Being an instructional coach or mentor is difficult. Sometimes it may feel like you don't have any support—especially when it comes to providing effective feedback to the teachers you work with. Have you, as a coach, ever asked yourself any of the following questions?
"I’ve heard that some teachers get to know what their scores are, while other organizations only share the range in which their teachers scored. Is one way right?"
There are so many dimensions I want to work on, and just so little time! And what happens when I think we should focus more on one dimension, and my teacher really wants to spend time looking at another?
I know that CLASS isn’t a punitive measure, but it seems like she doesn’t believe that.
It would be awesome to get all 7s, but I don’t want to set the bar too high. Incremental change is good, right?
We’re already doing a lot of talking in our conferences, but I’m not sure that I’m making an impact on the way she interacts with the children in her classroom.
If you are asking yourself any of those questions, you are not alone. In fact, hundreds of coaches, mentors, and administrators have asked those very same questions to us. That’s why we created Feedback Strategies Training to help you pair your professional development plans with the data collected during CLASS observations.
In this all-day training, CLASS specialists address these questions (and more!) and provide you with tips and strategies to help lead meaningful and impactful conferences with teachers.
So, what can you expect during the training? Well, Feedback Strategies is not a sit back and relax type of training! Be prepared to put all your new information into practice, and engage in a mock conference. And, what is a CLASS training without videos? You won’t see the videos featured in this training in any of Teachstone’s other products and services. These clips feature three unique feedback sessions between a coach and teacher. Watching the coaching conversations will help everyone in Feedback Strategies take a deep dive into the feedback process.
Trainings are happening all across the United States as our regional events, be sure to sign up for a training near you. See you there!
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.
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 unveiled "Banking Time: Investing in Relationships," a new suite of tools to improve the quality of interactions between teachers and specific children birth through third grade, and in turn, to build strong, positive, equitable teacher-child relationships.
Did you know that over 12 million children in the United States (and more every year!) speak a language other than English at home? While the education workforce does not exactly parallel its students’ demographics, we know that many educators are also multilingual. That’s why Teachstone has resources available in both English and Spanish. All children deserve the individualized support and care that best fosters learning - and so do their caregivers and educators.
Many teachers and leaders associate CLASS® with preschool. And we get it! It’s used in early childhood classrooms across the country, including Head Start programs, and it’s been more important than ever for young children as they begin to return to in-person learning.
But the principles of CLASS - Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, Instructional Support - are important for children well beyond Pre-K. The ever-increasing research base shows that interactions matter for children’s social-emotional and academic development. That’s why CLASS is organized to support children from infancy to high school with the developmentally appropriate interactions that drive learning - and why K-12 leaders are embracing CLASS in their schools.