Inspiring Professional Growth: Empowering Strategies to Lead, Motivate, and Engage Early Childhood Teachers
Inspiring Professional Growth: Empowering Strategies to Lead, Motivate, and Engage Early Childhood Teachers

Inspiring Professional Growth: Empowering Strategies to Lead, Motivate, and Engage Early Childhood Teachers

by Susan MacDonald MEd

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You’ve probably seen it: frustration builds, teacher turnover rises, staff meetings become insufferable, indifference breeds throughout the school. The solution? Exploring new ways to engage and motivate teachers. 

When your staff feels supported and empowered to grow and develop their skills, your program and the children will thrive. Implementing key concepts—collaboration, individualized professional-development plans, and team goals—can completely revolutionize your program. 

In this follow-up to her book Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership, author Susan MacDonald, MEd, addresses the need for offering nurturing, encouraging, and empowering professional development. Featuring easy-to-use tips, research-based strategies, leadership vignettes, and interactive and reflective exercises, Inspiring Professional Growth provides leaders with a framework to create a system that supports teachers throughout their careers.

Learn how to: 
  • Acquire new leadership skills
  • Gain confidence in your leadership role
  • Establish a growth culture
  • Work with and nurture even challenging staff members
  • Cultivate collaboration and collective goal setting
  • Facilitate meaningful professional development
Inspiring Professional Growth will guide you to experience firsthand the many benefits, from better child outcomes to increased teacher retention, of creating a nurturing and empowering workplace. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876598221
Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 317,128
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan MacDonald, MEd, is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, a consultancy focused on empowering educational leaders to create programs that deeply respect and nurture the possibilities that lie within each child, parent, and teacher. She has been developing and delivering inspirational courses and workshops for more than 25 years. Her background includes director of a Reggio-inspired preschool program, adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Wheelock College, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensing supervisor. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design, and several professional coach certifications. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Defining Professional Accountability as a Fundamental Value 1

Chapter 2 Leadership Skills to Maximize Potential 11

Chapter 3 Establishing a Growth Culture 27

Chapter 4 Building Accountability into Goal Setting 40

Chapter 5 Observation and Feedback Essentials for Facilitating Professional Growth 57

Chapter 6 Understanding Adults as Learners in the Workplace 72

Chapter 7 Facilitating Meaningful Professional Development 85

Chapter 8 Cultivating Professional Collaboration 100

Appendices 115

Appendix A Growth-Culture Reflection 116

Appendix B Goal-Setting Reflection Form 117

Appendix C Professional-Development Portfolio Cover Sheet 118

Appendix D Individual Professional-Development Plan-Goals and Action Steps 119

Appendix E Goal-Related Observation Form 120

Appendix F Observation Feedback Form 121

Appendix G Adult-Development Case Study 122

Appendix H Professional-Development Plan 123

Appendix I Assessing Your Work as a Team 126

Appendix J Program-Wide Strengths Summary 127

References and Recommended Reading 128

Index 131

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