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Early Childhood Leadership / Management
Everyone who works with children is a teacher and a leader—whether
in a center, family child care setting, preschool, school-age care setting, or any
other environment involving children. This second edition of Learning to Lead, for
early childhood professionals in all roles at all levels, prompts self-evaluation
and personal leadership development. Learn what leadership is, how it impacts
all areas of early child care and education, and how to facilitate it in others.
Combining leadership theory and practice, this accessible resource covers
important topics and issues such as human development, diversity, antibias,
work with families, and social change. New to this edition are chapters on
making leadership connections in school-age care and nurturing leadership
in children. Each chapter is built around a combination of theories, examples,
reflective questions, and inspiring stories to help you put your ideas into action
and discover the natural leader within.
“Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan has taken very complex ideas and made them seem
obvious and accessible. This is a valuable text to help teachers identify their
leadership skills and bring them to the decision-making tables of our profession.
I recommend this book to the many Leadership Empowerment Action Project (LEAP)
groups around the country and keep it close at hand in my own work.”
— M argie Carter, coauthor of numerous best-selling books for early childhood
professionals, including Learning Together with Young Children and
The Visionary Director, Second Edition
“Learning to Lead provides an uncommon view of a common topic. In a unique way,
Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan blends her reverence for the contribution each person
brings with a vast body of scientific knowledge to help each of us understand what
leadership is and how to become an effective leader—no matter where we might be.”
—Carol Brunson Day, president of the National Black Child Development Institute
Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan is president and cofounder of the Praxis
Institute for Early Childhood and serves on the National Association
for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) governing board.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education
as a teacher, researcher, and administrator and was the first dean
at Pacific Oaks College. Debra holds a doctorate in educational
leadership and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
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