Volume 2, Issue 12
In This Issue
Professional Development
Educational Qualifications of Program Administrators and Teaching Staff
Selected Resources on the Impact of Staff Education and Training on Quality Programs
Enrollment Events
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute December Newsletter.  This month CCEI discusses Professional Development.

You are a great teacher or administrator!  However, sometimes it is difficult to communicate your special talents and teaching abilities to others.  By designing a portfolio, you can more easily and concretely show others your teaching experiences, educational background, and strengths.

A portfolio is a collection of work and materials assembled in an approved format to demonstrate and document knowledge and skills. It provides proof of your expertise and can encompass knowledge and skills gained from a wide variety of sources.  Some of these sources include:  jobs, independent reading and study, training or in-service programs, hobbies, community or religious activities, military service, travel study, and organization memberships. 

A teacher portfolio is a collection of materials and evidence of a teacher's work.  Much like an artist or photographer who uses a portfolio of collected works to illustrate her talents, a well-designed teacher portfolio can reveal a teacher's talents. 

Teacher portfolios are organized and constructed by teachers to highlight, document, and demonstrate their professional growth, knowledge, and skills in teaching.  They include documents and materials that collectively suggest the scope and quality of a teacher's growth and performance. 

Sometimes referred to as a dossier, a profile, or a resource file, teacher portfolios can capture evidence of an individual's work and talents and are increasingly being used to assess a teacher's overall effectiveness.

Many administrators review portfolios to assess a teacher's professional development, teaching skills, or past performance, prior to hiring, promotion, or offering tenure. 

To learn more about creating your professional portfolio, log on to CCEI to take a professional development course outlining all of the requirements of developing and maintaining an early childhood professional portfolio.

Educational Qualifications of Program Administrators and Teaching Staff Building Better Futures for Children and the Profession

  If early childhood practitioners have
  higher levels of formal education and
  specialized training, they are much
  more likely in their work with young
  children and families to use the
  evidence-based practices and
  possess the ongoing professional
  commitment we know are necessary
  to make a positive difference in
  children's lives.  Read Article

Printed Courtesy of Young Children

Selected Resources on the Impact of Staff Education and Training on Quality Programs

  The following is a sample of
  resources on the impact of staff
  education and training on program
  quality. Research has confirmed the
  importance of the early childhood
  workforce and the education of the
  workforce and its impact on children
  and high-quality child care. The
  selected resources include an
  overview of the research, including
  some that address the type of teacher
  education that is more likely to relate 
  to higher-quality programs. Also
included is a sample of national and State research, including both current materials and key historical documents on this issue.
Read Article

Printed Courtesy of National Child Care Information Center
Professional Development*

Meet your professional development requirements with CCEI's flexible and convenient Professional Development courses. Now, an individual annual subscription is only $49, which gives you access to over 100 online courses 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our online courses eliminate transportation costs and are completed at your convenience.  We also offer courses in Spanish.

CCEI also offers a Center Based Subscription Program that allows you to train your staff for the entire year at one low price. The $999 subscription provides unlimited access to 100 courses for up to 50 users. This month, get an Online CDA program for no additional charge with the purchase of a 50 user center based subscription. 

Child Development Associate Certificate Programs*

Earn your Online Self Study CDA and save over $350 during the December Enrollment Event! For only $499, CCEI's Online Self Study CDA allows you to work independently, at your convenience, with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Instructor Supported CDA provides each student with the added benefit of an Education Coach. The Education Coach is an experienced child care professional available to assist you with coursework and preparing for the credential application. For only $999, you can earn your CDA with the support and guidance of an Education Coach.

The Head Start Parenting Certificate is designed to provide parents the opportunity to enhance their parenting skills by understanding the developmental and educational needs of their children.  Save during the December Enrollment Event, and earn your Head Start Parenting Certificate for $99.

Director's Certificate*

CCEI provides a specialized professional development certificate for the child care director. The Director's Certificate (DC) coursework concentrates on core competencies that facilitate the management of your child care center. Save 30% during the December Enrollment Event and start earning your Director's Certificate today!

Call CCEI today at 1.888.418.5358 to enroll!  Visit us online at www.cceionline.com

* Some restrictions apply. Offers expire December 31, 2007.  Offers cannot be combined with other promotions or scholarship programs. Contact CCEI for details.

Calendar of Events

February 4, 5, 6 Visit CCEI at Region IV Head Start Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers.

February 26, 27, 28, 29 Visit CCEI at the 37th National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Conference at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Coming in next month's issue...Healthy Bodies and Growing Minds.

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