“The richest opportunities in early childhood education come when educators at all levels can draw on their own wisdom to have more meaningful — and genuine — interactions.”
Educator, consultant, author, speaker, facilitator, coach, innovator, mentor, leader. There are few roles that Judy Jablon has not played in her 35 years in early childhood education. Judy is driven by a quest to provide the best possible early learning experience for children, and at the same time to create environments where educators thrive.
Judy's compelling mission in early learning has taken her all over the world — to classrooms, administrative offices, and state houses. She has stood on stages, sat at board tables with renowned leaders and worked one-on-one with providers in widely diverse settings. To each one of these interactions, Judy brings curiosity, warmth, humor and the ability to help each person connect with their own innate wisdom.
In a field too often driven by the latest "new tool," Judy believes that practitioners can do extraordinary things with any toolset if they are empowered to act in systems that nurture optimism and openness. Judy founded Leading for Children to facilitate the development of committed, enlightened leadership at all levels of the educational system. Her work breaks down traditional silos, and encourages educators to strengthen and transform the culture of early childhood learning. The result: consistently improving outcomes for our children everywhere – at home, in school and in the community.
Judy started her career as a classroom teacher at the School for Children at Bank Street College of Education. She transitioned from direct service with children to work with pre-service and in-service teachers as an adjunct instructor teaching curriculum at Bank Street’s graduate school. As an advisor and educational consultant, Judy has worked on a wide range of transformative projects, including Bank Street’s curriculum guide, Explorations, and The Work Sampling System, a cutting-edge national early childhood performance assessment. Judy is the author and primary author of numerous publications and videos, including Powerful Interactions and Coaching with Powerful Interactions. Her work has taken her from rural Arkansas to Shenzhen, China and many places in between.