Two exciting opportunities for early childhood educators to celebrate being a leader in the field are coming up rapidly.
1. You Could Present at the World Forum on Early Care and Education in 2021!
The deadline for applying to give a presentation at the 2021 Vancouver World Forum is March 3, 2020. Apply now: https://worldforumfoundation.org/2021-program-2/
2. You Could Be Chosen to Become Part of the Exchange Leadership Initiative!
Leadership takes many forms and our Exchange leaders are everywhere, doing powerful work. They share these constants:
Exchange Leadership Initiative Criteria
Exchange leaders are grounded in their own work and are using their strengths and advocacy skills to make a difference for children, families, and their communities. They demonstrate leadership in strengthening their program or organization, and go beyond their position through building the profession, and advocating for children and families at community, state, and/or national levels.
Exchange leaders engage in work that addresses issues around young children and families and early care and education—they are program managers, classroom teachers, organization leaders, home care providers, home visitors, trainers, advocates, professors, researchers, counselors, and policy makers.
Exchange leaders understand strong early care and education principles and practices, address diversity and equity, and are engaged in life-long learning.
Exchange leaders work collaboratively and with personal initiative to build networks around key issues and demonstrate perseverance in pursuing difficult objectives.
The act of applying for this designation is profound.
If you see yourself as a leader, that will change how you think and how you act. Each of us has the capacity to contribute to our field.
Please note that the application must be completed by the applicant. There is no nomination process, but we encourage you to invite inspiring colleagues and peers to apply. All applications are reviewed by the Exchange Leadership Initiative review team.
Applications are due by March 20, 2020. Go to www.childcareexchange.com/leadership to apply. The new Exchange Leaders for 2020 will be featured in the July/August issue of Exchange.
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