Teachstone has worked hard to provide you with case studies about various organizations who have transformed their classrooms through the use of the CLASS tool. We hope they help readers like you make informed decisions about some of the products we offer and introduce you to different ways you can impact teacher-student interactions.
One of our favorite case studies is out of Mini University in Dayton, Ohio. They have five employee-sponsored centers throughout the Dayton area and serve over 600 students ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Mini has used myTeachstone to help teachers understand their expectations when it comes to classroom quality and performance, and to give them ways they can improve their interactions in the classroom. As a whole, they've spent more than 300 hours on myTeachstone, which is an amazing amount of time spent engaging with data and professional development.
"The research is very clear that CLASS is the right tool, but there wasn't the technology to support it. We were afraid CLASS was too intricate for first year teachers, and we've completely flipped that notion." - Julie Thorner, President of Mini University
We've got a variety of case studies available, including a case study about Georgia DECAL and how they have implemented CLASS tools into their pre-K classrooms. If you have any questions about how you can use CLASS or any of our programs/tools in your organization, don't hesitate to reach out! Improving the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions is the first step to changing the lives of students everywhere.
Exciting news! Teacher materials are now available in Spanish for Infant/Toddler and Pre-K CLASS Group Coaching. Both videos below discuss what is included, when cohorts can begin, and the process behind preparing and translating these materials. The first video is in English and features Campbell Buie and Richard Aguilar. The second video is in Spanish and features Sofia Rodriguez and Richard Aguilar.
Many teachers will agree that their first year of teaching can be one of the most grueling, challenging, and stressful experiences for them as they take on the task of educating our youth. In my first year of teaching, I was not familiar with the CLASS tool and its impact in the classroom. I was not aware of the dimensions, indicators, and the tremendous power of interactions. Looking back, I recognize the many ways the CLASS tool was reflected in my classroom, but I also see the value in how familiarity with the CLASS tool could have benefitted my classroom. Although many external forces impacted my role as a high school Spanish teacher, the CLASS tool’s invaluable purpose could have made a profound impact on my first year teaching.
In construction, a scaffold is a temporary structure used by workers to access heights and areas that are hard to get to. This is exactly what educators are doing when they scaffold for students. A student is having a hard time reaching a new height—understanding a concept, answering a question, or completing an activity—and the teacher provides just enough support to allow the student to succeed.