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.
Do you have fond childhood memories of sitting with a special adult and listening to them read one of your favorite stories? I vividly remember my dad reading The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling to me and how we laughed together at the funny voices he used. As an educator, you know how important those moments are for building warm connections, enjoying time together, and learning about many things. So, even if you missed out on those moments as a child, you want to create those moments for the children in your classroom. With careful planning, you can be confident that your read-alouds will be exciting, effective learning opportunities.
As part of our Teacher Spotlight series, we recently asked the CLASS Community to nominate a teacher whose high-quality classroom interactions are making a difference for their dual language learners. Our winner, Kim Schoell, has been teaching for 20 years and is currently a Pre-K teacher in Frederick County, VA. 67% of her students are Hispanic and many of the children are dual language learners.
We were really happy to receive an article examining the use of CLASS in American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Programs. And we were equally happy when lead author, Jessica Barnes-Najor, a researcher at Michigan State University, agreed to speak with us. In conjunction with her work at MSU, Jessica is a co-investigator for The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC). Read below to learn more about this important research.
The following is a highlight of the discussion from a recent webinar on trauma-informed strategies. You can watch the entire webinar, Interactions at the Heart of Healing – CLASS-based Strategies for Supporting Teachers and Children, which is part of our free Trauma-informed care webinar series.