Teaching Strategies Gold Training Tools
This page is our way of reaching out to those who would like to benefit from the materials we have developed to help our providers understand and successfully use the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment system. Over the past few years we have helped our child care providers learn how to use the Teaching Strategies Gold System, starting with an Overview Class and gradually teaching them about observation, analysis, and planning for instruction using the tools embedded in the system. In addition to the classes offered, we encourage them to use the online training available through the system itself, both the modules and Inter-Rater reliability.
Probably the most valuable assistance for many practitioners is the availability of staff to answer questions, coach and encourage them through the learning process. Site visits have been particularly helpful working side by side in their own classroom settings. Mentoring and helping practitioners view themselves as professionals with the skills needed to succeed in the assessment process is critical.
We also offer parent workshops which focus on a Teaching Strategies Gold overview, parent access and involvement, resources and activities. When working with facilities and families it is important to be aware of teachers’ concerns and fears about sharing their work online. This is new for them and we need to be thoughtful in our presentation of their work.
As Directors, Family Home Operators and Teachers build their skills, we have found them coming together to share information of the system. We offer a class examining strategies to support staff and a systematic approach to managing the tools and reports to seek improved outcomes for children. It is vital that users understand the impact of the data and how to utilize it effectively in their facility or classroom.
To potential instructors who wish to use these materials – they were made by a collaborative group at the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, and we would most appreciate collaborative attribution to ELCofSWFL as the source for these materials.