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In 2017, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University developed the Whole Leadership Framework with diverse voices from the field to define the critical components of early childhood leadership and to ensure consistent approaches to leadership standards and competencies. In 2023, the framework was revised by Building on Whole Leadership: Energizing and Strengthening Your Early Childhood Program authors (Masterson, M.L., Talan, T.N., & Bella, J.M.) in response to current research, the needs of the profession, and additional feedback collected from over 200 early childhood leaders as part of the Building Leaders Project, funded by the Foundation for Child Development. The book, Building on Whole Leadership: Energizing and Strengthening Your Early Childhood Program, provides a variety of tools that can be used by administrators to enhance their core knowledge, skills, and behaviors to foster effective and thriving early childhood organizations.
Leadership Connections 2023
The revised Whole Leadership Framework will be presented virtually on April 25, 2023 at Leadership Connections, the national conference of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University.
Updates to the Whole Leadership Framework: Responding to Voices from the Field
The Whole Leadership Framework, first published in 2017, has been updated and revised to include critical changes to Leadership Essentials, which are the foundational competencies and behaviors necessary for creating a culture of caring, equity, and improvement. This session will present the revised components of Leadership Essentials, including culturally responsive leadership, continuous quality improvement, and personal and professional self-awareness, with a focus on tools and strategies necessary to revitalize program success. In addition, it will introduce updates to Administrative and Pedagogical Leadership to align with current research, the needs of the profession, and feedback from the field. Participants will be invited to engage in dialog about the practical implications of embedding the Whole Leadership Framework in programs and systems.
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