It’s been a while since we shared what’s new in myTeachstone here on the blog. You’re in for a treat! Here are a few highlights from the past winter!
Have you ever wanted to see a breakdown of Professional Development (PD) resources for your teachers?
The Teacher History page lists each PD resource your teachers have completed as well as resources not yet completed. The lists include: Completed Recommended, Completed Self Study, and Not Completed Recommended. You can also track teacher engagement by viewing the comment count on each resource. This page is accessible to coaches and admins from the left menu when viewing a teacher. All users (including teachers) can also access their own PD history through the My Professional Development page.
Have you ever had trouble finding an Observation in myTeachstone now that you have many observations entered into the system?
We are excited to share that you can now search and filter for Observations! You can search for Observers, Teachers, Classrooms or Centers. You can Filter Observations by date, observation type, age level, observer, teacher, or by organization level.
Bonus: The search area will give you suggestions as you type!
Recommending to Teacher Groups just got easier!
Great news! You can now recommend resources to teacher groups the same way you make recommendations to individual teachers. No need to go through the Teacher Group page to send a recommendation to the group, just select the teacher group when creating a recommendation through the Resource Library!
Welcome to the commenting game, Admins!
Admins can now choose to start a conversation when recommending resources to teachers OR coaches! Click the check box when sending a PD Recommendation to enable commenting!
Did you know that all of these updates were made in response to client feedback? The products team is always listening! If you have a feature that you would like to see in myTeachstone, add a comment below and we will do our best to make your wishes come true!
I lived in rural Japan for three years. While there, I became very accustomed to ordering the same types of entrees at restaurants due to my limited ability to read menus and my unwillingness to eat foods outside my comfort zone. So imagine how overwhelmed I felt when I returned to the States and had to decide on one entree amid pages and pages and pages of delicious options. It took a few weeks to learn how to navigate my way through these endless options without wanting to close my eyes and blindly point while ordering my meals.
We're excited to share a sneak peek of just a few things you'll see at the 2019 InterAct CLASS Summit coming to Nashville April 15-16. In addition to everything you've come to expect (engaging sessions, interactive learning opportunities, delicious food, opportunities to network with other educators and thought leaders, and more), this year we're hosting a special free, pre-summit event! We're screening the film No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education.
On August 1 I joined Teachstone as Chief Impact Officer. If my name sounds familiar, it may be because I am one of the authors of the CLASS and a co-founder, with Bob Pianta, of Teachstone. For the last 20 years, I’ve spent my days researching ways teachers can best support children’s and adolescents’ development and learning. I’ve conducted many studies, written many papers, and trained doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who have gone on to do even more and better work in this area. Most of those 20 years I’ve worked at the University of Virginia’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and have had the privilege of working with incredible colleagues at UVA and elsewhere. Honestly, it’s a dream job: getting paid to think, write, and travel to talk about our work and find inspiration in the ideas of others. So, not surprisingly, when I tell people about my new job, I get a lot of quizzical looks.