Well-trained and educated early care and education teachers and providers are likely to establish warm and caring relationships with children, encourage their curiosity and love of learning, and foster their development and readiness for school. Yet, many teachers and providers lack access to the education they need, and work in environments that compensate them poorly and offer little encouragement and support for continuing to build their professional skills.
This talk will explore the limitations of current “silver bullet” policies intended to improve quality and support effective teaching, and identify the components of a multi-faceted research, policy and advocacy strategy necessary to attract well-trained practitioners, support their ongoing development, and provide incentives for them to continue to teach. The presentation will include information about two new research tools—a measure of the adult work environment and an inventory of early childhood higher education program content — and two forthcoming books –one focused on training mentors and coaches and the other on why understanding policy, politics and power is essential to early childhood leaders.
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