LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS SESSIONS

Collective Leadership: A pathway to sustainability
Are you worried about what would happen to your organization if you or another key staff person left? Most organizations rely on knowledge and information that lives within individual staff, rather than in the collective intelligence of their teams. Learn about a way of distributing and sharing leadership so that sustainability is not only possible, but thriving is as well.

Cassandra O’Neill | Wholonomy Consulting
Monica Brinkerhoff | Child Parent Centers
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Adaptive Leadership: Thriving in the face of challenge
Early childhood organizations and systems are increasingly complex. Leadership on the front lines is as important as leadership in the front office. This session explores the concept of Adaptive Leadership – the capacity to mobilize people to tackle tough challenges and thrive – from wherever they are in the organization.

Lynette Aytch | ZERO TO THREE
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. 

From the Inside Out: The power of reflection and self-awareness
The frenetic pace that characterizes the professional lives of most early childhood leaders leaves little time for reflection. Yet, it is through reflection that educators often gain insight into the issues and problems that confront them. This session provides a focused opportunity for participants to reflect on their leadership roles.

Ann Hentschel | Branagh Information Group
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Appreciative Leadership: Focusing on what’s right!
Positive strength-based energy is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. The stress of new initiatives can drain the energy of educators, creating a school community where low levels of engagement become the norm. Focused, intentional and appreciative leadership will support the development of a vibrant learning community where children, teachers, and adults can thrive!

Susan MacDonald | Inspiring New Perspectives
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Leadership and Growing Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs
An anti-bias perspective requires thoughtful, strategic, and long-term leadership, which addresses all components of an early childhood program. Presenters will share a conceptual framework and strategies for establishing a shared vision and mission, reading the context of your program, supporting staff and families, and creating a “third space” where conflict situations transform into new learning.

Debbie LeeKeenan | Lesley University
Louise Derman-Sparks | Pacific Oaks College
John Nimmo | Wheelock College
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Authentic Leadership
Authentic leaders influence change, inspire action, and empower people to perform at their best because they lead from their core values and a deeper purpose beyond self- interest. They have the courage to be transparent and show their weakness while encouraging feedback for self- improvement. By developing a reflective practice, every life experience offers an opportunity to become more aware of your unique, authentic leadership style, your strengths, shortcomings, and your passion to become a trusted leader with integrity and compassion who others want to follow. ​

Susan Neustrom | National Louis University
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Positive Staff and Parent Interactions through Reflection
Reflective educators are effective educators! Explore how to develop effective, cooperative, and strategic methods of communication with staff and parents through using a reflective lens and incorporating basic elements of emotional intelligence. Specific suggestions and strategies will be included for making the most out of adult interactions at work.

Nancy Bruski | Wise Choice Guidance
Saturday | 10:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

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