Do You Know “The Four”?
“They look to the Captain.” When keynote speaker Galen Emanuele said this during our Managers and Directors Institute May 19-20, it really struck me. It reminded me of the reading I had done while working in the world of K-12 education over the last 30 years. I found the research of Robert Marzano compelling, accessible, an actionable. One of his many contributions to the field was in the area of leadership and change. He identified 21 different leadership responsibilities and correlated the impact of these on school change processes.
Are ‘Free Phones’ Really Free? How We’re Connecting Families to Services They Need
We’ve all seen them. People standing on street corners, holding or spinning signs that read: “free phone.” I see them regularly just outside our office in downtown Sacramento on the corner of 9th and K. I’ve never paid much attention, nor have I seen anyone stop and talk to them, mostly because it seems like a gimmick. We see that and think “sure, but what’s the catch?”
Surprisingly, it is not a gimmick. There is no catch.
The Science of Adult Learning Belongs in Early Childhood
In the early childhood field, we usually focus on how our children are learning. On the other side of the coin, how often do we think about the quality of the learning that occurs for our staff members, including teachers, coaches, and education coordinators? In order for our children to have meaningful learning outcomes, we need to attend to the growth and development of the adults who are shaping children’s environment, experiences, and relationships. The science of adult learning can help us do just that!
I first took the Strengths Finder survey about ten years ago. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of assessments. I think a lot of us like learning about ourselves and appreciate the insight that they can provide. In a recent staff discussion about our own professional development, this came up as a possible pathway for us. The staff agreed that we should all take the exam and share the results. We had that meeting last Tuesday,
8 Secrets of Success
If you want an uplifting TED Talk for your team—or family—try 8 Secrets of Success by analyst Richard St. John. He’s condensed seven years of research and more than 500 interviews on what really leads to success into just three minutes.
The eight elements are not rocket science, and they probably won’t surprise you. But that it precisely why they can inspire us—because they are not rocket science. Each of these elements is completely within our wheelhouse.
My Son Doesn’t Have a What?
The correlation between health in early childhood and a number of later outcomes is well established. Before joining the Head Start community, I spent many years in K-12 education. The importance of health and its impact on outcomes is no less important in that world.
So, we’re grateful to School Specialty for the investment they’ve made to support you in creating healthy and safe environments. They have produced four professional development webinars focused on different aspects of early childhood learning environments:
- Social and emotional development
- Inclusive environments for children with special needs
- Recognizing potential violence in mental health concerns
- Safety and security best practices
The Bookshelf: What the Eyes Don’t See
Full Title: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
Author: Mona Hanna -Attisha
Category: Child Development & Health
About the author: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha became the director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan in 2011. After successfully fighting to return Flint Michigan’s water supply to a fresh, safe source, she became the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund,
Member Education: AB 2816: Let’s Talk About the Healthy Schools Act
By: Christina Vredevoe, Senior Environmental Scientist, CDPR
Do you have something to say about the Healthy Schools Act? Now is your chance to voice your comments via our new email account, HSAinput@cdpr.ca.gov! The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) is a set of nine requirements that California public K-12 schools and licensed child care centers must comply with when they use any kind of pesticide on school grounds, including antimicrobial pesticides like bleach and disinfectant wipes.
The Bookshelf: Clear Leadership
Full Title: Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work
Author: Gervase Bushe
Category: Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
Quick summary: This book is about clarity, and how to get closer to it. How do we share our experience in ways that strengthen our daily work with others? Gervase Bush provides a model for getting past the organizational mush that’s created when we make up stories about other people’s behavior instead of simply asking them.
The Bookshelf: The Spirit of Kaizen
Full Title: The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
Author: Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
Category: Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
About the author: Robert Maurer is Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine. He also wrote One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way and Mastering Fear: Harnessing Emotion to Achieve Excellence in Work,