CLASS Observation Training

April 21 & 22, 2020

Aurora, Illinois




Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM CDT
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Two Rivers Head Start Agency 
1455 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

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Registration Fees:

$395.00 per person includes lite breakfast items with coffee and lunch both days

ALSO Included:

  • CLASS Observation Participant Package
  • CLASS Observation Training Participant Guide
  • CLASS Manual Score Sheet
  • CLASS Master Code Justifications
  • MyCLASS account
  • Subscription to the CLASS Video Library
  • Pre­training video
  • Reliability test (8 weeks of access)
  • Reliability performance report
  • Year-long CLASS Observation Certification (contingent on passing the reliability test)
  • CLASS Observer certification card (contingent on passing the reliability test)
  • Teachstone support


If you need a sleeping room, these hotels are are close to the training facility:

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora

2423 Bushwood Drive, Aurora, IL 60506


Holiday Inn Aurora

2424 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506


Comfort Inn & Suites North Aurora

308 South Lincoln Way, North Aurora, IL 60542


Candlewood Suites Aurora

2625 West Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506



Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 


The CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) is an observational tool to assess quality in preschool Head Start classrooms. The CLASS tool assesses interactions between children and teachers in three broad domains of classroom quality: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Data from CLASS observations are used to support teachers’ unique professional development needs, set school­-wide goals, and shape system­wide reform at the local, state, and national levels. The Office of Head Start believes that the domains of quality measured by CLASS remain central to its approach to child development and education and serve as important indicators of the future school readiness of all Head Start children.  

Who should attend?

This training is open to Program directors, education managers/coordinators, mentors/coaches, or anyone else who will conduct CLASS observations in Head Start Classrooms. 

The CLASS Observation Training is meant for Illinois Head Start Staff only.

Training Format

The Class Observation Training is a two­ day training that helps you build an in depth understanding of the CLASS observation tool and explains how to use the tool to accurately observe and code classrooms. Explicit instruction and guided practice using authentic classroom videos helps to prepare for the CLASS reliability test that follows this training. Attendance is required for both days to be eligible for reliability testing. All participants commit to completing the CLASS Reliability test within six weeks following the conclusion of the training. 

Your CLASS Trainer: 

Verlinda Sims  |   Early Childhood Specialist

Office of Head Start    Training and Technical Assistance Center – Region V/Illinois

STG International, Inc.

 2900 South Quincy Street Suite 888|   Arlington, VA  22206

Desk/Cell 708.280.6311   |