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The Professional Growth Cycle webinar:  The Teaching Council has removed the expectaion for teacher appraisal and replaced it with the professional growth cycle. We recently partnered with Ruby Lola to present a webinar about how to develop and implement a professional growth cycle in your setting. You can purchase a recording of the webinar here.


Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2011). Leadership: Leveraging the benefits of professional learning. Early Education 50. p. 22-24.

This article discusses the role of a leader in promoting a culture of on-going professional learning in early childhood settings

Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2013). Getting all the ducks in a row: Alignment as a key leadership activity. Swings and Roundabouts (3). Early Childhood Council

Creating alignment between philosophy, practice and systems/processes is a key function of an effective leader. This article describes four aspects of alignment that a leader would be wise to address.

Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2015). Bridging the disconnection between teaching and outcomes for children’s learning. Swings and Roundabouts (3). Early Childhood Council

This article suggests strategies for teachers to become more intentional in matching their teaching actions with the outcomes they desire for children’s learning.

Watson, B. (2014). Mentoring provision in education and care settings: Policy and professional issues. In H. Hedges, & V. N. Podmore (Eds.), Early childhood education:                                 Pedagogy, professionalism and philosophy. (pp. 123-138). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify.

This chapter explores the challenges faced by education and care centres in meeting the expectation to provide high quality induction and mentoring programmes for provisionally registered teachers.

Watson, B. (2015).Becoming an effective mentor in early childhood settings: One programme in action. In Murphy, C. & Thornton, K. (Eds.) Mentoring in early childhood                        education: A compilation of thinking, pedagogy and practice. (pp.14-24).

An overview of key aspects of effective mentoring and an outline of a mentor development programme.