Researching Leadership in Early Childhood Education focuses on leadership research in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings in seven countries from different parts of the world: Australia, Azerbaijan, England, Finland, Norway, Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago. This publication emerged through conversations that began at the inaugural &‘International Leadership Research Forum' (ILRF) held in Finland in 2011. It introduces theoretical perspectives and the history of leadership research as well studies on management practices in different countries. This publication responds to the challenges of developing further research into early childhood leadership in a rapidly changing world where young children and families continue to gather at ECEC settings. Effective leadership from early childhood educators can make a difference in ensuring every child enjoys high quality ECEC programs that nurture their wellbeing and developmental potential to the fullest.
Author: Eeva Hujala, Manjula Waniganayake & Jillian Rodd
Publisher: University of Tampere
Category: Early childhood education
In this inspiring collection, 13 early childhood leaders take action to challenge and change inequitable educational practices in preschools and elementary schools. For them, educating for social justice is not an empty platitude. Steadfast and resolute, they turn rhetoric into reality as they guide early childhood teachers to teach for social justice innovatively and strategically. Through the voices of families, teachers, and the administrators themselves, each chapter shares ways that these leaders use the power entrusted in them to question and disrupt discriminatory and marginalizing practices that deny opportunities for some students while privleging others. The book includes insights, strategies, and resources that administrators can use to build confidence, knowledge, and skills as they invest in more equitable and just pre/schools.
Taking a Stand for Social Justice
Author: Susi Long,Mariana Souto-Manning,Vivian Maria Vasquez
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Leadership in Early Childhood is a practical resource for early childhood practitioners who want to understand how to create successful childcare and early education settings.
Author: Rodd, Jillian
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Leadership is a core skill required by all early childhood educators, whatever position they hold - whether leading their own ethical and professional practice or leading others. From understanding ethical frameworks to managing change, and from quality assurance to working with teams, families and the wider community, the most effective early childhood leaders act with confidence, flexibility and creativity. In this book early childhood researchers Elizabeth Stamopoulos and Lennie Barblett provide a new model for leadership. Recognising that leadership is both an individual and collective endeavour, multi-layered and multidimensional, the authors have distilled core tasks of leadership that are explored in detail in each chapter: * Understanding and conceptualising theories of leadership * Leading in times of change * Advocating for high quality pedagogy and practice * Developing strong communication skills * Leading through digital technology and media * Developing effective teams * Building positive relationships with families and the wider community * Embedding Indigenous perspectives * Embracing evidence-based research And * Leading ethical practice. Featuring the perspectives of leaders from diverse settings, together with reflection exercises and discussion questions throughout, this is an essential book for both pre-service and in-service early childhood educators. 'The authors...are commended for their commitment to shining a light on a wide range of research, theories and issues concerned with leadership and the early childhood profession. ' -- from the foreword by Catharine Hydon and Dr Anne Kennedy
Evidence-based approaches for effective practice
Author: Elizabeth Stamopoulos,Lennie Barblett
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
'This book introduces an intriguing juxtaposition of "caring" alongside "effective", and it is a thought-provoking book. Including examples of early years leaders on their own reflective learning journeys, it provides a rich source of ideas for relational leadership that are firmly based in research and professional experience.' - Professor Margaret Carr, University of Waikato, New Zealand Effective and caring leadership is an essential part of raising standards and increasing the quality of learning in early childhood settings. This book explains leadership practices that can make a positive difference to the provision offered and improve outcomes for both children and families. With theoretical, practical and research-informed perspectives, this book: Uses case studies to provide examples of effective leadership Integrates education and care with key practices in effective leadership Explores directional, collaborative, empowering and pedagogical leadership Offers readers opportunity to reflect upon their own leadership practices This is a key text for anyone studying Early Childhood, existing and aspiring leaders, graduate Early Years Leaders and those training to work in settings, schools and children’s services. Professor Iram Siraj is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Elaine Hallet is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Author: Iram Siraj,Elaine Hallet
This unique resource addresses one of the most challenging workplace issues facing employers today- the ability to encourage employeesa creativity, productivity, and long-term commitment to an organization. Written specifically for the early childhood field, this text respects and acknowledges the unique challenges faced in early education settings. It is written in a reader-friendly style and offers a wealth of everyday strategies and innovative ideas for motivating employee performance. The basic principles of motivational theory are explained in an easy-to-understand manner and practical ideas for increasing staff morale, encouraging quality performance and retaining employees are discussed. Each chapter of the text includes connecting points, case studies, and application activities to illustrate and reinforce the content. Quotes by notable individuals add to reader interest and emphasize the critical importance of motivational leadership skills. Several chapters are devoted to how-to strategies (monetary and non-monetary) and simple, practical ideas for motivating employees. Additional references (books, articles, and web resources) are also provided, making this text a must-have resource for anyone in a supervisory role.
Author: Lynn R. Marotz,Amy Lawson
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
This book encourages practitioners to recognise their active involvement in leadership and management in relation to their work as team leader or team member, and in their work with parents and other professionals, to ensure appropriate and effective provision for young children.
Author: Jones, Caroline,Pound, Linda
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Leadership in the early years is about using your knowledge, skills, personality and experience to positively influence practice. Every practitioner has the capacity to lead, and in doing so, improve opportunities for children and their families. Examining the various roles of early years practitioners, and the everyday challenges and opportunities they face, this book promotes leadership of early childhood practice by considering the following; · Who the leaders are, and what skills they require · The variety of ways a practitioner can lead within a setting · Key roles including the team leader and the key person · How to develop a culture of leadership · The importance of working with families and other professionals · Improving leading through reflective practice. Whether you are a room leader in an early childhood setting needing support in your leadership skills, a manager of an early childhood business, a leader of a nursery, a leader of practice or studying to become an early years practitioner this book is ideal for helping you improve your leadership skills.
Author: Geraldine Davis,Gemma Ryder
Do you need good leaders to achieve good quality or does good quality create good leadership? Quality is a term frequently used to describe early years provision without any further explanation of exactly what this 'quality provision' looks like or how it can be achieved. This book not only unpicks what is meant by the term 'quality' in England, across the UK, and beyond, but it does so in the context of how to lead in order to develop and achieve quality. In exploring quality and leadership and the ways in which both terms have been conceptualised from a range of different perspectives you will be able to find a meaning that is right for you and your practice. With chapters covering: · The global interest in quality · The broad nature of early childhood leadership · Reflective evaluation and practice This book will be of interest to setting and room leaders across the early years as well as students studying early childhood or in early years teacher training.
Research, Theory and Practice
Author: Verity Campbell-Barr,Caroline Leeson
The focus of this book is on different aspects of leadership and governess for learning in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, which serves children aged 1-5 years. Internationally, the discourse on the ECEC sector is interwoven with the discourse on early intervention, where ECEC is viewed as laying the foundation for lifelong learning, eliminating child poverty, and fostering social inclusion within an increasingly diverse population.
The New Challenge in Early Childhood Education and Care
Author: Per Tore Granrusten,Kjell-Åge Gotvassli,Ole Fredrik Lillemyr,Kari Hoås Moen
After more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field’s purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new change strategies, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement. This provocative volume: Examines the leadership challenges of early childhood education, drawing lessons from extensive interviews and focus groups and from historical analyses.Suggests how the early care and education field can position itself to take charge of its future, rather than being driven by external influences. Outlines the need to focus internally, along with a challenging assessment of the field’s resistance to change.Focuses on the necessity for the early care and education field to engage in critical adaptive work or risk the consequences of not doing so. “This is a powerful book that has the potential to reinvent the field in ways that have yet to be determined. It should be required reading for all who work in early care and education.” —Josué Cruz, Jr., Dean, College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and past president of NAEYC “They get it! We need a true system of services for young children and their families in America. The authors explain to us why and present options for all of us to consider as we move forward.” —Dick Clifford, Associate Director, National Center For Early Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Goffin and Washington employ a variety of tactics to help us acknowledge imminent fork-in-the-road options in our field….If we fail to engage in this adaptive work, we will be no better than the elected officials whom we criticize for their partisan stubbornness and refusal to collaborate for the good of the whole.” —Marilyn M. Smith, Council for Professional Recognition, Washington, DC
Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education
Author: Stacie G. Goffin,Valora Washington
Publisher: Teachers College Press
This publication takes as its background the radical reforms that have taken place in the field of services for children following the passing of the Children Act of 2004 and the subsequent Government white paper, Every Child Matters: Change for children. It argues that the fundamental requirements for leadership for learning in the early years should be provided by considering social contexts, adopting a commitment to collective working and focusing on improving children’s learning outcomes. Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector is based on the analysis of a wide range of literature on leadership in the early years and is simultaneously grounded in information taken from effective early years settings, as identified in studies funded by the Department for Education and Skills. It identifies a range of ‘categories of effective leadership practice’ in the effective settings that will be valuable in the development of leadership training.
The ELEYS Study
Author: Iram Siraj-Blatchford,Laura Manni
Publisher: Institute of Education Press
Unique new textbook introducing the key principles and practices in management, supervision and team leadership in the context of Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland. Specifically written to reflect the newly migrated FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education award. Illustrates how the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Aistear, and the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, Siolta, are central to and inform the scope of the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor. Presents the key skills essential to effective childcare management: communication with key stakeholders, time management, organisational skills, knowledge of current legislation and best practice guidelines. Details the role of the supervisor in establishing, maintaining and reviewing standards and quality in an ECCE setting. Analyses the role and responsibilities of a supervisor and promotes self-awareness of personal attributes and skills required. Introduces personnel management themes such as motivation, support, monitoring, evaluating and providing feedback. Shows how to create and implement policies and procedures and how to develop strategies for overcoming common challenges and problems. Written in an accessible style Written For: FETAC Level 6 Supervision in Early Childhood Care FETAC Level 6 Team Leadership Unique new textbook introducing the key principles and practices in management, supervision and team leadership within the context of Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland. Specifically written to reflect the newly migrated FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education award. Illustrates how the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Aistear, and the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, Siolta, are central to and inform the scope of the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor. Presents the key skills essential to effective childcare management: communication with key stakeholders, time management, organisational skills, knowledge of current legislation and best practice guidelines. Details the role of the supervisor in establishing, maintaining and reviewing standards and quality within the ECCE setting. Analyses the role and responsibilities of a supervisor and promotes self-awareness of personal attributes and skills required. Personnel management themes such as motivation, support, monitoring, evaluating and providing feedback are introduced. Shows how to create and implement policies and procedures and to develop strategies for overcoming common challenges and problems. Written in an accessible style
Author: Eileen McPartland
Publisher: Gill Education
Category: Child care services
This premier volume in TC Presss Practitioner Bookshelf series offers valuable information for leaders in preschool settings and pre-kindergarten classrooms. A handy reference, it covers key aspects of literacy, learning, and teaching, including child development, standards, curriculum planning assessment and accountability, professional development, and home-school connections.
The Essential Guide
Author: Dorothy S. Strickland,Shannon Riley-Ayers
Nationally renowned early childhood education leader Ann McClain Terrell shares her professional journey and the lessons she's learned.
Author: Ann McClain Terrell
Category: Business & Economics
Despite recent attention to leadership in early care and education, the field does not have a commonly accepted definition of leadership, nor has it engaged in a systematic and collaborative discussion of the properties of leadership. This volume is intended to address these and other shortcomings. In addition to defining leadership and presenting a broadened framework for considering leadership, the articles in the volume examine the constraints, possibilities, and the actual challenges of creating a durable leadership capacity. It also looks at specific issues facing many institutions and organizations as they consider alternative approaches to leadership development. The Leadership Working Group's set of action recommendations is presented to help advance a leadership agenda for early care and education. The articles are: (1) "Leadership in Early Care and Education: Issues and Challenges" (Sharon L. Kagan and Barbara T. Bowman); (2) "Historical Views of Leadership" (Gwen Morgan); (3) "Pedagogical Leadership" (Lilian G. Katz); (4) "Administrative Leadership" (Mary L. Culkin); (5) "Advocacy Leadership" (Helen K. Blank); (6) "Community Leadership" (Dwayne A. Crompton); (7) "Conceptual Leadership" (Sharon L. Kagan and Michelle J. Neuman); (8) "Race, Class, and Education" (Evelyn K. Moore); (9) "Who's Missing at the Table? Leadership Opportunities and Barriers for Teachers and Providers" (Marcy Whitebook); (10) "Reflections on Early Childhood Leadership Development: Finding Your Own Path" (Anne Mitchell); (11) "Personal Dimensions of Leadership" (Linda M. Espinosa); (12) "New Directions in Higher Education" (Barbara T. Bowman); (13) "New Directions for Professional Organizations" (Sue Bredekamp); (14) "New Directions for Non-College/University Training" (Marilyn Henry and Carol Brunson Phillips); (15) "New Directions for Resource-and-Referral Agencies" (Patricia Siegel); (16) "New Directions for Mediating Organizations" (Ellen Galinsky); "(17) "New Directions for Parent Leadership in a Family-Support Context" (Judy Langford and Bernice Weissbourd); and (18) "Moving the Leadership Agenda" (Barbara T. Bowman and Sharon L. Kagan). The first 11 articles are followed by commentary. All but the last article contain references. (HTH)
Author: Sharon Lynn Kagan
Publisher: National Assn for the Education