Teachstone launches new tools to develop children’s literacy skills and empower families
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia., September 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Teachstone, pioneering developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in assessment and quality improvement systems in 23 states and used by Head Start programs nationwide, announced today it’s partnering with Kaplan Early Learning Company to release toolkits to support the literacy skills of all children, including bilingual learners, in the classroom and at home. The CLASS® Literacy Support Kit and Home Literacy Kit, designed for Kindergarten and Kindergarten children, are now available for purchase and shipping.
“After nearly two years of virtual, co-ed and sometimes face-to-face teaching, it is unclear exactly how children’s language and literacy development has been affected or how long lasting these effects can be.” , said the co-founder and CEO of Teachstone. Brigitte Hamre. “But the challenges posed to literacy by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the equity issues that have proven to be further exacerbated, make it even more important to identify the practices that best support student learning.”
Matthieu marceron, President and CEO of Kaplan, added, “We are proud to partner with Teachstone to launch a suite of tools that not only encourage intentional literacy experiences and simplify planning for educators, but empower educators. families to engage in meaningful and playful literacy experiences at home. “
The CLASS® Literacy Support Kit includes tips for the educator for planning readings aloud, supporting phonological awareness, and building literacy and alphabet knowledge. A webinar to provide teachers with training aligned with the material can be added to the kit.
The Home Literacy Kit includes resources, such as activities and games, that families can use at home to keep the literacy journey consistent.
The development of these kits, sold separately, follows a recent research report which shows that CLASS® improves results in language and literacy. The report indicates that effective interactions with teachers, peers and classroom materials enhance children’s literacy development by modeling new language, inviting children’s verbal expression through questions and conversations, by engaging students in interesting and meaningful lessons and encouraging persistence and attention when learning new concepts.
Additionally, the report says, children do best in literacy and language when they are in classrooms that provide effective teacher-student interactions. These findings are valid from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and among diverse populations of children such as bilingual learners and children living in poverty.
Teachstone® was founded in 2008 to provide the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® nationally and globally. Developed through years of research, the CLASS® observation tool measures interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to promote lifelong learning and success. CLASS, adopted as part of the Federal Head Start monitoring protocol in 2010, is used to assess the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions. Teachstone’s CLASS tool is making a difference in classrooms in 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.teachstone.com.
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