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Policy [M]atters, Episode 8 | Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Roles and Compensation

by McCormick Center Staff

April 30, 2017

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here. Thank you for joining us for Policy Matters: Episode […]

Whole Leadership: A Framework for Early Childhood Programs

by Mike Abel | Teri Talan | Marie Masterson

March 22, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 edition of Exchange magazine As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 leadership is emerging as an important component for increasing workforce capacity in early childhood […]

Is Early Childhood Education a Profession?

by Teri Talan

March 8, 2017

This may seem like a no-brainer but, in reality, this seemingly innocuous question forces practitioners to answer tougher questions first. What does it mean to be a profession? Are those who currently self-identify as early childhood practitioners willing to accept and promote the professional necessity of narrowing the scope of practice of early childhood educators? […]

Policy [M]atters, Episode 7 | Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: How Do We Get From Here to There?

by McCormick Center Staff

January 26, 2017

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here. Welcome to Policy Matters episode 7. Episode 7 is […]

5 Simple Ways to Create a Pleasant Work Environment

by Leslie Gilbert

January 4, 2017

As an early childhood program leader, you already know that having consistent teaching staff is important for young children and families. Research from the Association for Childhood Educational International indicates that teacher turnover affects child outcomes. Turnover is associated with three basic causes; low compensation, high teacher-child ratios, and difficult working conditions. Let’s explore five […]

Policy [M]atters, Episode 6 | What’s the difference between ‘occupation’ and ‘profession’? Why does it matter?

by McCormick Center Staff

December 19, 2016

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here. The topic of Episode 6 was inspired by a […]

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

by Kate Zinsser (guest author)

July 27, 2016

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 […]

4 Key Questions to Ask Before Having a Hard Conversation

Jennifer Abrams’ Leadership Connections 2016 keynote struck a chord. Everyone, it seemed, connected to her message on hard conversations. That praise has been echoed throughout attendee feedback via the post-conference survey. And so, we’ve asked her to share her message on our blog, as a reminder for some and encouragement for all. Reprinted with permission […]

#LCNC16 in Review

The 16th annual Leadership Connections™ national conference brought together more than 600 early childhood leaders, who heard inspiring keynote speakers, took part in an engaging public policy forum, attended 80+ skill-building sessions, and networked with other leaders in the field. After sharing the above video animation, we invited them to join the culminating whole leadership discussion through […]

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