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.
Some of you may remember me from my time at Teaching Strategies. Yup, I was there during the early days when we could fit the entire staff around Diane's farm table that served as our conference/lunch table. That was actually when I first learned about Bob Pianta's video-coding project that developed into the CLASS. I remember being so excited that someone was going to give our field a tool that defined what I had called "the magic in teaching."I also spent the last 10 years in Florida with some of that time spent developing statewide systems of quality. That was really fun work because I was able to focus all of my effort on how the state office could best support programs in increasing quality. I had great partners throughout Florida who wanted to adopt the CLASS with training and other teacher and program supports that had evidence in supporting better child outcomes. It was through strong partnerships and leadership throughout the state that we were able to get these systems in place.So here at Teachstone, I'm eager to partner with leaders across the country in developing systems that best support teacher success. I'm engaging research and program partners so Teachstone can continue to develop effective supports for each of your communities. This timing couldn't be better with our impending launch of myTeachstone which will support programs in managing data, develop professional development plans, offer training within the system, and track progress of teachers in completing training. I can't wait to dig into the system to see how we can be responsive to developing program needs. If you don't know about myTeachstone, learn about it here.I'm also looking through the proposed Head Start Performance Standards. Are you planning on submitting comments? We are! We know that the feds are looking for input from each of us in the field to best shape these requirements. We'll share our thoughts on that with you soon.I'm located in Washington, DC, and travel around for meetings. If you see me, please introduce yourself to me so we can make a connection and think together about how we can partner on our important work. Children are counting on us, and we're counting on teachers.
Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today unveiled "Banking Time: Investing in Relationships," a new suite of tools to improve the quality of interactions between teachers and specific children birth through third grade, and in turn, to build strong, positive, equitable teacher-child relationships.
Nearly two years ago I joined Teachstone with a deep desire and commitment to support leaders and teachers with real-time, practical, and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the current needs of children, families, and educators. For the 20 years prior, I led organizations working at the national, state, and local levels focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in marginalized communities. As a practitioner at heart, my passion has been translating research to practice to drive impact and positive outcomes for children. This passion brought me to Teachstone.
Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, has unveiled a new, easy-to-use, on-demand platform that will allow experts to provide research-based video coaching to educators seeking to improve their practice—no matter the setting.
It’s now been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school facilities and forced educators across the globe to shift how they engage learners. At Teachstone, we too made shifts to ensure we met the moment, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to improving the interactions that matter most to children’s development and success.