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Four Takeaways - 2015 Fall Leadership Symposium

Posted By Joe Vasquez, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Register for our Fall Leadership Symposium     

 

Join us this October for our Fall Leadership Symposium in sunny Pompano Beach, Florida. 

 

Maximize your participation by networking with fellow early learning leaders, fostering positive, long-lasting relationships with colleagues, and gaining insight from leading professionals.

Explore the best track (Director, Owner-to-Owner, Emerging Leader, and Accreditation) that fits your professional needs!  

Here are four top takeaways.

1. Networking and relationship building - meeting groups of people with shared interests is always a fun thing! Exchanging words with like-minded individuals will not only be an enjoyable experience, but can also help you grow personally and intellectually. The shared experiences and informal conversations in our networking events can help you better understand your colleagues and allow you to work together in other ways.  

2. Develop Skills - whether you're considering growing in your current position or are looking for a new role, attending the symposium will allow you to stay current with the latest trends and technologies regarding the early care and education field and help you sustain and drive business.  

3. Tracks specifically targeted for your leadership role - whatever your role might be, the symposium offers split-track sessions that can help you learn and apply new knowledge and skills that will improve your performance on the job.  

4. Relax and get inspired - attending the symposium will get you inspired by breaking out of your usual routine and helping you fully immerse in an expertise rich-environment.  

Ready to sign up? Click here.  

Tags:  Association for Early Learning Leaders  director training  early childhood education  Early Learning Leaders  educational training  Fall Leadership Symposium  professional development  training 

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Gateway City Attractions – Conference Tours

Posted By Joe Vasquez, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

See all the attractions that the Gateway city has to offer by attending one or more of our Conference tours.

 

Forest Park - Meet Me in St. Louis Conference Tour1# Forest Park—Meet Me in St. Louis Tour
Begin your conference experience by touring Forest Park. Your motorcoach will shuttle between the St. Louis Science Center and Planetarium, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis ZOO and the St. Louis Art Museum.  En route to the hotel, enjoy Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a St. Louis specialty.

 

Wednesday, April 15 | $45 per person

 

 

  

A Little Taste of St. Louis - Forest Park - Meet Me in St. Louis - Conference Tour2# A Little Taste of St. Louis Tour

Explore the original tastes of St. Louis, during a driving overview of some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods that feature delectable delights. Attendees will have the opportunity to site see The Loop, The Hill, Soulart and Lafayette Square. Views of other historic St. Louis neighborhoods—as time permits. Treats include Fitz's Roo Beer, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Gus' Pretzels and Gooey Butter Cake.

 

Wednesday, April 15 | $59 per person

 

Shop 'Til You Drop! - Meet Me in St. Louis Conference Tour3# Shop ‘Til You Drop!

Shop for the latest St. Louis fashions at two major shopping destinations. The first stop is The Vault, a popular upscale resale store profiled in Resale Royalty. The Vault features an impressive selection of handbags, jewelry, purses, shoes and clothing by designers such as Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Tory Burch and more!

At the St Louis Galleria, you’re sure to find something to take home with your from Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Ann Taylor and countless others. Across the street, you can visit The Boulevard which features Soft Surroundings, Loft, Crate & Barrel, and some local dining options.

 

Wednesday, April 15 | $39 per person

  

  

Experience the Loop-  Conference Tour#4 Experience the Loop

Experience "The Loop," a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Loop is a six-block area complete with restaurants, shopping, art and entertainment. The motor coach will follow the old route down Delmar Blvd., entering "The Loop" through the majestic Lions Gate. Dinner is available on own at many fun eateries.

Friday, April 17| $35 per person

 

 

 

  

 

 

Beautiful Blooms and Historic Homes - St. Louis Conference Tour#5 Beautiful Blooms & Historic Homes

Enjoy nature at its finest at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the country and a National Historic Landmark. A guided private tram will wind its way through 79 acres of flora from a variety of diverse climates. Visit the Climatron, the first geodesic dome greenhouse based on Buckminster Fuller’s futuristic design. Included is a visit to the 14-acre Japanese Garden, considered one of the finest outside Japan.

Next, explore the real character of St. Louis through three of its most historic neighborhoods—Compton Heights, Lafayette Square and Soulard. You will also see the 100-acre Anheuser-Busch Brewery Complex with over 70 red brick buildings, several of which are listed on the National Historic Registry. There will also be time to explore your favorite areas on your own.

Saturday, April 18 | $69 per person

 

   

 

 

Anheuser-Busch and Ted Drewes - St. Louis Conference Tour#6 Anheuser-Busch & Ted Drewes

Familiarize yourself with the rich history of the colorful Busch family en route to the King of Beers—the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. During this tour you will see the World Famous Cyclesdales, the Beechwood Again Cellar, and the Brew House. No visit would be complete without sampling the family of Anheuser-Busch products during the tour!

After leaving Anheuser-Busch you’re in for one last sweet treat at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a St. Louis tradition since 1929. Enjoy a specialty “concrete” that is so thick you can turn it upside down.

Saturday, April 18 | $45 per person

 

 

 

Complement your Conference experience by partaking in one or more of our afternoon activities.

Register early to ensure space!

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Keynote Spotlight---Leadership Lessons: Supporting Your Staff with Your Head, Heart and Hand

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 2, 2015
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Valora WashingtonWritten by: Dr. Valor Washington

Leadership in our field today is about change and, as leaders, we are the change makers.

In the decades of my work designing leadership tools for the early childhood education field, I have engaged in intimate, in-depth discussions with hundreds of early educators as they define their dreams, hopes and fears about change.

In order to move forward, we as a profession will need to be a more strongly organized, effective field of practice. The field as a whole must act with greater urgency to better define our purpose and responsibilities. But while many of us hear and concur with these calls to action, some of us feel paralyzed. To the individual staff member, the job ahead might seem too big to take the first steps.

At the Association for Early Learning Leaders’ 31st Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead, my keynote address highlights lessons learned about leadership, about mobilizing early educators to influence the direction of change, and about the educators themselves becoming architects of change. Supporting our staff and our profession will require strategies like building our sense of community, and sharing and learning from the experiences, wisdom and approaches used by early educators like you, and creating safe places where we can:

      o Question our assumptions
      o Engage in collegial dialog, nudging each other out of our comfort zones
      o Facilitate constructive, active learning that stimulates innovation
      o Identify options
      o Take action

You and me—ordinary people—can and must participate directly in creating positive social change for our children and for ourselves as ECE professionals. What we know for sure is that leading for change is a journey, a marathon—not an event or a sprint. We know that neither leadership nor change happen by chance—but by our willingness and strength.

To learn more about conference, visit our website by clicking here.

About Dr. Valora Washington

Dr. Valora Washington is the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition. Throughout her career Dr. Washington has co-created several institutions, such as Michigan’s Children, a statewide advocacy group, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and The CAYL Institute. Frequently tapped for senior-level service, she has been Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s School Readiness Commission; Board Chair for Voices for America’s Children; Secretary of NAEYC; chair of the Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development; Co-Chair of the National Head Start Association Commission on 2010; and a member of numerous task forces and boards including of the Boston Children’s Museum and Wheelock College.

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Let's talk about...Standard A10

Posted By Erin Schmidt, Monday, July 14, 2014
Training is a vital component in the ongoing pursuit of quality. Thoughtfully chosen training takes into consideration the needs of individual staff members, the needs of the children in their care and the needs of the classroom and program environment. It is of the utmost importance that the training taken be of the highest quality and provides each staff member with meaningful professional development that is individualized to their specific professional development goals. The Formal Education and On-going Training Log is required at more than one stage of the National Accreditation Commission process and is essential in determining a program’s ongoing compliance with Staff Qualifications and Training Standards. The Education and On-going Training Log also provides a history of staff retention, training topics covered over a period of time, quality and sources of training. Using the the the following information provided, create one typed log for each paid staff member who has either supervisory responsibilities or who is included in the staff-child ratios.

Include:
- Name
- Title (Program Title: Pre-K 1 Teacher; Education Coordinator)
- Hire date
- National Accreditation Commission classification (Director/Onsite Supervisor/Lead Teacher/Asst Teacher) Each person is given only one classification, even if they have multiple roles (choose the classification with the greater level of responsibility).
- Classroom Group (Name of the classroom they are primarily assigned. If assigned to multiple groups, list each (Pre-K, Toddler 1, Lily pads, Infants).
- Typical age range of children in the group, given in months (15 mos–24 mos, 36 mos–48 mos, etc.). List multiple age ranges if staff member supervises more than one group of children.
- Number of years in ECE field
- Level of education
- Past two years of training (calculated by the date of submission to the National Accreditation Commission for review)

The formal education field should report one of the following items:
- High School or GED if no formal education has been pursued.
- Field of study and number of college credits if degree is not yet complete.
- Degree (with major, if unspecified).

For staff with majors other than Child Development (CD) or Early Childhood Education (ECE), including degrees in elementary education and staff with some college education, report the number of CD/ECE college credits in the CD/ECE Credits earned field.Training hours should:
- Include date, title, description of content, agency, trainer, and number of clock hours.
- Be conducted by a variety of sources of expertise. Some of the training hours can include in-house training.
- List individual content covered during an all-day training or conference.
- Be individualized (not be the same for all staff members).
- Include topics chosen as a result of observations or performance evaluations.
- Include management hours for all directors and supervisory staff.
- Include topics directly related to the age group each staff member supervises.
- Cover a variety of topics, with a strong focus on child development, curriculum, and classroom management, especially for staff with limited or no formal education in ECE/CD.
- Not include trainings mentioned in other standards CPR & First Aid (C7), Standard Precautions (C8), Child Abuse (C9) , Fire Extinguisher (C19) training. If these trainings are listed for convenience, the total clock hours should be zero.
- Should include the appropriate amount of hours per each staff member:
          - Director—30 hours annually
          - Onsite Supervisor—25 hours annually
          - Staff—20 hours annually

Two years of training are included with each training log submission. The two-year period is calculated by the date of submission to the National Accreditation Commission for review. To consider the training standard met, staff must meet the required training for at least one year. Once a program is accredited, staff must maintain the annual training hours to have full compliance with the standard.

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Special Offer: Refer a Friend and Receive a Surpise Prize!

Posted By Joe Vasquez, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 PROMOTION HAS ENDED.

 

Help your friend develop stronger leadership skills by recommending a quality membership like the Association for Early Learning Leaders' membership program, and receive a FREE Association turvis tumbler once membership is confirmed!

Step 1 - Send an email to your friend asking him/her to join the Association membership.

Step 2- Fill out a Membership Referral Form. Make sure to use promo code MDRIVE14 to claim your prize.
Step 3- When your friend creates an account with the email address you referred them with, and becomes part of the Association; we'll send you an Association t-shirt of your choice! Offers may be subject to change or substitution without notice.


It's that simple! Invite your friend to join an Association that provides them with solutions in the areas of leadership, resources, professional development, program standards, human resources and legal insights!

Use this sample message to forward to your friends or write your own.

"Take advantage of this special friends-only promotion. With my referral, you can receive a FREE limited edition t-shirt, in addition to the plethora of other member benefits. The Association for Early Learning Leaders' membership provides professional development opportunities to strengthen and enhance your leadership role-it's great! To claim your gift, please fill out a form at http://www.earlylearningleaders.org/?page=membershipform. Offers may be subject to change or substitution without notice."

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