Technical Assistance

Develop expertise. The McCormick Center works with individuals, organizations, and state agencies to develop informed and experienced trainers, coaches, mentors, technical assistance specialists, and organizational consultants who are interested in supporting the whole leadership development of early childhood administrators.

The Director’s Toolbox Management Series, Training-for-Trainers

The Director’s Toolbox Management Series, Training-for-Trainers

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership works with organizations and state agencies to support the development of trainers on early childhood leadership content. The Director’s Toolbox Management series includes seven books and Trainer’s Guides on important and timely topics related to early childhood program administration. The McCormick Center offers a full-day training on each book. Convene a group of trainers to learn the content of the Director’s Toolbox Trainer’s Guides and unique delivery techniques. The trainers can learn the content by observing and participating in training sessions with directors and debriefing afterwards or can learn the content as an exclusive group.

Choose from several options:

  • Entire Series. Trainers receive training on all topics from the Director’s Toolbox Series. The topics are presented consecutively over an extended period of time. For example, several months to over a year. During the interim trainers and/or directors can work with a facilitator on your staff on concepts learned and prepare for upcoming topics. A social media platform can be used to share resources, ask questions, network, and support one another. Pre- and post-assessments can be used to gather data. A half-day debriefing session is conducted with the trainers for each book in the series. For an example of how the McCormick Center conducts Taking Charge of Change, its leadership academy based on this model visit https://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/services/leadership-academies/#tcc.
  • Modified Series. Trainers receive training on some of the topics from the Director’s Toolbox Series. The topics may be presented consecutively over an extended period of time.  A half-day debriefing session is conducted with the trainers for each book in the series.

The maximum group size for trainers is 30. If you want to include directors in the training day with the trainers the maximum is 80 participants (so if you have 30 trainers attending you could invite up to 50 administrators to attend).

Director’s Toolbox Series of books and trainer’s guides include:

  • From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness,
  • Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done,
  • A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Work Climate,
  • The Right Fit: Recruiting, Selecting, and Orienting Staff,
  • Making the Most of Meetings: A Practical Guide,
  • Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management, and
  • Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration.

 

Interested in learning more? Watch this recording of our informational webinar.

Presentations and Workshops

Presentations and Workshops

Focus your coaching and mentoring skills. These professional learning experiences will keep you on top of the latest research, abreast of best practices, and innovative in your delivery techniques. Sample topics include:

  • Supporting Directors as the Gatekeepers to Quality
  • Saying It in Writing: Helping Directors Improve and Organize Documentation
  • PAS Reliability Training
  • BAS Reliability Training
  • Promoting Excellence in Family Child Care
  • The Next Step: How to Help Administrators and Staff Interpret ECWES Results and Move Forward
  • Not All Directors Are the Same: Tailoring Coaching Based on Director Developmental Stage

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Transformative TA

Transformative TA Institute: Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders Using the Program Administration Scale (PAS)

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MAY – JUNE 2021 | VIRTUAL*

This virtual, six session institute is specifically designed for those in technical assistance (TA) roles, including coaches, mentors, and consultants, who support early childhood administrators in improving the quality of their programs. The Transformative TA Institute is focused on how to use the PAS as a tool for providing technical assistance.

An optional two-hour pre-Institute session will be available on May 25, 2021 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm, CT) to provide an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for participants with limited experience with the PAS. If you have not been trained to reliability on the tool, or have not used the PAS extensively, this session is a necessary foundation for the Transformative TA Institute.

Session 1 | Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders, Part 1

Knowing where to begin and what steps to follow when helping administrators improve their leadership and management practices can be challenging. This session will provide an introduction to technical assistance roles, explain the importance of focusing TA on the administrator, provide an overview of the whole leadership framework, identify the components of transformational TA, and explore the six steps in the coaching process. In addition, participants will learn about the developmental stages of administrators and specific strategies and tools that will help them in their work.

Session 2 | Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders, Part 2

Knowing where to begin and what steps to follow when helping administrators improve their leadership and management practices can be challenging. This session will provide an introduction to technical assistance roles, explain the importance of focusing TA on the administrator, provide an overview of the whole leadership framework, identify the components of transformational TA, and explore the six steps in the coaching process. In addition, participants will learn about the developmental stages of administrators and specific strategies and tools that will help them in their work.

  • Key Concepts for Coaching with the PAS

Understanding how to conduct a formal PAS assessment and knowing how to use the PAS for technical assistance require different skill sets. This session will provide a brief overview of the PAS and will focus on key concepts for those in technical assistance roles. Strategies for addressing administrator concerns, explaining indicators of quality and research design aspects, and supporting administrators in decision making will be highlighted. This session will set the tone for providing a deep dive into the following PAS topic areas: building partnerships and engaging families, conflict resolution, and creating a shared vision.

Session 3 | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Coaching Administrators on Building Partnerships and Engaging Families, Part 1

Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

Session 4 | Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Coaching Administrators on Building Partnerships and Engaging Families, Part 2

Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

Session 5 | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Conflict Resolution Solutions: Ideas for Supporting Administrative Practices

Are administrators prepared when conflict arises? Consider ways to help them create work environments conducive to successful conflict resolution by building strong learning communities and good working relationships. These working relationships are the foundation for effective conflict resolution.

Session 6 | Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CT (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, PT)

  • Do You See What I See? Supporting Administrators in Creating a Shared Vision

Leaders are visionaries. How can you help them define and clearly articulate their own values, discover the values held by their staff and families, and develop a plan to build a shared vision? This session will provide strategies for helping administrators work with staff and families to create and focus on the mission and vision of their centers. You will also have time to reflect on your own values and generate a vision for your work as a coach.

*Note, the content of this Institute was presented in 2019 in an in-person format and in February – March 2021 in a virtual format. We are happy to have repeat participants, as we have added a few new features including more opportunities for networking and discussions related to challenging situations. However, the content is the same.

Need more focused attention?

The McCormick Center offers a variety of consultation options:

  • We recalibrate reliability with state anchors of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS).
  • We assist in analyzing reports from the PAS, BAS, and Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES), providing insights for data-based decision-making.
  • We provide insights and suggestions to states that are embedding the PAS and BAS into their quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).

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