EEC envisions a workforce development system that is accessible to all educators across the state with core functions that are available statewide and interconnected professional development offerings at the statewide, regional, and local levels. The system has multiple access points that contribute or support unique functions, key partners, linkages and pathways to the system of resources, opportunities or courses. Through the EPS grant, EEC is supporting pathways that guide educators to degree attainment and increased competency and that guide providers (programs) in attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement on QRIS. The EPS grant focuses on 3 core areas of professional development:
Educator and Provider Planning
Goal: To implement professional development pathways for educators and providers in the mixed delivery system regardless of setting, age group, and position level. The development of pathways includes an assessment of each educator’s knowledge, skills, and abilities (competencies) and a plan that reflects individual experience, and self-identified goals. Pathways include individual professional development plans (IPDPs) that include addressing basic academic needs, competency in early education and care and out of school time domains and achieving a credential or certificate or a college degree. Pathways for providers (programs) include supports to increase program quality through attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement in the QRIS system.
Coaching and Mentoring
Goal: To empower educators and providers in making informed educational choices that advance their professional growth by delivering services that include individual career and academic counseling and by providing coaching and mentoring that support the goals of individual educators and providers through varied strategies which support success.
Goal: To ensure educators are gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to increase individual competency, enhance program quality, and improve outcomes for children. Competency is achieved through professional development that addresses theory to practice, utilizes reflection, adapts to individual educator and provider needs. It aligns EEC Core Competencies with ESE Curriculum Frameworks, and supports the use of environmental rating scales and formative evidenced-based assessments. Increased competency leads to the attainment of a degree, certificate, or credential for educators and, for providers, accreditation and upward movement on QRIS.
To fill out your Individualized Professional Development Plan: