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.
We recently came across a really interesting article that examined both the academic and emotional aspects of teaching mathematics and we were excited when the lead author agreed to answer some of our questions about the study. Read below for our conversation with Rebekah Berlin, Program Director for the Learning by Scientific Design Network at Deans for Impact.
The United States is grappling with three major emergencies that are compounded by systemic racism: COVID-19, the bleak economic outlook, and police violence. The poor outcomes for people of color, particularly African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans (CDC, June 2020, retrieved 6/1/2020), infected with COVID-19 reflect racism against individuals, disinvestment in communities, and discriminatory policies and laws.
On Wednesday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will be suspending CLASS reviews for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We sincerely hope this news relieves some of the stress our Head Start partners have felt as they grapple with new challenges related to pandemic conditions.
It is also our hope that programs will use this time to provide specific CLASS support to staff in order to strengthen interactions, regardless of the delivery model in which they are serving children.
With the increased presence of virtual schooling, parents and educators of young children, including myself, are finding themselves stressed. Are children getting the content they need? How do I engage children in learning virtually? How do we help children develop essential skills such as curiosity, attention, and emotion regulation in a virtual setting? In a recent New York Times op-ed, entitled “Kids Can Learn to Love Learning, Even Over Zoom”, psychologist Adam Grant shared ways that teachers can promote curiosity in a virtual classroom. He discussed the importance of including “mystery, exploration, and meaning.”