Program Benefits

What Will Participants Learn?

When participating in Lead Learn Excel, System Leaders, Professional Development Providers, and Instructional Leaders will learn how to lead continuous quality improvement efforts in their program and how to facilitate ongoing, on-the-job learning with teachers to improve instruction.

Lead Learn Excel provides training in how to:

  1. Use data in early childhood programs
  2. Support teaching teams in creating intentional lesson plans that support learning
  3. Implement professional learning communities to support peer learning

What Will Participants Receive?

    1. Training: 5 days of training on instructional leadership and essential organizational conditions for effective teaching and learning, including the following subject areas:
      • Foundational Training
      • Data Dialogues
      • Team Lesson Planning
      • Peer Learning Communities
    2. Coaching (provided by Professional Development Providers): Individualized support during monthly sessions to help participants apply knowledge, establish systems and change practice
    3. Peer Learning Communities and Support (provided by Professional Development Providers): Monthly learning communities for participants to reflect, examine their practice, and learn from and with their peers
    4. Resources and Tools: Protocols, job aids, guides, and videos of effective leadership and teaching practices
  • Professional Development Providers will receive additional training on how to support Instructional Leaders in the delivery of the Lead Learn Excel approach in their agency.

    1. Training: 9 days of training (5 days of training + 4 additional skill building sessions) on instructional leadership and essential organizational conditions for effective teaching and learning, including the following subject areas:
      • Foundational Training
      • Data Dialogues
      • Team Lesson Planning
      • Peer Learning Communities
    2. Coaching (provided by the Ounce): Individualized support during monthly sessions to help participants apply knowledge, establish systems and change practice
    3. Peer Learning Communities and Support (provided by the Ounce): Monthly learning communities for participants to reflect, examine their practice, and learn from and with their peers
    4. Resources and Tools: Protocols, job aids, guides, and videos of effective leadership and teaching practices

How Much Time is Required to Participate?

Lead Learn Excel does require dedicated time and focus from an early childhood program team. Our innovative approach to on-the-job learning takes place over an intensive 9- or 16-month engagement. Beyond the time that is required to participate in the program, we ask that participants consider the time required to implement what they’ve learned in their local environments.

  • Instructional Leaders:
    • Participation:
      • 5 days of training throughout 9- or 16-month program, ~1 hour/month peer learning community and ~1 hour/month coaching discussion
    • Implementation:
      • We recommend that Instructional Leaders dedicate ~20% of their working time to instructional leadership practices directly supporting teachers. This may depending on the structure of the leadership team and size of the school or program
  • Professional Development Providers:
    • Participation:
      •  5 days of training, ~1 hour/month peer learning community and ~1 hour/month coaching discussion
      • Additional 4 days of training and 4 pre-training webinars
    • Implementation (with Instructional Leaders):
      • 5 days/month to deliver coaching to assigned Instructional Leaders
      • Half day/month to facilitate one Peer Learning Community for leaders

While it is intensive, the Lead Learn Excel approach provides the supports necessary for leaders to change their practice—and sustain those changes over time—in a way that gives children the strong foundation they need for success.

Does Lead Learn Excel Count Towards My Certifications?

The Lead Learn Excel Team works with your state systems to secure approval for the program to count towards your professional development credit. Lead Learn Excel is already approved to provide professional development credit in the following states: Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee.