A professional development plan helps you set goals and take action in a way that is right for you. Taking time to think about your work and develop goals can help you set yourself up for success.
Whether you work with young children and families or you work as a trainer, coach, consultant or mentor, a plan for your professional development is important. And we’re here to help.
The first step is to know yourself as a learner and to be willing to ask yourself critical questions. We each carry our own ideas about ourselves, others, and what working with young children, families, or the early childhood workforce should look like.
These ideas are developed over time through our experiences and influence our practice. It is important to check your practices through others’ point of view and consider:
- Do I really know everything I need to know about working with young children, families, or the early childhood workforce?
- Have I considered what others may think about my work?
- What should I consider as areas of growth or new learning opportunities?
- How will my new learning and new practice affect children, families or the early childhood workforce?
Using the reflection tool
We’ve created a tool for developing your individual professional development plan (IPDP) based on OEC’s core knowledge and competencies for early care and childhood professionals and the core knowledge and competencies for technical assistance providers.
The reflection tool is your personal guide for thinking. Choose the format that works best for you:
- Download the reflection tool (paper version for teachers and administrators working with children and families)
- Use the online reflection tool (online tool for teachers and administrators working with children and families)
- Use the online reflection tool (for technical assistance providers working with the early childhood workforce: trainers, coaches, consultants, mentors)
If you’re a supervisor and would like to talk with your staff about their professional development, the reflection IPDP tool may help.