New partnership brings globally recognized CLASS methodology to nation's largest provider of early childhood education and child care.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teachstone Training LLC, a leading provider of assessment and professional development for educators, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with KinderCare Education®, the nation's largest provider of early childhood education and child care. Teachstone® owns and distributes the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®), a research-based method for measuring, evaluating, and improving teacher-student interactions. CLASS has been broadly adopted at the state and national level in the United States and in 45 countries, including Finland and Singapore.
Through this partnership, Teachstone will provide professional development to KinderCare's 26,700 teachers, delivering online courses and training modules to meet the specific needs of educators in a variety of child care and education settings across the country. Teachstone and KinderCare are working together to ensure these early childhood professionals are equipped with the essential understanding and skills required to positively affect children. The program reflects the most recent research and best practices for child development and learning.
"Teachers are the foundation of a strong early childhood education program," said Dr. Elanna Yalow, KinderCare Education's Chief Academic Officer. "Teachstone is a great partner because they focus so strongly on education and develop their courses around real-life classroom scenarios. They created a CDA program that not only is interactive and approachable, but also utilizes observational measures many state quality rating systems also use—making the CLASS program a great tool for KinderCare Education teachers to understand and utilize."
Teachstone's new CDA with CLASS® is a key element of the professional services provided for KinderCare. This online learning program fully prepares teachers for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential. Using the carefully planned framework defined by the Council for Professional Recognition, CDA with CLASS® blends the requirements of a CDA credential with the CLASS methodology. This new series of online learning courses meets the unique learning needs of child-care and early childhood education practitioners. Coursework also supports a foundational understanding of the CLASS tool, with emphasis on positive relationships and interactions in early childhood education settings. The courses are available at two levels: Pre-K and Infant-Toddler.
"This is an exciting opportunity for students interested in pursuing CDA training that aligns with the Council's eight subject areas and competencies," said Dr. Valora Washington, CEO at the Council for Professional Recognition. "Having the flexibility to learn online allows students to manage their life, whether pursuing a CDA credential on a part- or full-time schedule."
CDA with CLASS® participants learn autonomously as they experience 76 learning modules distributed across three online courses. Each module targets specific learning objectives mapped to CDA Competency Standards. Online engagement builds critical concepts and skills that learners can apply in their own classrooms. Program participants create a unique professional portfolio, an important requirement for the CDA credential. Course facilitators with CLASS expertise support and interact with students enrolled in the program. CDA with CLASS® will be available to the general market this fall.
Teachstone® was founded in 2008 to deliver the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® nationwide and around the globe. Developed through years of research, the CLASS® observation tool measures interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to drive learning and lifelong achievement. CLASS, adopted as part of the federal Head Start monitoring protocol in 2009, is used to assess the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions. CLASS is now included in a growing number of states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. Teachstone partners with organizations to implement CLASS, which includes data collection and analysis and teacher professional development, to improve classroom dynamics and student performance. Teachstone solutions and ongoing support are designed for long-term impact. More than 150 research studies with input from educators, coaches, administrators, and researchers from all 50 states and 16 countries around the world show students in classrooms with high CLASS scores have better academic and social outcomes.
Learn more about CLASS and how it improves child outcomes at www.teachstone.com or 877-401-8007.
About KinderCare Education
KinderCare Education® is an experience-based provider of early education and child care with more than 32,000 teachers and staff serving 170,000 families every day, where they need us:
KinderCare Education operates more than 1,300 early learning centers, more than 500 Champions sites, and is supported by a corporate team of nearly 500 headquarters employees based in Portland, Oregon. In 2018, KinderCare Education earned their second Gallup Great Workplace Award—one of only 39 companies worldwide to earn this recognition.
To learn more, visit kc-education.com.
About the Council for Professional Recognition
The Council for Professional Recognition is dedicated to ensuring that all early childhood education professionals have the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the developmental, emotional, and educational needs of our nation's youngest children. To meet this ever-increasing need for well-qualified childcare and education staff, the Council developed and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credentialing Program. This program establishes competency standards, sets policies, and assesses practitioner preparedness for the CDA credential.
The Council works with professionals in all types of early care and education programs, in Head Start, Pre-k, infant-toddler, and family child care settings, and home visitor programs. To date, more than 420,000 CDA credentials have been awarded in the United States, and the program is expanding worldwide.
To learn more, visit cdacouncil.org.
As a CDA with CLASS facilitator, I now recognize that CLASS also helps us think about how we can be present and responsive in supporting the curiosity, engagement, and persistence of adult learners.
I am blessed to be able to support CDA learners, many of whom are returning to formal education for the first time in many years. Some of these learners come from previous educational experiences that were not supportive, that left them feeling that they weren’t good at school or weren’t competent students. But with the right support, these learners can grow their persistence as well as their sense of competence and confidence.
Practice and feedback is the key to CLASS® success. Even the most experienced certified CLASS Observers need practice and feedback to make sure their classroom observations remain fair and accurate. The best way to provide this is to use our Calibration product. Calibration protects your investment in reliable data collection.
Online Calibrations are available for Certified CLASS observers at all 6 CLASS levels. When you purchase an individual calibration, you’ll receive a video to watch and code on your myTeachstone dashboard. After submitting your codes, you’ll get an automated score report and a prerecorded webinar discussing the master codes.
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
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