Bridget K. Hamre




Bridget Hamre, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Professor and Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Bridget's areas of expertise include student-teacher relationships and classroom processes that promote positive academic and social development for children. With Drs. Robert Pianta and Karen La Paro, Dr. Hamre authored an observational measure for classrooms called the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™).

She leads efforts to use the CLASS as an assessment, accountability, and professional development tool in early childhood and other educational settings. She has recently worked with leaders in several states and the Office of Head Start to implement CLASS as a tool to enhance teacher-child interactions through accountability and professional development systems.

Currently she's engaged in the development and testing of interventions designed to improve the quality of teachers’ interactions with students– including MyTeachingPartner coaching model and an online course developed for early childhood teachers. She is also very interested the ways implementation science can inform our ability to successfully deliver these types of interventions at large scale.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002

M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1998

B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1995

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During the early childhood years children gain knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for later learning. Young children learn many of these skills through the interactions they have with their teachers. This course is intended to increase teachers’ knowledge about specific types of teacher-child interactions that promote young children’s development. The course will focus on helping teachers to offer emotionally supportive interactions to the children in their care.

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