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Learning From the Bumps in the Road: Insights From Early Childhood Leaders

Learning From the Bumps in the Road: Insights From Early Childhood Leaders

Authors: Holly Elissa Bruno MA, JD, Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan EdD, Janet Gonzalez-Mena MA, Luis Antonio Hernandez MA
Product Code: 542065
ISBN: 978-1-60554-206-5
Format: Softbound
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Professional and personal growth takes time and the road isn't always smooth, but it is a learning-filled adventure

Holly Elissa Bruno, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Luis Antonio Hernandez, and Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan are accomplished professionals and respected leaders in the early childhood field. After a decade of speaking together at national professional development conferences, twelve of their most important topics are now available as essays. Each chapter presents dialog among the authors about a particular topic—from power imbalances to embracing technology in the classroom—and the lessons gleaned from facing and overcoming uncertainty and obstacles.

Merging each author's distinct voice, expertise, and life experiences with issues relevant to your daily work with children, their families, and your colleagues, this collection unveils the authors' personal and meaningful histories, insecurities, and insights. As you read about the bumps the authors have encountered throughout their careers, you will be encouraged and challenged to think more deeply and openly about your own practices and philosophies. You will gain a renewed sense of purpose as you help children reach their full potentials. And, you will discover—as the authors did—that every bump in the road is an invitation to grow and opportunity to learn.

Softbound, 264 pgs.
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Review by: Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois - May 14, 2013
The title of this book tells it all! Yes, the four authors describe the typical bumps in the road that workers in the field of early care and education encounter daily, throughout their careers. Reference to the term “insights” in the title refers to increasingly deep understandings of inevitably complex events and relationships in the field, and they are offered on every single page of this book, exquisitely presented for adults who must accomplish complex tasks, plans, and interactions and provide leadership for the benefit of our young children on a day-to-day basis. And, yes, the authors provide the richest store of insights I have ever encountered in a single book during my fifty years of reading and studying in this field. Every page addresses the kinds of “bumps” everyone whose work involves young children and their families must address throughout their careers, and all four authors share their insights in diverse, enlightening, helpful, provocative, and enlightening ways.
Review by: Claire Chang, Associate VP, Grants & Program, Minn. Philanthropy Partners - May 1, 2013
This book is an invitation to be on a journey of self-discovery with four of the field's visionary leaders. Along the way you'll get to know yourself as an educator, leader, mentor, advocate and world citizen. It's all here. The authors skillfully weave a rich tapestry of theory, practice, research, and wisdom with life experience, practical tools, and perspectives grounded in the lives of the children, families, and communities that call our programs 'home.' They have save each of us a place at the table—join them!
Review by: Louise Derman-Sparks, international speaker, author, former NAEYC gov. board - April 22, 2013
Learning from the Bumps in the Road is a unique and great read: at once stimulating and great fun. Having four authors discuss their often quite different perspectives on central topics in today's early childhood education discourse encourages readers to also find their own voice on these same topics. It is a very thought-provoking experience as you come across ideas with which you agree, with which you disagree, and which provoke you. I especially and highly recommend Learning from the Bumps in the Road to leaders in early childhood education, wherever and whomever they may be, who like to push the boundaries of their thinking on pressing, important issues in our field.
Review by: Paula Jorde Bloom, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership - April 16, 2013
Reading this book is like a great dinner party with good friends. While the main course may nourish the body, it's the lively exchange of ideas, personal stories, and heartfelt reflections that nourish the mind and soul. And just as conversations around the dinner table cover the landscape of hot topics, the chapters in this book cover the terrain of important leadership issues—equity and social justice, power and privilege, diversity and pluralism, technology and change, adversity and self-doubt, to name a few. Savor the wisdom from these early childhood leaders as they share their deeply held beliefs and lessons learned from bumps in the road.
Review by: Bonnie Neugebauer, Exchange magazine and World Forum Foundation - April 11, 2013
Often we speak only of our triumphs, put our best selves forward, and focus on our strengths. Inside, most of us have the tendency to be very hard on ourselves; we dwell on our mistakes, weaknesses, and perceived deficiencies. Strength and growth come from flipping these behaviors. We need to think well enough of ourselves and make self-talk positive. And, with each other, we need to fearlessly share the challenges and struggles as well as celebrate the successes together. We talk about being authentic with children and we know how to do this. These authors become our mentors as their stories and strategies help us become more authentic with each other and within ourselves. This ability to be real will change our behavior and our practice. We could have no better mentors than Holly Elissa, Janet, Luis, and Debra.
Review by: Mark Ginsberg, College of Education & Human Development, George Mason Univ - April 10, 2013
Learning from the Bumps in the Road is a well conceived and personally engaged depiction of some of the most salient and critical issues pertinent to the field of early childhood education. This book is a joy and an adventure—I invite you to enjoy it as much as I have. You will learn much during your journey and be better prepared for and informed about helping young children and families meet the challenges of early childhood and beyond.

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