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Whole Leadership for Family Engagement

Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in the Summer 2017 edition of Kansas Child Magazine, a publication of Child Care Aware of Kansas. FOR DECADES, the value of partnering with families to support children’s learning and development has been touted among early childhood care and education leaders. Initiatives to enhance family engagement in early childhood […]

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 […]

Exchange to Publish Whole Leadership Framework

After 18 months of development we are pleased to announce that the Whole Leadership Framework will be presented in the January/February issue of Exchange. With input from practitioners and key thought leaders in early childhood education, the Framework will clarify some of the most complex ideas in the field. It is built on three domains: […]

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 […]

#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 […]

Why Pedagogical Leadership?

Editor’s Note: For the past several weeks, the McCormick Center has been publishing blog posts on the topic of Whole Leadership. These posts have highlighted leadership essentials and administrative leadership—two of the three key domains that the McCormick Center has proposed for the framework of Whole Leadership. In this week’s post, Mike Abel focuses on […]

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