Leadership Academies

Join a community of practice. The McCormick Center’s Leadership Academies, Ready to Lead (RTL), Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC), and Taking the Lead (TTL), offer transformational professional learning for center-based and home-based program administrators. These communities of practice meet throughout the year. Credits for college and professional development credentials are available.

Communities of Practice

Ready to Lead (for newly hired center-based administrators)

Ready to Lead

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2019

A NEW Community of Practice for newly hired early childhood administrators (less than three years experience)

 

Develop your Leadership Essentials. Delve into topics including the power of reflection and self-awareness, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face and online learning as well as guided reflections. Content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Explore the following topics:

  • From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness
  • Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done
  • Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor: Practical Tips for Your New Role
  • Productivity and Project Management: Strategies for Creating a Balanced Workload

 

Price

Valued at nearly $2,000!
$125 and full participation gets you:

  • Three institutes (see dates and locations below)
  • A Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Two Aim4Excellence online modules (available for college credit for an additional cost)
  • Illinois Director Credential (IDC) credit
  • Books, handouts, and materials

Note: This price is only for Illinois residents. Out-of-state residents, please contact Barbara Volpe at barbara.volpe@nl.edu or 847-947-5132.

 

Locations and Dates

LISLE Community of Practice
National Louis University — Lisle campus 850 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL 60532

  • Thursday, April 11 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, May 17 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 14 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

CHICAGO Community of Practice
Irish American Heritage Center 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630

  • Wednesday, April 17 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 23 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 21 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Deadline to apply

March 15, 2019

 

Questions?

Please contact Barbara Volpe.

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Taking Charge of Change (for experienced center-based administrators)

Taking Charge of Change

Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC) is designed to support you in leading an organization to continuous quality improvement. These essential features contribute to the TCC learning experience:

Learn more about the proven outcomes from TCC.

Empower yourself and embrace the change process. Delve into topics that strengthen your leadership style, promote peak performance, implement a quality improvement plan, and build a strong organizational climate.

As a participant, you will:

  • Explore individual differences, communication styles, systems thinking, and how to build team cohesiveness.
  • Learn strategies for recruitment, inclusive leadership, meeting facilitation, organizational climate, peer learning communities, supervising staff, and more.
  • Participate in interactive learning and guided reflections.
  • Use the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES) to diagnose organizational problems and assess the need for change.
  • Experience the impact of blending shared decision-making with data-based decision-making skills.
  • Receive a $500 mini-grant to support improvements toward circles of quality in ExceleRate™ Illinois
  • Receive one full-conference registration to attend Leadership Connections™ National Conference.

Price:

Valued at over $3,000 but priced at $775, there is no other leadership program as impactful and cost-effective as TCC.

Note: This price is only for Illinois residents. Out-of-state residents, please contact Barbara Volpe at barbara.volpe@nl.edu or 847-947-5132.

Deadline to apply:

New applications will be accepted in Spring 2019. Please subscribe to our email list for updates.

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Links to research on TCC’s impact

Zoom Report

20-Year Review

Taking the Lead (for home-based program administrators)

Taking the Lead

Learn strategies to grow and sustain your business with Taking the Lead (TTL). Work alongside other family child care providers to enhance your skills as an entrepreneur and educator.

As a participant, you will:

  • Delve into leadership topics specific to family child care, including fiscal management, environments, recordkeeping, marketing, family partnerships, and advocacy.
  • Gain an understanding of your role as a change agent—at the individual, business, and community levels.
  • Become part of a professional learning community of family child care providers and receive individual support from a mentor.
  • Gain increased access to professional resources that support the ExceleRate™ Illinois Quality and Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
  • Develop and implement a quality improvement plan.
  • Participate in interactive learning, online modules, and guided reflections.
  • Receive one full-conference registration to attend Leadership Connections™ National Conference.
  • Receive a $300 mini-grant to support improvements toward circles of quality in ExceleRate Illinois.

Work toward achieving professional certificates and improving your QRIS rating. Content in TTL is aligned with the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) and, for those in Illinois, ExceleRate Illinois and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Price:

TTL is valued at over $1,000 but costs you only $120.

Note: The price of $120 is only for Illinois residents. Out-of-state residents, please contact Barbara Volpe at barbara.volpe@nl.edu or 847-947-5132.

Deadline to apply:

Applications for TTL are currently closed. Please subscribe to get notified when applications are open.

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College Credit Available

College credit through National Louis University (NLU) is available for TCC and TTL at an additional cost. Scholarships and financial aid may be available to help you cover the cost.

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Taking Charge of Change At a Glance

College credit option available

26

communities of practice have gained life-changing leadership skills

98

total clock hours

“Taking Charge of Change is a great way to learn about your role as a leader. It also gives you an opportunity to connect with others in similar roles and situations.”
Jill Schaefer, Illinois, Cohort #25, Director

Embrace change.

Over 700 early childhood leaders have experienced this transformative professional learning opportunity. Subscribe to be notified when applications are open (Spring 2019).

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Taking the Lead at a Glance

College credit option available

5

communities of practice have gained life-changing leadership skills

119

total contact hours

“You will begin to see that paying for this cohort is surpassed after the first hour of the cohort. It doesn’t take long to sincerely appreciate what a great opportunity this is. Truly life-changing for an entrepreneur.”
DeAnna Taylor, Illinois, Taking the Lead Cohort #4, Family Child Care Provider

Empower yourself.

More than 100 family child care providers in the Chicago area make up TTL’s alumni. Subscribe to be notified when applications open.

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