- Early childhood and preschool
- Teacher effectiveness
Bridget Hamre is associate director of University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. Her work documents the ways in which early teacher-child relationships are predictive of later academic and social development and how exposure to high-quality classroom social and instructional interactions may help close the achievement gap for students at risk of school failure. Hamre co-authored the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, an observational tool for classrooms. She leads efforts to use the CLASS as an assessment, accountability and professional development tool in early childhood and other educational settings. She has worked with leaders in several states and the Office of Head Start to implement CLASS. Most recently, Hamre has engaged in the development and testing of interventions designed to improve the quality of teachers’ interactions with students– including MyTeachingPartner and a 14-week course developed for early childhood teachers. Hamre received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s and doctorate in clinical and school psychology from the University of Virginia.