CLASS Training Opportunities: PreK CLASS Observer Training and PreK CLASS Train-the-Trainer Program


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing an opportunity to build your school division’s capacity for implementing local CLASS™ observations.  The CLASS™  trainings outlined below are  for individuals who will complete local observations in VPI classrooms.  Those who complete the training may also complete observations in ECSE classrooms. The VPI Coordinator needs to complete the registration process.

Opportunities for school division participants to attend CLASS™ training this fall include: 1) PreK CLASS™ Observer Training, and 2) PreK CLASS™ Train-the-Trainer Program.


PreK CLASS™ Observer Training

During this two-day training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS™ observation methodology and prepare to reliably assess quality of teaching teacher-child interactions.  Participants will take an online reliability test after the training to become eligible to conduct local CLASS™ observations. Please note: Participants must attend both days of training to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and to take the PreK reliability test.

Training Dates and Locations (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day)

October 22 and 23: Richmond City Public Schools, Math and Science Center (2401 Hartman Street,Richmond, VA 23223)

October 29 and 30: Lynchburg City Public Schools, Information Technology Building (3550 Young Place, Lynchburg, VA 24501)

November 5 and 6: Newport News Public Schools, Smart Beginnings (11832 Canon Blvd., Suite F, Newport News, VA 23606)

November 11 and 12: Bristol City Public Schools, Bristol Virginia School Board Office (220 Lee Street, Bristol, VA 24201)

November 13 and 14: Winchester Public Schools, Winchester Public Schools Central Office (12 N. Washington Street, Winchester, VA 22601)

December 4 and 5: Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public School Board Office (8020 River Stone Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401)


CLASS™ Train-the-Trainer Program

This three-day training is for individuals who have completed the PreK CLASS™ Observer Training, passed the reliability test, and hold a current reliability certification. The purpose of this training is to build in-house CLASS™ experts by creating CLASS™ affiliate trainers who can train other staff on CLASS™ fundamentals and certify local observers. It is strongly recommended that participants have one year of experience observing and coding PreK classrooms using the CLASS™ tool prior to registering for this training. Please note: Participants must attend all three days of training to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and to be an affiliate trainer.

Training Dates and Locations (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day)

October 21, 22, and 23: Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield County PreK Welcome Center (10045 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832)

October 23, 24, and 25: Prince William County Public Schools, Kelley Leadership Complex (14800 Joplin Road, BLDG 11, Manassas, VA 20112)


Registration: Space in each training session is limited. Priority selection of participants will be determined by school divisions with the greatest need for local, reliable observers (e.g., no reliable CLASS™ observers, availability of reliable observers for Train-the-Trainer program, or absence of past grant funding for CLASS™ trainings) and is limited to one individual from a school division unless additional space is available. There is not a registration or material fee for trainings. Meals are not provided. School divisions are encouraged to cover any necessary lodging and travel expenses for division participants, as the cost is not assumed by the VDOE. The registration process should be completed by VPI Coordinators using the online registration process.

PreK  CLASS™ Observation Online Registration

  • October Training Registration Deadline:  October 14, 2019
  • November and December Training Registration Deadline:  October 21, 2019

PreK  CLASS™ Train-the-Trainer Registration

  • Registration Deadline: October 14, 2019

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Cheryl Smith, Grants Manger, Office of Early Childhood, by email at by telephone at (804) 643-0276.

Questions regarding Virginia’s Initiative to Advance Effective Instruction and Interactions in VPI Classrooms should be directed to Mark Allan, Early Childhood Project Manager, Office of Early Childhood by email at or by telephone at (804) 225-3665.