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.
I have to admit, I cringe a little each time I walk into an infant classroom and see a monthly curriculum posted to the bulletin board. Usually it’s filled with age-appropriate activities that any baby would love. But there’s always that moment when I wonder, does this center feel the pressure to focus on pre-academic skills, even for their littlest clients?
I’m very excited to go to the Zero to Three National Training Institute next week in Texas. I’ve never been before, and I hear that it’s an energizing and inspiring conference. I’m especially excited for Nathan Fox’s plenary session on the developing brain. Dr. Fox is an amazing researcher who studies temperament and individual differences in infancy.
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.