ERIC Number: ED555708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Reference Count: 64
Building Capacity through an Early Education Leadership Academy
Goffin, Stacie G.
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
In 2013, the early childhood education (ECE) field is paying limited attention to leadership development (Goffin & Janke, 2013; Goffin & Means, 2009). A recent survey of ECE leadership development programs suggests that the field does not fully recognize the potential of leadership to serve as a change catalyst, although there is evidence of increasing interest in the topic (Goffin & Janke, 2013). Of 55 self-reported ECE leadership development programs, only one describes itself as targeting individuals in or aspiring to leadership positions in educational organizations serving children and youth (early childhood through postsecondary). In addition, only three of the 55 programs self-identified as addressing development of a PreK-3rd grade continuum. The survey also found that few K-Grade 3 State Education Agency/Early Learning Agency (SEA/ELA) administrators participate in the 55 programs that self-identified as focusing on ECE leadership development. In response to this unmet need for leadership development, and as proposed in Year 2 of the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) management plan, CEELO is designing an Early Education Leadership Academy (EELA) for early learning and K-Grade 3 State Education Agency/Early Learning Agency (SEA/ELA) administrators. This report presents findings from four data collection efforts conducted to inform the design, content, and implementation of the EELA such as: (1) Targeted review of the literature on leadership/leadership development; (2) Examination of the changing contexts of SEA/ELA administrators; (3) Survey of 42 SEA/ELA administrators from 35 states and one territory; and (4) Interviews with 17 SEA/ELA administrators in 14 states, as well as 7 individuals with related expertise. The report concludes with a series of action suggestions based on the findings from this multi-dimensional view of the leadership development needs of SEA/ELA early learning administrators. The report includes the following appendices: (1) Methodology; (2) Questions on the Leadership Academy-Compilation of CEELO Management Team Responses; (3) Interview Confirmation Letter; (4) Compilation of Interview Questions; and (5) CEELO Leadership Academy Survey.
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Early Childhood Education, Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Training, Educational Change, Interviews, Administrator Education, Technical Assistance, Program Design, Systems Approach, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)