CFD 3250 Lecture 30: Enhance Staff Professional Knowledge
University of Central Missouri
Child and Family Development
Enhance Staff Professional Knowledge & Skills
• Staff are on the front-lines of your program.
• They are your program so developing their skills are the way to accomplish your goals
and reach your vision.
• Develop their skills through professional development opportunities or training
• Assessing your staff through a survey helps
• Keeping in mind that your staff will be at different levels
• Lillian Katz in her research described the 4 stages of preschool teachers
• Planning and implementing is difficult in our area or community
• This is an area that tends to score low because of opportunities.
• In MO; resource and referrals have been consolidated to save money and so training or
workshops are hard to find.
• Sometimes there is not a choice, take what we can attend – rather than what we feel we
• Certain requirements must be met for regulations (such as new regulations to accept
subsidies or extra requirements to be an Early Head Start partner).
Characteristics of Effective Professional Development
• Adult learners
o Want to make decisions about what to learn
o Deserve to be treated as adults
o Look for evidence that the life experiences they bring to trainings are valued
o Want practical knowledge they can use immediately
o Are motivated to learn what they need to do their jobs well
o Want immediate and specific feedback
• Presenters/trainers should consider these kinds of learning
1. Lecture – power point, sound clips, pictures, videos
2. Active learning – balancing practical and theoretical knowledge
3. Reflective practices – think about experiences
• How to complete on-site staff development:
1. Close for staff development – use holidays
2. Close during slow times – around Christmas and New Year
3. Evening session
1. Provide food/snacks
2. Child Care for staff
1. Provides specific targeted professional development 2. Assist staff member address a specific issue
3. Or solve a problem
• Mentoring – is supporting & coaching of a protégé’ or novice teacher by an experienced
• Encourage formal education – college or community college course work.
• Katz noted this is especially in the maturity phase of teaching.
• T.E.A.C.H. – early childhood project to provide support for early childhood programs