Teachstone http://teachstone.com Building connections. Enhancing learning. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:15:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Five Steps to Continuous Quality Improvement http://teachstone.com/blog/five-steps-continuous-quality-improvement/ http://teachstone.com/blog/five-steps-continuous-quality-improvement/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 19:57:12 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352232 Earlier this month, at the National Head Start Association conference in DC, I had the opportunity to speak with Teachstone’s Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are one of our investments in making sure we are always listening to the profession we strive to support, the teachers. We discussed the challenges faced in ECE and how Teachstone supports [...]

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Cracking the Code: How to Interpret the CLASS Score Report as a Coach http://teachstone.com/blog/cracking-code-interpret-class-score-report-coach/ http://teachstone.com/blog/cracking-code-interpret-class-score-report-coach/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:17:42 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352176 Does the CLASS score report look like gibberish to you? Are you unsure of how to interpret the data and turn it into a usable form for coaching purposes? Let us be your Rosetta Stone. One thing to note is that there is no one right way to prepare a CLASS score report. Some organizations [...]

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Coaching Tip: Dealing with Distractions While Using Video Models http://teachstone.com/blog/coaching-tip-dealing-with-distractions-in-the-class-video-library/ http://teachstone.com/blog/coaching-tip-dealing-with-distractions-in-the-class-video-library/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:35:45 +0000 http://www.teachstone.com/blog/?p=1192 Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted on June 7, 2014. We have revamped the content so it’s accurate and fresh.  Teachers that watch videos of effective classroom interactions are more likely to improve their own interactions. Knowing this, Teachstone created and continues to cultivate a robust CLASS Video Library, featuring real teachers effectively interacting [...]

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Differentiating Professional Development for Teachers Starting on Day 1 http://teachstone.com/blog/differentiating-professional-development-teachers-starting-day-1/ http://teachstone.com/blog/differentiating-professional-development-teachers-starting-day-1/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:59:34 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352173 One of the things I keep in mind when developing PD for teachers is to start at the beginning. This isn’t the beginning of the year, the Training Period Evaluation, and it’s definitely not the Annual Evaluation. It’s the first touch a teacher has with my organization. Sight Unseen As the hiring manager for classroom [...]

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Instructional Support Strategies: Know Your Training Options! http://teachstone.com/blog/instructional-support-strategies-online-or-face-to-face-which-is-right-for-you/ http://teachstone.com/blog/instructional-support-strategies-online-or-face-to-face-which-is-right-for-you/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:05:17 +0000 http://www.teachstone.com/blog/?p=868 Editor’s Note: This post was originally published February 21, 2014. It has been updated to ensure the content is fresh and accurate.    CLASS™ Instructional Support. What comes to your mind when you read this term? If you’re anything like the hundreds of coaches we’ve talked to, this term might bring to mind frustration or [...]

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A BA Is Necessary but Not Sufficient http://teachstone.com/blog/a-ba-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient/ http://teachstone.com/blog/a-ba-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:44:10 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352114 Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by Teachstone Ambassador Teri Talan for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership on April 10, 2015. You can read the original post here.  April 1st shall be memorialized in the minds of many of us as a benchmark day for the profession of early childhood education. And [...]

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Flexibility Versus Structure: The Debate Continues http://teachstone.com/blog/flexibility-versus-structure-debate-continues/ http://teachstone.com/blog/flexibility-versus-structure-debate-continues/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:38:24 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352110 How can we expect teachers to prepare children for kindergarten when the CLASS dimension, Regard for Student Perspectives (RSP), contradicts some of the very behaviors they need to learn? Last year, a center director posed this question to me. Specifically, she was referring to certain goals children in her pre-K program were expected to attain [...]

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Building on Teachers’ Strengths http://teachstone.com/blog/building-teachers-strengths/ http://teachstone.com/blog/building-teachers-strengths/#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:16:00 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352107 It’s a gorgeous spring day here in central Virginia. The trees are leafing out, the lilacs are in full bloom, and the birds are busy nesting. A particularly ambitious robin is building three nests in one of my planters. One is quite full, the other less so, and the third just has the beginnings of [...]

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CLASS in Bilingual Classrooms: Should I Speak to Children in English or Spanish? http://teachstone.com/blog/class-bilingual-classrooms-speak-children-english-spanish/ http://teachstone.com/blog/class-bilingual-classrooms-speak-children-english-spanish/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:40:45 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352021 Often, when I am engaged in professional development focusing on vocabulary lessons with teachers in bilingual classrooms, I am asked “Should I speak to the child in English or Spanish?” My answer is never simply one or the other. It’s a complicated, immediate calculation of a number of factors: the child’s age, home language, socioeconomic [...]

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Your Grandmother’s Wisdom and Sophisticated Science http://teachstone.com/blog/grandmothers-wisdom-sophisticated-science/ http://teachstone.com/blog/grandmothers-wisdom-sophisticated-science/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:52 +0000 http://teachstone.com/?p=352024 TODAY Today like millions of other Americans I went to work. I didn’t design a beautiful skyscraper, I didn’t write a proposal to save an endangered species, and I didn’t drive a bus or fly a plane, or write a crucial bill that would someday become a law.However, I did spend time with some very [...]

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