Teachstone Adds Four National Research and Policy Experts to Senior Leadership Team


New staff to support national efforts to expand the availability of quality, evidence-based early childhood programs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia., January 10, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Teachstone, developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in the Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems (QRIS) of 23 states and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced that it has added four early childhood education experts to its leadership team.

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“Research clearly shows that a quality early learning experience can positively shape the trajectory of not only a child’s life, but their entire family. In the United States, we are seeing an increase in the intentional development of policies, funding and practices to ensure the expansion of high quality early learning and child care, ”said the co-founder. by Teachstone Brigitte Hamre. “We are delighted to welcome such esteemed colleagues who will help accelerate our own mission of helping every child reach their full potential by enhancing interactions around them.”

As states navigate the effects of the pandemic on children’s cognitive and social and emotional development, Teachstone’s evidence-based CLASS assessment and unique professional development are being used across the country to help providers deliver the urgent support for children.

The extended management team includes the appointment of:

  • Dr. Sarah caverly as vice president of research and evaluation. Experienced researcher and analyst with over 20 years of experience conducting large-scale rigorous evaluations in education. Caverly joins Teachstone after serving as a Principal Investigator at the American Institutes for Research. Previously, she held several leadership positions on impact evaluations of early childhood education, early literacy, and children’s social and emotional learning programs. Most recently, she has primarily focused on translating evidence to support practitioners, including the What Works Clearinghouse and the Science of Learning and Development Alliance, by evaluating the impact of MyTeachingPartner and examining appropriate teaching practices. culture in elementary schools.

  • Suzann morris as Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations: A national early childhood policy expert with over 15 years of experience, Morris joins Teachstone after serving as a senior member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Early Years Initiative. Previously, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, where she was also a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and co-chaired the Board of early learning from Pennsylvania. His tenure included significant growth and modernization of Pennsylvania first combined system of quality referral and resource and childcare, increased investment in a credit professional development system and review of one of the oldest QRIS in the country.

  • Dr. Véronique Fernandez as Senior Director of Social Impact: Dr Fernandez is a developmental psychologist and has spent nearly 15 years focusing on the development of early childhood education professionals. Previously, she was a research scientist at Miami University where she led the development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative and impactful coaching intervention. Throughout her career, she has focused on developing and promoting fairness, anti-racism and anti-prejudice practices. In this role, new to Teachstone, she will bring in-depth knowledge of educational ecosystems from birth to fifth grade, as well as expertise in creating, testing and refining impactful solutions focused on strengths and experiences. children who are culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse; and children in poverty.

  • Grace funk as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives: Funk joins Teachstone after serving as an early learning coach manager with the City of Seattle Ministry of Education and Preschool Education. In this role, she has led and supported the development, implementation, refinement, evaluation and continuous quality improvement of many innovative professional development models. Previously, she was a research scientist at University of Virginia Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning Studies. Starting with the classroom, Funk has dedicated over 20 years to education, focusing on effective teacher-child interactions, coaching educators and leaders, system improvement, and educational justice.

“Building back better requires innovative, evidence-based solutions for children and families,” added Hamre. “Teachstone is ready to face the present moment. “

About Teachstone
Teachstone® was founded in 2008 to provide the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® nationally and globally. Developed through years of research, the CLASS® observation tool measures interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to promote lifelong learning and success. CLASS, adopted as part of the Federal Head Start monitoring protocol in 2010, is used to assess the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions. Teachstone’s CLASS tool is making a difference in classrooms in 50 countries around the world. For information visit www.teachstone.com.



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