Quality Interactions

A key factor in children’s social-emotional development is the level of emotional support provided by adults significant in their lives. An expanding base of research shows that interactions between teachers and children are critical to children’s positive development and learning. In an effort to assess the quality of these interactions, many programs are using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

The premise of Al’s Pals is similar to that of the CLASS – that interactions between teachers and children matter. Because of this alignment, Wingspan has prepared a crosswalk between Al’s Pals and the CLASS domains: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.

Al’s Pals teaches young children social-emotional skills and healthy decision-making within the context of a caring adult-child relationship. The Al’s Pals training builds teacher’s abilities to relate to children in positive ways and create a caring, cooperative classroom environment. The combined training and curriculum provide an effective framework for teachers to establish nurturing relationships with children while developing children’s social competence, self-regulation, thinking abilities, and language skills.

To see the crosswalk between Al’s Pals and the CLASS assessment tool, click here.