“Nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave their classrooms within five years, only to be replaced by another fresh-faced educator.”
Teacher turnover is a huge problem with costly effects. There are many reasons why retaining teachers is tough: low wages, lack of time and support to plan and individualize instruction, and a growing need for ongoing professional development (just to name a few). As the former director of a large university-based early child care center and a consultant to Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Southeast United States, I had the opportunity to observe this revolving door of early childhood educators one too many times. I saw teachers enter their classrooms with the best of intentions and a high need for support.
Take for instance Ms. Jackie, a first year pre-K teacher at a child care center in South Florida. Jackie started the year excited and eager. She had always loved working with young children. Within the first few weeks of her school year, Jackie quickly realized the many requirements expected of her. Jackie was immersed in learning new curriculum and assessment tools. She had home visits to complete, Individualized Education Plans to work on, and children and families’ expectations to meet. On top of it all, Jackie knew the state required her to complete a minimum of 10-clock-hours or one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) annually.
Every morning as she entered her classroom, she was faced with 18 active children who didn’t sit the way she thought they would or participate as expected for her well-intentioned lesson plans. She did not realize the amount of time and and difficulty it takes to transition a group of 4-year-olds from one activity to another. As the days pass, Jackie is starting to feel more and more overwhelmed by her new job and begins to doubt her own abilities. She wants information and support around effective teaching practices.
Just like Jackie, teachers are in need of and deserve high quality continuing education programs. Adult learning research tells us that successful professional development programs are those that are anchored in teachers’ actual practice and use research-based principles linked to outcomes. It is for this reason that I am so excited about Teachstone’s announcement of our partnership with IACET. This partnership gives Teachstone the newfound ability to offer teachers CEUs for our research-based programs that help teachers understand, identify, and learn strategies around effective classroom interactions that lead to improved child outcomes.
So...why is this announcement so exciting?
And...how can these CEUs help retain quality educators? Quite simply, when teachers feel more supported and successful in their classrooms, they are more likely to stay in them!
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How should you begin thinking of equity as a verb? What are the first steps for businesses and schools to take to create change? What steps can educators do within the classroom to be more mindful and culturally competent?
In today’s episode of Impacting the Classroom, you’ll hear a conversation between Dr. Darlene Estes-Del Re, Marnetta Larrimer, and Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen is the President and CEO of the Center for Equity and Excellence and has a 30-year background as an educational leader on a mission to ensure that all children can access high-quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally appropriate early childhood programs.
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November is National Family Engagement Month. As educators, we’re often focused on supporting children’s academic, social, and emotional growth in the classroom. But, it’s important to remember that families are a child’s first teacher. This month, we’re celebrating how to take learning home and support families’ opportunities to impact their child’s development and learning through the power of interactions.
As part of your family engagement initiatives this month (and beyond!), consider how you can help families understand and leverage their interactions at home. To help, check out these tips and tricks below that you can share with the families in your early childhood program!
We often talk about the stressors educators face within the classroom - from tantrums to a lack of time for planning. But, what external factors are impacting educators, and what can we do to change them to create more meaningful learning experiences? We are excited to introduce our new podcast, Impacting the Classroom, to talk about these big topics in education.
Join our hosts, Darlene Estes-Del Re and Marnetta Larrimer as they bring together the researchers, policymakers, and educators who are making an impact in the field. Our first episode lays the groundwork for some of the larger themes that we'll dive into further over the next few weeks. Episodes are released biweekly and can be found on most major podcast platforms. Listen and subscribe today!
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The good news is, that despite these challenges, there are opportunities to strengthen staff empowerment and to continue to build educators’ confidence to increase consistency of best practices.