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.
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 it partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company to release toolkits to support the literacy skills of all children, including dual-language learners, in the classroom and at home. The CLASS® Literacy Support Kit and the Literacy At-Home Kit, designed for children in prekindergarten and kindergarten, are now available for purchase and shipping.
Hey there, Teachstone community! My name is Stephanie Lewandowski, and I am the Senior Product Manager for myTeachstone. Before joining Teachstone, I built digital products for education companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. I’m passionate about delivering impactful products, particularly the tools that make the everyday work of teaching and learning a little bit easier. As a parent, and as a product manager, I know how invaluable early childhood education is, and I’m inspired by the teachers in both my personal and professional life.
We know positive relationships are important, but factors such as absenteeism, racial or cultural differences, and other biases can make it difficult for teachers to form those meaningful relationships with every child in their class. And, after a tumultuous 2020-2021 school year, teachers and students alike may need stronger relationships more than ever before.
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.