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The Importance of Positive Emotional Leadership in ECE: An Online Research Study

In a McCormick Center post earlier this spring, Safiyah Jackson helped orient readers toward the North Star of Leadership by describing the essential competencies to promote high quality practices. Embedded within the whole leadership concept are words that ring particularly true for my own research of social and emotional teaching and learning; words like “empathy,” […]

Policy [M]atters, Episode 5 | Professionalizing the Early Childhood Education Field: What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Welcome to Policy [M]atters, Episode 5. Policy [M]atters is a video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. The chats, which began in the summer of 2015, take place and are distributed on a quarterly basis. (Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore […]

Training Needs Assessment

We would like to find out your present knowledge and skill of 25 areas that have been identified as important in Early Childhood program leadership.  The survey will take anywhere from 10-30 minutes to complete. Follow this link to the survey:

Draw a picture of your organization

There is no right way to do this exercise and artistic ability is definitely not a prerequisite. Simply create a mental picture of your organization and recreate it on a piece of paper. The drawing will be photocopied so please make sure the tool you use is dark enough so that nothing will be lost […]

Authentic Leadership Questionnaire

The Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) is designed to measure components of Authentic Leadership. It includes 16 statements that invite you to reflect on your current leadership practices. The final page of the questionnaire includes a set of demographic questions; please skip these questions and submit your survey. After completing and submitting the ALQ, your personal profile […]

Early Childhood Programs as Systems

After completing your inventory, rank order the system components according to the amount of time you spend considering that component in your typical leadership activities. Put a “1” by the component you consider most often, a “2” by the next most frequent consideration and so on until you get to “6” for the least amount […]

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