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Leading by Example: Unlocking the Potential of Collaboration

by Melissa Casteel

August 26, 2015

Editor’s Note: Running an early care and education program is a big job. It’s not one you have to do alone. Collaborations and partnerships to help you improve the quality of your program for the children and families you serve can be found in numerous places. During the next few weeks, the McCormick Center will […]

Dream More, Learn More, Do More, Become More

by Janet Moore

August 10, 2015

STRATEGIES TO INSPIRE COLLABORATION Editor’s Note: Running an early care and education program is a big job. It’s not one you have to do alone. Collaborations and partnerships to help you improve the quality of your program for the children and families you serve can be found in numerous places. During the next few weeks, […]

8 Tips to Promote Diversity Education in Your Program

by Colleen McLaughlin

July 22, 2015

HOW TO INTENTIONALLY INCORPORATE DIVERSITY IN NON-DIVERSE SETTINGS Editor’s Note: Earlier in the year we focused our blog posts on cultural diversity and how administrators can incorporate diversity into all organizational aspects of an early care program. In this blog, Colleen McLaughlin adds to the conversation by providing some tips for incorporating diversity education from her […]

Policy [M]atters: An Early Childhood Education Policy Video Chat series

by McCormick Center Staff

July 17, 2015

Episode 1: What are the implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization for the field of early childhood education? This video chat was recorded on June 30, 2015, by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. This is episode one of Policy [M]atters, an early childhood education policy […]

QRIS and Your Program: Now What?

by Ann Hentschel

July 5, 2015

3 STEPS TO HELP YOU STRENGTHEN THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM   Editor’s Note: There’s a lot of movement and change happening in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). If you’re like many program administrators, this rapidly changing tide may seem overwhelming, leaving you wondering what you can do to get your feet […]

Big Data and Little Kids: In Whose Best Interest?

by Susan Ochshorn

June 25, 2015

Editor’s Note: An open dialogue is vital to progress! In the next few months the McCormick Center hopes to invite dialog and shed light into the current state of early care and education policy. We’ll be publishing quarterly video blogs between our Director of  Policy Initiatives, Teri Talan, and guest blogger, Susan Ochshorn. We start […]

Reflections from the 2015 NAEYC National Institute

by McCormick Center Staff

June 24, 2015

Editor’s Note: On June 7-10, 2015, faculty and staff from the McCormick Center attended and presented at the 2015 NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in New Orleans. Below you will find reflections on the conference from a few of those who attended. The Emergent Curriculum Approach for Adult Learners: Tailoring training to […]

Laughing Leadership

by Holly Elissa Bruno

June 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: This post is a guest blog written by Holly Elissa Bruno, the closing keynote speaker at the McCormick Center’s 2015 Leadership Connections national conference. Her message at the conference inspired laughter and demonstrated how humor can help leaders lead. With the collective national feeling of overwhelm due to looming Race to the Top-Early […]

Receiving the Gift of Feedback

by Robyn Kelton

June 5, 2015

I’m a terrible speller—there, I’ve said it. Spelling and, to some extent, paying attention to the nuances of grammar are not my greatest strengths, but I do feel like I’m a pretty effective writer. Moreover, I enjoy transforming thoughts, stories, and even statistics, into writing. As a bad speller who loves to write, I’m faced […]

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