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Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Leadership Evening Networking Meeting

As a member of the Mid-Hudson Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly networking meetings. Our meetings create a space for you to connect with leaders throughout the region, learn from one another, share stories, strategies, feelings, and resources. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. This is a time for you to engage with your peers, build relationships, and find inspiration and encouragement as early childhood leaders. 

Meetings are held once per month from 7:00-8:00 PM

 

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 25th 2022 and Wednesday, August 31st 2022

Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Leadership Initiative Information Sessions 2022

The Leadership Initiative recently launched in the Mid-Hudson Region and our membership is growing! We support the professional development and success of current and future early childhood leaders in centers, group family day care, and family day care. Attend one of our informational sessions to hear about how you can participate in our programs and special events. 

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 25th 2022 and Saturday, December 31st 2022

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, by Elena Aguilar, is a practical resource for cultivating resilience in educators. The book is based on the author's research in emotional resilience, psychology, systems thinking, and change management and on her decade of testing in schools and offices.

In our professional learning community, you will come together with other leaders in discussion of the habits and dispositions of resilient educators outlined in the book. Habits such as knowing yourselftelling empowering storiesbeing a learner, and riding the waves of change; dispositions including humorempowermentcourage, and perseverance; all build resilience in ourselves and in our school communities!

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, June 8th 2022 and Wednesday, May 3rd 2023

Survive to Thrive Webinar, July 20th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 5 - Program Curriculum

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Join us for this engaging session featuring Chapter 5: Program Curriculum. Session topics include: 

  • Considering and evaluating a curriculum approach, or combination of approaches, to best fit your program.
  • Helping your teachers understand the purpose of learning standards and how to use them as a framework to implement the curriculum.
  • Balancing your oversight of the curriculum with opportunities for teachers to develop confidence and autonomy.
  • Recognizing when your curriculum is not working and what to do next.

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 you to discuss and share implementation ideas with other leaders.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Employee Retention: The Staying Power of Engagement Conversations Featured Guest Speaker Mary Ann Masarech

Engagement Conversations are a powerful tool for cultivating relationships and enhancing employee retention. Employees find reasons to stay with their organization when they feel respected, valued, and heard by their leader.

In this dynamic Mid-Hudson Leadership Initiative Speaker Series Event, author, speaker, and seasoned human resource consultant, Mary Ann Masarech shares her expertise and leads a reflective discussion about the role of engagement conversations in employee satisfaction and retention. 

 In this session you will:

· Increase your understanding of the engagement-retention connection, factors influencing engagement, and the role you play as a leader
· Learn a practical, conversational approach for better understanding individual team members’ engagement drivers 
· Explore ideas for increasing engagement 
· Engage in personal reflection and consider tips for  taking control of your own engagement 
 
** This is an IN-PERSON event **
 
Location: Carl Onken Conference Center, Goshen, NY
 
Capacity is limited.
 
Registration: 9:30-10:00 am; Event begins at 10:00 am

 

Wednesday, July 27th 2022 10:00am - 11:30am

Survive to Thrive Webinar, August 17th

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

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Join us for this informative session featuring Chapter 6: Observation, Assessment, and Documentation. Session topics include: 

  • Creating your assessment plan to collect evidence of what is working or not working in your program and classrooms.
  • Overseeing the observation and evaluation tools your teachers will use to monitor children’s learning.
  • Creating a culture for documentation in partnership with your teachers and families.

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 you to discuss and share implementation ideas with other leaders.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, September 21st

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 7 - Staffing

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Join us for this integral session featuring Chapter 7: Staffing. Session topics include: 

  • Identifying the most important qualities you want in your staff and crafting interview questions to help you find individuals with those qualities.
  • Developing your skills for observing and evaluating teachers.
  • Supporting your teachers in goal setting to empower ownership of their professional development.
  • Reframing your staff conflicts as opportunities for problem solving and growth.
  • Building your competence for handling staff disciplinary and dismissal procedures.

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 you to discuss and share implementation ideas with other leaders.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, October 19th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 8- Working with Families

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Join us for this fundamental session featuring Chapter 8: Working with Families. Session topics include: 

  • Understanding the significance of your leadership role in creating a culture where families are valued as their children’s first teachers.
  • Welcoming families to your program and creating robust home-school partnerships.
  • Building your competence for managing confrontations, conflicts, and challenges with families.

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 you to discuss and share implementation ideas with other leaders.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, November 16th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 9 - Center Enrollment

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Join us for this highly beneficial session featuring Chapter 9: Center Enrollment. Session topics include: 

  • Maximizing your advertising efforts by conducting market research to match your program’s services to the community’s needs.
  • Leveraging the right combination of tools to effectively market your program.
  • Streamlining your enrollment process with application materials and processes that are straightforward, well organized, and transparent for families.

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 you to discuss and share implementation ideas with other leaders.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, December 14th

From Survive to Thrive Conclusion: Balancing Act- Managing Your Role as the Director

Discussion: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Join us for this culminating session featuring the final chapter: Balancing Act- Managing Your Role as the Director. This session offers a compass to effectively navigate the twists and turns of your leadership journey. You will engage with the seven guiding principles for directors that together with the From Survive to Thrive chapter tools, will help you balance your responsibilities and keep your program running successfully and smoothly.

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.

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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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