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. – In March of this year, Teachstone announced the launch of its new CLASS® Observers Fellows Program to maximize children’s learning potential through improved classroom interactions. Nearly 300 applications were submitted, and Teachstone has selected 30 professionals to participate in this prestigious program. Fellows will receive complimentary CLASS® training along with specialized support from Teachstone.
Again we face a morning heartbroken. The killing of young children and educators in Uvalde, Texas adds to the long list of senseless acts of murder that we have experienced, as individuals, as a community and as a nation. We send our love and compassion to the families of those lost and injured and the Robb Elementary School and Uvalde communities.
IIn our recent webinar, Making the Move to CLASS® 2nd Edition, we shared how programs and individuals can begin to experience and use the enhanced Pre-K–3rd CLASS tool. Certified CLASS observers play a critical role in helping every child reach their full potential.
Without reliable and valid data on the quality of educator-child interactions, programs and educators would not have the actionable insights they need to make continuous quality improvements in the areas that matter the most for children.