In my last blog post, Moving On After the Shutdown, I proposed that everyone create a short- and long-term personal agenda focused on advocacy for high-quality early childhood education. Now is the time to take the first step on that journey by joining me and my Teachstone teammates at the 2013 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference next week. The list of sessions is already online and is so packed full of insightful presentations that it's difficult for me to narrow my recommendations. For some time slots, I'm actually trying to determine how to clone myself so that I can be in multiple places at once!
Greetings from Phoenix! I’m here for some training, but the travel provided room for reading and relaxing. I do love to read, but it’s also nice to be able to kick back and watch some good tube. I’ve been digging into our new YouTube page. We already have our newest video—the Power of Interactions—up, as well as our recent Infant/Toddler webinar recording and some explanatory videos. I’m excited we have a new social channel, in addition to Facebook and Twitter, where we can post videos and get feedback from you. Speaking of feedback, let us know what you’d like to see on our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe!
The Teachstone Team is constantly striving to develop new, innovative products and discovering ways to improve our current materials. We recently focused our efforts of improving the suite of Pre-K CLASS training materials, including Introduction and Observation Trainings and the Train-the-Trainer program.
In April, Teachstone and Brookes Publishing will release the Infant CLASSTM tool! It’s been a little over a year since I provided a series of pilot trainings to learn about the validity of the measure and how best to train observers. We are now busy compiling that data and putting the final touches on resources to help you learn about the Infant CLASS tool, measure interactions using the Infant CLASS measure, and ultimately, improve these interactions. Expect to see observation trainings, Video Library clips, a Dimensions Guide, and other professional development opportunities related to the Infant CLASS tool.