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Excelling with CLASS: Language Modeling Achieving High Language Modeling: Assessing, Coaching, Accountability – Seminar

May 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

With John Gunnarson, Consultant, Early Care and Education

Three one-hour webinars – One full-day workshop!

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Join with your colleagues around the region to excel with CLASS: Language Modeling.  This course will provide attendees with two unique learning approaches.  First, attendees will be offered 3 one-hour webinars (see the list below) along with collateral materials to enhance their knowledge.  Second, attendees will be offered the opportunity to attend an in-person training with John to dive deeper and build greater capacity in this topic area.  See the dates and locations below. John Gunnarson is an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance to Head Start and early childhood programs throughout the United States and internationally. He also teaches early childhood education at the College of Marin in California. His areas of specialization include classroom environments, curriculum, CLASS, positive guidance and discipline, early literacy, early math, teacher-child interactions, projects and studies, Reggio Emilia-inspired practices, and working with dual language learners.


Seminar, May 1, 2018 – Achieving High Language Modeling:  Assessing, Coaching, Accountability

San Jose City College, Milpitas Campus – Conference Center.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (PST)


Center Directors, coaches, and Education Program Managers:

This hands-on seminar will provide you with concrete, practical skills for supporting your teachers and coaching them to improve their CLASS scores.

Focusing primarily on CLASS Language Modeling, participants in this seminar will learn and practice:

–  How to quickly conduct a CLASS Language Sample for each of your teachers.

–  How to analyze your Language Sample and turn it into measureable data.

–  Coaching strategies that are effective and develop your teachers’ CLASS skills:  modeling, co-teaching, shadowing, consulting, and observation with feedback.

–  A framework for implementing the coaching strategies:  prebrief –>  coach –> debrief.

–  A concrete framework for providing feedback.

Plus, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and problem-solve professional development and coaching issues focused on CLASS Language Modeling and on the three Language Modeling webinars. 




Materials are only available to registered attendees. Contact headstartr9@region9hsa.org for any questions or to gain access to these resources.


May 1, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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San Jose City College, Milpitas Campus


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