Post one goal for the field related to international awareness of issues and trends and the spirit of collegial relations
One goal I have for myself, as a professional, as it relates to the awareness I have of issues and trends in Early Childhood Education would be that I always remain involved in ways that are outside my program’s doors. I feel as though if you are a Director that focuses solely on the issues, problems, achievements and successes of only your own program, you develop a tunnel vision that only allows you to see what is right in front of yourself. You may think you are kicking butt and are the best program out there, but if you’re not watching what’s happening around us, responding to trends that other programs are and become complacent in what you are doing because it works and was successful for a moment in time, you will be left behind.
ECE is growing, developing, changing…every day. To be a successful Director who is aware of issues and trends, you MUST be involved in a greater circumference. Go to training, network, make connections, discuss issues and trends with others. Mentor new programs, find ways to be involved in state programs, support publicly funded programs and more.
To do so myself, I will ensure that I remain an involved Director and connected to the PAKey in my area. I will visit with my STARS Manager becoming a mentor to another program administrator, as we have discussed would be a great opportunity before. I will support, as a person and as our program, the local community initiatives for early education by supporting Community Services for Children INC. I will ensure that we are active and involved in the early ed programs, hosting student teachers and supporting the programs at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Norhampton Community College and potentially even Moravian College, Kutztown University, and more.