May 12, 2014

Sue Bredekamp to receive the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award

by McCormick Center

WHEELING, IL — May 9, 2014 —In recognition of her profound dedication to the advancement of the early childhood education field, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is pleased to present Dr. Sue Bredekamp with the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award.

The award ceremonies will take place May 15, 2014, at the McCormick Center’s Leadership Connections national conference in Wheeling, Illinois. Dr. Bredekamp will also be featured as the host of this year’s Leadership Colloquium, an interactive fireside chat with Leadership Connections attendees.

The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have played a significant role in advancing the professional development of early childhood leaders. Recipients embody the characteristics of exemplar, innovator, advocate, visionary, and change agent.

Dr. Bredekamp is an early childhood education specialist from Washington, DC who serves as a consultant on developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum, teaching, and professional development for state and national organizations such as National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Council for Professional Recognition, Head Start, and Sesame Street. While Director of Accreditation and Professional Development for NAEYC, Dr. Bredekamp lead the development of NAEYC’s seminal publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, which still serves as the North Star guiding effective practice in the field. She is also the author of an introductory textbook, Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation.

About the Leadership Connections™ National Conference

The Leadership Connections national conference offers exceptional professional development experience where early childhood professionals can learn, network, and reenergize. The conference is designed specifically around leaders in the early childhood field and is held annually just north of Chicago.

Whatever an attendee’s role—child care administrator, policymaker, resource and referral specialist, college instructor, family child care provider, or independent consultant—Leadership Connections provides inspiring sessions planned with participants’ needs in mind.

To learn more about the Leadership Connections, visit