I have no advice as to particular training programs but have some thought as to why this might be ocurring now. I work in early childhood centers in two cities helping children by helping their caregivers--teachers, administrators, and parents-- figure out the needs of specific children and how to support them. What I've seen this year and what administrators report, is that teachers' stress levels have been higher than they were earlier in the pandemic. The emergency fearful phase of the pandemic lessened (for most people) and the slog of learning how to live with it, as cases and variants come and go, has been difficult for many with the added treats of high staff turnover, staffing shortages, and an increase in behavioral challenges and developmental concerns in children (some of that due to their own rising stress levels). We are TIRED! I saw a level of exhaustion that I hadn't seen before--and the exhaustion before was already high.With this comes, for many teachers, a lessening of the ability to take in and incorporate new information and strategies. The bandwidth isn't there. I've focused more on talking with teachers about stress and how rising stress may be at play in the behaviors of the children we're concerned, in whole classrooms, and in their own teaching practice and responses to children. Some very fruitful conversations have come from this and it has helped some teachers reframe how they see children and themselves.I don't know if you or others find this viewpoint accurate or helpful. But I wonder if focusing on this in supporting all staff might have more of an impact on teaching practice. If you're interested, you might look at the work of Mona Delahooke. She is very articulate and engaging and has wonderful video workshops available.
Hi Cindy, I realized that our new hires benefit from a formal 90-day Onboarding program that I designed. It includes 12 weeks of spaced out online and face-to-face, classroom observation and on-the-job training. They are given bonuses after the first 2 weeks and again at the end of their 90 days.
This program has been very helpful for the new staff as well as our leadership team who embeds our culture overall.
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