ERIC Number: ED411049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Illinois Director Credential Symposium (Cantigny, France, April 24-25, 1997). Executive Summary.
Bloom, Paula Jorde; Rafanello, Donna
This pamphlet summarizes the outcomes of a 2-day symposium regarding the development of an Illinois Director Credential for directors of center-based early childhood programs. Day 1 included keynote presentations from national experts who provided a rationale for a director credential, a conceptual framework for defining director competence, the economic implications of director credentialing, promising practices in director credentialing in other states, and a summary of a state-wide needs assessment of directors. Day 2 included a panel discussion of some of the key stakeholders in the Illinois early childhood community, an update on the Building Bridges initiative, and an examination of exemplary models in early childhood professional development. The pamphlet provides working definitions of a director credential and a program director; lists areas of general consensus and unresolved issues from symposium participants regarding the structure of the credential, the process of credentialing, and the content of the credential; outlines the next steps in developing a director credentialing system; and presents excerpts from experts' presentations on the rationale for a credential, director competence, economic implications, models of early childhood professional development, and Wisconsin's director credentialing development. Symposium participants are also listed. (KB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Sponsor: Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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