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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 […]

Policy [M]atters Episode 4: An Early Childhood Policy Video Chat series

Episode 4: Whole Leadership: What’s it mean to you?  Welcome to episode four of Policy [M]atters, an early childhood policy video chat series produced by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. This episode features Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and Susan Ochshorn of ECE PolicyWorks. In this episode, Susan and Teri dialogue on their […]

Whole Leadership Series: Putting the Pieces Together

Over the last 11 weeks we have published a series of posts to explore the multifaceted, nuanced nature of leadership in early childhood programs. We invited you to participate in an online discussion exploring the concept of Whole Leadership—a broad view of program leadership—evidenced in many areas, which we collapsed into three domains: leadership essentials, […]

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 […]

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