For Conducting Observations

Tools and resources to support local and external CLASS® observations

Getting to Know CLASS®

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Using the CLASS® in Virginia

Learn how Virginia will use the CLASS® for continuous quality improvement

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CLASS® Outcomes Summary

Summary of research on the CLASS® Pre-K through 3rd grade

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Recommendations for Using CLASS®

Recommendations for use in inclusive early childhood programs

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CLASS® Pre-K Dimensions Overview

A brief overview of the dimensions measured by CLASS® observation tool

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For Local CLASS® Observations

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CLASS® Calculator

Intended to help program leaders summarize PreK CLASS data

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CLASS® Feedback Form

Template for noting scores, strengths, and areas of growth

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Local Observations Guidebook

Provides protocols, answers to FAQs, and resources for local observations

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FAQs for Local CLASS Observations

Guidance for conducting local CLASS observations

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Local CLASS Observation Guidance for VQB5 Practice Year 1

Guidance for conducting local CLASS observations

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Guidance for Observing Virtual PreK Instruction

Template for conducting local observations of virtual instruction

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For External CLASS® Observations

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FAQs for External CLASS Observations

Overview and guidance for VQB5 Practice Year 1

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VQB5 External Observation One-Pager

At-a-glance information for external observations in 2021-2022

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VQB5 Practice Year 1 Information

Expectations for external CLASS® observations in 2021-2022

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VQB5 Implementation Guide

Overview and guidance for VQB5 Practice Year 1

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What are CLASS® Scores?

Learn how CLASS® looks at interactions between teachers and students

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CLASS® Observations During COVID-19

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Guidance for Observing In-Person Instruction

Teachstone's recommendations for conducting observations during COVID and dimension-specific guidance

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Guidance for Effective Interactions in Socially Distanced Classrooms

Teachstone's recommendations for interacting with children while wearing masks and social distancing

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Guidance for Remote Live Observations

Teachstone's recommendations for conducting observations through video conferencing platforms

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Guidance for Observing Virtual PreK Instruction

Template for conducting local observations of virtual instruction

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