We love hearing how organizations are using CLASS data to improve their teaching practices and interactions— and there isn't a one-size-fits-all model. In this post Teresa Oster, one of our ambassadors, explains how her colleagues from Head Start of Northeastern Nevada (HSNN) used CLASS data and their own coaching techniques to make some great improvements in their teacher-child interactions and CLASS scores.
Over a three-year period, Head Start of Northeastern Nevada (HSNN) developed and implemented a collaborative coaching model using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) resulting in increased CLASS scores across all teachers and all CLASS domains. Even more importantly, the coaching model increased teachers’ confidence and creativity and resulted in frequent, high-quality teacher-child and peer interactions.
Let’s be totally honest; three years ago our initial goal, like many Head Start programs, was to make it through our monitoring review! However, the process in meeting that goal developed into something much more meaningful.
We chose CLASS because it was mandated; however, we now see so many benefits associated with CLASS that we would use it even if it weren’t mandated.
To create a coaching model that worked for us required combining our collective knowledge and professional experiences, trial and error, and a lot of hard work! We call our model “Collaborative CLASS Coaching” because it truly was a joint effort starting with a commitment from our governing bodies, the executive director, the education manager, the coaches, our Head Start state training and technical assistance manager, and every teacher and teaching assistant—even our kitchen staff participated. We cultivated a CLASS community.
First and foremost, children are receiving higher quality instruction, which was our ultimate goal!
Other results include:
At Head Start of Northeastern Nevada, CLASS has evolved from merely meeting compliance to “a way of doing business!"
We’d love to share more with you! Feel free to email us:
Teresa McGregor Oster, researcher email@example.com
Rhonda Lafontaine, CLASS consultant & coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenna Malone, Executive Director of Head Start of Northeastern Nevada email@example.com
Kylee Haggerty, Education Manager of Head Start of Northeastern Nevada firstname.lastname@example.org
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