We’re so lucky at Teachstone® that people see value in what we do. Thank goodness—for many reasons—that stakeholders in the early childhood community urgently want to focus on teacher-child interactions. Yes, it means that we all have jobs. But it also means that word is getting out that these things really matter.
The one time it creates a challenge for us is when we release a new age level of the CLASS™ system. We want to release it when it’s ready, which means that the authors are confident that it measures the right constructs and can be used reliably. But we always get requests to use new age levels before they’re ready to go, and then we’re stuck. Push it out before we’re fully confident? Or say no to those requests?
We end up asking people to wait; we can’t put something out there that hasn’t been fully vetted. To give you a sense of why it sometimes takes so long, here’s the process the Infant CLASS tool went through (and is still going through!) to be ready by April:
The result, we hope, is an Infant CLASS manual that gets at the interactions that matter most for babies, and a training that will get observers ready to code.
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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.
Nearly two years ago I joined Teachstone with a deep desire and commitment to support leaders and teachers with real-time, practical, and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the current needs of children, families, and educators. For the 20 years prior, I led organizations working at the national, state, and local levels focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in marginalized communities. As a practitioner at heart, my passion has been translating research to practice to drive impact and positive outcomes for children. This passion brought me to Teachstone.
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, has unveiled a new, easy-to-use, on-demand platform that will allow experts to provide research-based video coaching to educators seeking to improve their practice—no matter the setting.