Friday, Dec. 13, 10:15 a.m. –11:45 a.m.
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On November 9, 2021, Teachstone hosted the Building Confidence and Consistency in Your Head Start Program webinar with Sara Diamond, Director of Partnership Development at Teachstone, and Michelle Crawford, CLASS® Specialist.
Together, Sara and Michelle provided tips for helping educators dig deeper in their interactions and feel more confident in their teaching practice. Before diving into the tips for building confidence and consistency, Michelle shared a powerful quote from Lori Archer, a Head Start teacher:
November is National Family Engagement Month. As educators, we’re often focused on supporting children’s academic, social, and emotional growth in the classroom. But, it’s important to remember that families are a child’s first teacher. This month, we’re celebrating how to take learning home and support families’ opportunities to impact their child’s development and learning through the power of interactions.
As part of your family engagement initiatives this month (and beyond!), consider how you can help families understand and leverage their interactions at home. To help, check out these tips and tricks below that you can share with the families in your early childhood program!
Teachers everywhere have yet another new challenge—supporting students and their families from home. We know that high-quality interactions, including interesting, hands-on experiences that are facilitated and supported with feedback, scaffolding, and higher-order thinking questions, best support young students' learning. So how do you help your students' caregivers offer the same high-quality interactions while at home? Well, Rachel Giannini has some super fun ideas to share! The following are ideas she shared during her session at our recent InterAct CLASS Summit.