CLASS: Is a structured observation measure which is statistically valid and reliable.
CLASS: is about more than raising teachers' scores. It is about fundamentally improving teaching and learning. Teacher-child interactions drive learning.
Coaching: Research shows that it takes 10 months of intensive coaching to increase scores by half of a point.
A Systematic Approach for Improvement
Large variance in scores
Below National Average in several domains
Below Relative Threshold in one domain
50% decrease in observations from previous semester
Lack of systematic approach
Two Education Specialists became certified "Train the Trainers"
Implemented video taping of teachers
Coaching model was implemented
Education Specialists became calibrated to one another
3/3 domains higher than National Average
Instructional Support becoming consistent
Implemented more rigorous calibration method of "Blind Scoring" among Education Specialists
Introduction of New Teacher Self Reflection tool based upon previous goals.
All 3 domains remain above National Average
Education Specialists became calibrated with Teachstone
Implemented 2 week window of scheduling CLASS observations
Uptick in Emotional Support
2/3 domains remain steady
Continuation of coaching process
Education Specialists received advanced training on coaching practices
Significant increase in all domains
Cumulative effect of systematic coaching systems and continuous improvement.
Scores began to slowly improve
Still below National Average in 2/3 domains
*** Paradigm shift ***
As an agency, Audubon Area Head Start made the decision to fully implement CLASS
We doubled the number of CLASS observations from Fall 2012
Number of CLASS Observations