It’s now been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school facilities and forced educators across the globe to shift how they engage learners. At Teachstone, we too made shifts to ensure we met the moment, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to improving the interactions that matter most to children’s development and success.
Continuing to Innovate in Order to Support Teachers at Scale
The last year has accelerated the use of technology in education. A shift to new learning formats that may have taken years to fully adopt was suddenly a necessity. Coaches shifted how they engage with teachers by using digital platforms. However, sometimes programs struggled with leveraging technology to properly connect teachers with a certified coach.
To help coaches and teachers connect more seamlessly, we are excited to announce a strategic partnership with Torsh Inc., the company behind TORSH Talent. For the past 8 years, TORSH Talent has been a leading online professional learning platform that, among other things, enables schools and organizations to support educator growth throughout the entire development cycle of assessment, observation, feedback, goal-setting, and coaching. While Teachstone has been offering distance coaching for years, this new partnership with Torsh introduces a new and exciting offering to the field by bringing together a unique and innovative technology platform developed by Torsh with our expertise in CLASS-based coaching. And, as a result, it will reimagine the ways in which you receive coaching and support to drive improvement, quality, and student outcomes in your programs.
Our partnership with Torsh allows for our coaches, expertise and research-based coaching to be accessible to all through an on-demand virtual platform. At our InterAct CLASS Summit next week we will unveil this powerful new product that is poised to transform coaching practices across the country.
Ask any educator why they do what they do, and they’ll most likely respond ‘for the children’ without missing a beat. It’s why I was a teacher and why a lot of my friends were teachers. It’s the impact we can have on the children in our care that motivates us, drives us, and is the foundation of our passion.
I can look back and for every single class I taught, I can rattle off the names of the children who I had a super strong relationship with, and those that were on the other extreme–a relationship that was weak, or fragmented.
Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today unveiled "Banking Time: Investing in Relationships," a new suite of tools to improve the quality of interactions between teachers and specific children birth through third grade, and in turn, to build strong, positive, equitable teacher-child relationships.
Did you know that over 12 million children in the United States (and more every year!) speak a language other than English at home? While the education workforce does not exactly parallel its students’ demographics, we know that many educators are also multilingual. That’s why Teachstone has resources available in both English and Spanish. All children deserve the individualized support and care that best fosters learning - and so do their caregivers and educators.
At Teachstone, our driving vision is to ensure every child experiences life-changing teaching. This mission is why we’re making a commitment to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. And, we know that bringing this commitment to life requires providing education leaders with the support they need to not only face the current challenges, but that will propel towards the future of quality and equity.