Perhaps your school is already fully in person or using hybrid instruction. Or maybe you, like nearly half of the participants in our recent webinar Three Keys to Building a Blueprint for Reopening, are still completely virtual and looking ahead to when staff and students can be together again.
Regardless, it’s time to make a plan.
Whatever phase of re-opening you are leading, it’s critical to draft a blueprint that centers what children need most to learn and thrive: supportive, high-quality interactions. We know that leaders need concrete resources to make those plans come to life.
Based on conversations we’ve had with leaders and educators across the country, here are three keys to building your blueprint for reopening:
The research has shown that Emotional Support is important under any circumstances, and that’s true now more than ever. The return to in-person learning will be a joyful experience for most students, but many have spent a year dealing with varying degrees of trauma. Whether because of the loss of a loved one, the stress of an overburdened home, or the strain of prolonged uncertainty and social isolation, the events of 2020 and 2021 have taken a toll on children’s mental health. That’s why it’s crucial that educators have a plan to develop environments that are trauma-informed and place an emphasis on social-emotional development.
Students aren’t the only ones who need support. Your teaching staff have worked hard to provide children with a little bit of “normal” under nearly impossible circumstances. They need the resources to keep pushing forward. Online professional development can provide individualized support, develop your workforce, and bring positive interactions to the forefront as they head back into classrooms. Or, if your program is one of the many facing turnovers, get new staff members oriented around the interactions that matter most for young children - and build their needed credentials - with The CDA with CLASS®.
A large body of research shows that the opportunity gap between children of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds starts well before kindergarten. By many reports, this gap has only widened during the coronavirus pandemic.
The research also shows that these inequities can be addressed when young children have educators who provide high-quality interactions. By including CLASS® in your reopening plan, you can focus on what matters most, measure teachers’ progress, and create targeted plans to improve. All children deserve these high-quality experiences - help your teachers provide them, day in and day out.
To learn more about Teachstone’s resources, watch the recording of our webinar Three Keys to Building a Blueprint for Reopening. We would love to talk with you more about how we can help your school or program build back strong.
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.
Every state, every district, every school, every teacher faced decisions that they had never anticipated in the last academic year. As the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, it’s time to reflect on those decisions, learn from others, and prepare for the fall ahead.
At Teachstone, our driving vision is to ensure every child experiences life-changing teaching. This mission is why we’re making a commitment to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. And, we know that bringing this commitment to life requires providing education leaders with the support they need to not only face the current challenges, but that will propel towards the future of quality and equity.
Since 2018, over 10,000 educators and counting have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS® program. That’s a milestone in and of itself. But when you zoom out, it means that tens of thousands of children are now cared for by these professionals. And, when you think of the number of meaningful, high-quality interactions that happen each and every day? It’s not unreasonable to think that there are a hundred thousand or more brain-building moments that happen daily because learners have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS program.