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.
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I posed that question to a random selection of contacts via text message. What did I discover? Everyone in my sample group spreads on the PB first, then the J. There are a variety of ways though to apply the jelly, but in my random group, the jelly always comes second.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make me think about Behavior Guidance, a dimension in the CLASS® toddler observation tool. Especially the first two indicators of behavior guidance: proactive and supporting positive behavior. Proactive is the peanut butter! It goes first. That layer of peanut butter is the base for the jelly, which promotes positive behavior.
“What I think I’m most proud of as a professional in the field is our ability to show up, our ability to still do it, to still roll with the changes… We have to adjust. That is what educators did the entire year. We show up. We have a strong why. We love what we do.” This is a quote from Colleen Schmit from our recent webinar, Celebrating Great Teaching. She’s talking about how hard the last couple of school years have been for teachers. Teachers faced a similar difficulty 20 years ago when the United States faced a national tragedy.
Hey there, Teachstone community! My name is Stephanie Lewandowski, and I am the Senior Product Manager for myTeachstone. Before joining Teachstone, I built digital products for education companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. I’m passionate about delivering impactful products, particularly the tools that make the everyday work of teaching and learning a little bit easier. As a parent, and as a product manager, I know how invaluable early childhood education is, and I’m inspired by the teachers in both my personal and professional life.
When COVID-19 hit and schools shut down, many of us were certain that it would not impact the 2020-21 school year. But after more than 18 months, it’s clear that the pandemic is still with us. The length of the pandemic has only heightened concern about COVID related learning loss - especially among underserved populations.