A New Look at Professional Development

With the proposed revisions to the Head Start Program Performance Standards, we notice a distinct shift in strategies to support staff. While most experienced and efficient trainers know that “one shot, sit and get” sessions are not as productive as we might wish, sometimes whole group trainings are best in light of budgets, calendars and staff energy! However, research and best practice confirm the value of a more individualized and personalized approach. Essential Elements is ready and willing to assist as you seek the most effective and creative way to offer training opportunities for your staff.

  • Small group sessions can be arranged to match skill and experience levels and can be offered multiple times in a day at your program. These sessions are highly interactive and participant-driven. Objectives are discussed early with the group and activities are specifically designed around what your staff needs and what you want to see in your program.
  • Observation and coaching on a more individualized level can address specific needs and work from a strengths-based perspective. This method can be accomplished either on-site or ultimately through computer-based sharing. “In the moment” experiences, whether by phone and email or in person, provide excellent examples and offer conversational illustrations.
  • Whole group trainings can still be an effective way to deliver program-wide information or develop skills among team members. Larger programs may have staff groups that can gain perspective from one another; smaller programs may wish to share material among all levels and positions to cross train. Peers working together with guidance by a quality facilitator can be instructional for all.

Essential Elements has experience in small group training, observation and coaching, and whole group training. We are ready to work with your program to design the most intentional and meaningful training plan to ensure quality outcomes for your program.

Looking for custom designed and highly interactive training, give us a call at (704) 451-3255 or email us at kristinecortina@hsessentials.com.