Outdoor Classroom Specialist trainings build leadership skills and subject matter expertise.

Outdoor Classroom Specialist trainings build leadership skills and subject matter expertise.

(Part 2: Momentum)

By Eric Nelson.

Site director Sara Bautista’s commitment to personal growth was a key success factor in enhancing the quality of Aliso State Preschool. Already an accomplished professional with a Masters degree in Education, Sara recognized that leaders who want to move their program forward understand the importance of moving themselves forward.

When the subject of an Outdoor Classroom arose, Sara saw opportunity.  She asked for consulting support at her site. She attended virtually every workshop related to the Outdoor Classroom , and she committed to taking the more demanding Outdoor Classroom Specialist Trainings.  She encouraged her staff to do the same.

As the program developed, natural elements were placed throughout the Outdoor Classroom.

As the program developed, natural elements were placed throughout the Outdoor Classroom.

Like all early childhood professionals, Sara and her staff are constantly busy and persistently overloaded.  Committing time to attend training and work on new initiatives is not easy.  But these experiences enabled Sara and her staff to make changes that moved their site and program forward.  Sara completed the Outdoor Classroom Specialist I and Specialist II training series. As Sara and her team attended training events, their consultant documented the site and program changes that resulted.

During consultant visits, Sara would delightedly point out changes she made as a result of what she had learned.  These results revealed several of the keys to successful change: commitment to personal growth, willingness to try something new, and the importance of small but continuous steps.  In our final installment of this blog series, we’ll look at how Sara and her team moved from a series of incremental changes to overall program and site transformation.

Over time, the outdoor asphalt area transformed.

Over time, the outdoor asphalt area transformed, as we will see next week, in part 3.

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