The New Leader's Guide to Early Childhood Settings
Making an Impact in PreK-3
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Learn how to effectively lead and make an impact in early childhood and primary school settings. The New Leader’s Guide to Early Childhood Settings explores how to empower educators and caregivers, advocate for early intervention, promote culturally responsive teaching, and confront common fears and hurdles. Packed with helpful resources and strategies, chapters feature key tips about effective communication, leveraging technology, and questions for reflection. Practical and accessible, this engaging guidebook delivers quick, effective advice whether you're just starting out or are an experienced leader newly jumping into the early years.
Table of Contents
Part I: A Glimpse into the World of Early Childhood 1. Understanding Early Childhood and Primary School Settings 2. Cultivating a Caring and Responsive Learning Environment 3. Promoting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth Part II: Understanding Teaching, Learning, Student Engagement, and Recognition in Early Childhood Settings 4. Standing Out as a “Lit” Early Childhood Leader 5. Learning and Leading Strategies to Support Content Area Instruction 6. Spotting and Recognizing Student Engagement and Intentional Learning Part III: Leading in Early Childhood Settings 7. Identifying your Leadership Style 8. Refining Our Leadership Approach through Culturally Responsive Teaching 9. Failing Forward as an Early Childhood Changemaker 10. From “Better” to “Best”: Committing to Lifelong Learning
Elaine Margarita Mendez is a Vice Principal in Newark Public Schools, USA. She has been an urban school educator for 17 years and has taught all grades K–5 as either a general education teacher, an ESL teacher, or a bilingual teacher.
Kenneth Kunz is the Director and Founder of For the Love of Literacy, LLC, and provides professional development to teachers in schools across the country. Ken is an author and literacy consultant and proudly serves as President of the International Literacy Association and on the Board of Directors of Little Free Library.