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ERIC Number: EJ864768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Wake Up and Smell the Demographics: Leadership Is Vision and Action
Hernandez, Luis A.
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n190 p6-9 Nov-Dec 2009
New people, new languages, and new cultures are now part of most American cities, suburbs, and towns. It is a demographic change impacting the country in ways Americans have not experienced in generations. It is about the dynamic of change and the forces of new immigration in classrooms, communities, and nation. As is often noted, if one wants to see the future face of America, visit a preschool classroom today. This article discusses how, in response to these changes, leaders in early childhood education (ECE) settings build an awareness, understanding, and intentional action about how one center or program can be a place of cooperation and community in the midst of unknown change for the children, their families, and staff. Forward-looking leaders will work to convey the reasons for these demographic shifts. From a place of genuine understanding, they begin to create a vision for their program to equally serve all children and families with respect and purpose. They will wear a new Leadership Hat--Ambassador At Large--between languages, cultures, and societal norms. They will provide practical ideas in a spirit where everyone can be part of this ever-developing community identity. (Contains 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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