Have you heard the news? Teachstone has just launched our newest training—Pre-K CLASS Observation Training in Spanish! We kicked off this training just this month in sunny Miami, Florida. That's right, two whole days of learning how to become a CLASS certified observer, all delivered in Spanish.
We had the pleasure of welcoming 10 energetic participants at this training, representing Florida, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Not only did they get to learn about one very important part of the process of professional development for early childhood educators—collecting reliable data—they got to do it in their native language.
In our ever-changing field of early childhood education, we have seen the diversity in our classrooms expand, not only cultural diversity, but also in languages. More children are now attending early childhood centers where instruction is given in more than one language by bilingual teachers. As well as dual language classrooms, there are children who attend schools where Spanish is the only language spoken. The Spanish Pre-K Observation Training was developed by a team of dedicated staff to support teachers and coaches in their mission to continuously improve teacher-child interactions.
The kick-off of this training at the Miami regional training was a huge success, so we are even more excited to offer this at several more of our regional trainings in 2017. The following are just a few of the upcoming dates where Spanish Pre-K Observation Trainings will be offered:
We look forward to welcoming you en español at one of our future trainings!
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.