One of the most enjoyable parts of my work at Teachstone is providing observer support. I am lucky enough to be able to provide many levels of support to Certified CLASS Observers with the goal of maintaining the integrity of the measure as it is used to evaluate classroom interactions and support teachers and children.
Over the past few months, I’ve been involved in creating and recording CLASS Calibration webinars. CLASS Calibration gives Certified CLASS Observers the opportunity to view and code a single master coded video per session. Once observers have submitted their codes for the video, those participating in individual calibration or our standard group calibration offering receive access to a prerecorded webinar.
The webinar format gives participants the opportunity to compare their coding notes with those of the master coders and hone in on their personal coding tendencies.
Here's what participants can expect to find in our webinar:
These webinars are very similar to the guided discussions about training videos that occur at our CLASS Observation Trainings. Webinar facilitators, just like trainers, guide observers through the video, giving codes and justifications for each dimension.
The process of creating and delivering a CLASS Calibration webinar takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work! You might be surprised by the number of steps involved in the process (in my role alone):
I’d estimate about 10-12 hours of my time per video, so it’s a labor-intensive endeavor! We are excited to have a selection of CLASS Calibration webinars available for each age group (Infant coming soon) that help observers keep their focus and provide reliable observations wherever they go. It’s all a part of measuring what matters and improving the lives of 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.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.