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1 Governor’s Office of Early Childhood
CLASS is in session: Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Childhood Settings

2 Introduction Presenter: Joe Roberts, Director
Head Start Collaboration Office Background in data and analytics Experience in multiple industries Process improvement (Six Sigma) Worked at a Head Start grantee Facilitates collaboration between all Early Childhood settings (formal and home) Contact Information: Call: (502)

3 Goals and Agenda Agenda Introduction to CLASS What is CLASS
Who can use CLASS Scoring with CLASS Domains, Dimensions & Behavioral Markers Video examples Testimonials Resources Goal Participants will leave with a broad knowledge of the CLASS tool including the domains and dimensions of CLASS and how scoring works

4 What is CLASS? Classroom Assessment and Scoring System

5 What is CLASS? Designed by TeachStone
Based on research from University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Data supports teachers’ unique professional development needs focuses on effective teaching helps teachers recognize and understand the power of their interactions with students works across age levels and subjects Assesses classroom quality Tool designed for many age groups

6 Who can use CLASS? The CLASS™ tool is used by teachers, administrators, researchers, and data collectors for a variety of purposes, including Teacher preparation Teacher performance assessment Professional development Program monitoring Research and evaluation

7 Who can use CLASS? Office of Head Start City of Chicago
State of Georgia Others. . . In Kentucky. . . 32 Head Start Grantees Multi-county, single county ~14,000 at risk children (3s and 4s) ~1,100 classrooms ~ 3,500 personnel

8 Scoring with CLASS Scoring Matrix 7 HIGH 6 5 4 MID-RANGE 3 2 LOW 1

9 Classroom Organization Instructional Support
Domains of CLASS CLASSROOM QUALITY Emotional Support Classroom Organization Instructional Support

10 Classroom Organization Instructional Support
Domains of CLASS CLASSROOM QUALITY Emotional Support Positive Climate Negative Climate Teacher Sensitivity Regard for Student Perspective Classroom Organization Instructional Support

11 Emotional Support Positive Climate – The emotional connection, respect and enjoyment demonstrated between teachers and students and among students Negative Climate – The level of expressed negativity such as anger, hostility, or aggression exhibited by teachers and/or students in the classroom Teacher Sensitivity – Teachers’ awareness of and response to students’ academic and emotional concerns Regard for Student Perspective – The degree to which teachers’ interactions with students and classroom activities place an emphasis on the students’ interests, motivations and points of view

12 Emotional Support Conversations during learning - Comforting an upset child - Activities with children as leaders-

13 Emotional Support Behavioral Markers Negative Climate(NC)
Negative Affect Punitive Control Sarcasm/Disrespect Severe Negativity Positive Climate (PC) Relationships Positive Affect Positive Communication Respect Teacher Sensitivity (TC) Awareness Responsiveness Addresses Problems Student Comfort Regard for Student Perspective(RSP) Flexibility and Student Focus Support for Autonomy and Leadership Student Expression Restriction of Movement

14 Classroom Organization Instructional Support
Domains of CLASS CLASSROOM QUALITY Emotional Support Classroom Organization Behavior Management Productivity Instructional Learning Formats Instructional Support

15 Classroom Organization
Behavior Management – How effectively teachers monitor, prevent and redirect behavior Productivity – How well the classroom runs with respect to routines and the degree to which teachers organize activities and directions so that the maximum time can be spent on learning activities Instructional Learning Formats – How teachers facilitate activities and provide interesting materials so that students are engaged and learning opportunities are maximized

16 Classroom Organization
Video Links: Instructions during transitions - Making the most at lunch - Animated Story Time - Puppets at Story Time -

17 Classroom Organization
Behavioral Markers Behavior Management (BM) Clear expectations Proactive Redirection of Misbehavior Student Behavior Instructional Learning Formats (ILS) Effective Facilitation Variety of Modalities and Material Student Interest Clarity of Learning Objectives Productivity Maximizing Learning Time Routines Transitions Preparation

18 Classroom Organization Instructional Support
Domains of CLASS CLASSROOM QUALITY Emotional Support Classroom Organization Instructional Support Concept Development Quality of Feedback Language Modeling

19 Instructional Support
Concept Development – How teachers use instructional discussion and activities to promote students’ higher-order thinking skills in contrast to a focus on rote instruction Quality of Feedback – How teachers extend students’ learning through their responses to students’ ideas, comments and work Language Modeling – The extent to which teachers facilitate and encourage students’ language

20 Instructional Support
Experimenting with eggs – Quality Feedback Loops - Open ended questions during story time -

21 Classroom Organization
Behavioral Markers Concept Development (CD) Analysis and Reasoning Creating Integration Connections to the Real World Quality of Feedback (QF) Scaffolding Feedback Loops Prompting Thought Process Providing Information Encouragement and affirmation Language Modeling Frequent Conversations Open-Ended Questions Repetition and Extension Self- and Parallel-Talk Advanced Language

22 CLASS SCORING Frequency of Scoring
Four to six twenty minute observations Ten minutes of scoring after each observation periods Observers score all ten dimensions each time Cumulative score is the average of all observations Other Considerations Observations can be made during any organized activities (including lunch and transitions) Not to be used for outdoor play Observations must be conducted in one day Includes all adults in the setting Should reflect the average classroom experience

23 Classroom Organization Instructional Support
CLASS SCORING National Averages Emotional Support Classroom Organization Instructional Support

24 CLASS SCORING Inter-rater Reliability Introductory training (2 Days)
Online Test (must maintain 80% reliability) Scores are “reliable” if they fall within one (plus or minus) of a master coder Reliability must be renewed annually (re-test) Maintaining Inter-rater Reliability Organizations are encouraged to engage in inter-rater reliability exercises throughout the year Video tape environments Score jointly to check results Develop strategies to integrate lessons learned Integrate CLASS scores into PD system

25 Resources Resources and Links
TeachStone website Teachstone Implementation Guide (http:// Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center Head Start Training and Technical Assistance ( Your local Head Start (

26 Thank You

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