(NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo) Communities of Practice for Leadership Development: Results of a Multi-State Comparison Study


from 1:00pm - 2:30pm


JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
900 W Olympic Blvd, Gold Ballroom 4
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Presented by: Michael Abel, Director of Research (McCormick Center) | Belinda Rojas, Director of Development and Evaluation (Together4Children)


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Training/Event Description:

This session explores how communities of practice are successful in supporting leadership development for child care center directors. Results from a rigorous 18-month evaluation study of four leadership academies conducted in two states will be presented and discussed. Using a mixed-methods design, this research explored and compared the programs’ characteristics, nature, and processes, as well as evaluated the impact these communities of practice had on program administrators as change agents. The study examined the effects of the Taking Charge of Change (TCC) model and analyzed change over time in administrative practices. Researchers also analyzed evidence on the use of job-embedded field assignments and mentor supports to refine leadership practices, acquire new competencies, gain insights, and become more confident and effective leaders in their communities. Discussion will focus on how communities of practice foster collegial support and networking—resulting in trusting relationships and an environment of critical inquiry where members share their passions and struggles with one another, co-construct knowledge, and reflect on assumptions and beliefs about their role as leaders.


  • Total clock hours: 1.5


Contact Michael Abel at 847-947-5312


Your local child care resource and referral agency may have scholarship funds available to assist with your registration or tuition costs for this event. Find your local CCR&R.