Teachstone is excited to announce our distinguished CLASS Observer Fellows:
It is important that observers represent the diversity of programs where they will observe. This helps to ensure that they can capture more nuances in interactions than someone with limited experience in that setting. Observers must also be fluent in the languages of instruction in the setting they are observing. Currently, CLASS® Observers are significantly more likely to be white monolingual English speakers than the overall early childhood workforce.
To help correct this imbalance, we’ve launched the CLASS Observer Fellows program for BIPOC and multi-lingual educators who are underrepresented in the current observer pool relative to their use in early childhood settings.
During the 2022-2023 school year, 30 selected Observer Fellows are training and certifying as CLASS observers on either the Infant/Toddler or the Pre-K—K-3 age levels. In return, Fellows will provide feedback on Teachstone products, share their expertise on webinars, podcasts, and blogs, and conduct field observations.