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Veteran vs New Staff: Parent and Child Engagement

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Recently, I was reading an article in the Journal of Human Resources that highlighted a difference in the teaching practices between veteran teachers and new teachers. 

Veteran teachers demonstrate confidence and expertise in the classroom. They’re experienced, and they love to be recognized for what they’ve brought to your school.

New teachers are more likely to experiment and innovate, especially when it comes to integrating technology into the class. They’re searching for mentorship and validation.

Both are so valuable for any school. One is silver and the other gold.

This week, I’m kicking off a new three-part series in the podcast about the differences between veteran and new staff in ECE schools. 

Our focus in the first episode is how the two groups manage parent and child engagement.

Join me for a conversation about:

  • Key indicators regarding whether someone is a veteran or a new staff member
  • How you, as a leader, can support both veteran and new staff at your school as they interact with parents and children
  • Pros and cons to both groups’ approaches and what they can learn from each other
  • Why one-size-fits-all approaches aren’t going to work for your staff
  • How you can break down your biases and create a supportive environment for all staff


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

 If you’re seeking ways to better support all the staff at your center, regardless of how long they’ve worked with you, I’d love to help you. During a Schools of Excellence Leadership Day Intensive, you’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team work through obstacles and build a stronger, healthier center.

Want to boost your leadership skills so you can be a better mentor for the veteran and new staff under your care? I encourage you to apply for our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll gain access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that will help you build and grow a thriving school of excellence.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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