To those of you reading who have been my peers in my program of study, specifically those who have been reading our weekly discussions and posts, you may now hopefully understand and see where the banner image from my blog comes from – the handprints.
This notion of “leaving my mark” on people – children, families, coworkers, employees, peers – began speaking to me years ago and still resonates with me today. This idea that I can leave my mark on others and leave my imprint on their lives is an essential componenent of me and my leadership both now and in the future.
Throughout the past two years, progressing through and achieving all that has been done in the program of study, I consider the following major points that stand out to me in reflection:
- Early Childhood Education is multi-faceted, layered, and requires excellent leadership with big-picture perspective to continue to advance the field
- There are many perspectives and versions of leadership, program growth or program content and that can both be valuable as well as challenging in the field
- Leaders in early childhood need skills well beyond the classroom and direct care such as business, financials and more, but can not become so distanced from those core concepts in ECE that they can not be effective leaders.
One long term goal I will carry forward with me is to consider how I can help in devleoping more future leaders in my company, my area and beyond that will help make our business or our field more validaded, successful and impactful.
I’d like to thank all of my peers and my instructors who have been able to go on this journey with me, learn with me or share their thoughts and opinions with me as we explored the many facets of early childhood education and it’s leadership. Having a community of peers working towards simmilar goals and sharing perspectives with one another is exactly how we can build the community of early childhood leadership successfully.