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Orientation tips for proficient staff development specialists

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), September 1, 2010

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I recently hired one experienced, proficient staff development specialist who had only a couple of years of experience in the field. I devoted my time to orienting and mentoring a less experienced employee, who thrived and is still with our organization. The experienced educator resigned within a year. She told me that she felt she had no chance for professional growth and that no one had helped her become part of the organization. I assumed that because she was experienced, she didn’t need much orientation or nurturing. As a result, I lost a potentially valuable employee.

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