QRIS and CLASS (TM) :Emphasizing Effective Teacher-Child Interaction to Improve Child Outcomes

Gerry Cobb, Director, QRIS National Learning Network, The BUILD Initiative
Marla Muntner, Education Director, Teachstone
Rebecca Berlin, Client Services Director, Teachstone
Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator, Washington State Department of Early Learning
Eileen Nelson, Parent Aware, State of Minnesota
Wed, 08/17/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Consistent studies have shown that the quality of teacher-child interaction is related to preschooler gains in pre-reading and math skills and contributes to preschoolers' social competence in the kindergarten year and beyond. To that end, researchers at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education created the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (TM) (CLASS (TM)) tool to observe and assess emotional, organizational, and instructional elements of quality in early childhood educational environments.  The system is now being used to assess preschool classrooms and is being piloted in toddler programs as well. Final publication of the Toddler CLASS is expected in January 2013, while the Infant CLASS (TM) tool is under development.

Several states have now integrated CLASS (TM) into their quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).  On this webinar, you will learn more about the CLASS (TM) tool.  You will also hear from several states that have integrated CLASS into their quality rating system. They will share both the benefits and challenges of using this system. 

This webinar is helpful to state leaders currently developing, piloting or updating their QRIS systems and those who want to learn more about CLASS (TM) and how it can be used to not only assess but also improve the quality of teacher-child interaction.

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