For today's early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable reality. While the size, force, and direction of change can often seem overwhelming, this book shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic odds or "Goliaths." The New Early Childhood Professional presents some of the heroic experiences and strategic approaches used by early childhood educators (participants in the CAYL Institute Fellowship programs) to deal with change. The authors share a specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive change-makers in the field of early care and education. Complete with resources, tools, and questions for reflection, this handbook takes readers through four progressive paths toward becoming an architect of change:
- Analysis--When confronting seemingly insurmountable situations, instead of being overwhelmed, think and reflect about the situation and discover hidden insights.
- Advance--Better understand the nature of problems while also strengthening your vision and identity through planning and preparation.
- Act--Begin with everyday challenges and use what you know from every situation, in every interaction with a child, parent, peer, or administrator.
- Accelerate--Focus on what you want to change, gather allies, document, and communicate.
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About the Author
Valora Washington is chief executive officer of the Council for Professional Recognition and the founder of the CAYL Institute in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She is the coauthor (with Stacie G. Goffin) of Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education. Brenda Gadson specializes in working with community-based nonprofits and is the owner/operator of BMG Consulting in Ocoee, Florida. Kathryn L. Amel is associate manager of programs and operations with CAYL Institute.