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The Visionary Director

by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis
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How Can Directors Become Leaders?

Imagination and Activism Are Key

Using This Book


Chapter 1 - Guiding Your Program with a Vision

Searching Your Heart for What's Important

Imagining How It Could Be

Fortifying Yourself with a Vision

Assessing Where We Are

Rethinking What We Need

Distinguishing a Mission from a Vision

Cultivating a Vision

Going Beyond Managing to Leading

Looking for Models

Principle Strategies: Begin by Developing Your Vision

Practice Assessing Your Vision

Resources for Growing Your Vision


Chapter 2 - A Framework for Your Work

Looking for Tips and Techniques

Learning About Balance

Taking Bright Ideas from the Business World - Considering a Triangle Framework

The Roles of Managing and Overseeing

The Roles of Coaching and Mentoring

The Roles of Building and Supporting Community

Consider How Different Directors Respond - The Scenario; Rhonda's Approach; Donovan's Approach; Maria's Approach; Analyzing the Three Approaches

Using the Triangle Framework - Building and Supporting Community; Coaching and Mentoring; Managing and Overseeing

Practice Using the Triangle Framework - Scenario 1: New Director Dilemma; Scenario 2: Messing with Michael

Practice Assessing Yourself

Resources for Learning to Work with a Framework


Chapter 3 - Your Role in Building and Supporting Community

Creating an Environment that Nurtures Community

Principle Strategies - Make the Center Feel Like a Home

Principle Strategies - Give the Program the Feel of a Real Neighborhood

Principle Strategies - Involve Parents and Staff in Considering the Space

Planning Your Community-Building Curriculum

Principle Strategies - Use Time Together to Strengthen Relationships

Principle Strategies - Grow Community-Building Curriculum from the Lives Around You

Working with Differences and Conflict

Principle Strategies - Acknowledge and Respect Differences

Principle Strategies - Explore and Mediate Conflicts

Cultivating New Roles, Dispositions, and Skills

Practice Assessing Yourself

Resources for Building and Supporting Community


Chapter 4 - Your Role of Mentoring and Coaching

Coaching vs. Managing Staff

What Do Adult Learners Need?

The Golden Rule Revisited - Treat Adults as You Want Them to Treat Children

Principle Strategies - Give Thoughtful Attention to the Environment

Principle Strategies - Know Your Adult Learners

Principle Strategies - Provide Choices for Different Needs and Interests

Principle Strategies - Emphasize Dispositions as Much as Skills and Knowledge

Principle Strategies - Promote Observation, Collaboration, and Mentoring

Principle Strategies - Create a Culture of Curiosity, Research, and Storytelling

Practice Assessing Your Approach

Resources for Coaching and Mentoring


Chapter 5 - Your Role of Managing and Overseeing

Managing to Make Your Vision a Reality

Cultivating the Organizational Culture You Want

Formulating Long-Range Goals to Support Your Vision

Principle Strategies - Create a Continuous Cycle of Evaluation and Planning

Principle Strategies - Refuse to Adopt a Scarcity Mentality

Creating the Experience of Community with Your Systems

Principle Strategies - Involve Staff and Families in Active Exploration of Standards

Principle Strategies - Seek to Counter Inequities of Power and Privilege

Designing Systems to Promote Reflection and Problem Solving

Principle Strategies - Develop Child Assessment Systems that Enlist Teachers' Excitement

Principle Strategies - Involve Staff in All Phases of Evaluating Their Job Performance

Principle Strategies - Plan Training to Reflect Your Vision of a Learning Community

Principle Strategies - View Time as a Building Block

Principle Strategies - Design Meetings Around Community Building and Staff Development

Making Good Use of Your Power and Influence

Practice Assessing Your Organizational Climate

Resources for Managing Policies and Systems with a Vision


Chapter 6 - Moving From Surviving to Thriving: The Need for Nourishment and Activism

Finding Energy and Determination

Principle Strategies - Know Yourself and Act on What You Know

Principle Strategies - Know Your Resources and Access Them Regularly

Principle Strategies - Know Your Own Goals and Pursue Them with Vigor

Principle Strategies - Be Aware of Your Friends and Your Foes

Principle Strategies - Organize Yourself, Your Time, and Your Stuff

Principle Strategies - Get Active Beyond Your Program

Living Your Way into a Vision

Resources for Thriving


Montgomery Child Care Training Institute

Early Childhood Mentoring Programs

North Shore Community Action Head Start Program (NSCAP)

Model Work Standards Project

California Tomorrow's "Looking In, Looking Out" Project

Massachusetts Open Forum on Early Education and Care

Taking the Lead/The Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education

The Center for Early Childhood Leadership

National Culturally Relevant and Anti-Bias Education Network (CRAB)

City Task Forces on Child Care Compensation and Business/Child Care Partnerships

Child Care Union Projects

Resources for Tracking Promising Initiatives



Conflict Resolution

The Model Work Standards Assessment Tool

Multiple Intelligences Checklist

Calculation of the Full Cost of Quality Care

Mock Invoice Reflecting Full Cost of Care

Teacher and Director Evaluation Materials

Conference Attendance Planning Form

Observation Form for Visiting Other Programs

Meeting Requirements for Curriculum Planning

Ten Dimensions of Organizational Climate Assessment Tool

Sample Licenser Self-Evaluation Tool