Leader Excellence | How to Achieve It

Find resources to build instructional leadership skills and create a learning organization focused on improvement.

Data in Head Start and Early Head Start

Series of resources from the National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operation. This series of interactive online learning modules includes a mixture of practical scenarios, real-life examples from the field, and tools and templates. The modules are designed to assist in planning for and implementing effective data use.

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/data

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative

Supports state policymakers’ development and use of coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems to improve the quality of ECE programs. The ECDC provides tools and resources to encourage state policy change and provide a national forum to support the development and use of coordinated state ECE data systems.

http://www.ecedata.org/

Reflect on Your Leadership Responsibilities

Use this leader reflection tool to consider how you prioritize your roles and responsibilities as an instructional leader across the Five Essential Supports.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-ReflectOnYourLeadershipResponsibilities-578.pdf

Lead Learn Excel Inclusive Inquiry Cycle Self-Study & Planning Guide

This cycle provides leaders with a simple, 6-step process for collaborating with staff to meet instructional improvement goals and learning standards. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-InclusiveInquiryCycle-SelfStudyandPlanningGuide-203.pdf

Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision-Making and Participative Management*

Paula Jorde Bloom’s book explores techniques leaders can use to involve staff in critical decisions, making them vital partners in achieving school-wide goals. New Horizons Books, 2011.

http://newhorizonsbooks.net/product/circle-of-influence-2nd-edition/

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate*

This book from Paula Jorde Bloom, Ann Hentschel and Jill Bella helps leaders understand why organizational climate is important and their role in setting the tone for success. New Horizons, 2011.

http://newhorizonsbooks.net/product/a-great-place-to-work-2/

Making the Most of Meetings: A Practical Guide*

This book from Paula Jorde Bloom provides techniques for improving meeting effectiveness to focus on solving problems and making decisions. New Horizons, 2011.

http://newhorizonsbooks.net/product/making-the-most-of-meetings-2nd-edition/

Illinois Director Credential Framework

Review the Illinois Director Credential and be sure to review the links on “Content Areas” and “Framework” for what is required at each of the three levels. Gateways to Opportunity, 2015.

http://www.ilgateways.com/en/illinois-director-credential2

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards

These standards under development by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) articulate a transformational vision for the dispositions and actions of effective school leadership. CCSSO, 2015.

http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2015/RevisedDraftISLLCStandards2015.pdf

Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice

This guide from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) supports the essential role of principals in creating quality learning systems. NAESP, 2013.

https://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/leading-pre-k-3-learning-communities-executive-summary.pdf

5Essentials Surveys

This short video highlights the 5Essentials survey tool, which provides school leaders with actionable data on organizational supports empirically linked to improving student learning. University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, 2015.

https://illinois.5-essentials.org/2015/

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Implementation Guide

This free guide provides leaders with practical, systematic tools to plan for using CLASS to improve instruction and interactions across your school or center. Teachstone Training, 2014.

http://info.teachstone.com/class-implementation-guide

Program Administration Scale (PAS)

Learn more about the PAS, which provides valuable information to leaders about the quality of their administrative practices. McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, 2013.

http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/program-evaluation/program-administration-scale-pas/

Early Childhood Work Environment Survey*

This survey provides early childhood administrators with information to assess the organizational climate of programs. McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, 2013.

http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/program-evaluation/assessing-work-attitudes/early-childhood-work-environment-survey/

Instructional Leadership Trajectory: From High-Quality to Exemplary in ExceleRate Preschool

Understand the trajectory of instructional leadership standards to move your program from the Silver Circle of Quality, to Gold, to an Award of Excellence in Preschool Instructional Excellence. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-PreschoolExceleRateStandardsComparison-118.pdf

Instructional Leadership Trajectory: From High-Quality to Exemplary in ExceleRate – Infants & Toddlers

Understand the trajectory of instructional leadership standards to move your infant-toddler program from the Silver Circle of Quality, to Gold, to an Award of Excellence. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-ITExceleRateStandardsComparison-216.pdf

ExceleRate Resources by Standard

Explore the ExeceleRate website, which has curated a suite of practical tools and resources to help leaders meet each standard in ExceleRate. Seek out Section 3C on continuous quality improvement. INCCRAA, 201X.

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/resources/resources-by-standard

ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality Standards

Deepen your understanding of ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Standards as you complete your Lead Learn Excel Inclusive Inquiry Cycle Planning Guide. ExceleRate Illinois, 2015.

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/docman/resources/2-gold-excelerate-illinois-chart/file

ExceleRate Award of Excellence – Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards

Deepen your understanding of the standards for achieving an Award of Excellence in this area as you complete your Inclusive Inquiry Cycle Planning Guide. ExceleRate Illinois, 2014.

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/docman/resources/108-ptl-flyer/file

ExceleRate Award of Excellence – Infant Toddler Services Standards

Deepen your understanding of the standards for achieving an Award of Excellence in this area as you complete your Inclusive Inquiry Cycle Planning Guide. ExceleRate Illinois, 2014.

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/docman/resources/107-its-flyer/file

ExceleRate Award of Excellence Applications

Access the applications and instructions for achieving an Award of Excellence. ExceleRate Illinois, 2014.

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/how-it-works/preschool-for-all/awards-of-excellence-applications

Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards – Preschool to Kindergarten Enrollment Age

These guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provide guidance to create and sustain developmentally appropriate practice. ISBE, 2013.

http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/early_learning_standards.pdf

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines – For Children Birth to Age Three

These guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provide a foundational understanding of what children from birth to age three are expected to know and do across domains. ISBE, 2013.

http://www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/pdf/el-guidelines-0-3.pdf

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) outlines nine standards that set the bar for effective teaching. ISBE, 2013.

http://www.isbe.net/peac/pdf/IL_prof_teaching_stds.pdf

Illinois Birth to Five Program Standards

These standards from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) reflect current knowledge, research and shared beliefs about high-quality early childhood care and education. ISBE, 2014.

http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/0-5-program-stds.pdf