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Finger Lakes Leadership Initiative 2022 Virtual Networking Meetings

As a member of the Finger Lakes Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Finger Lakes region.

Second Wednesday of every month, 1:00pm-2:00pm, via Zoom

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, February 9th 2022 and Wednesday, December 14th 2022

Survive to Thrive Webinar, July 20th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 5 - Program Curriculum

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Community: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This session is part of the Leadership Initiative’s 2022 Webinar Series featuring the NAEYC publication: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide to Leading an Early Childhood Program. This 10-part series includes a webinar presentation of each chapter followed by a professional learning community for leaders to discuss and share implementation ideas. 

 

From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Book Group: Lead From the Outside by Stacey Abrams

"Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage."  

"Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change."

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to explore and discuss issues in early childhood and in leadership-- deepening the dialogue and considering key messages in their work.

Book Group will run virtually on August 3rd and August 24th from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Each registered participant will be mailed a copy of the book.

Sessions Available
Wednesday, August 3rd | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 24th | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, August 17th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 6 - Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Community: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This session is part of the Leadership Initiative’s 2022 Webinar Series featuring the NAEYC publication: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide to Leading an Early Childhood Program. This 10-part series includes a webinar presentation of each chapter followed by a professional learning community for leaders to discuss and share implementation ideas. 

 

From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, September 21st

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 7 - Staffing

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Community: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This session is part of the Leadership Initiative’s 2022 Webinar Series featuring the NAEYC publication: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide to Leading an Early Childhood Program. This 10-part series includes a webinar presentation of each chapter followed by a professional learning community for leaders to discuss and share implementation ideas. 

 

From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, October 19th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 8 - Working with Families

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Community: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This session is part of the Leadership Initiative’s 2022 Webinar Series featuring the NAEYC publication: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide to Leading an Early Childhood Program. This 10-part series includes a webinar presentation of each chapter followed by a professional learning community for leaders to discuss and share implementation ideas. 

 

From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, November 16th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 9 - Center Enrollment

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Community: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This session is part of the Leadership Initiative’s 2022 Webinar Series featuring the NAEYC publication: From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide to Leading an Early Childhood Program. This 10-part series includes a webinar presentation of each chapter followed by a professional learning community for leaders to discuss and share implementation ideas. 

 

From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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Our Guide to NYC Leadership Degree and Credential Programs

We've compiled a list of degrees and credentials that leaders can pursue to advance their careers and enrich their practice. From NYAEYC credentials to Master's degrees for school principals this guide will help you find your next step in your journey.

Download the PDF Guide

Children's Program Administrator Credential

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) is a state-recognized credential that addresses the components essential for running early childhood and school-age programs. Both new and experienced administrators may choose to obtain the credential, as well as current teachers who aspire to administrative positions. Those individuals without program management experience will need to complete an internship to obtain the credential.

Learn more about the CPAC on our Career Development Services page.


Listen! Sherry Cleary on Leadership

Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Institute shared her thoughts about the importance of leadership with HiMama's The Preschool Podcast



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