You may have heard that we are launching a Facebook group for CLASS affiliate trainers, educators, observers, and more!
We have about 2000 Affiliate Trainers and that number is quickly rising. In fact, we trained over 400 Affiliates in 2015 alone! With all of that CLASS content and training knowledge, we wanted to create a space where you can openly interact, share CLASS knowledge and training tips, and discuss other relevant topics with fellow CLASS Affiliate Trainers from all over the world.
Last week, we introduced you to Teachstone trainers Curry Ander, Lisa Criss, Mary-Margaret Gardiner, and Sarah Hadden. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Sherilyn Crump, Jeannine Ernst, Cierra Johnson, Daniel LaCava, and Tracy Jones who also will be contributing regularly to the Affiliate Trainer Blog.
Beyond training reliable CLASS observers, our Teachstone trainers play a vital role in delivering on the promise of CLASS. Across the country and around the world, they help organizations understand that if you improve how teachers connect with students, children learn and achieve more—now and for the rest of their lives.
These trainers will be contributing regularly to the newly updated Affiliate Trainer Blog to share updates, tips, and resources to support our affiliate trainers. You’ll find everything from training tips to information about new CLASS-based research and professional development programs.
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Teachstone trainers Curry Ander, Lisa Criss, Mary-Margaret Gardiner, and Sarah Hadden. Come back next week to meet the rest of our Teachstone trainers!
Hey there! I'm Jennifer, the new Director of Applied Research and Public Policy at Teachstone. I am so excited to join this group of innovative, action-oriented thinkers. While I'm new to Teachstone, I am not new to early childhood education. I first came to this field as a toddler teacher in Florida and have great memories of catching frogs with children on the playground and having wonderful conversations during rain storms. My time as a teacher was invaluable in preparing me for each of my other experiences in this field.
Charlottesville, VA – Teachstone®, a leader in the field of quality early childhood education, announced that Dr. Jennifer Park has joined the company as the Director of Applied Research and Public Policy. In this role, Park will lead collaborations in research and evaluation, and will design and drive all public policy initiatives.
Last week at the National Head Start (NHSA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, we were honored to recognize the winners of the 2015 NHSA-Teachstone Scholarship Awards. These NHSA members embody the spirit of our work at Teachstone, where we recognize the parallel process centered on supporting teachers in their most critical role in the classroom: educating and nurturing the youngest members of the next generation.
By training, I’m an accountant. Or as some on my staff say, “a bean counter.” I like to know what things are going to cost, I need to know that we can pay for them, and of course, I want to know that we are getting a strong return on our investment (a.k.a. ROI).
As a former teacher, coach and Center Director, I remember hearing about new types of professional development and other materials across the early childhood field. I wanted to try everything! But budgets and time are limited, and I always felt like I was missing out on the good stuff.