We are ecstatic to announce that Teachstone is now a Certified B Corporation! This certification legally requires us to consider the impact of our decisions on our clients, employees, the communities we work in, and the environment. With this new business model informing our work, we are excited to continue to support ECE programs and leaders to ensure every child experiences life changing teaching and teachers are equipped with the tools to best deliver on that goal.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced it has been certified as a B Corporation, a unique and significant designation awarded to businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
"Founded by researchers and educators, Teachstone has always had a mission-first focus on unlocking the potential of great teachers and creating a culture of sustained excellence for all, especially for students who come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are proud to announce a new business model that underscores that mission," said Teachstone CEO Bridget Hamre. "B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. We're excited to be part of that story."
Teachstone® was founded in 2008 to deliver the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® nationwide and around the globe. Developed through years of research, the CLASS® observation tool measures interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to drive learning and lifelong achievement. More than 200 research studies support the tool's effectiveness in improving both academic and social-emotional outcomes.
Building on its strong foundation, Teachstone is responding to the needs of today's teachers and learners. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation's reckoning with systemic racism, Teachstone partnered with states and localities across the nation to:
Teachstone joins 3,500 businesses in 150 industries and 74 countries around the world recognized as Certified B Corporations™, also referred to as B Corps™. B Corps are required to consider the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders: customers, workers, communities, and the environment.
To become a B Corp, companies must apply through a rigorous certification process using credible, comprehensive, transparent, and independent standards of economic, social, and environmental performance. Since 2006, more than 60,000 companies globally have participated in this process, The process is managed by nonprofit organization B Lab.
To maintain their B Corp status, Teachstone must document the social impact outcomes and undergo verification every three years.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachstone, pioneering 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 announced the release of "Meaningful Interactions at Home," a suite of resources designed to help the families of young children turn everyday moments into opportunities for their children to learn, grow, and engage.
We often talk about the stressors educators face within the classroom - from tantrums to a lack of time for planning. But, what external factors are impacting educators, and what can we do to change them to create more meaningful learning experiences? We are excited to introduce our new podcast, Impacting the Classroom, to talk about these big topics in education.
Join our hosts, Darlene Estes-Del Re and Marnetta Larrimer as they bring together the researchers, policymakers, and educators who are making an impact in the field. Our first episode lays the groundwork for some of the larger themes that we'll dive into further over the next few weeks. Episodes are released biweekly and can be found on most major podcast platforms. Listen and subscribe today!
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 announced it is partnering with the U.S. Army Child and Youth Services (CYS) to ensure military families have access to high-quality early childhood care and education—on and off the installation.
Starting this fall, the U.S. Army will implement Teachstone's nationally recognized CLASS® through a design partnership to help ensure every child in their program has access to effective interactions. Research proves children in early childhood classrooms with high CLASS scores have better academic and social outcomes.
As an educator, you’re busy. Your time is being split by competing priorities, from managing students’ needs, meeting your program’s goals, and communicating with parents. While you’re juggling your work, it can be difficult to keep learning about important ways to improve your daily teaching practice. Teachstone is here to help!