You likely know children in your schools and local neighborhoods who are dual-language learners—eager to explore and whose parents want the best opportunities for them in school and in life. But did you know dual-language learners in the U.S. make up 32% of children under the age of five?
Every child, no matter their background, deserves better teacher-child interactions. To help fulfill this need, Teachstone is committed to training teachers who will serve Spanish-speaking communities.
We’re excited to announce our new Spanish Suite - a variety of products and trainings that have been translated into Spanish, including:
We currently offer Spanish-language CLASS materials for teachers and are expanding our offerings with the development of Spanish-language resources for coaches, observers, and leaders as well.
To ensure the Spanish translations accurately communicate the intent of CLASS and the terminology, we assembled a group of Spanish-speaking experts to closely align Spanish CLASS terminology to the English terms.
We also added more videos from Spanish-speaking classrooms to strengthen professional development for teachers.
Organizations in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico are already using our Spanish CLASS Dictionary and Strategy Cards to build high quality teacher-child interactions in their classrooms. They’re also excited to begin CLASS Group Coaching training using the new materials and have discussed how much easier it is to train teachers when they can watch videos and read the materials in their own language.
Thanks to the Spanish suite, our clients now have a variety of Spanish resources and materials that allow them to support the diverse communities they serve. We can’t wait to hear from more organizations on how they’re incorporating the Spanish Suite into their professional development plans.
Our new Spanish-speaking CLASS Community on Facebook provides support and connection for Spanish-speakers and organizations using CLASS. It’s the perfect group for admins, teachers, coaches, observers, and trainers! There’s also El Blog de Teachstone for Spanish-speakers and a wide variety of free Spanish resources.
If you have any questions about the Spanish Suite or about using CLASS, please reach out! We’d love to help you get started with CLASS or show you how to incorporate these new products into your CLASS journey.
On Wednesday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will be suspending CLASS reviews for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We sincerely hope this news relieves some of the stress our Head Start partners have felt as they grapple with new challenges related to pandemic conditions.
It is also our hope that programs will use this time to provide specific CLASS support to staff in order to strengthen interactions, regardless of the delivery model in which they are serving children.
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.