Local early educators are gearing up once more to meet for an evening of laughter and collective learning at Childcare Resources of Indian River. Community of Practice, an integral part of Childcare Resources’ early educator coaching program, will bring together a small group of devoted teachers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to engage in collaborative learning while also offering a support network for the challenges each face in the classroom.
These monthly meetings, funded through Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee, will be hosted by Childcare Resources Early Education Coach Todd Morrow. A retired public-school principal, Mr. Morrow understands how crucial each educator’s role is.
“Early educators are some of the most important teachers out there because they’re building a foundation for what’s to come,” he noted. Mr. Morrow wants the Community of Practice meetings to feel like family get-togethers, allowing the educators to get to know one another while brainstorming, so that they will return to their classrooms instilled with fresh insight.
Cognitive and language development will be a primary focus at this year’s meetings. “It all has to do with the interactions between teacher and child, and between child and child,” he explained. “Bringing these interactions and conversations up to a higher level is essential for each child’s growth.”
Mr. Morrow hopes to individually visit each educator’s classroom between Community of Practice meetings in order to observe, motivate, and encourage. “I can guarantee you that these educators will leave with intentional plans that have been created utilizing the knowledge-base and experience of everyone in the group.”