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Exchange Every Day The Right Fit
June 22, 2016

"You will do foolish things, but do them withenthusiasm".  by - Colette

"Perhaps the greatest predictor of success in finding the perfect candidate for a teaching vacancy in your center is a clear understanding of what fit means to you, your staff, and your program....  Fit criteria spell out the special characteristics, expectations, knowledge, skills, philosophy, instructional approaches, and all the other qualities that make the job and your program unique," observes Kay Albrecht in The Right Fit: Recruiting, Selecting, and Orienting Staff.

"Thinking about the recruitment process in terms of goodness of fit requires a subtle but important shift in thinking — a shift from hiring to selecting.  If you think of your role as hiring the most qualified candidate, the tendency is to focus on the paper qualifications of applicants, looking for that one résumé that stands out from all the rest.  If, on the other hand, you think of your role as selecting the right candidate, the most qualified person on paper may or may not be the right person. Selecting requires a careful analysis of fit." 

The Right Fit

Recruiting, Selecting and Orienting Staff

"Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early childhood program quality and healthy child development. Yet, every director knows that finding those teachers is a huge challenge. Skills in recruitment, interviewing, screening, selecting, and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. This book breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation processes into manageable components and suggests practical and effective techniques to help you find teachers with the right fit for your program's particular needs".

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Exchange EveryDay Consistent Relationships Matter
June 23, 2016

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion".-The Dalai Lama

"In presenting the "principles of child development and learning that inform practice," in Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, authors Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp note the importance of secure, consistent relationships with responsive adults":

"From the earliest years of life, warm, nurturing relationships with responsive adults are necessary for many key areas of children's development, including empathy and cooperation, self-regulation and cultural socialization, language and communication, peer relationships, and identity formation.  When children and caring adults have the opportunity to get to know each other well, they learn to predict each other's signals and behavior and establish attunement and trust.  The first and most important relationships are those a child forms with parents or other primary caregivers.  Forming one or more such attachments sets the stage for other relationships, as children move into the wider world beyond their immediate family".

"Young children benefit from the opportunities to develop ongoing, trusting relationships with adults outside the family and with other children.  Notably, positive teacher-child relationships promote children's learning and achievement, as well as social competence and emotional development."

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs
Third Edition

"[Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs] Since the first edition in 1987, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has been an essential resource for the early child childhood field. Fully revised and expanded, the third edition comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action. Based on what the research says about development, learning, and effective practices, as well as what experience tells us about teaching intentionally, this book articulates the principles that should guide our decision making. Chapters describe children from birth through age 8 in detail, with extensive examples of appropriate practice for infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels".

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