Our third annual InterAct CLASS Summit is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. This year, we’re gearing up for our biggest event yet, with more CLASS educators than ever before. But event attendance is certainly not the only thing that is improving. Here are a few exciting new aspects of the Summit for this year:
Too often, we attend conferences with the best of intentions but then fail to actually implement what we've learned once we're back home. This year, our theme is Maximizing Your Impact—Today and Tomorrow. We’re doubling down on the quality of the sessions, and working with all session presenters to ensure that attendees benefit from common learning objectives. These objectives include reflecting on current practices and developing actionable plans to take new learnings back home.
Last December we received a record number of high quality session proposals (a good problem to have!). As we organized and accepted submissions, we were thrilled to see the new trends that are emerging in our field. One of the new tracks that came from our selection process is Culture of CLASS and Leadership. These sessions will explore what it means to develop a culture of CLASS, how to build strong CLASS leadership, and how to build a parallel process of CLASS philosophies at all levels of an organization.
The Teachstone Team is always hard at work developing and testing new learning services. But how often do you get a sneak peek into the cutting edge of those innovations? This year, we’re thrilled to host the new InterAct Learning Lounge, where you can do just that. It will be a place to explore new products, provide feedback, or take a social break.
In this field, we have difficult tasks ahead of us—but together we can achieve a lot. The value of the InterAct CLASS Summit comes from the connections we make with one another. That's why we’re establishing a new registrant benefit—a year-long membership into the CLASS Learning Community. We’ll use the community to foster connections before, during, and long after the Summit is over. It will help us continue important conversations, share resources, and hold each other accountable to the plans we make together.
If you’ve been to New Orleans, then you already know it's a magical place! It’s an honor to be hosting the InterAct CLASS Summit in the historic French Quarter. Whether you’re into delicious cuisine, amazing live music, or rich history and culture, New Orelans is the place to be. We encourage attendees to find time to experience the city and all it has to offer.
Haven’t yet purchased your ticket? Good news, there is still time to register! We hope to see you there.
Teachstone is celebrating Week of the Young Child hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We'll be posting articles, videos, activities, and more all week on Facebook and Twitter.
For Tasty Tuesday, we've found a few healthy recipes for every mealtime, including dessert. These recipes are easy to assemble and make, and your early learners can help out as well. What are your favorite healthy recipes?
I have a confession to make—I'm a social media junkie. I had to go through a 12-step program to cure my Facebook habit. I had a short relapse, but I was able to kick it again. I tried Twitter years ago, but that just wasn't for me. Pinterest is just straight up evil. I've planned two weddings, a total remodel of a home, and a trip to Hawaii. None of these things is ever going to happen, but Pinterest has robbed me of about 400 hours of time that I put into these nonexistent projects. Instagram is one of those things that I can take or leave.