1 11, 2018

Relationships and Interactions

2018-11-12T15:59:29-05:00November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Everyday, educators make hundreds of decisions — some thoughtfully planned and others almost automatic — about how and when to connect with children. We validate Malika for taking turns at the water table and comfort Kai when his dad leaves. These decisions, big and small, shape our relationships with children and what they learn [...]

9 08, 2017

Commitment to Purpose, Not Perfection

2017-08-09T14:35:01-04:00August 9th, 2017|3 Comments

In response to the conversation on the blog on commitment, our colleague Laura Lamothe stretched my thinking with her personal reflection. Laura, a supervisor at Southwest Human Development in Arizona,  invites us to think about the relationship between commitment and purpose and how absolutely essential it is to know YOUR “why". Specifically, when our roles become more complex and things get murky, [...]

2 08, 2017

Commitment in Early Learning: Am I all in?

2017-08-02T09:00:33-04:00August 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

Hello Colleagues - This is the first in a series of six blogs. As many of you know, I've designed a model called Optimistic Leadership. It involves five commitments. My colleagues encouraged me to invite conversation about each of the ideas - bit by bit. So here's the first - what does it mean [...]

14 06, 2017

Reflections: Gifts Teachers Have Given Me

2017-06-15T09:26:10-04:00June 14th, 2017|6 Comments

Over the years I've had extraordinary teachers in different capacities.  While there have been many worthwhile lessons – some positive and others less so – seven stand out as true gifts to my life and my career. Focus, passion and whimsy. Even before I went to kindergarten, my dance teacher taught me the joy [...]

17 05, 2017

The Power of Reflection: Resisting the Urge to Fix

2017-06-15T09:02:37-04:00May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

This month, colleague and friend, Michael Luft, director of the 14th Street Y in New York City, describes how his commitment to using self-awareness has supported his effectiveness as an Optimistic Leader.  -- Judy Jablon Michael writes: As a program director or coach, have you walked into a classroom, noticed [...]

1 05, 2017

Be an Optimistic Leader for Children

2017-05-01T11:48:20-04:00May 1st, 2017|2 Comments

We know that strong early experiences make a difference in the lives of all children and their families, and especially in the lives of our country's most vulnerable. My question: how can educators in every role in the early learning system adopt an optimistic leadership stance that results in every child's success now and [...]

17 04, 2017

Am I Really Listening?

2017-04-18T07:50:57-04:00April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Tychawn Johnson, my friend, colleague, and master teacher in New Jersey, responds to the question: Are we Listening? I invite you to listen as she describes her journey to become a more active listener on behalf of educators, children and families. -- Judy Tychawn writes: Coaching has the greatest impact [...]

3 04, 2017

Are You Listening?

2017-04-17T14:10:11-04:00April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

At Leading for Children, we believe that everyone involved in educating children — teachers, coaches, parents, agency leaders, bus drivers, cafeteria workers -- brings wisdom to conversations about how best to support children's learning. We have to ask: as leaders for children, are we harnessing this wisdom by genuinely listening to each other?  As we [...]

27 03, 2017

Knowing the Why: The Tipping Point

2017-03-27T15:31:33-04:00March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Optimistic Leaders emphasize the "why" behind decisions because it is the "why" that leads us to more intentionality and continuous quality improvement. During a recent trip to Arkansas I spoke with Janice Carter, Program Coordinator at Arkansas State University Childhood Services.  We talked about how she and her colleagues have encouraged programs to pay [...]

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