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“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” ~Albert Einstein
As an educator in the field of Early Childhood Education, I feel called to continuous learning and growth, and the best way to invest in my professional development is through opportunities like Leadership ConnectionsTM. Many years ago, I became certified in an Adult Learning Program because while I could apply some of the methods that I used to teach children, other tactics are helpful for training adults. One tip that has stuck with me was the use of chunking or using acronyms. When I write a training or book, using acronyms is one technique I use when appropriate. I came up with a simple acronym for why I attend professional development trainings. It is GROW, which is self-explanatory simply as a word, but also in the details.
Ongoing professional development is required in education, but I view it as more than a task to complete. It is a way to learn about the Early Childhood Education field, and it is also how I reflect and grow as a person. Join me in learning from Leadership Connections Virtual Conference 2022.
Susan Marie Schulhof is an Assessor and Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.