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Authentic Leadership Questionnaire

The Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) is designed to measure components of Authentic Leadership. It includes 16 statements that invite you to reflect on your current leadership practices. The final page of the questionnaire includes a set of demographic questions; please skip these questions and submit your survey. After completing and submitting the ALQ, your personal profile […]

Early Childhood Programs as Systems

After completing your inventory, rank order the system components according to the amount of time you spend considering that component in your typical leadership activities. Put a “1” by the component you consider most often, a “2” by the next most frequent consideration and so on until you get to “6” for the least amount […]

Getting Ready for the PAS

Note | Your first step will be to register for this module.  It may take a day or two before you receive the email link with information needed to complete the work – so plan your time with this in mind. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is a tool we will be using in TCC.  […]

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 […]

Qualifications of Illinois Head Start and Early Head Start Administrators

Administrators’ qualifications often differ across sectors of the early childhood field—school-based pre-K programs, center-based child care, and Head Start. School principals overseeing school-based programs typically have a minimum of a master’s degree in educational leadership with administrative certification. Child care center directors’ qualifications vary widely from minimal requirements for licensure to extensive specialized education and […]

#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 […]

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