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Director Qualifications in State Professional Development and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

This document details state director credentials. It also lists the format, components, and contact information of state quality rating and improvement systems, as well as director qualifications within each state’s QRIS.  (Note: This is a working document. Alert us to updates in your state. Last updated April 11, 2012.)

Program Administration Competencies

This document lists the competences that guided the development of the Illinois Director Credential. Early childhood administrators need a strong foundation in the fundamentals of child development, early childhood education, and organizational management in order to guide the instructional practices of teachers and support staff and establish systems for smooth program functioning.

Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS

Of the 24 statewide quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), 21 include linkages to national program accreditation and 15 include accreditation status as an alternative pathway to quality at a specific level of a statewide QRIS. While there is general agreement that program accreditation status is a valid measure of overall quality, little attention has been paid to the relationship between accreditation status and the threshold scores […]

Rethinking our Reliance on Praise

As an administrator, you most likely spend time observing teachers and providing feedback on their performance. Do you praise them or do you provide them with encouragement? What is the difference? Understanding the difference between praise and encouragement can help you find ways to support peak performance.

Assessment Feedback Form—Assessor

Assessors can use this form to provide feedback about each PAS assessment they do as part of certification and/or recertification. The McCormick Center will use the feedback you provide to make improvements in the assessment process. Please return your form to the McCormick Center along with the copy of the center’s completed PAS book and […]

Assessment Feedback Form—Director

When doing a PAS assessment for certification or re-certification, assessors give this form to the administrator at the program and ask them to complete it and send it back to the McCormick Center.  Please provide the administrator with a return addressed envelope  addressed to the McCormick Center (the address is also on the bottom of […]

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