ERIC Number: ED440742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of Mentoring. Taking the Lead: Investing in Early Childhood Leadership for the 21st Century.
Elliott, Kimberly; Farris, Marcia; Alvarado, Cecelia; Peters, Cynthia; Surr, Wendy; Genser, Andrea; Chin, Eleanor
"Taking the Lead: Investing in Early Childhood Leadership for the 21st Century" is a national initiative designed to build the capacity of the early care and education field to improve program quality. Taking the Lead is founded on the belief that a diverse cadre of early childhood and school-age care leaders is the key to achieving high-quality programs for children. This report looks at the role mentoring has played in the work of several Taking the Lead sites over the past 3 years. The report's first section, "Crisis in Early Care and Education--The Need for Leadership" discusses the challenge faced by Taking the Lead, its response, and the five key elements of leadership development: community partnerships, cultural/community context, relevant content, mentoring, and opportunities to exercise leadership. The next section focuses on mentoring, using observations from specific sites to address: (1) how to make meaning of mentoring; (2) effective approaches to mentoring; (3) community and cultural context; (4) personal and professional growth; and (5) learning opportunities for mentors and proteges. The final section discusses designing a personal mentoring approach and provides a list of questions to help assess the mentoring needs of early childhood emerging and existing leaders in the community. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Cultural Pluralism, Day Care, Interprofessional Relationship, Leaders, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, Mentors, Professional Development, Program Descriptions
Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education, Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215-4176 ($15.95, plus $3.50 shipping. Make checks payable to Wheelock College). Tel: 617-879-2211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/ccdece/ccdece.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA. Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education.