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The Art of Teaching and Learning: Pedagogical Leadership Resources

“A pedagogical leader keeps the organization focused on the teaching and learning process among the children, staff, and families.” – Margie Carter Recent Whole Leadership blog posts by Jill Bella and Mike Abel got my wheels spinning reflecting on the concept of pedagogical leadership. As a proud #ResearchNerd, I began a search –for resources related […]

Why Pedagogical Leadership?

Editor’s Note: For the past several weeks, the McCormick Center has been publishing blog posts on the topic of Whole Leadership. These posts have highlighted leadership essentials and administrative leadership—two of the three key domains that the McCormick Center has proposed for the framework of Whole Leadership. In this week’s post, Mike Abel focuses on […]

A Critical Intersection: Administrative and Pedagogical Leadership

Over the past few months the McCormick Center has been engaging you in a discussion about the concept of whole leadership. We’ve introduced the idea of leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership as overarching domains. I’d like to focus on how two of those overarching domains intersect in a way that is critical for […]

How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills?

In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I […]

Administrative Leadership: What Is It? Why Is It Important?

Reading over the series of blog posts and comments on Whole Leadership, I am struck by the level of engagement the discussion has evoked. Clearly, deconstructing program leadership and exploring leadership essentials are topics that resonate. However, I am taking the discussion in a new direction—a consideration of administrative leadership. My hope is that this […]

Are Leadership Essentials the Foundation of Whole Leadership?

My colleague Mike Abel, in an earlier blog post raised a question I keep coming back to: Are leadership essentials (LE) the foundation on which administrative leadership (AL) and pedagogical leadership (PL) are built?  As I think back on my career working in Head Start, it seems that it was those Leadership Essential competencies (awareness […]

Leadership Essentials Begin Within

Hello McCormick Center Friends, I am Sonja Crum Knight, fellow traveler on the Whole Leadership journey. Last week our Director of Training, Safiyah Jackson, continued the Whole Leadership dialogue by offering a thought provoking exploration of leadership essentials. Here’s the definition of leadership essentials offered: “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people that are […]

The North Star of Leadership Essentials

On March 3, my colleague and friend Mike Abel released a blog post about three mutually important, yet entwined, paths to Whole Leadership—leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership. Today, let’s spark a dialogue about one of them—leadership essentials. This is the definition offered for leadership essentials:  “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people […]

Deconstructing Whole Leadership

by Mike Abel

March 3, 2016

Last week, Teri Talan opened this blog series on Whole Leadership by inviting you to engage with us in a dialog to explore the “multi-faceted and nuanced” nature of early childhood program leadership. We first began this exploration last May at Leadership Connections, the McCormick Center’s annual national conference, by discussing the concept of instructional […]

Whole Leadership

by Teri Talan

February 23, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I taped a video chat with Susan Ochshorn on how to put the whole child in the center of early childhood education policy reform. This got us at the McCormick Center thinking about a parallel concept—whole leadership of ECE programs. The whole child approach recognizes there are multiple and equally […]

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