ERIC Number: ED394692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
Who Do You Think You Are? The Director as Role Model for a Caring Community.
Work is a key part of an individual's identity. As such, an important part of effective and caring leadership is to care for the worker's mind, body, and spirit. An administrator has responsibility for making child caregivers feel valued, respected, and understood. The workplace should be an environment which fosters professionally and personally supportive relationships. There is great value in training child caregivers to be reflective practitioners--individuals who ask questions about and reflect on their own behavior and motivations in a commitment to continuous improvement. Similarly, an administrator should reflect on how his or her attitudes, physical posture, facial expressions, and tone affect employees. Administrators should establish clear priorities for their work goals and for the goals of the childcare center. Childcare, at its best, stems from a workplace environment which has a strong sense of community. (JW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Child Development Centers, Cultural Context, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Motivation, Social Support Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Work Ethic
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Continuous Improvement; Priorities
Note: Keynote address presented at the Annual Fox Valley AEYC Conference Directors' Symposium (5th, IL, February 9, 1996).