Core Component : Mandatory
All First 5 Riverside CARES Plus participants are required to complete the CORE components in order to successfully complete Components A, B or C or D.
- Meet with a CARES Plus Advisor and submit a Professional Development Plan (PDP)
- Introduction to CLASS (4-6 hours, online)
- Looking at CLASSrooms (LAC) - includes Video Library (20-30 hours, online)
- CLASS Observation Tool (if selected - involves a pre and post test)
- Kids and Smoke Don't Mix (online)
NOTE: Returning participants are not required to complete the Intro to CLASS and Looking at CLASS trainings if already completed BOTH during the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, or 2014-2015 program years (for the appropriate grade level being taught). Participants who completed one or the other, and not BOTH, will need to complete BOTH (Intro and Looking at CLASS) during this program year (for the appropriate grade level being taught). Additionally, if participants already completed the Kids and Smoke Don't Mix training during the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, or 2014-2015 program years, they are not required to complete it again this year.
If you are an Infant Toddler Teacher this year, you will need to complete the Intro to CLASS and Looking at CLASSrooms for Infant/Toddlers this year, regardless if you completed the Pre-K Intro to CLASS and Pre-K Looking at CLASSrooms last year, as this was a new addition beginning in the 2013-2014 program year. If you are a Pre-K teacher, you must complete the Pre-K version of the Intro and Looking at CLASSrooms; if you are an Infant/Toddler teacher, you must complete the Infant/Toddler version of the Intro and Looking at CLASSrooms.
What is CLASS?
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observational tool that focuses on the classroom interactions that boost student learning.
Teacher - student interactions are categorized into three domains:
- Emotional Support
- Classroom Organization
- Instructional Support
The goal of CLASS is to help support teachers' individual professional development needs in an effort to provide the most effective classroom environment and increase the opportunity for student success.
For more information on CLASS, please refer to the following website: http://www.teachstone.com/