Build your core knowledge about the early educator competencies that are the cornerstone to high-quality early learning environments. Learn systems-level strategies that cultivate and support educator executive functions, emotion regulation, relational skills, and talk for learning.
Building teachers’ social and emotional competencies, supporting the growth of their executive functions and relational skills, and increasing their use of talk for learning are powerful ways to improve the quality of early learning environments. Early education leaders can have a powerful impact on early educators’ practice by building educators’ cornerstone competencies. Join us December 13 – 14, 2018 to learn about policies, systems, and strategies that promote early educators’ cornerstone competencies, and ultimately their professional learning and development.
Building Cornerstone Educator Competencies to Drive Quality Improvement is offered as part of the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy and is aligned with the Academy’s mission to equip leaders with the cutting-edge knowledge, strategic tactics, and collaborative networks needed to design and implement approaches and policies that improve young children's learning environments.
Participants in this two-day program will gain insights from the latest science, learn from experts and practitioners, and develop a strategic leadership plan to boost and support cornerstone educator competencies.
Facilitated by Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, Faculty Directors of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this program offers a combination of lectures, research discussions, collaboration opportunities, and individual and small-group planning sessions.
Specific activities include:
- Plenary sessions
- Lectures from Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty and other experts
- Presentations from practice-based professionals working to improve systems
- Case studies
- Small-group discussions and reflections
- Facilitated question-and-answer discussions
- Networking opportunities
A follow-up webinar will be held where program participants can connect, share learnings, and discuss progress and challenges with the Zaentz community.
During the second day of the program, participants are invited to a lunchtime information session about the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy. The session is voluntary, there is no additional fee, and lunch will be provided.
- Understand the links between educator competencies and high-quality early learning environments.
- Examine in depth four key cornerstone educator competencies that promote children’s early learning and development.
- Gain the knowledge, strategies, and concrete tools to examine and transform the way your setting builds and supports cornerstone educator competencies.
- Explore the use of adaptive leadership skills in early education settings.
- Develop a strategic plan for leadership that drives quality improvement through investments in cornerstone educator competencies.
Who Should Attend
- Directors of early education centers or programs
- Leaders of early education service organizations across the mixed-delivery system
- Teacher leaders or teachers with an interest in leadership
- Directors, administrators, and coaches in public school preK programs
- Early education professionals who support teachers in their work, such as instructional coaches, supervisors, or teachers who have leadership roles
- Higher education faculty and staff in early education programs