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.
Across the country and around the globe, schools/programs will soon reopen after extended closures due to COVID-19. Those that have remained open are instituting new health and safety practices.. Localities will determine whether to provide in-person, online, or hybrid teaching. Regardless of the model that schools/programs adopt, classrooms will look different now and for the foreseeable future.
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.
As the former Vice President of Education and Program Operations, as well as the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director, of a large Chicago Agency, I am often asked the question, “How did you get your CLASS scores to rise so much?” Our Pre-K Instructional Support scores rose from a 2.65 to a 3.74 the first year, and from a 3.74 to a 4.17 the second year. It wasn’t an easy process. And it was up to us to show our teachers the importance of teacher-student interactions and slowly introduce how CLASS scores could be used to improve these interactions.
Below are three steps we took to introduce the importance of CLASS and interactions to our teachers and, ultimately, raise our CLASS scores.