We believe every child deserves life-changing teachers. Teachstone is committed to supporting Pennsylvania programs through our work to ensure all children experience effective interactions with their teachers – the very interactions that are proven to drive positive development and learning.
Teachstone is the certifying organization of the CLASS and was founded by the co-authors of the tool. Our mission is to ensure that every child gets to experience the most effective teachers. We have worked with organizations across the world and will put that experience to work to assist you in implementing CLASS observation in your own program.
Your program can elect to use CLASS as a tool to inform its CQI in Keystone STARS and the information provided below can aid in your consideration of CLASS for this purpose. Should you have questions, please contact your local ELRC for guidance.
Complete This Short Introduction to Learn More About The CLASS® Framework
The CLASS system is a quality improvement system for teaching- providing aligned tools for assessment and targeted professional development. The CLASS system helps reconnect schools and teachers with what they love and need to do most - effective classroom teaching. By measuring and improving over 125 important skills, CLASS ensures that teachers are effective with students of all ages, regardless of the curriculum used.
To improve the quality of teaching you must be able to measure it along the way. Through observation of teachers in the classroom, the CLASS assessment provides an accurate gauge of instructional capabilities and informs targeted professional development to help teachers improve their classroom practice.
The myTeachstone® platform provides extensive reporting capabilities that help ensure that everyone in the system – teachers, administrators and coaches – have access to the data they need to make decisions and improve teaching practice.