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Whole Leadership: A Framework for Early Childhood Programs

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 edition of Exchange magazine As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 leadership is emerging as an important component for increasing workforce capacity in early childhood […]

Whole Leadership Framework now available in Exchange

The Whole Leadership Framework, which has been in development for more than a year, has been published in the January/February edition of Exchange Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 […]

#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 […]

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, […]

Are Leadership Essentials the Foundation of Whole Leadership?

My colleague Mike Abel, in an earlier blog post raised a question I keep coming back to: Are leadership essentials (LE) the foundation on which administrative leadership (AL) and pedagogical leadership (PL) are built?  As I think back on my career working in Head Start, it seems that it was those Leadership Essential competencies (awareness […]

Leadership Essentials Begin Within

Hello McCormick Center Friends, I am Sonja Crum Knight, fellow traveler on the Whole Leadership journey. Last week our Director of Training, Safiyah Jackson, continued the Whole Leadership dialogue by offering a thought provoking exploration of leadership essentials. Here’s the definition of leadership essentials offered: “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people that are […]

The North Star of Leadership Essentials

On March 3, my colleague and friend Mike Abel released a blog post about three mutually important, yet entwined, paths to Whole Leadership—leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership. Today, let’s spark a dialogue about one of them—leadership essentials. This is the definition offered for leadership essentials:  “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people […]

Deconstructing Whole Leadership

Last week, Teri Talan opened this blog series on Whole Leadership by inviting you to engage with us in a dialog to explore the “multi-faceted and nuanced” nature of early childhood program leadership. We first began this exploration last May at Leadership Connections, the McCormick Center’s annual national conference, by discussing the concept of instructional […]

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